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WIN 2017

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Page 42 of 83 | 43 Somerset says red drum samples have also been obtained from the catch and release Elite Redfish Series for a red drum sampling project. Researchers are present at the Carl Legett tournament and the Gorenflo's cobia events as well. The Carl Legett Memorial Tournament, named in honor of the late builder and former president of the Home Builders Association of the Mississippi Coast, is another popular mixed bag event. Held every August, this tournament offers cash and prizes to the contestants and supports several local organizations. Categories include offshore and inshore divisions, plus catfish and green trout. A total of 437 anglers competed in 2016 for $26,500 in prize money. Besides local redfish events, several other tournaments cater to species- specific fans as well. Gorenflo's Bait & Tackle, the venerable shop that now calls Biloxi's Point Cadet Marina home, hosts two popular cobia tournaments every spring. The one-day Cobia Shootout typically fields 40 to 60 boats, with similar numbers for the Annual Cobia Tournament. Payouts are based on the total number of boats fishing. The 10th annual edition in 1996 set two marks for the tournament and state record books with a 106.8-lb. lemon fish weighed. That catch earned a $10,000 prize and barely edged out a 105.9-pounder. Any angler breaking the existing records will win $30,000, plus a vehicle worth another 30 grand. King mackerel are yet another popular game fish along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, with some true giant "smokers" coming to the scales every season. The nearby oil and gas rigs attract wads of bait and the kings naturally follow. As a result, Biloxi has hosted the Southern Kingfish Association National Championships a number of years previously. The crowning event comes back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2017 as part of the association's revolving championship format. "The winners of the nine different divisions will be invited to participate in the Nationals next fall," says SKA Director David Worsham. "We're also planning on another Bash for Cash Pre-Game Tournament. This one-day event, sponsored by Mercury Outboards, is a free entry tournament for anyone who qualifies for the Nationals. It had $50,000 on the line for 2016. We're also exploring new qualifying events for the central Gulf Coast to give still more teams a chance to participate." The Redfish Elite Series is another tournament that is returning to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the 2017 season. Contestants fishing the East Division will make a final stop in D'Iberville in late July. Under this format, anglers fish for the heaviest redfish to earn points for an invitation to the series championship. This popular leg is hosted by the Scarlet Pearl Casino in D'Iberville. The field is limited to a maximum 40 professional anglers per division who compete solo. No matter what you prefer to target, whether it's seatrout and redfish on light tackle or giant apex predators like marlin, tuna and sharks, there's a tournament along Mississippi's prolific coast that's tailored for you. So, rally the team, sharpen those hooks and get ready for that next flare start. You can't win unless you have lines in the water. Below: Battleship Row, Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic.

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