Fishermen young and old and of all skill levels are making their way to Navarre Beach because the sixth annual Navarre Beach Fishing Rodeo is upon us.
This is by far my favorite event of the Beaches to Woodlands Tour (scroll down to read more about this event series).
The rodeo will be held Oct. 6-7. As the saying goes “fish from the shore, a boat, kayak or from the pier- you just can’t fish from the seafood market!” All are welcome.
During the festivities the pier is hopping with fishers of all ages angling to catch the most massive fish in a variety of categories based on species, fishing-style and participant age.
Six divisions will highlight the rodeo, including the Navarre Seafood Open Division and the Half Hitch Kayak Division. Participants can win in different divisions; Windjammers Junior Division, Scooter’s Offshore Slam, Scooter’s Inshore Slam and the Invasive Lion Fish Division (which requires no registration fee) and a list of fish categories. Bragging rights, trophies and cash prizes are on the line.
Registration can be done at NavarreFishingRodeo.com, Half-Hitch Bait and Tackle, Gulf Breeze Bait and Tackle or the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. As an added bonus, registrants receive a captain’s bag with gifts from sponsors and a fishing rodeo T-shirt.
While the Fishing Rodeo invites all ages to compete, it also features an event focused on teaching kids: the annual Take A Kid Fishing clinic on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.
Scheduled for Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., this event is a great way to introduce children to the sport of fishing. Every year I see hundreds of children smiling as they learn how the art. The kiddos receive lessons in conservation, native fish species, bait, how to fish and more.
Plus, every registered kiddo receives free fishing poles to take home. Start times will be staggered at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and is open to children ages 5-12. Registration is at Eventbrite.com under “9th Annual Take a Kid Fishing presented by Holley by the Sea Fishing Club.”
Best of all the events also coincide with Fish Free Weekend where admission for the pier is free. Some of the Gulf of Mexico’s best fishing is waiting along our emerald shores, and for that weekend only it is free to cast off from the longest pier in the Gulf of Mexico.
Don’t have any poles? You’re in luck. The Pier store offers a variety of rods and reels for rental meaning even inexperienced fishermen can get involved.
Win or lose, pro or amateur, it’s always a blast on beautiful Navarre Beach. Plan to be here Oct. 6-7 at navarrelistings.com.