Kingfish tournament winners holding fish.This year Mexico Beach will play host to the 15th Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament.  The MBARA stands for the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association.  This association has deployed over 150 artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico near Mexico Beach since 1997 when it was formed.

The Kingfish Tournament which will be held at the Mexico Beach Marina (formerly Marquardt’s Marina) on August 27, 2011.  Not only will there be fishing, there will be a Captains’ Party on Friday night at the El Governor Motel with food & drinks and door prizes.  After the weigh-in on Saturday, there will be a live Rock ‘n Roll band at Toucan’s Restaurant & Bar.

It’s $150 per boat to register and you can do so online at  You can fish as many people on the boat as you like.  There are list of prizes in 3 different species groups; King Mackerel, Wahoo and Spanish.