BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The opening day of the 2014 Southern Kingfish Association National Championship set for Friday has been canceled due to a small craft advisory.
The event, which attracts king mackerel anglers from North Carolina to Texas, was scheduled to have its first day weigh-ins Friday at the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi from 3-8pm.
Instead of a two-day event, the national championship has been shortened to Saturday only with weighs-in from 3-8pm.
The winner will be determined by the heaviest aggregate weight of two king mackerel.
"Due to rough seas and a small craft advisory issued for the better part of today, the Southern Kingfish Association has decided to hold back our anglers and not allow any fish to be weighed," Iceseas Farrell of the SKA said. "The 2014 nationals will reconvene tomorrow [Saturday] as a one-day, two-fish aggregate competition.
"As always, our main concern is the safety and well being of our fishermen and unfortunately, the weather just wasn't working in our favor today. Saturday looks to be beautiful so come out and see some big fish being weighed."