BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Due to high seas, the schedule for the Southern King Fish Association Nationals taking place in Biloxi has had to undergo some changes.
Most of the fishermen who come to Biloxi for the annual SKA nationals say it's not all about the competition. Although, everyone is trying to catch the biggest fish, Mark Henderson says it's about more than that.
"Comradery, that's what it's all about as much as anything. Having friends and getting to see them at least once a year and you build up friendships and relationships over the years. You know, it's a pretty special opportunity to be with each other," said Henderson.
Henderson and his family have been traveling to Biloxi for the tournament for several years, and say they always look forward to it.
"The fishing itself is just amazing. You get the pretty weather, and even if it isn't, it's an opportunity to experience a king mackerel bite like absolutely nowhere else in the country," said Henderson.
The way the tournament works is that the fishermen get two days to go out and catch the biggest two fish they can. But with swells up to 11 feet, there was a change in plans. Competitors like Michael Faurot say they don't mind.
"It comes down to everybody being safe, everybody having fun, and getting back. Some of these boats have a lot of sponsors, and shouldn't get in that water. I'm glad they postponed it," said Faurot.
With more than 20 local and national sponsors, the tournament welcomes about 150 teams from all over the Southeast, and they all have personal techniques to ensure they catch the biggest fish.
Arik Bergrman said his technique is simple - pray to God. A lot.
The fishermen will be able to hit the water at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday and will have until 5:00 p.m. to catch their fish.