Have you ever tournament fished? If you have, then you know what the “King of the Beach” is and if you haven’t and always wanted to, it is the best tournament in town.
This spring, we are super stoked to be celebrating our 28th Annual Tournament! Last spring, we had to cancel due to COVID and we have clearance to go this year. There will be a few extra precautions in place–masks required for entry, hand sanitizer stations and more.
Here are the three main reasons to fish the King …
• LEVEL PLAYING FIELD: The Old Salts have made the competition one of the most fair to ALL levels of fisherman. They implement a 30-mile boundary to ensure any size boat can compete. They also offer extra places to single engine vessels. There are also no intimidating check outs or shotgun starts.
• OVER 60 PLACES TO WIN: The tournament has 6 divisions: Overall, Single Engine, Spanish Mackerel, Traveling Angler, Ladies and Youth. Each division has cash and/or prizes with approximately $200,000 up for grabs.
• LOW ENTRY FEES: You can enter the tournament for as little as $245, which is almost 1/3 less than the cost of most Kingfish tournaments. So, the risk is smaller and, at the same time, the rewards are bigger.
The event is so much more than just fishing. It is a 3-day festival with all types of marine related arts & crafts vendors, a food festival with local flavor, and Friday night is Community Night with live music. “Combining a community food festival and live music into our tournament seemed natural to us. Fishing is part of our community, so we welcome all to join us,” says Old Salt President Tom Verdensky.
The event will be held at the Madeira Beach Recreation Complex at 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach. Check our website for times and parking information.
The Old Salt Fishing Foundation hosts this semi-annual event to benefit several local charities. This spring, we will be presenting checks to P.A.R.C., Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation and Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
To find out more information or to register for the tournament, go to www.OldSaltFishing.org, email amy@OldSaltFishing.org or call 727-216-6601.