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CCA Mississippi Southern Belle Shootout targets lady anglers

Brandy Westman of Ocean Springs holds a redfish. Brandy Westman of Ocean Springs holds a redfish.

After a series of summer competitive fishing events such as the Billfish Classic and the annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo that offer something for anglers of all ages, it's finally time for the lady anglers of the Coast to shine. They will have a chance to win a few prizes, too.

The upcoming CCA Mississippi Southern Belle Shootout is set for August 9. The event, limited to lady anglers only, will feature the inshore slam with categories for flounder, speckled trout and redfish.

"We decided that it was time to turn the tables and let the men take the ladies out for a day of fishing," CCA Mississippi Executive Director Johnny Marquez said. "There are a few tournaments with a junior division or a ladies division, but there are no fishing events on the Coast that really give our lady anglers a chance to take center stage. We have a lot of women that enjoy the sport on the Coast. Fishing is a great family activity, and we hope that the Southern Belle Shootout will be an annual event for our lady anglers for many years to come."

Marquez said male anglers will be allowed to drive boats and help land fish, but men are not allowed to fish at any point.

Held out of the Palace Casino in Biloxi, the event is geared toward lady fishing teams consisting of two to four anglers.

The categories include the largest speckled trout, the largest slot redfish (18 to 30 inches) and the largest flounder. A special grand prize will be awarded for the heaviest inshore slam with the largest trout, slot red and flounder combined for the team.

A captain's meeting is set for August 8, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wahoo's, which is located pool side at the Palace Casino. Weigh-ins will be held on August 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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