old salt king of the beach king mackerel fishing tournament

31st Annual Old Salt Fishing Foundation

Spring King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament

Dates: April 25, 26 & 27, 2024

Location: 200 Rex Place - Madeira Beach, Florida 33708 (map)

Tournament Entry Fees

Early Registration: $250.00/Team*

* early registration runs through 2/29/2024

Species: King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel


  • Pays 6 Divisions
  • $250,000 Cash & Prizes
  • 3 TWT's - Standard, High Roller & The Smoker!

    Spring King of the Beach 2024 • Rules and Regulations             

    1. The tournament rules may be changed any time through the conclusion of the Captain’s Meeting. Captain’s Meeting, Thursday April 25, 2024, is mandatory for each boat/team.
    2. Old Salt King of the Beach is a weight-based tournament. Anglers, regardless the division, will present their King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel at the weigh-in on Saturday April 27, 2024 as indicated below. All paid places in each division are determined by the weight of the fish presented at the weigh-in. The heaviest fish in each division is deemed the winner in that division. Additional paid places in each division are awarded on weight as well, heaviest fish to lightest fish weighed.
    3. Every boat/team must be paid and registered prior to midnight Friday, April 26, 2024. No refund of entry fees unless the tournament committee cancels the tournament. The entire team (all of the anglers fishing the tournament for the team) must be declared on the registration form. Definition of Team: Captains will determine number up to maximum capacity of their vessel, kayaks are considered a vessel and only can have as many anglers as one vessel permits (combining multiple kayaks is not permitted) if fishing from land your team will have a max of 2 anglers on your team.
    4. Overall Division eligible species limited to King Mackerel. Eligible fish must measure at least 30” from nose to fork.
    5. Fishing starts at 6:00 am Saturday, April 27, 2024. No lines in the water prior to this time.


      NORTH: Cedar Key – 29 08 000

      SOUTH: Boca Grande Pass 26 39 000,
      WEST: 83 20 00

      (approx. 30 miles west of the Johns Pass Safe Water Marker).

