BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - One-hundred-twenty-five fishing teams are in Biloxi this week for the 24th Annual Southern Kingfish Association's National's event at Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi.
This tournament includes the best of the best competing for their share of $175,000 worth of cash and prizes. All anglers have to do is catch a very big kingfish.
Team Sweet Caroline had their team name installed to the back of their boat Thursday ahead of their big fishing day on Saturday.
"The tournament's actually on Saturday. And it looks pretty good. The weather looks very good for Saturday. They canceled Friday on us due to the weather, but Saturday looks like it will be a great day," said Ronald Hildon, who is a member of team Sweet Caroline named after his wife.
Hildon and his team, who hail from Jacksonville, Florida have been fishing in the Southern Kingfish Association's tournaments for 11 years.
This year has been a good one for the team. For the first time ever they won the invitational tournament.
"Last year we came in third. This year we came in first and we also had the big fish of the day and the second big fish of the day. We had two fish over 60 and we broke a record aggregate of 122.94 pounds," said Hildon.
Boat vendors are staged at Point Cadet Marina offering tournament merchandise and anything an angler would need for fishing. From preparing bait and fishing lines, competitors say they are ready for Saturday.
"Fishing for the national championship, that's bragging rights. So we're looking forward to it," said Jeff Atkinson of team Onslow Bay.
"These guys are extremely competitive. They are the best of the best. These guys work so hard. They have the most incredible boats and they are not professional fishermen, but they just love fishing. They love kingfishing. And they love coming to Biloxi because of the fisheries," explained Erin Henshaw, who is director of tournaments and sponsorships for the SKA.