BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Southern Kingfish Association has arrived in South Mississippi for its annual national championship. The goal is to determine the top king mackerel anglers from North Carolina to Texas in two separate tournaments.
The week long schedule of events kicks off Tuesday with the Pro Tour competing for the national title followed by the regular tour on Friday and Saturday.
All weigh-ins, which are free to the public, will be held at the Golden Nugget Casino and the Point Cadet Marina.
The Pro Division championship begins at 6am Tuesday with a field of 60 boats. The main focused fishing areas will be the oil rigs located on the east side of the Mississippi River with some boats making round trip runs of 200-250 miles to the west side of the river.
Weigh-ins will be held from 4-6pm to determine the winner.
"To be the best, you have to beat the best and that's what [Pro Tour] is all about," Ben Wells, chief operating officer for the SKA said. "We've got 60 teams from all across the southeast coming to compete for $75,000 in cash prizes. The veterans of the SKA Professional Tour traveled to Biloxi for head-to-head competition. They're the big boys in the sport of kingfishing.
"The weigh-in for these guys might be a sight. I'd love for more spectators to come out and see the big fish [50-pounds]. It's a lot of fun."
The weigh-ins for the main event on Friday and Saturday will be held from 3-8pm.
The SKA is the world's largest saltwater tournament trail.