OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The nine day recreational red snapper season opens on Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico. Anglers are allowed to harvest two fish per person with a minimum size limit of 16 inches.
The season, shortened to nine days earlier this month, will end on June 10. That means anglers will have one full weekend, June 8 and June 9, to harvest red snapper.
The Ocean Springs Marine Mart will hold its annual fishing rodeo this weekend, too. A mandatory captains meeting is slated for Friday at 7 p.m. at the Ocean Springs Marine Mart located in the small craft harbor.
The tournament, with fishing days set for Saturday and Sunday, will have a red snapper category as well as cobia in the offshore division. The entry fee is $70 per person, and everyone on the boat must be registered. First place in the offshore division will pay out $1,500 with $1,000 for second and $500 for third.
Since the recreational red snapper season opens at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, anglers cannot weigh red snapper during the opening day on Saturday.
The inshore division includes blackfish, flounder, redfish and speckled trout with an entry fee of $45 per angler. First place in the inshore division will pay out $800 with $400 for second and $200 for third.
Scales will be open on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. 6 p.m. on Sunday.
"We are looking forward to seeing everyone, and the red snapper division should be real good," tournament Director Kenny Dinero said. "The inshore division should be excellent, too. It's very economical to enter and fish both the inshore and offshore division."
For more information on the tournament, you can call 228-872-0072.