Big Mac Classic at AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar is scheduled for this weekend
The 12th annual Big Mac Classic at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar is set to roll this weekend, Sept. 17-19.
“We just need more boats to enter,” said Jerry Andrews, fishing tournament's director.
Andrews said he has had several people inquire about entering, but like most tournaments, boats wait until the last minute.
If the weather gets bad, the tournament will be moved to the following weekend.
“We haven’t missed a year yet. … However, some are more difficult than others,” Andrews said.
But as of Monday, everything was set to go.
Boat captains can still register on Friday from 4:30-8 p.m. at AJ’s and enjoy a captains dinner at 6 p.m. Entry fee is $450.
The tournament benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida. Last year, the tournament was one of the only fundraisers for the Ronald McDonald House because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Andrews said they were able to raise $53,000 for Ronald McDonald House.
The captains meeting is mandatory and fishing can begin immediately after, if they so choose, Andrews said.
The scales will be open from 3-7 p.m. Sept. 18 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 19, with the awards to follow at 6 p.m.
This is strictly a king mackerel tournament, with cash awards for the three largest fish overall as well as three awards for a two-fish aggregate weight winner for both Saturday and Sunday, as well as an overall three fish aggregate total weight.
Anglers can weigh a maximum two fish daily and declare on Saturday if they want one or both fish to count for their overall aggregate.
The first place king mackerel angler will take home $10,000.
There will also be cash awards for second and third, as well as aggregate winners and Calcutta winners.
For more information, contact Andrews at 850-259-3158.