The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is the largest fishing tournament in the world, and it happens right here on Dauphin Island! Every summer, thousands of anglers and tens of thousands of spectators flock to our island for three days of exceptional fishing! This summer event offers fun for the whole family, with 30 fishing categories, live entertainment, awards ceremonies, and more.
Visit Dauphin Island the third weekend in July and choose Boardwalk Realty to host your family during the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo!
A Brief History of the Fishing Rodeo
It all started with a fishing trip in the summer of 1928 with a group of businessmen from Mobile, Alabama. After the trip, an idea began to bring a competitive fishing tournament to Dauphin Island. By the following year, the first Alabama Fishing Rodeo was up and running, garnering immediate success. The original destination for the rodeo was Fort Gaines Pier before moving to the location on LeMoyne Drive. Discover more rodeo history on the ADSFR About Us page!
2023 Events at the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament: July 15th
Every weekend before the rodeo is the annual Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament. Plan your getaway a week earlier and bring the family together through sportsmanship. Around 1,500 young anglers participate in this event annually in over 30 different categories.
Liar’s Contest: July 20th
The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo kicks off every year with the Liar’s Contest. This unique contest brings anglers to the stage to tell their best tall tales! Following the Liar’s Contest, Bruce Smelley Band will take the stage from 8-11 pm.
Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo: July 21st-23rd
The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo attracts over 75,000 spectators and over 3,000 anglers annually! One Master Angler is awarded every year, along with cash prizes for King Mackerel, Speckled Trout, and Big Game. A cannon blast starts the Friday competition, and three days of epic fishing commences! Make sure to catch the free live music during the rodeo, including:
- July 21st: Fly by Radio from 7:30-10:30 pm
- July 22nd: Brandon Blackburn Music from 2:00-5:00 pm
- July 23rd: Keith Burns from 1:00-4:00 pm
Follow the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Facebook page for regular updates leading up to the event, including the 2023 schedule and ticket information!
Vacation Rentals for the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
Are you looking for places to stay during the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo? Boardwalk Realty has you covered with our collection of over 50 vacation rentals on Dauphin Island! Ranging from two to six bedrooms, we offer a wide range of accommodations for your family to choose from this summer. Join us this July for the world’s largest fishing tournament!