Mississippi waters open, but some are optimistic

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Krystal Allan – bio | email

The future of Danny Pitalo's bait and tackle business is now looking less bleak.   Pitalo and his wife own Gorenflo's Tackle in Biloxi.  Now that Mississippi waters are back open, Pitalo said they could be back in business with a less uncertain future.

"As far as the tackle side, we're probably about 90% off right now. So, it's going to really turn us around," said Pitalo.

Commercial and recreational fishermen are still not allowed to catch crabs or oysters in affected areas.  But, with waters open to shrimp and fish, Pitalo said his customers, at least for now, can live with the restrictions.

"Now that it's open up to the barrier islands, I think everybody's going to get excited again and start fishing," said Pitalo.

Twelve-year-old Zachary Davenport caught the excitement Saturday along with about 20 speckled trout.

"I went out on the water and caught a few fish. It's fun. I like catching fish," said Davenport.

The FDA said it made the decision to open waters to fishing and shrimping after weeks of testing. It said more extensive testing is needed before oysters and crabs can be cleared for catch and keep.

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