Rules

Rodeo Hours: Starts at 12:01 AM Friday, and ends at 8:00 PM Saturday. Anglers fishing from boats may not clear the pass (Pensacola/Perdido) until 12:01 AM on Friday.
Fish may be caught on rod and reel on any boat or from ashore.
A boundary line to the EAST and WEST of the Pensacola Sea Buoy will apply. There are no boundaries to the SOUTH. No participating boat shall exceed longitude 88 degrees to the WEST (mouth of Mobile Bay) and no further EAST than longitude 86 degrees 40 minutes. This represents an area approximately 37 NM to the WEST and 32 NM to the EAST. Failure to comply will result in disqualification without refund.
No gill net fishing will be allowed. Cast net fishing will be allowed for mullet only.
Fish must be caught unassisted except for landing. No “Team Fishing.” Any angler attempting to weigh-in a fish not caught by that angler will be disqualified.
Entries must be caught during posted Rodeo hours, must be weighed at Grand Lagoon Yacht Club, and recorded by the designated weigh master prior to 8:00 PM, Saturday. Weigh-in times are published elsewhere.
Fish must be kept on ice to prevent spoilage. No frozen, drawn, chemically treated, or spoiled fish will be accepted. The designated weigh master will inspect all entries for compliance. A Tory meter may be used. The Rules Committee will make any final determination of entry eligibility. Rules Committee rulings on fish eligibility are final and not subject to appeal.
Registration fees must be paid by 10:00 PM Thursday to make any fish caught during Rodeo hours eligible for prizes. Mail-in applications must be received by the Rodeo Committee no later than close of business, Wednesday.
The Rodeo will end at 8:00 PM, Saturday. The line for the weigh-in scales will close promptly at 8:00 PM, and no further entries will be accepted. All those physically in the weigh-in line WITH THEIR ENTRIES at 8:00 PM shall be allowed to weigh their entries; late-comers will not be allowed to join the line, nor enter their catches.
All entries must comply with applicable Florida State Laws and Salt Water Regulations – no illegal entries will be accepted. The Rodeo will not be responsible for the possession of illegal species or size by the contestants.
In the event of a tie in any category, the first fish weighed in will be declared the winner.
The largest fish will be determined by weight.
Eligible species of fish and permit requirements subject to change depending upon applicable laws.
All prizes must be collected by winning anglers within thirty (30) days of the award ceremony.

 

Division Rules

 

OPEN DIVISION

Open to all anglers.
Anglers must be registered and pay entry fee by 10:00 PM Thursday.
First and Second prizes will be awarded for the largest fish caught in each of the species of the posted eligible fish.
Grand prizes will be awarded to the Open male and female anglers who catches the largest fish of all posted eligible fish.
Open anglers cannot win more than one place in any specific fish category.
There will be a BIG FOUR GRAND PRIZE for the aggregate weight of Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin and King Mackerel. Only one fish from each species may be considered for the total weight. Tuna will get one point per pound; Wahoo will get two points per pound; Dolphin will get three points per pound; and King Mackerel will get three points per pound. In event of a tie, the prize will be shared.
All Open Division entries will comply with applicable Florida State Laws and Salt Water Regulations – no illegal entries will be accepted.

 

JUNIOR DIVISION

Open to all anglers 12 years of age and under.
All fish MUST be caught unassisted.
Junior anglers need not pre-register. Junior anglers will be registered automatically at weigh-in. No entry fee will be required.
Junior anglers competing in the Junior Division are not eligible for prizes in any other division except the Croaker Division. Junior anglers may choose to enter the Open Division by paying the required fee.
Junior anglers paying the required fee to compete in the Open Division are ineligible for Junior prizes.
Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish caught in each of the species of the posted eligible fish.
Grand Prizes will be awarded to the boy or girl who catches the largest of the posted eligible fish.
Special prizes will be awarded to the youngest registered boy and girl angler weighing in a fish caught unassisted.
All Junior entries will comply with applicable Florida State Laws and Salt Water Regulations – no illegal entries will be accepted.

 

CROAKER DIVISION

Only junior anglers are eligible.
Only one Grand Prize will be awarded for the junior angler catching the largest Croaker.

 

BIG FOUR GRAND PRIZE AGGREGATE DIVISION

ONLY Open Division anglers are eligible.
The winner of the GRAND PRIZE aggregate division will NOT be eligible for the first and second place prizes in the Open Division for the four species involved. The fish weighed in for the aggregate points will be eligible for the King and Queen award.

 

Click here for a list of eligible species.

 

Click here for the Rodeo schedule.

 

NOTE: All anglers are responsible for knowing of any last minute changes of any kind that are required to be made by the Executive Committee at the Captain’s Meeting.

 

ALL DECISIONS OF THE RODEO RULES
COMMITTEE WILL BE FINAL.