Redfish Series tournament coming to Biloxi

Bobby Carter, left and Doug Borries of Ocean Springs show off redfish caught at Ship Island. The Redfish Series will invade Biloxi in May.
Bobby Carter, left and Doug Borries of Ocean Springs show off redfish caught at Ship Island. The Redfish Series will invade Biloxi in May.

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The ever popular Redfish Series will make a summer stop in Biloxi. The series, which only targets slot limit size redfish, will hold a three-day fishing event May 29 through May 31 out of the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi and use the Point Cadet Marina for weigh-ins.

''We are proud to announce that the Redfish Series partnered with the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Biloxi,'' said Redfish Series President and CEO Pat Malone.

''We are very excited about this partnership.''

Anglers on the Elite Series will battle head-to-head instead of a traditional two-man team format that's used by other professional redfish tournaments. Anglers will be allowed to weigh up to three redfish per day within the slot limit of 18 to 27 inches. All weigh-ins will be open to the public.

In terms of fishing, anglers will have a variety of fishing destinations ranging from the many bay and river systems of South Mississippi, the inshore reefs built by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources from Ocean Springs to Waveland, the barrier islands and the nearby Louisiana Marsh and Mobile Bay.

''Anglers will arrive on Memorial Day and pre-fish the 27 and 28," said Bobby Carter of the Golden Nugget.

''There will be a captains meeting on the 28, and competitive fishing will be May 29 and 30. We will then take the top 10 anglers and they will fish on May 31 to determine the winner. Weigh-ins will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on May 29 and 30 and at 3 p.m. on May 31. We are expecting 40 boats, and these guys are considered to be the best redfish anglers in the Southeast.''

Other stops for the one man team formats include Chalmette, Houma and Lake Charles in Louisiana as well as Texas and Florida.

The series also includes team competition with events from Texas to South Carolina.

The Golden Nugget Casino will host the annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic the week of June 3 through June 8 where more than $1 million will be awarded in the blue marlin, dolphin, tuna and Wahoo divisions.

Also, the Golden Nugget announced Wednesday that the Southern Kingfish Association will return to Biloxi for its 2014 National Championship. The event, which draws boats from South Carolina to Texas, is tentatively set for November 3 through November 9 at the Point Cadet Marina.

''The SKA called Wednesday and said they are definitely coming back to Biloxi and looking forward to it, too,'' Carter said.

''We now have the number one marlin tournament in the Gulf of Mexico, the SKA National Championship and the Elite Redfish anglers coming to Biloxi. That says a lot about what we have to offer.''

The Redfish Series stop in Biloxi will be aired on the Discovery Chanel's Destination America network.

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