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Fall King Of The Beach Tournament & Festival

Have you ever tournament fished? If you have then you know what the “King of the Beach” is and if you haven’t and always wanted to, it is the best tournament in town.

This fall we are celebrating our 25th Anniversary and we are adding $25,000 more in prize money to the pot! We also will have some fun giveaways to truly celebrate a milestone year for us.


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November 8-10, 2018

There are 3 main reasons to fish the King …

  • LEVEL PLAYING FIELD: The Old Salts have made the competition one of the most fair to ALL levels of fisherman. They implement a 30 mile boundary to ensure any size boat can compete. They also offer extra places to single engine vessels.  There are also no intimidating check outs or shotgun starts.
  • OVER 60 PLACES TO WIN: The tournament has 6 divisions: Overall, Single Engine, Spanish Mackerel, Traveling Angler, Ladies and Youth.  Each division has cash and/or prizes with approximately $200,000 up for grabs.
  • LOW ENTRY FEES: You can enter the tournament for as little as $225 which is almost half the cost of most Kingfish tournaments.  So the risk is smaller and at the same time the rewards are bigger. 1st place overall wins $60,000 guaranteed.

The event is so much more than just fishing. It is a 3 day festival with all types of marine related art & craft vendors, a food festival with local flavor, Friday night is Community Night with a free Kids Fishing Slam and live music.  “Combining a community food festival and live music into our tournament seamed natural to us.  Fishing is part of our community, so we welcome all to join us,” says Old Salt President Tom Verdensky.

The event will be held at the Madeira Beach Recreation Complex at 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach.  We have ample FREE parking with a FREE Ferry shuttle to the event, with a special thanks to Hubbard’s Marina and their new water taxi.

The Old Salt Fishing Foundation hosts this semi-annual event to benefit several local charities – This spring we will be presenting checks to: P.A.R.C., Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation and Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

To find out more information or to register for the tournament, go to, email or call 727-216-6601.