MEXICO BEACH, Fla. - Fishermen and women were up at the crack of dawn to catch the largest fish among three categories of this weekend.
The 14th annual Mexico Beach offshore classic tournament ended Saturday afternoon and the winners are out celebrating.
Do you have what it takes to win the offshore classic? It's a competitive tournament but also a big friendly gathering.
"It brings everybody together to Mexico Beach. Everybody fishing has been fishing it for about ten to fifteen years," Sean Pridgeon, a Mexico Beach Marina Manager, said.
Locals and travelers alike spent Friday and Saturday fishing in the deep blue.
"Mexico beach is the best place to fish in the world. I know people on the west side always think it is, but it's better over here," Finley Cook, a tournament participant, said.
"It's fun. It's all I like doing really," Andre Hornsby, another tournament participant, said.
Andre Hornsby said when fishing, sometimes all it takes is one more try.
"We were just about to leave so I asked [my] dad if I could throw it out one more time. So I threw it out and we got lucky and caught one," he said.
Participants searched to catch the largest dolphins, wahoo and king fish.
"We have to go by game and fish regulations, what species are in season," Donny Mcardle, a Mexico Beach Offshore Classic Organizer, said.
Organizers said it's the most successful tournament in more than three years.
"We had 29 boats this year. That's two or three more than last year. [We had] a lot more fish weighed, a lot bigger fish weighed," he said.
A group of Bay County locals won the tournament and the grand prize of $2,500.
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