The Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is in full swing down at the harbor in Gulfport. The competition began at noon Thursday and will end on Sunday evening.
Kory Redmond is 10 years old and is attending his second Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo this year, but he certainly is no rookie. He currently sits in second place in the Redfish category at the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo at Jones Park. Redmond says, “I'm happy. That's what I wanted to get was on the board.” Redmond tells News 25 that the fish didn't go down without a fight, but he used his strength to reel him in. Redmond's redfish weighed in at 27 pounds 8 ounces.
Donnie Armes, the Director of the Fish Bin, says, “We're one of the only free events left for fishing. We charge no fee to come in and fish.” There are three days left in the rodeo, but one of the day's biggest catches was a 113 pound sting ray. Jeremy Collum, a spectator, says, “Yes, the stingray is quite attractive.” This is the 66th annual rodeo, a family friendly event that the locals love to attend.
Collum also says, “We're just out for the fun and the festivities everyone's having, checking out the fish, and having a good time.” Currently, 16 of the 28 fish categories are filled and the competition is bound to grow fiercer as more time passes. As for Redmond, he's looking to stay in the running. He closes, “Hopefully I win something!”