The Jacksonville Fishing Rodeo is promoted by The Southern Kingfish Association and GATE Petroleum and takes place at Metropolitan Park Marina, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida.
Unlike other fishing tournaments, this event will be a true rodeo with eighteen different species including offshore saltwater species, inshore saltwater species, and freshwater species. Within this venue will be two special Jackpot Divisions, which include Redfish and King Mackerel.
Registration forms and sign up will be available at select GATE Convenience Stores (click here for locations) and Strike Zone Fishing on Beach Boulevard from June 10th and will remain available up through Thursday, August 15th till noon. Registrations will only be available at the tournament site at Metropolitan Park Marina on August 15th from 2pm until 8pm.
Absolutely No Refunds Once Ticket Has Been Purchased!!!
$1,000 for first, $500 second, and $200 for third.
$250 for big fish in each species on Friday!
$250 for big fish in each species on Saturday!
On-site Registration at the Park Marina will begin at 2pm and end at 8pm.
Mandatory Captain's meeting at 7:30pm on Thursday, August 15th.
The site will close at 9pm on Thursday.
Fishing will begin Friday, August 16th at 6am (lines in the water) and end at 1pm (back to Metropolitan Park Marina in line to weigh) on Sunday afternoon. (Some species have earlier deadlines.) See official rules for times. Fishing is Friday through Sunday with No Checkouts and No Check-Ins. But be sure to adhere to weigh-in deadline times for each species as outlined in the rules.
The tournament site opens Friday, 9am with the scales open at 10am. Scales will close at 7pm. See the rules for weigh-in times for each category. Daily prizes for all species! (on Friday & Saturday only)
On Saturday, the site opens at 8:30am. Scales open at 10am.
Daily prizes for all species! Scales close at 7 pm. Saturday is the final day for the Redfish Jackpot entries to weigh.
On Sunday, the site opens at 9am. Scales open at 10am. See the rules for weigh-in times for each category. Awards at 5:00pm.
For offshore fishing and inshore saltwater, there will be an east-west boundary from the Savannah River (North) 32N 01' 60" and an east-west boundary (South) 28N 24' 32" from Canaveral.
All species of fish must conform to local, state, and federal regulation size limitations. Redfish must conform to the slot limit.
All freshwater species must be caught in the St. Johns River and/or its tributaries.
This is an angler tournament! Each angler can weigh one fish per species per day. In the interest of conservation we will encourage any participant not to weigh after their first fish is weighed. You can, however, bump your own weight.
Cash for three places in each species. Any Rodeo ticket holder can win (or place) in more than one species but can only win one place per species.
Each angler who weighs a legal fish in the Rodeo gets his or her ticket placed into a drum with all other eligible contestants. At 5pm on Sunday night, a name will be drawn and that contestant will win the Rodeo’s grand prize: a 21' Contender Boat, Mercury Outboard motor, and Loadmaster Trailer package; a second prize drawing of a Swimming Pool valued at $20,000* from Scott Spivey Inc (*restrictions apply, winner is responsible for all architect and permit fees). A third drawing from Atlantic Coast Marine for a 15'4" Gheenoe Boat, Yamaha motor and Magic Tilt trailer and the fourth drawing is a Tripp Harrison Giclee print.
You must be present to win an award.
Anyone purchasing a Rodeo Ticket is eligible to fish offshore, inshore, dock, pier, surf, bridge, or river bank of the St. John's River or its tributaries. You may fish in any size motorized vessel, sailboat, kayak, or canoe.
Rodeo tickets will be checked at the scales for everyone. You will not be allowed to weigh any legal fish without your ticket. Jackpot entries must come to the scale by boat. All others can come by boat, car, or truck.
We recommend that all Redfish and Bass be kept alive so they may be released into the river.
All King Mackerel participants: SKA rules to apply. A copy of the rules is available at www.FishSKA.com.
Each species: $1,000 for first,
$500 second, and $200 for third.
$250 for big fish in each species daily (Friday & Saturday only)
Jackpots: Redfish and King Mackerel These Are Boat Events With Every Team Member Or Persons On Board Having A Valid Rodeo Ticket!
All Jackpot species will become the property of the Rodeo. Redfish will be released at the dock by the angler. All Jackpot fish must come to the tournament dock by boat.
Winning teams and/or species angler should be prepared to take a polygraph on site.
All protests must be filed with the Tournament Director at the weigh-in site within half an hour after the last fish is weighed in each category along with a $200 fee. If the protest is up-held, monies will be returned to protester. If the protest is not up-held, monies go to the tournament.
These are boat events and every person onboard must have a general Rodeo Ticket. IF YOU COME TO THE WEIGH-IN DOCK, BEFORE YOU CAN GET OFF YOUR BOAT, ALL PEOPLE ON THE BOAT MUST PRESENT THEIR RODEO TICKET. IF ANYONE ON YOUR BOAT DOES NOT HAVE A RODEO TICKET, NO ONE ON THE BOAT CAN WEIGH.