Rachel Wilkinson of Pascagoula shows off a red snapper she caught. Red snapper is a category this weekend in the Thunder's Tavern fishing rodeo in Pascagoula.
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -
The weekend excitement in terms of competitive fishing isn't limited to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic.In fact, the Thunder's Tavern 12th Annual
Suzan Walker Memorial Fishing Tournament set for Friday, Saturday and
Sunday offers something for everyone.
The event, to be held at Thunder's Tavern
on Market Street in Pascagoula, has a freshwater division and a
saltwater division. That means anglers can pursue species ranging from
largemouth bass that can be caught in the many rivers
and lakes in South Mississippi to king mackerel in the offshore waters
of the Gulf of Mexico.
Other species in the freshwater division includes catfish and white perch.
division has 11 different species from cobia, grey snapper, red
snapper, redfish, flounder, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, king
mackerel, shark, tripletail and white trout.
note, the recreational red snapper fishing season in the Gulf of Mexico
closes on June 9 with a creel limit of two-fish per person and
a minimum size limit of 16-inches.
The entry fee is $35 per person and scales will be open from 2-7 pm on Friday and noon to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
are an individual tournament that offers something for everyone," said
John "Thunder" Thornton. "We do not have teams fishing or do
we require a number of boats to enter. That means anyone can fish and
hopefully they will win prizes. We will also have door prizes to give
away. We do not have a kids rodeo, but they can fish, too."
the Suzan Walker Award will be presented to the largest fish entered
and the Charley Pace Award will go to the most unusual fish.
want to invite people to come out and enjoy some good fishing and have a
great time, too." Thornton said. "We always have a good time."
For more information, call (228) 769-1531.
scales for the Billfish Classic will be at the Point Cadet Marina
behind the Golden Nugget Casino from 3-8 pm on Friday and Saturday.