    6. All King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel must be caught with hand held rods and reels. No electric reels.
    7. Two or more boats coming in physical contact during fishing hours in any manner will be disqualified. A boat rendering assistance to another boat will not be disqualified in the case of an emergency at sea, such as onboard fire, sinking, medical emergencies, etc. Any boat/team that receives assistance, other than outlined previously, from another boat will be disqualified from the tournament.
    8. This is a captain’s choice tournament. Therefore it is up to the discretion of the registered captain to determine whether his or her craft is seaworthy for existing sea conditions. Participants are encouraged to scan channel 16, in addition to the tournament channel (68) to keep abreast of any marine or weather warnings. The captain is responsible for all members of his/her crew both on and off the water.
    9. Teams / Anglers must be in weigh-in line by 5:00 PM, Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the Madeira Beach Recreational Complex, 200 Rex Place – Madeira Beach (NO EXCEPTIONS). Scales will open at approximately 3:00pm. All teams/angler must go to weigh-in check-in tent first. You must have your hand stamped and your King Mackerel and/or Spanish Mackerel tagged to be eligible to weigh. Every fish must be accompanied with its own weigh slip. (One weigh slip per fish) Tournament officials will be at drop dock and gates to verify time and call last in weigh-in line.
    10. King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel may be brought to the weigh-in by boat or by car. A crew member must accompany the fish during the weigh-in. One fish per division, per boat may be weighed, with the exception of Overall and Single Engine – You must choose only one of these divisions to weigh in. The only means of transportation during the tournament is by boat or car.
    11. No rotten or mutilated fish will be weighed in. All fish weighed become property of the Old Salt Fishing Foundation. Unwanted fish may be donated and every fish need to be properly iced and cared for.
    12. Any fish weighed-in containing lead or any foreign matter will be subject to disqualification as determined by the tournament weigh master.
    13. Children eligible for the Youth Angler Awards must be 14 years or younger on the tournament date. They must catch and reel the fish to point of gaff. One fish can be weighed in this division per boat/team.
    14. Ladies eligible for the Lady Angler Awards must be 15 years or older. She must catch and reel the fish to point of gaff. One fish can be weighed in this division per boat/team.
    15. To be eligible for the Single Outboard Engine Division you must fish from a single outboard engine boat. (a kicker or small trolling motor does not count as a second engine) At time of weigh-in you must choose to weigh your fish in the Single Outboard Engine Division or the Overall Division, by indicating it on your weigh slip. Only one fish can be weighed in this division per boat/team and will not count in the Overall Division the team must choose the division their fish will be weighed in prior to weighing their fish.
    16. Protests made to the tournament committee shall be accompanied by $500 cash deposit. A protest must be presented no later than 30 minutes after the last fish is weighed. The $500 cash deposit will be returned if the protest is upheld by the tournament committee. The $500 cash deposit will become the property of the Old Salt Fishing Foundation if the protest is not upheld. Decision of the tournament committee will be final.
    17. By entering into the tournament each contestant agrees to submit to polygraph testing and abide by its conclusion. The polygraph test(s) will be issued at the discretion of the tournament directors. A minimum of three (3) tests will be performed; First Place Overall, First Place Single Outboard Engine and one other random place. The results of the polygraph test are final and cannot be protested or reviewed by a court of law. Failure to take, pass and\or submit to the polygraph will result in disqualification of entire team and forfeit all winnings awarded. Each contestant selected for polygraph must have in their possession a valid picture ID and Florida State fishing license. Captain listed on registration form is required to take test. Tests will be given on Sunday, April 28, 2024. Winning Checks for chosen teams will be awarded after passing of the test.
    18. Tournament Directors have the right to board any boat and view any marine, fishing equipment & boats GPS Tract.
    19. In the event of a tie, the boat/team that weighs their fish first breaks the tie.
    20. ALL TOURNAMENT WINNERS MUST BE PRESENT AT TOURNAMENT AWARDS TO RECEIVE WINNINGS CHECK. Anyone receiving a check or prize from this Tournament must complete a W-9 Form before check will be written. Awards will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 11:00am at the Mad Beach Cantina located at 13205 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708. (A minimum of one team member authorized to fill out paperwork and receive check must be present otherwise the winnings will be forfeited)
    21. Tournament within a Tournament – TWT (Optional Entries) applies to King of the Beach, King Mackerel OVERALL & SINGLE ENGINE DIVISIONS and will payout 3 places to the top teams that paid into the TWT. 50% – 30% – 20% Split. There are three TWT’s offered: Standard for $110, High Roller for $250 & Smoker! for $500. One, two or all three may be entered and won.
    22. One Place Paid for every 10 boats Registered, up to 30 Places. Single Engine will be up to 5 places pending registered boats, Traveling Angler is 3 places; Ladies is 3 places and Youth has 3 places.
    23. Overall Division Spring and Fall Aggregate. (Optional Entry $55 includes sales tax paid at Spring KOTB) Weight of 2024 Spring Kingfish combined with weight of 2024 Fall Kingfish (2 Fish Total). Highest/Most Pounds Wins, One Place Paid, Winner Takes All. To be Eligible, Team Must Pay into Aggregate at 2024 Spring KOTB. Aggregate will follow the Captain listed on Spring KOTB Registration form to 2024 Fall KOTB (NOT team/boat name).
    24. Travel Team Division: To qualify for the Travel Team Division the Captain listed on the tournament registration form must physically reside 75 miles or more from Madeira Beach, Florida.
    25. The tournament committee has the right to refuse entry to any applicant. In the event such refusal occurs, 100% of the applicant’s entry fee will be returned.
    26. Registered boats must comply with State, Federal and U.S.C.G. safety and fishing regulations. All Old Salt Tournament Rules must be adhered to.
    27. The decisions of the Old Salt Tournament Committee and Weigh Master are final.


    1. All Tournament rules stated above apply to this division (except: #4, 13, 14, 15, 21 & 22).
    1. This is a boat/team event, $75 add on for King of the Beach Registered boats / $155 for Non-King of the Beach boats fishing for Spanish Mackerel only. Only eligible for Spanish Mackerel prizes.
    1. Eligible species limited to Spanish Mackerel. Eligible fish must measure at least 15” from the nose to the fork.
    1. Payouts are based on number of entries. Only one (1) Spanish Mackerel per boat/team can be weighed in.
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