Pier vs Pier Weekly Fishing Tournaments [Weekly Prizes]

by August 29, 2011 • 4 comments

To showcase the world-class fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is luring avid anglers with weekend-long fishing tournaments this fall. Running from Sept. 23 to Nov. 13, the City Pier vs. County Pier Challenge guarantees a prize purse totaling more than $10,000.

The M.B. Miller Pier (County Pier) and the Russell-Fields Pier (City Pier) are twin piers, both of which are prized as prime fishing spots for anglers of all ages.  Extending more than 1,500 feet into the calm waters, the piers are two of the longest on the Gulf Coast. All visitors have the opportunity to cast a line for a local catch, with rod rentals and tackle available on site.

Tournament info

Each weekend during the contest, on Friday through Sunday, fishermen and women of all levels are invited to compete in the challenge.  There are four categories

  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel
  • Pompano

Every weekend, participants can win a top prize of $150 for each species, with a total of $1200 in prizes awarded. A $250 prize will be awarded for the heaviest catch of the entire challenge. Kids are welcome to participate in the Children’s Division tournaments, open to anglers 12 and under. Winners of the Children’s Division will receive rod and reel prizes.

Weigh-ins will take place at each pier and the winner will be announced on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Best of all, there is no entry fee required for the tournaments.


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1 Cathy August 31, 2011 at 10:05 am

Hey Jason……
We will be at the beach on this week & my husband just might like to fish in this event. The doctors have him in a diabetic cast on the right leg & looks like it won’t be coming off until after our vacation. Since he probably won’t be swimming maybe he can enjoy this event. 🙂
Is their a cost for fishing license and pole rental for this event? If so, can they be obtained at the pier?
We are keeping our fingers crossed that he will be cast free by then & can enjoy swimming and walking on the beach.
Just let me know please.
Thanks again, you are a sweetheart for doing this.
Cathy/ Tn.


2 greggt September 1, 2011 at 7:37 am

Fishing off the piers do not require a license and your hubby can rent a rod and reel at either pier.


3 Cathy September 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

Thank you so very much!