Mexico Beach Lures Anglers with Several Summer Fishing Tournaments

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 10:58 AM.

August 23 – 18th Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament

Last, but certainly not least, the 18th Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament takes place on Saturday, August 23, and is the biggest fund-raiser of the year for this volunteer organization, which is credited with building over a million dollars’ worth of artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico since 1997.

Prizes will be awarded in the recreational division for the following: King mackerel, with $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second and $1,000 for third; $1,000 to the top wahoo; and $500 for the winning Spanish mackerel.

This year’s competition also includes a new category—king mackerel in the professional masters division, for which a 50-percent split of the entry fees—up to $3,000—will be awarded to the king of kings. Competitors may review the new rules and preregister at

Tournament director Ron Childs detailed a few other changes for 2014: “We have a new Miss Kingfish, a new T-shirt, a new tournament magazine with hundreds of pictures from last year’s competition, a new smoker for creating sausage perfection, and new door prizes that will once again make this a premier tournament in the Florida Panhandle.”

The Kingfish Tournament Captains’ Party will be held 5:30–8:30 p.m. CDT on Thursday, August 24, at Toucan’s on Mexico Beach. The tournament after-party will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, August 26, at Mexico Beach Marina. Entry fees are $160 per boat (with no limit on the number of anglers aboard), plus a $5 online fee.


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