BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Threatening skies cast a gloomy glow over the Golden Nugget and the dock area, the site of the Carl Legett Fishing Tournament.
That didn't stop the fishermen from coming in with their catches.
WLOX outdoor reporter Al Jones says the tournament started off with a bang on Friday.
Jones said, "First of all on Friday Amberjack opened up in Federal waters and that was the first day of this event and we saw a 52 pound amberjack. We weren't expected to see that. because that's normally a second or third day fish that comes to the scales because they have to go further offshore."
Out of the 525 anglers competing, 425 signed on line. And once they threw in their fishing lines, the competition heated up. Marvin Smith and his crew hauled in this 40.2 pound King Mackerel.
Jones said,"The Red Fish have been solid, the Cobia have been a little smaller coming into this tournament today, but the Speckled Trout have been there, Amberjack have been there and so have the snapper. On a scale of one to ten I would give it a ten."
Al Jones says the Carl Legett Fishing Tournament was a super ending to the summer fishing season.
"We saw on the first day a 7 pound, 6 ounce Speckled Trout caught at Cat Island," stated Jones. "The near shore division as well as the offshore division and freshwater division have been a very good in this tournament. It's been a perfect way to cap off the summer salt water fishing tournaments that began five months ago right here with Gorenflo and finished up here heading into the fall."
One record was set at the Carl Legett Fishing Tournament...Justin Sova of Vancleave weighed in a catfish that tipped the scales at 57 pounds, 2 ounces.