Golly Whopper fishing tourney comes to MB in June

Golly Whopper

The Mexico Beach Golly Whopper tournament is a one-day tournament for red snapper and king mackerel.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 08:59 AM.

The third Annual Golly Whopper Classic will be held in Mexico Beach on Saturday, June 7.

The tournament is a one-day shootout for red snapper and king mackerel. Entry fee for the tournament is $150 per boat and 100 percent of the entry fees will be paid out to the first-, second- and third-place winners in each species.

A Captain’s party will be held on June 6 at the Mexico Beach Marina with the final weigh-in the following day on June 7.

This year the tournament will also offer a spearfishing division. Entry fee for is $35 per diver and they will compete in a winner-take-all format for the largest red snapper. Kids under 14 can enter a youth division for $25.

Last year, Charlie Lanford caught the largest red snapper aboard the “Gulf Business 3” with Captain Lee Cathey. Their fish weighed 22.81 pounds and barely edged out a 22.75 pound red snapper caught aboard the “Green Banana” captained by Josh Bloodworth.

The king mackerel division saw a number of large fish brought to the scales but none could compete with a 55.13 pound smoker caught aboard the “Salty Mule,” captained by Blake Anderson. 

Contact Zach Childs at 819-0833 or Josh Bloodworth at 478-256-4460 for more information or visit www.98realestategroup.com/gollywhopper.

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