Teams dashing off into the Gulf for the King Master Fishing Tournament

Teams are competing in the Gulf of Mexico, hoping to reel in a winning catch at the annual King Master Fishing Tournament.

As soon as the clock struck 7 a.m., boats began racing out into the Gulf. Teams are eager to crown themselves king with the heaviest catch. Organizer Robbie Carter said, “You’ve got teams anywhere from 1,000 to 1,800 in horse power and they’re just racing by you at 60 MPH, it’s exhilarating.”

All teams are competing for $126,000 in prize money. A boat team named ‘Intense’ is one among 20 others dashing off into the Gulf. Team Intense Captain Neil Foster said, “Everybody else named the boat. Guess that’s a little bit of how I roll.”

Foster rarely misses a fishing tournament and you better believe Intense will be back next week for the largest fishing tournament on the Gulf, the Mississippi Coast Billfish Classic.

It’s a fierce competition with more than a million dollars in prize money up for grabs. “Either bow up or stay at the house.”

The Billfish Classic is four times the size of this week’s King Master Tournament. “There are not too many people here now with parking and everything, but next week for the Billfish you won’t be able to walk.”

“It’s the big fish, the big yachts, the crowd is really there. It’s just a sight to see.”

The economic impact that tournament brings really tips the scales. “It’s just millions of dollars brought to the Gulf Coast in just one week.”

This weekend’s King Master Tournament concludes Sunday. The scales open tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Point Cadet Marina.

Next week’s Billfish Classic casts off on Thursday, June 9th at 11 a.m.

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