- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Although heavy rains and winds did little to diminish the enthusiasm of area fishermen, the weather did affect Sunday’s crowd at the 67th Annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo at Jones Park in Gulfport.

On the closing day of the four-day event, a morning thunderstorm caused a decrease in attendance for the festival.

“We had two storms move through, one this morning and one this afternoon,” weighmaster Mark Wright told The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/1JQ373J). “The storm this afternoon was pretty bad and it lasted a long time. It definitely thinned the crowd, which was already smaller because of the morning storm.”

The afternoon storm hit right before 4 p.m. as the last catch of the day, a lemon fish (cobia) weighing 53.13 pounds made its way on to the scales.

“We were lucky to get all of the fish entered before the storm,” Wright said. “We took the last one right before the storm hit.”



The annual festival started Thursday afternoon. Wright estimated that Saturday was the most well attended day of the rodeo.

“Saturday was our biggest day,” he said. “With it being the Fourth of July, we had a lot of people come through the gates.”

According to rodeo board member Dwayne Armes, two records were also set on Saturday when a 9.2 sheephead and a 26 pound striped bass were recorded. Gulfport’s Terry Gill caught the striped bass.

The deep sea fishing rodeo began in 1947 and it was sponsored by American Legion Joe Graham Post 119 in Gulfport.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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