Ocean Springs Marine Mart to host fishing rodeo

Kenny Dinero, Ocean Springs Marine Mart
Kenny Dinero, Ocean Springs Marine Mart Sun Herald file

The Ocean Springs Marine Mart will have its annual fishing rodeo this weekend.

The two-day tournament runs Saturday and Sunday. A captain’s meeting will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ocean Springs Marine Mart. Anglers must be registered by 6 a.m. Saturday. All anglers aboard any vessel entering the tournament must be registered or the fish will be disqualified.

Fishing begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Scales open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The scales open at 3 p.m. on Sunday and close at 6 p.m. Cash awards will be given out at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The event has two divisions and six different categories with prizes totaling nearly $10,000.

The OffShore Division, with a $75 entry fee for each angler, has Cobia and Red Snapper. First place in each category pays $1,500. Second and third are $1,000 and $500.

The In-Shore Division has four different categories and a $45 entry fee: Red Fish, Speckled Trout, Flounder and Black Fish. First place in all four groups is $800. Second place is $400, with $200 awarded for third.

“I think we’ll have a good tournament,” Tournament Director Kenny Dinero said. “We’ve got people lined up to fish in the tournament.”

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones