The AJ’s Big Mac Classic, which is part of the Southern Kingfish Association, is still a go for Sept. 23-24.

“I feel like we’ll have a good turnout,” said Big Mac Classic tournament director Jerry Andrews.

Although Hurricane Irma stirred up the water the last few days, Andrews is still optimistic about the fishing tournament.

“I think we’ll have time for it to settle down and I think we’ll have fish in here like we’ve never had before,” Andrews said.

The annual Big Mac Classic is an all king mackerel event.

Last year, the two-day fish tournament was won by anglers aboard the CJ. Capt. Chad Parker of the CJ reeled in a 56.4 pound king mackerel for the largest fish of the first day and then Don Bozeman, who was also aboard the CJ, hauled in a whopper, 56.8-pounder, on the second day for “big mac” honors.

Andrews anticipates it taking just as big a fish to win this year’s event.

Entry fee for the tournament is $350, which is good for two dinner tickets to the Captain’s dinner from 4-9 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 22, at AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar located on the Destin harbor. Boats will be able to register at the dinner.

The scales will be open daily behind AJ’s. On Saturday the scales will be open from 3-7 p.m. and then from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

There is a Two Day Aggregate division for fishermen to enter. This will be the total weight of three fish over two days, with a two fish maximum on any day of the tournament.

The Big Mac Classic, which benefits the Ronald McDonald House in Pensacola, will award over $7,000 in cash awards and $5,000 for the first place fish overall.

Raffle tickets will also be available during the tournament for $5 for a 2016 Sportsman 17-foot Island Bay with a 70 HP Yamaha and trailer. The drawing for the boat will be held Friday, November 3 at the Destin Fishing Rodeo Awards at AJ’s.

Proceeds from the raffle also go to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

“When families arrive to the Ronald McDonald House, they are in their greatest time of need,” said Judy Burns, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida. “With being only moments away from their child in the hospital, families are able to have a warm meal and place to rest.

"Because of gracious donors and amazing fundraisers, such as the AJ’s Big Mac Classic Committee, we are able to provide a home-away-from-home for our families,” she added.

The awards ceremony for the Big Mac Classic is set for 6 p.m. on Sept. 24 at AJ’s.

For information about the AJ’s Big Mac Classic, visit the Facebook page or contact Jerry Andrews at 850-259-3158.