Fishing tournaments bring visitors and revenue to Alabama’s communities

Fishing tournaments bring visitors and revenue to Alabama's communities
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The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo draws thousands of anglers to the Gulf Coast.

Fishing tournaments are frequent in Alabama and provide an economic impact to the communities — typically small towns — near the bodies of water where they are held. 

Three of the major fishing tournament players in Alabama are B.A.S.S., the Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) and the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. Birmingham-based B.A.S.S. is internationally recognized for its popular Bassmaster tournaments held across the country. ABT is considered one of the country’s top state bass tournament series. And the Rodeo, put on by the Mobile Jaycees, is renowned as one of the largest fishing tournaments in the world, drawing more than 3,000 anglers to fish onshore and offshore in 33 categories.

Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

The Rodeo, now held annually on Dauphin Island, began in 1929, the brain child of Mobile businessmen. The popular fishing event, which today draws about 75,000 spectators over…

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