It won’t be long before anglers along the Emerald Coast can compete in the Navarre Fishing Rodeo.
The event, in its fourth year, is set to take place Oct. 1-2 and is part of the 13th Annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. The tournament highlights the abundance of fish that can be found in area waters and the different methods for catching them.
A total of seven divisions and 20 fish categories will highlight this year’s rodeo, with organizers hoping to attract freshwater and saltwater anglers. The event is expected to bring visitors to the area at a time of the year when tourism numbers drop.
The Navarre Beach Chamber Foundation spearheads the fishing rodeo each year, putting in a great deal of time and effort to bring the event to Navarre Beach. It secured $10,000 from the Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Council to help promote the event and secure prizes.
In addition to the open and junior divisions, there are several other divisions, including a kayak division where anglers on non-motorized vessels can compete in their own division for Spanish mackerel, King mackerel, snapper, flounder, redfish and trout.
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