News 25 visited Jones Park in Gulfport on Thursday where Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing is officially in full swing. It is a perfect day for some fishing and this is the 59th time that Gulfport has hosted the event. The rodeo, billed the world's largest fishing rodeo, kicked off Thursday afternoon at noon and will go until late Sunday night. Daily admission to the event is $5, but anglers fish for free.
This year, anglers will see two changes. First, Florida Pompano is replacing Amberjack, which is currently closed to recreational fishing in federal waters. Secondly, Red Snapper has been added back as a category. The Red Snapper recreational season has recently been extended in state waters by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
The Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo rules state that official fishing waters are the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. Rodeo officials say that Gulfport symbolizes the event’s rich history and legacy and is the perfect place to host the event because of its central location.