BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Fourth of July is a free fishing day in Mississippi. On this holiday, which celebrates freedom, no fishing license is required, and plenty of fishermen took advantage of that benefit.
The Biloxi fishing bridge was a popular spot on this free fishing day. William and Debbie Hunter enjoy fishing together several times a month. They appreciate the absence of rain on this holiday outing.
"Pretty day. Fourth of July. All the rain gone. Enjoy," said Debbie, who said she was fishing for "anything that gets on my hook."
"Just come out and get a peace of mind. Just peace of mind. You work all week, and you have to have something to do other than just sit at home," said William.
Friends from Louisiana and Mississippi already had fish in their cooler.
"Free fishing day. I don't have a Mississippi license, but in the State of Mississippi today, you don't have to have a license," said Calvin Simms.
"We just come out to watch the fireworks tonight and decided to do a little fishing," added his friend, Shane Dyess.
Mary Flores dressed for the holiday in her red, white, and blue. The Biloxi woman was taking advantage of this free fishing day with her sisters visiting from Texas.
"We've been kind of wandering around. We went over where the old president was, and now we're having a little more luck here, but we're having a good time. Enjoying the Fourth," said Flores.
"Oh, it's a great day. It's the Fourth of July," said Frank Carlton, who is visiting from Tennessee.
He's here on business, but decided to relax with a little free fishing on this holiday.
"From Franklin, TN. Came all the way to Biloxi, doing a little insurance work and just enjoying the day," Carlton said.
One man said it's not about catching the fish, it's just about relaxing and having a good time.
Fishing licenses are sold through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. For Mississippi residents, a saltwater or freshwater license, costs $10 for one year.