For anglers in South Mississippi, the first of August means the Carl Legett Memorial Fishing Tournament and a chance to earn a little cash.
The 20th annual event, one that has drawn anglers from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas over the years, will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi.
But the event actually begins Thursday with a kickoff party/captains meeting at Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi from 5-9 pm where anglers can register to participate in the inshore, offshore and freshwater divisions.
There are no fishing changes this year, but there will be one in terms of the actual weigh-in location.
In the past, the weigh-ins were held on the east side of the Point Cadet Marina by Gorenflo's Tackle and Marina Stone and the fuel dock. Due to casino construction and landscaping, weigh scales have moved to the center of the marina in the same location that was used in June for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic.
The 2014 tournament will offer a guaranteed payout of $26,500 in three divisions. The offshore division will include amberjack, cobia, king mackerel, mangrove snapper. The first place prize in amberjack and cobia is $3,000 with $1,500 for king mackerel and $1,000 for mangrove snapper. Second and third place will payout $500 and $350 respectively.
The inshore division includes gar, black drum, blackfish, flounder, redfish and speckled trout with cash being award in first, second and third place. The largest speckled trout will win $1,500 with 1 $1,000 award for first place in the other Inshore Division categories.
The freshwater division features catfish and green trout with $1,000 for the first place catfish and $1,500 for the top bass. Second place awards $500 and third winner will receive $250 in each category.
The entry fee for the tournament is $80 per person and scales will be open from 4-8 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 2-5 pm on Sunday.
Of note, the 7th Annual Kid's Fishing Tournament is set for Saturday from 8-10 am at the fishing bridge by the Palace Casino. This event is free to kids ages between five and 13-years-old and experienced anglers will be on-site to help the kids.
The event includes food and drinks will served when the fishing ends.
"It's always a fun time because we have so many kids who love to fish," tournament spokesman Steve Braun said. "Last year, we had nearly 300 kids and we expect the same this year if not more. When it's over, we will serve lunch to the kids."
For more information, call (228) 896-7646 or go to carllegett.hbamscoast.com.
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