Mississippi Deep Sea Rodeo returns after year’s absence because of COVID

After a year’s hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mississippi’s annual Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is back on track. Anglers from all over the state will converge on the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor the July 4 weekend to enjoy fishing, food, fun and fireworks.

The tournament will feature plenty of entertainment, music and fun things for the whole family to do daily in addition to the fishing and awards. The rodeo begins on July 1 and will end on Sunday, July 4, with a fireworks show scheduled to kick off at 8:45 p.m.

The Saltwater Division will include competition in barracuda, black drum, blackfish, bonito, flounder, gar, gray snapper, grouper, jack crevalle, king mackerel, cobia (lemonfish), redfish, shark, Spanish mackerel, speckled trout, stingray, dolphin, red snapper, tuna and wahoo.

The Freshwater Division includes competition in bream, cadtfish, crappie, green trout (largemouth bass) and striped bass. Catches must be in accordance with Mississippi regulations.

The Bull Shark Bounty will offer $20,000 for any angler who catches a state-record bull shark by the close of the scales on July 4.

Competitive fishing starts any time after 12:01 a.m. on the morning of the first day and ends at 4 p.m. on the final day of the Rodeo. Fishing craft may be on location ready for fishing or have left their berths at fisherman’s pleasure. Scales open at noon and close at 6 p.m. on all days except the final day. On the final day, the scales open at noon and close at 4 p.m. Kids scales close at 4 p. m. on Saturday.

Kid’s tournament

Kids (ages 4-12) will compete for five spots in 11 categories: speckled trout, redfish, white trout, croaker, ground mullet, flounder, sheephead,, drum, bass, bream and catfish.

Category winners will receive a Zebco Big Cat combo. Runners-up will receive Zebco Micro combos; third-place will take a Zebco 101 combo, and fourth- and fifth-place finishes will receive a tackle box kit and a hydration backpack, respectively.

King fishermen and queen fishermen in saltwater and freshwater categories will receive $100 each.

Get more information at MississippiDeepSeaFishingRodeo.com.

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Mike Giles of Meridian has been hunting and fishing Mississippi since 1965. He is an award-winning wildlife photographer, writer, seminar speaker and guide.

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