BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The 17th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic delayed its start Wednesday morning due to a tropical system located in the southeastern part of the Gulf of Mexico.
Tournament Director Bobby Carter told WLOX News that the fleet of boats were scheduled to leave the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi at noon on Thursday. Boats will now leave the marina at 9 a.m. on Friday.
"We made the call for the safety of the fishermen," Carter said.
Scales will still remain open from 3-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, but the event has been extended to Sunday where scales will be open from noon to 4 p.m.
"The reason we're doing this is we have been tracking a low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico," Carter said. "The marine forecast is calling for eight-to-ten foot seas on Thursday and diminishing to one-to-two feet Thursday night and through the weekend. For the first time in the history of the Billfish Classic, we're extending weigh-ins to Sunday where scales will be open from noon to 4 p.m."
Registration and banquet times remain the same on Wednesday, but there will be a late registration period from noon to 4pm on Thursday.
More information can be found on the website for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic: http://mgcbc.com