Kingfish Tournament A Super Success

The annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament is the organization’s largest charity fundraiser. It raises money to construct artificial reefs every year with the addition of federal, state, and private foundation grants. Since 1997, MBARA has built over 200 artificial reefs worth over two-million dollars. Tournament proceeds provides MBARA the financial resource to leverage successful grants from the Federal/State governments, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and private foundations through matching funds programs.

154 boats with approximately 600 anglers registered for the 2015 tournament. 27 Kings, 13 Spanish, and 2 Wahoo were weighed at the Mexico Beach Marina. Photos of the winners and weigh-sheets are posted on our Facebook for public viewing.

Tournament Director, Ron Childs said, the whole tournament was perfect! It ran smooth and easy. He also said, we are appreciative of 119 sponsors that supported the tournament with funding, door prizes, and raffle items.

MBARA President, Bob Cox said, this was another great success. The funds raised by this event will help us raise additional grant funding by five-fold translating to an additional $5 for every $1 raised in the tournament. We are also grateful for our volunteers that work all through the years to make this a memorable and fun event.

Tournament Results:

Recreational Division: 

1st Kingfish--$3,000 Prize: 43.77 pounds, Boat-Easy E, Photo-Rusty McCord (caught fish), Capt Johnny Dean, Easton Dean, Miss Kingfish Allison Hudson

2nd Kingfish--$2,000 Prize: 37.86 pounds, Boat-Deep, Photo-Capt John Corlett, Kyle Register (caught fish), Davide Carr, Miss Kingfish Allison Hudson 

3rd Kingfish--$1,000 Prize: 37.78 pounds, Boat-Contender Boyz, Photo-Miss Kingfish Allison Hudson, Sean Nguyen, Capt Scott Nguyen (caught fish), Andrew Nguyen, Chris Nguyen 

Wahoo--$1,000 Prize: 24.14 pounds, Boat-Bird’s Nest, Photo-Capt Mark Brannen, Rodney McCart, Chris Duncan and Jeff Dehem (caught fish), Miss Kingfish Allison Hudson (2nd from right) 

Spanish--$500 Prize: 4.22 pounds, Boat- Nauti Anglers, Photo- Miss Kingfish Allison Hudson, Capt Jordon Kempson (caught fish) 

Professional Division:

1st Kingfish--$1,275 Prize: 13.80 pounds, Boat-Aquatic Adventures, Photo-Capt Harris Scruggs (caught fish), Clarence Raffield, Miss Kingfish Allison Hudson

More photos can be viewed on our Facebook at MBARA Facebook  



In Memory of John Breen

John Richard Breen, Sr. was born in Buffalo, NY, on September 16, 1946, and died in St. Joe Beach, FL, on August 18, 2015. He was the son of the late Thomas B. Breen and the late Dorothy Rathke Breen Mang. He was raised in Buena Park, CA, by his mother and step-father the late Harold Mang. John joined the United States Navy in 1964 and served in Vietnam in 1969-1970. He retired from the Navy in 1988, after serving with honor and achieving the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. He made many life-long friends and traveled all over the world, as he flew and worked as a Load Master on airplanes. John was in law enforcement in North Georgia for 17 years and retired from the Ball Ground, GA, Police Department. 

John is a lifetime member of the VFW and is associated with the John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069 in Port St. Joe, Florida. He is also a member of the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association and has been an avid fisherman since childhood. He and his first mate have taken many friends and relatives who vacationed in the area deep sea fishing on The Reef Chief in the Gulf of Mexico. He also enjoyed hunting, cars, and motorcycles in his younger years. 

John is survived by two sons, John R. Breen, Jr. of Jasper, GA, and Thomas C. Breen of Kennesaw, GA; Daughter-in-law, Amy Breen of Jasper, GA, and grandson, Eli Breen of Jasper, GA. He is also survived by his life partner and first mate Melba DeLeGal-Joswiak, of St. Joe Beach, Fl, formerly of Forsyth, GA. Melba's children and grandchildren will also miss Grandpa John. He leaves a sister, Millie Stapleton of Whittier, CA. and brothers: Thomas J. Breen of Buffalo, NY, Bill Breen of Fairfield, CT, Randy Mang, Terry Mang, and Mike Mang, all of the Los Angeles area and a host of nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by many friends and fellow fishermen. 

There will be a celebration of John's life on Sept. 22, 2015, in Mexico Beach, FL, with the time and venue to be announced at a later date. The family requests donations to Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association "In memory of John Breen, Sr." to help him realize his last wish of becoming part of the sea he loved so much. Donations can be mailed to MBARA, PO Box 13006, Mexico Beach, FL, 32410, or online at



10 Aug 2015 MBARA Built New Reefs


On 10 Aug 2015, MBARA acquired and delopyed materials creating new reefs in our two new artificial reef permit sites known as the Crooked Island and Sherman Sites.  These reefs are at depths of 77-80 feet and already bringing fish to the new habitat.


Annual MBARA Membership Prize Drawing

MBARA membership has many benefits.  One of them is our annual prize drawing held at the MBARA Kingfish Tournament Captain's Party held every August before the day of the tournament.  This year, Jim Bush won a nice spinning rod and reel combination.  All new and current members are eligible to win and do not need to be presentto win.  Congratulations Jim and your new fishing rod is on its way to you!


We Need Seafood Recipes for New Cookbook
The MBARA is now producing a second edition of our cookbook that has been out for over 20 years.   Sally Childs of Sundance Realty is editing this edition and needs seafood recipes for inclusion in the book.   We are also including a dessert section.   Mail recipes to Sally Childs, P. O. Box 13470, Mexico Beach, Florida  32410 or e-mail her at  We need 300 recipes.  


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Memorial Reefs Available for Purchase
The MBARA has a wonderful program of memorial reefs that can be purchased to remember a loved one or as a purchase by a business or corporation.  Check out the Memorial Reef tab on our home page of for complete information and pricing.  


Help MBARA with Your Shopping at Amazon
Did you know you can donate to MBARA every time you shop on Amazon?  It is easy to register. Just click on this link to designate MBARA as your charity of choice: . Afterwards, go to to do your shopping. It is the same site as Amazon, but every time you make a purchase Amazon will donate a percentage to MBARA! Once you see how easy it is, please share your experience with your friends and family.


Underwater Videos of our Reefs
Do you want to see whats happening on our reefs?  See the latest underwater videos produced by Bob Cox on the MBARA  Video Channel at YouTube.  Click on  MBARA Video Channel and subscibe and see the latest videos.   Bob says to check the channel periodically for new videos recently added. 


Monthly MBARA Meetings
MBARA conducts monthly meetings at 5:30 PM (Central Time) the first Thursday of the month at the Mexico Beach Civic Center.  Members and the public are welcome to attend.  If you want to get involved, please attend meetings regularly to see what you can do to help MBARA grow and build more reefs.