SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - What's better than listening to good music? Try reeling in a fish. Then try doing it for free. That's what Angelie Sanford, who is visiting the Coast from Tennessee did.
"Well, we actually went down to the marina over there, and the guy told us it was a free fishing day," Sanford explained. "We were actually going to get our license to fish, but it worked out. It's the Fourth of July and it's free, so why not take advantage of it. It's free and you get to enjoy the day."
Byrant Mallard from Georgia is doing the same thing.
"That's a great idea, and it makes me enjoy my time here," Mallard said.
What does Mallard like about fishing?
"The experience and the challenge, the challenge of catching a fish," Mallard said.
For the locals casting from the Biloxi fishing bridge on Friday morning, even though they have fishing licenses, have paid for them and today is a free day, they still think it's a great idea. One of them is Eric Lofland.
"I love it. It's a chance to catch all the fish, and you don't have to have a license," said Lofland.
What does Lofland like about fishing?
"It calms me down, and the thrill of catching the fish. It's amazing," Lofland said.
For others who live here, like Cassandra Williams, it's all about the moment.
"I think it's a great idea. We need this once a year. You know, to come out here and enjoy this beautiful sunny day. Just come out and enjoy yourself and relax with the family, fishing and having a good time," Williams said.
A free day is also a way to expose people to the joys of fishing, according to angler Jimmy Rouse.
"I think it's a good idea, because it gives everybody a chance to go fishing, and it's good for the Coast to get everybody down here and fish," said Rouse.
Free or not, for Rouse, there's only one thing that ensures a great day wetting a line.
"Catching fish and eating them. That's the main thing. Catching fish and eating them," said Rouse.
Sometimes Mississippi allows free fishing on other days, but July Fourth is always free.