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Orange Beach ChartersThree of the best bargains available during the SEC BeachFest of August 15-18 will be the fishing opportunities in which families can participate. The free kids’ pier fishing tournament will take place on Sunday, August 18 at the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores from 9 to 11 a.m. for children 15 years old and younger. They will have opportunities to win prizes for fish they catch like speckled trout, redfish, flounder, sheepshead, spadefish, blue fish, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, pompano, and ground mullet. Anglers will help youngsters learn how to fish from the pier.

The SEC BeachFest Fishing Challenge, sponsored by the Orange Beach Fishing Association on Saturday, August 17 will be a tournament costing $120 per angler at Zeke’s Marina from 7 to 11 a.m., and each contestant will receive two festival tickets, the possibility of more than 200 prizes, and free food and drinks provided by Wolf Bay Lodge. Fishing primarily will be for Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, bluefish, and cobia while trolling the front beaches, talking football, and having fun.

You also can enjoy a tailgate party at the Challenge with a fishing twist. Take your family, business associates, or five good friends to a tailgate party on the water by sponsoring a boat for $1,200. You’ll be entered in the tournament, can catch fish, will enjoy talking with an SEC legend on board about football and fishing, and have a branded boat with signage, Orange Beach Fishinglisting on the website, and other marketing benefits along with five VIP festival tickets. Sponsored boats will hold one of the first tailgate parties of the 2013 football season.

Fishing and football do mix on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Plan to come down, go fishing with us, and enjoy all the sights and sounds of SEC BeachFest 2013. Go to

For more information about Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, visit, our easy to access fishing information pages complete with marina and charter captain listings. For any questions, call Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s vacation-planning specialists at 1-800-745-SAND (7263). For a list of cook-your-catch restaurants, go to