The eighth annual Nick’s Kid’s Catfish Tournament, which was originally scheduled to go this Saturday at Nick’s Restaurant located on Highway 20 in Basin Bayou, has been postponed until July 21.
This Choctawhatchee Bay catfish tournament is for the kids only, youth 12 years old and younger.
Entry fee is $50 per angler and all participants must be registered before dropping a line in the water. There will be a chance for the youth to register at Nick’s the morning of the tournament, if they have not already done so.
Last year, about 50 youth participated in the event.
“We like to introduce the kids to our sport of fishing,” said tournament director Trey Nick. “If we don’t get the kids involved we’re going backwards.”
Anglers can start fishing from their desired location in waters on or adjacent to the Choctawhatchee Bay in Okaloosa and Walton counties. The tournament starts at safe daylight on May 19 for all registered anglers.
The tournament is divided into two divisions, Hardhead Division and Sailcat Division.
First place grand prize, total weight of three hardhead catfish, is a brand new boat and trolling motor by Tracker Marine. Second place through fifth will receive prizes and medals.
In the Sailcat Division, the angler with the single heaviest fish wins $300. Second place will receive $200 and third, $100. Fourth and fifth place winners will receive prizes and medals.
There is a four catfish limit on saltwater species. Fish may be caught in a boat, on a dock, or from the shoreline. Adults may assist kids with handling fish, but may not reel the fish in for them. Baiting, casting and use of landing net only. Live or artificial bait, rod and reel only, no jugs, cast nets, or noodling. Note: Catfish have three spines so use caution when handling these fish.
Fish must be caught in the Choctawhatchee Bay north of the Destin bridge. Crab Island and Destin harbor areas are off limits. Violating this rule will result in disqualification from the tournament.
Weigh-in is from 4-5 p.m. on July 21 at Nick’s. Contestants must be checked in with a tournament official by 5 p.m. to have their catfish scored. Weigh-ins will be held on the stage at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, 7585 Hwy 20 West Freeport.
Following the weigh-ins there will be a mullet toss for all ages.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.
For more information, call 850-835-2222 or 850-830-6161.