BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Hundreds of kids got a chance to reel in the catch of a lifetime Saturday in Biloxi. It was the 7th annual Casting for Conservation Carl Leggett fishing tournament. Kids of all ages signed up to fish from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Seven years ago, the tournament started with just 45 children. It has now grown to more than 280.
Because of the growing participation, the tournament had to be moved for the first time from Point Cadet to the Biloxi Bay fishing bridge. The Coast Conservation Association hopes to continue to put this event together for years to come.
"If we have just one kid out of all of the kids that showed up today enjoy what they're doing, it means the world to us," said Casting for Conservation Director Baron O'Grady.
Executive Director of the Coast Conservation Association Johnny Marquez said the event is a great way to teach children a valuable lesson about protecting nature.
"It's important for them to understand that they need to take care of our fish now, so that they will be able to fish later, and their children will be able to fish," said Marquez.
Weighmaster Randall Broussard said there are no winners or losers on this big fishing day. He said all 285 kids who participated are winners, and they want to practice conservation, not competition.