Fishing Rodeo continues in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - In the third day of the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, the scales were tipping, and the fishermen didn't disappoint

Hundreds of spectators watched in amazement as the days catches were laid out on display.

"I was born and raised down here, so this is one of my favorite experiences to have. I get amazed by them. But my son fishes all the time, so this is nothing new to me," Tanya Simmons said.

In the years since Hurricane Katrina, the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo has been without a permanent home.

The rodeo was traditionally held in Gulfport, but now that the event is in it's second year at Long Beach Harbor. Many wonder whether or not a new tradition has started.

"Long Beach, like I've said before, and Harrison County, they rolled the mat out for us. They've taken care of us. They've done everything hand and hand with us to make the event a success. From what I understand, right now we are the biggest event that Long Beach holds. From year to year you can never tell what's going to happen, but hopefully we'll be back here next year," Weighmaster, Mark Wright said.

With the fishing rodeo being one of the largest events in the city of Long Beach, it's also a great way for local vendors to get exposure.

"It gets you a lot of business and gets you out there for people to know what's going on. We have a lot of friendly people out here. Especially when they're going in with the fish they're a lot more excited," Simmons said.

The event continues thru July 4th.

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