Week 2 of Fall Fishing Challenge Set to Begin

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PANAMA CITY BEACH - Panama City Beach and Bay County officials are renewing their annual competition for fishing bragging rights.

The second weekend of the Fall Fishing Challenge begins Friday at the Russel-Fields City Fishing Pier and the M.B. Miller County Pier.

City and County officials came up with the event several years ago as a way to showcase their new piers.

Hundreds, even thousands compete in the friendly rivalry, which features four categories, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, flounder and pompano.

They can win some of the $1,200 in prizes each weekend, with a 250 dollar grand prize up for grab at the end of the tournament on November 3rd.

The event is drawing people from as far away as New York and Minnesota.

Participant, Rebecca McShane said, "I would love to win the big money, that's what your fishing for right? The big catch. We are super excited and we'll be here probably at five in the morning."

The Children's Division is open to kids 12 years and younger.

The events starts at 5 Friday morning and ends at 5 Sunday night.