It’s Time!

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Once a year, Dauphin Island explodes into a frenzy of cars, crowds, boats and fish.


It’s that time of year again!

This week is the annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo on Dauphin Island!

It’s the biggest fishing rodeo in the world with over 30 categories and over $400,000 of cash and prizes.

(Seriously, did you realize it was the biggest in the world? It’s official. In 2011, the Guiness Book of World Records finally awarded them the title.)


If you’re reading this, then there’s a good chance you’ll be bombarded with pictures and interviews from the rodeo over the next few days.

If you’re planning on coming down this way (or you live in the area) then you’ll find a schedule below. After that, you’ll find out a ¬†little shortcut secret that you might not know yet.

First, here’s the calendar for the rodeo:


Catch and Release Shark Captains’ Meeting 5 PM
ADSFR Site and J&M Tackle Orange Beach

Captains’ Meeting 6 PM
ADSFR Site and J&M Tackle Orange Beach

Liars’ Contest – 6PM

– – – FRIDAY JULY 15, 2016

Cannon Blast 5 AM
Official start of the 83rd ADSFR.

– – – SATURDAY JULY 16th, 2016

Live music all day, The Mulligan Brothers headline at 6PM

– – – – SUNDAY JULY 17, 2016

Cannon Blast 5 PM

Contender Boat Giveaway 6 PM

– – – – MONDAY JULY 18, 2016

Awards Ceremony 6 PM
The Grounds

Official Weigh Station Operating Hours:
Friday 10 AM – 7 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 7 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

So if you’re fishing in the largest fishing rodeo in the world this weekend, then we at The Pelican Reef wish you good luck and Tight Lines!

Have a great week!

– The Pelican Reef

P.S. If you’re still reading this message, then you’re probably wondering about the secret shortcut we mentioned earlier. Here it is.

We have many customers come eat at The Pelican Reef on the way down to the rodeo (some stop by on their way back).

Why do they do this?

Because they don’t want to fight the crowds on the Island just to get a meal and a cold drink.

And since The Pelican Reef is only 15 minutes away from the Dauphin Island bridge, it’s absolutely no trouble to just stop in on your way to see the fish.

So if you don’t want to fight the crowds for food this week, just stop by The Pelican Reef anytime and have a nice seafood meal with us.