The Old Salt Fishing Foundation is preparing for its 20th anniversary King of the Beach Fishing Tournament, which runs April 25-27 in Madeira Beach, Fla.
The tournament, sponsored in part by Mastry Engine Center, benefits local charities. Mastry is donating an 8-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard as a prize.
This year’s King of the Beach offers a $20,000 first prize and overall payments estimated at $80,000. The event is the largest king and Spanish mackerel tournament on Florida’s west coast. Mastry’s engine will go to the angler who weighs in with a fish closest to 20 pounds.
The event also features a food festival, live music, children’s activities, local vendors and a boat show and organizers expect to attract more than 10,000 competitors and supporters.
"We couldn't host an event of this size, nor be able to contribute to local charities, without the help of our sponsors and participating anglers,” Old Salt president and tournament director Tom Verdensky said in a statement. “Mastry is like family to us and we appreciate their generous company participation as a platinum sponsor of King of the Beach. The engine donation is also a fun way to reward a participant who doesn't land that first-place contender fish.”