South Mississippians showed up in big numbers for the first day of the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. While Saturday is only the first day of the five-day event, that didn't stop people from coming out in hopes of being a winner.
Folks were up bright and early to catch fish and bring them to the Harrison County Fairgrounds to show off at this year's fishing rodeo
Darrell Howell is no stranger to the rodeo. He's been coming out for years. However, with two big catches, he's hoping this will be his year.
"I got 56 pounds on the alligator gar and two pounds on the stripped bass," Howell said.
However, Howell may have some competition from six-year-old Luke Meyer. He's also a fan of the event. While his catch may not be all that big, it's not stopping him from entering the competition.
Along with setting their sights on the scale, rodeo participants are also taking advantage of the fair-like feel. With rides, food, music and shopping, the holiday event is sure to be a good catch.
This is the 59th year for the Mississippi Deep Fishing Rodeo. The event runs through the fourth of July. Organizers say the scales open each day at noon.