72nd annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
Seventy-two years of record breaking fishing, festival fun, food and entertainment, that’s what the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo has brought to our Coast.
Starting tomorrow, those boats will be getting back into the waters to kick start the seven day rodeo. The rodeo brings nearly 50,000 people to Jones Park and the Gulf Coast each year.
If you aren’t much of a fisherman there is plenty to do. There is live entertainment every day, food, games, and a full carnival. Admission is $5 each day.
Despite the problems with algae due to the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway in the Gulf, organizers aren’t planning on stopping anytime soon. Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Vice President Donnie Armes said, “This is our 72nd consecutive year. Katrina didn’t stop us. The oil spill didn’t stop us and this algae we have now is not going to stop us either. We have had a lot of walk-up people asking questions, what is the cost to register. We are one of the last free fishing tournaments there is. Go catch your fish, bring them on in, put it on the scales and let your luck run with it. Maybe you can get a prize.”
There are also tons of prizes for the fishermen including a $25,000 prize for a state record breaking bull shark. You need to register before midnight tonight in this category.
The rodeo will kick off tomorrow at noon and will last until Monday.