Little anglers reel in big fish at ‘Bama’s Fishing Rodeo – AL.com

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Rain was expected in the forecast on Saturday but the wet stuff held off until after dark for the annual Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo in Perdido Key, Fla. on May 3, 2017.

Billed as the “Funnest Fishing Tournament on the Gulf Coast” the event draws hundreds of young anglers, most under the age of 12.

By the time the scales opened at high noon, lingering morning clouds had moved out, removing any threat of rain for the fishing tournament held at the Flora-Bama Marina on the Alabama-Florida state line. 

The offshore fishing competition included hundreds of registered boaters reeling in a variety of species. But Tye Mosely of Bay Minette, Ala. had one kind of fish in mind when he went out with his dad and Team Rogue. 

“I was looking for a blue fish. And I pulled in a nice one this morning,” Mosely said, placing his fish on the scales. “It was a good battle with this fish and it took about thirty minutes to pull him in.”

Looking on near the scales was Eileen Kelly. “This is so great for these young kids,” Kelly said. “There are plenty of tournaments (fishing) for adults but this is just great.” 

But not all were young. One of the most impressive catches of the day was from Ken Spouse of Bay Minette, Ala. reeled in a black drum that weighed in at more than 40 pounds. 

“Yeah, it was quite a catch and a fight, too,” Spouse said. 

Winners earned cash and prizes at Sunday’s awards ceremony.