Deep Sea Rodeo still seeking 1st record of '14

Special to the Sun HeraldJuly 4, 2014 

GULFPORT -- The drought continued Friday as no records fell on the second day of the annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo.

A record during the event has not been broken since 2006.

"No records yet," said Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo weighmaster Mark Wright. "I predicted a freshwater record would fall, so I'm hoping."

Pompano and sheepshead were introduced last year as new categories, but no records could established this year.

If someone tops 8 pounds, 13 ounces in sheepshead and 2 pounds, 8 ounces in pompano by Sunday, there will be new records set.

Friday saw a large turnout of spectators lined up to see some large fish laid out on ice.

"It's going really well," said Wright of the event which is in its 69th year.

Not all of the fishing categories have been filled. No one has brought in a barracuda, dolphin, cobia, pompano, tuna or wahoo in the saltwater division. There has yet to be a striped bass brought to the scale in the freshwater division.

Some of the larger fish that did tip the scales included a 90-pound, 10-ounce stingray landed by Dillan Malley of Kiln, while a 73-pound, 3-ounce gar was brought in by Austin Grimstead of Biloxi.

In the freshwater division, Avery Hickman of Perkinston had a catfish that weighed in at 31 pounds, 12 ounces.

The tournament continues today and Sunday.

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