A week after one of the worst winter storms in decades invaded South Mississippi, the first competitive saltwater fishing tournament is ready to unfold.
The Second Annual Boardwalk Marina Speckled Trout Shootout is set for Saturday with a mandatory captains meeting Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the lower deck of The Hook-Up Restaurant in Biloxi.
Competitive fishing hours will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday with weigh-ins from noon to 6 p.m. at the Biloxi Boardwalk Bait Shop located inside the marina.
The tournament will use a three-fish aggregate weight to determine first, second and third place in the speckled trout category. The entry fee is $25 per person plus an additional $10 fee for the calcutta that will be awarded for the heaviest speckled trout weighed.
For redfish, the entry fee for the calcutta only is $10 per person, but the fish must fall within an 18-27 inch slot limit. That means no fish larger than 27 inches will be allowed.
''It's that time of the year,'' said tournament spokesman Tim Groue.
''The (speckled) trout are plentiful in the rivers and around the islands with schools of redfish cruising around looking for anything that moves in the water. Local anglers have been giving us great reports on catching good limits on both speckled trout and redfish. Last year, the Shootout had 84 entries and with all the response we've been getting at the bait shop, it seems like the total number of anglers will easily surpass that number this year. ''
Tournament officials said anglers do not have to leave Saturday morning from the Boardwalk Marina to fish.
''They (fishermen) can leave from any destination they want, but all fish must be brought back into the marina for the weigh-in.''
For more information, call (228) 861-1330 or (228) 297-8646.
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