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Changes coming for 67th MS Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

The Speckled Trout Shootout will feature three days of fishing this year. (Photo source: WLOX) The Speckled Trout Shootout will feature three days of fishing this year. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

The 67th annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is set to kick off Thursday at Jones Park. The event, billed as the world's largest fishing rodeo, ends Sunday with prizes being awarded in saltwater and freshwater categories.

The big changes this year will be the first Flounder Shootout and extending the fishing days in the Speckled Trout Shootout.

Instead of a one-day shootout, the format has been shifted to three days of fishing in the speckled trout event with scales closing at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The winner will be determined by the heaviest aggregate weight of five fish.

The entry fee for the Speckled Trout Shootout is $125 for a team of up to four anglers.

In the Flounder Shootout, anglers will be allowed to weigh five fish that can be caught by hook and line or gigged. The scales will close at 4 p.m. on Sunday, and the winner will be determined by the heaviest aggregate weight.

The entry fee for the Flounder Shootout is $115 for up to four anglers.

“We are no longer a one-day shootout with speckled trout,” weighmaster Mark Wright said. “The reason we extended the days was to give anglers more opportunity to fish and get more anglers involved. In the past, we've had bad weather during the one day shootout, and we saw a drop off in the number of anglers.”

All anglers must register on Thursday at the weigh scales between noon and 8 p.m. They can begin fishing immediately after.

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