BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The 28th annual Gorenflo's Cobia Tournament is set for this weekend at the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi.
Despite the heavy rainfall that invaded South Mississippi on Monday and Tuesday, and lowered salinity levels into single digits, organizers are still expecting a solid event since the fish are in the middle of their annual migration from the Florida Keys to the mouth of the Mississippi River to spawn.
That means key fishing spots for the weekend will include the barrier islands and the many oil rigs in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
''It (rain) might push some of the fish offshore,'' said tournament weigh master Danny Pitalo. ''There will still be a lot of fish caught on the sandbars at Chandeleur and Horn Islands That's based on the number of fish caught in the one day shootout (last Saturday). We expect to see some good fish despite the recent weather.''
A mandatory captains meeting will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi. The actual fishing days are Saturday and Sunday with weigh scales open from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The entry fee is $500 per boat with $8,000 cash paid out for first place, $3,500 for second and $1,500 for third.
The winners will be based on a three-fish aggregate weight with boats being allowed to weigh three-fish each day, keeping the three heaviest.
''If the weather is good, we expect to see 50 boats,'' Pitalo said. ''We will have some boats that will run the (oil) rigs looking for fish and others will fish the sandbars. The winner will be based on the three heaviest fish, and considering we saw a two-fish aggregate weight of 118 pounds for the shootout, I think it might take 190 or 200 pounds to win with a three fish weight.''
The tournament is expected to draw boats from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
For more information, call (228) 432-7387.