Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo & Festival
Thu, Jul 20 - Sun, Jul 23
The fishing rodeo, which for the 84th year is being sponsored by the Mobile Jaycees, will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday with its annual Liars Contest, after which the Wes Loper Band will play at 7:30 p.m.
As anglers hit the water Friday for three days, the number of bands also ramps up. Friday’s lineup at the rodeo site will include Blues In Trouble at 2 p.m., Fortag at 4:30 p.m. and Winston Ramble at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, performers will include Yeah, Probably at 1 p.m., Eric Erdman at 3 p.m. and Mulligan Brothers at 5 p.m.
Sunday’s bands will be Prime Country at 12:30 p.m. and Rolling in the Hay at 3 p.m.
At nearby venues
Elsewhere, plans include the following acts and venues. (Schedules are subject to change.)
Dority’s Bar & Grill: Rick Carter & John Cochran, 6 p.m. Thursday; Sugarcane Jane, 6 p.m. Friday; Joey Abruscato Trio, 6 p.m. Saturday; and Eric Erdman, 6 p.m. Sunday.
Fins Bar: Johnny No, 9 p.m. Thursday; The Modern Eldorados, 9 p.m. Friday; Melissa Joiner, 9 p.m. Saturday; and Emily Stuckey & Gabe Willis, 3 p.m. Sunday.
Islanders Restaurant: Bryant Gilley, 6 p.m. Friday; and Keith “The Mailman” Burns, 6 p.m. Saturday.
Pirates Bar & Grill: Bruce Williams at noon Thursday; Delta Smoke, 6 p.m. Thursday; Bruce Smelley, noon Friday; Jake Burford, 6 p.m. Friday; Mario Mena, noon Saturday; Ryan Balthrop, 6 p.m. Saturday; Bruce Smelley, noon Sunday; and Leland Clay, 5 p.m. Sunday.
Billed as the largest fishing tournament in the world, the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo was founded in 1929, when access to Dauphin Island was by boat only. A rodeo spokesman said it now attracts more than 3,000 anglers and about 75,000 spectators.
The rodeo is a Captain’s Choice tournament and Southern Kingfish Association sanctioned event, with a total awards package of about $1 million in cash and prizes.
Proceeds from the rodeo go to the University of South Alabama’s Department of Marine Sciences, which has received more than $200,000 from the rodeo over the years, and to fund annual scholarships.