BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The 59th Annual Biloxi Boat Show kicked off Friday, and organizers say the event offers something for everyone, including anglers looking for the latest on saltwater and freshwater fishing lures, rod and reel combinations, marine electronics and ice chests.
The show opened Friday at the Coast Coliseum at noon. It ends at 8 p.m. Show hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
"It is known to most people as a boat show, but it's much more than boats themselves," said Melissa Miller, of Gulf Coast Bat Sows. "We have dealers who use the show to introduce their new line of lures. We like to call it a learning boat show where people can learn everything from buying a boat to boating and safety to fishing. It's a lot more than a boat show."
On hand are tackle dealers from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas offering new lines of lures and plastic baits for speckled trout, redfish and trolling methods.
The show also includes free fishing seminars from local charter boat captains and guides. The first seminar is set for 6 p.m. Friday and will be taught by Captain John Falterman. He will talk techniques for catching speckled trout in Lake Pontchartrain.
There will be three seminars on Saturday with Captain Ronnie Daniels, of Fisher-Man Guide Service, and Dr. Samuel Clardy, of the Gulf Coast Research Lab, talking about catching flounder at night.
The second seminar is set for 2 p.m. It will be a beginner's guide to fly fishing, taught by the Fly Fishing Club.
The final seminar will feature how to move and communicate in the Biloxi Marsh at 7 p.m.
The final seminar on Sunday will include Daniels offering rigging tips and techniques at noon and a question and answer segment with local guides at 2 p.m.
"For the first time, we are going to have a question and answer segment on Sunday where anyone can ask any question," Daniels said. "We are trying to make it a show for everyone, including anglers."
Tickets are $8 for adults and kids under two years old are free. A weekend pass is $15.