Jim Franks, of the Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs, prepares to weigh a cobia during the 2013 Gorenflo's Cobia One Day Shootout at Point Cadet.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
The annual spring cobia migration from the Florida Keys to the mouth of the Mississippi River to spawn is underway in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
This weekend, anglers from Bay St. Louis to Pascagoula will get a chance to cash in on the action.
The 28th annual Gorenflo's Cobia One Day Shootout is set for Saturday at the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi.
The Shootout will be followed by next weekend's main tournament at the Gorenflo's Tackle and Marina Store, which is located behind the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi.
The entry fee for the Shootout, which is expected to draw anglers from South Mississippi as well as Louisiana, Alabama and Florida, is $200 per boat.
First and second place finishers will be based on the heaviest two-fish aggregate weight, and prize money will be paid out based on a 60 percent and 40 percent split of the entry fees.
''We will have a mandatory captains meeting on Friday, at 7 p.m., at Gorenflo's Tackle and Marina Store,'' said weigh master and tournament Director Danny Pitalo. ''If (anglers) are not pre-registered, they need to be at the shop between 6 and 7 p.m. to sign up. We will use a flare start at 6 a.m. on Saturday with a mandatory checkout and (weigh). Scales will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.''