Outdoors

Carl Legett Memorial Tournament touts a family-oriented theme

Justin Sova of Picayune holds his 57.2-pound catfish, a tournament record at the Carl Legett Memorial Fishing Tournament in 2014.
Justin Sova of Picayune holds his 57.2-pound catfish, a tournament record at the Carl Legett Memorial Fishing Tournament in 2014. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

The 22nd annual Carl Legett Memorial Fishing Tournament will be Aug. 5-7 at Point Cadet Marina.

The tournament began as a Home Builders Association picnic in 1995 and eventually grew into a premier fishing event that supports the Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Non-Violence and provide scholarships.

“The Carl Legett Tournament is a family-oriented event where we want everyone to come out and have a good time,” tournament chairman Steve Braun said in a statement. “We help stimulate the local economy and give back to the anglers that invest their time and money into the tournament.”

There will be two divisions — offshore and inshore. Offshore consists of yellow fin tuna, cobia, king mackerel and red snapper. Inshore consists of alligator gar, black drum, blackfish, flounder, red fish and speckled trout. Freshwater has catfish and green trout.

The three-day tourney will have a guaranteed payout of $26,500. Prizes will be awarded first through third places.

First place for the largest yellow fin tuna is $3,000; $2,000 for cobia and speckled trout; and $1,500 for king mackerel and red snapper. First place is $1,000 each for alligator gar, flounder, black drum, blackfish, green trout and catfish.

The registration fee is $80 per angler. All anglers must be registered by 3:30 p.m. Friday. The tournament is free to spectators.

It will start with the captains’ party from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Golden Nugget H20 Pool and Bar, where registrants can enter the tournament and pick up their entry bag and T-shirt.

Fishing begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Weigh-in times are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Point Cadet Marina.

The Junior Anglers Tournament, sponsored by the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks and the Coastal Conservation Association, will be 8 to 10 a.m Saturday at the Point Cadet Pavillion. The event is free to kids between the ages of five and 13.

A bikini contest will be Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Point Cadet Marina.

The awards ceremony takes place after the scale closes Sunday. A shrimp boil is planned for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The most notable catch at the Carl Legett is still a 124-pound amberjack caught in 2012 by Michael Jimerson of Ocean Springs, which set state and tournament records.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

Carl Legett Fishing Tournament

When: Friday through Sunday

Where: Point Cadet Marina, Biloxi

Registration fee: $83

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