Biloxi will be in the world’s billfishing spotlight June 4-10 when the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic is held out of the Golden Nugget Casino and neighboring Point Cadet Harbor.

Officials are hoping to top the 120 teams that fished for over $2.3 million in prizes in 2017. As of May 3, 121 boats had entered the 2018 event.

The divisions for competition include blue marlin and swordfish, both catch and catch-and-release, plus dolphin, tuna, and wahoo.

While the MGCBC is a week-long event, fishing will begin at 11:01 a.m. on Thursday, June 7. Boats can fish as long as they want, but the scales will only be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 8 and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. Boats must be within a designated area by 6 p.m. Saturday to have fish accepted.

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