Mexico Beach Lures Anglers with Several Summer Fishing Tournaments

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 09:01 AM.

Mexico Beach offers something that most Gulf coast communities don’t: over 125 artificial reefs teeming with big game fish. In fact, the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) recently made history by deploying Florida’s first super reefs that are a staggering 17 to 25 feet tall. Mexico Beach says “Fish On!” as it casts off an exciting summer lineup of tournaments during the months of June, July and August.

“All of Mexico Beach’s upcoming fishing tournaments bring their own unique flair to the sport,” said Kimberly Shoaf, president of the Mexico Beach Community Development Council. “Plus, these popular competitions allow every level of angler the chance to reel in ‘the big one,’ not to mention support each other and the MBARA, which creates and enriches thriving fish habitats in Mexico Beach’s prolific Gulf Coast waters.”


June 7 – Golly Whopper Classic

Mexico Beach’s three-tournament series kicks off Saturday, June 7, with the Golly Whopper Classic featuring a one-day “Catch’em If You Can” kingfish and red snapper shootout. A kids division will be included again this year, as well as an inaugural category—red snapper spear fishing. One hundred percent of the entry fees will be paid out to the winners. Tournament entry fees are: $150 per boat, $35 per diver (spearfishing) and $25 per child 14 and under.


Last year, Charlie Lanford caught the largest red snapper, weighing 22.81 lbs, aboard the Gulf Business 3 with Captain Lee Cathey. “The king mackerel division also brought several sizeable fish to the scales,” said Golly Whopper’s co-director and sponsor, Zach Childs, “but none could compete with the 55.13-lb smoker caught aboard the Salty Mule, captained by Blake Anderson.”

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