Bud Light Fishing Rodeo Prizes

June 23-24, 2018

This year’s Bud Light Fishing Rodeo will take place June 22-25, 2018.

Cash awards and prizes await the angler who weighs in the top three fish in 20 different species. In addition to the rodeo, there is the Vince Whibbs King Mackerel Challenge with separate buy-in and cash and prizes awarded to the boat that brings in the biggest king mackerel.  There is also the Synovus In-Shore Challenge and the Academy Sports and Outdoors Junior Rodeo.

NEW THIS YEAR – There are new boundaries for the Synvous In-Shore Challenge – the Highway 59 Bridge in Orange Beach is the west boundary and the Mid-Bay Bridge in Destin is the east boundary.  All boats participating in the In-Shore Challenge must catch their fish (red fish, trout, flounder) within those boundaries to be eligible for prizes.  A polygraph test will be administered to the winning boat.

1st through 3rd place prizes will be awarded for the following divisions:

1st place = $300 in prizes  & plaque
2nd place = $200 in prizes & plaque
3rd place = $100 in prizes & plaque

  • King Mackerel is the only eligible species.
  • 100% of all entry fees will be returned in prizes.
  • The King Mackerel Challenge is an SKA event, but you are not required to be a member of SKA to participate. All Rodeo rules still apply.
  • Everyone on the boat must purchase a general rodeo ticket to be eligible for Challenge prizes.
  • Prize depth will be based on the total number of boats entered in the Challenge.
  • Please use the below chart as a guideline for prize payout. Prize money will increase and decrease based on the total boat count.

20-29 Boat Field = 50%, 30%, 20% payouts

20 Boat example:

1st place$3500 + $1000 bonus prize
(Grizzly 60qt. Bud Light Cooler and Raymarine Dragonfly Unit)
2nd place$2100
3rd place$1400

30-39 Boat Field = 50%, 30%, 20% payouts

30 Boat example:

1st place$5250 + $1000 bonus prize
(Grizzly 60qt. Bud Light Cooler and Raymarine Dragonfly Unit)
2nd place$3150
3rd place$2100

40-49 Boat Field = 50%, 25%, 15%, 10% payouts

40 Boat example:

1st place$7000 + $1000 bonus prize
(Grizzly 60qt. Bud Light Cooler and Raymarine Dragonfly Unit)
2nd place$3500
3rd place$2100
4th place$1400

Cash Awards

Cash Award categories are available at $500, $300, $200 and $100 King Mackerel and $100 Daily.

Each category will pay out 1st, 2nd and 3rd places based on 50%, 30% and 20% split of total monies, less a 10% tournament fee.

If there are 5-10 entries in a cash awards division, then prizes will be based on a 1st place 60% and 2nd place 40% split, less a 10% tournament fee; 4 or less entries in a division will be winner take all, less 10% tournament fee.

1st through 3rd place prizes will be awarded for the following divisions for each age group (10 & under and 11-16):

1st place = $50 in fishing gear & trophy
2nd place = $30 in fishing gear & trophy
3rd place = $20 in fishing gear & trophy

  • King Mackerel
  • Red Snapper
  • Redfish sponsored by Gene’s Floor Covering
  • Speckled Trout
  • Flounder
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Mingo Snapper
  • Ladyfish
  • White Trout
  • Croaker
  • Hard Tail
  • Sheepshead
  • Catfish
  • Pinfish
  • Redfish, Speckled Trout and Flounder are the only eligible species.
  • Grand Slam consists of the combined total weight of all three species.
  • All challenge fish must be caught between the boundaries (East Boundary – Mid-Bay Bridge and West Boundary – Hwy 59 Bridge)
  • 100% of all entry fees will be returned in prizes.
  • Everyone on the boat must purchase a general rodeo ticket to be eligible for Challenge prizes.
  • Prize depth will be based on the total number of boats entered in the Challenge.
  • Please use the below chart as a guideline for prize payout. Prize money will increase and decrease based on the total boat count.

20-29 Boat Field = 50%, 30%, 20% payouts

(less 1st place individual fish prize payouts)
20 Boat example:

1st place – Grand Slam$2400 + $1000 Bonus Prize
(Grizzly 40qt. Bud Light Cooler and Raymarine Dragonfly Unit)
2nd place – Grand Slam$1440
3rd place – Grand Slam$960
1st place – Redfish$405
1st place – Speckled Trout$410
1st place – Flounder$415

30-39 Boat Field = 50%, 30%, 20% payouts

(less 1st place individual fish prize payouts)
30 Boat example:

1st place – Grand Slam$3750 + $1000 Bonus Prize
(Grizzly 40qt. Bud Light Cooler and Raymarine Dragonfly Unit)
2nd place – Grand Slam$2250
3rd place – Grand Slam$1500
1st place – Redfish$505
1st place – Speckled Trout$510
1st place – Flounder$515

40-49 Boat Field = 50%, 25%, 15%, 10% payouts

(less 1st place individual fish prize payouts)
40 Boat example:

1st place – Grand Slam$5250 + $1000 Bonus Prize
(Grizzly 40qt. Bud Light Cooler and Raymarine Dragonfly Unit)
2nd place – Grand Slam$2625
3rd place – Grand Slam$1575
4th place – Grand Slam$1050
1st place – Redfish$505
1st place – Speckled Trout$510
1st place – Flounder$515

Cash Awards

Optional Cash Awards are available for each of the following divisions: Day One Grand Slam, Final Grand Slam, Redfish, Speckled Trout and Flounder.

Cash Award categories are available at $200, $100, and $50 for Grand Slam and $100 and $50 for Redfish, Speckled Trout and Flounder.

Each category will pay out 1st, 2nd and 3rd places based on 50%, 30% and 20% split of total monies, less a 10% tournament fee.

If there are 5 – 10 entries in a cash awards division, then prizes will be based on a 1st place 60% and 2nd place 40% split, less a 10% tournament fee; 4 or less entries in a division will be winner take all, less 10% tournament fee.

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