To showcase the world-class fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is luring avid anglers with weekend-long fishing tournaments this fall. Running from Oct. 5 to Nov. 4, the City Pier vs. County Pier Challenge guarantees a prize purse totaling $7,500.
The M.B. Miller Pier (County Pier) and the Russell-Fields Pier (City Pier) are twin piers, both of which are prized as prime fishing spots for anglers of all ages. Extending more than 1,500 feet into the bountiful waters, the piers are two of the longest on the Gulf Coast. All visitors have the opportunity to cast a line for a local catch, with rod rentals and tackle available on site.
Each weekend during the contest, beginning at 5 a.m. on Friday through 5 p.m. Sunday, fishermen and women of all levels are invited to compete in the challenge, in hopes of securing the biggest catch in one of four categories – Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, King Mackerel and Pompano. A winner at each pier will be awarded in each fish category every weekend with a total of $1200 in prizes. A $250 prize will be awarded for the heaviest catch in each of the categories during the entire challenge. Kids are welcome to participate in the Children's Division, open to anglers 12 and under. Winners of the Children's Division, with the heaviest overall fish at each pier every weekend, will receive a $50 gift card.
Weigh-ins will take place at each pier and the winner will be announced on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. There is no entry fee required for the challenge, though participants must pay a pier fishing fee.
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