An overall view, general information, prizes and awards, fish, fishing waters, and
more for the annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo at Gulfport Harbor, Mississippi.
Fishing Rodeo - General Information
Mississippi's Official Deep Sea &
Fresh Water Sport Fishing Classic
Includes a Military Division - Sponsored by
Keesler Air Force Base - Biloxi, Mississippi
Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, Inc.  (A Non-Profit Corporation)
P.O. Box 3957 - Gulfport, Mississippi 39505-3957    
Domain Name:   Email
Rodeo General Information
A Carnival of Fun for Everyone
Presented annually by Civic Leaders of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is staged
at Jones Park Gulfport Harbor,  Mississippi
The annual Rodeo provides continuous entertainment, and the featured attractions
are the tons of fish on display caught by the contestants, the carnival, rides, booths,
food, plus many other attractions.
Rodeo Dates
The dates for the 73rd Annual Rodeo will be July1- - July 4 2021.
Fishing begins July 1, 2021  12:01am Scales open at 12:00pm
These dates are when all species of fish are running and sport fishing is at its best.
Gates open at 12 noon and close at 10:30pm.
Gate admission is $5 per adult person. 4 day arm band availble first day $15
Children, ages 5 and under, are admitted
Carnival Rides vary in price.
All Registrations are now done on site at the Rodeo, Jones Park Gulfport at the time you bring in your fish..
Individual registration is free but there is a Rodeo entrance fee of $5. All sport fishermen and fisher women, fishing
from pleasure craft, yachts or charter boats, must be registered
contestants except, of course, the hired members of the crew.
Scales open at 12:00pm and close at 6pm on all days except the
final day. On the final day, the scales open at 12:00pm and close at 4pm.
Junior Rodeo Registration
Registration is not required for contestants entered in the Junior Fishing Rodeo.
However, contestants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
See the
Official Rules for additional information.
Rodeo Fishing Tournaments
Additional General Information
Rodeo Fishing Waters
The official Rodeo Fishing waters are anywhere in the Mississippi Sound or the
Gulf of Mexico. For fresh water fishing...anywhere in the bays, bayous,
rivers, creeks, lakes or ponds. All fish must be caught with
conventional tackle and in a sportsmanlike manner.
Where Boats may Dock
Contestants may harbor their boats at any pier, and may transport their catches
to Rodeo Headquarters by any means of transportation.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast area enjoys the enviable reputation of being one of the
World's finest natural fish hatcheries, where many species of Fresh Water, Salt
Water and Deep Sea Game Fish are usually available in abundance anytime
during the year...creating a sport fisherman's paradise, ready
with thrills and high adventure for any angler's challenge.
Vast Sport Fishing Area
The Gulf of Mexico offers a thrilling adventure for the sportsman who wants to tackle
the big ones, and the spacious Mississippi Sound is for those who like salt water fishing
at its best. For the fresh-water fisherman...the Coast offers three bays where fresh
and salt water fish are often caught from the same spot with the same tackle,
offering a unique over 1,500 miles of shoreline
on bays, lazy bayous, rivers, creeks and lakes.
Favorite Fishing Spots
"Old-timers" on the Gulf Coast say that a sportsman can fish every day for a year
without having to fish twice in the same choice spot. The Mississippi Coast offers over
65 fishing camps, all situated at favored fishing sites with many excellent fishing
spots nearby. Many of the camps offer every facility for the sport fisherman
including bait, fishing tackle, boats (with or without motors), refreshments,
and detailed information as to where to fish. Information about fishing
camp locations is usually available from the Chamber of Commerce of
any Mississippi Gulf Coast city, or any local sporting goods store.
Competition Starting & Ending Times
Competitive fishing starts anytime after 12:01am on the morning of the first day,
and ends at 4pm on the final day of the Rodeo. Fishing craft may be on location
ready for fishing, or have left their berths at fisherman's pleasure.
Scales open at 12:00pm and close at 6pm on all days except the
final day. On the final day, the scales open at 12:00pm and close at 4
Weigh Master
All fish must be checked by the Weigh Master before 6pm daily, but before 4pm
on the final day.
Scales open at 12:00pm and close at 6pm on all days except the
final day. On the final day, the scales open at 12:00pm and close at 4pm.
Fish may be held over from one day to the next if late getting to the Weight Master.
Fish held over must have been kept in good condition and are subject to inspection.
Under no circumstances will frozen fish, or fish that have been frozen, be accepted.
Fish Entered in the Rodeo
All fish entries became the property of the Rodeo.
Saltwater Division
Barracuda, Black Drum, Blackfish, Bonita,  Flounder,
Gar, Gray snapper, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, Lemon Fish, Redfish,
, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Stingray Dolphin, Red Snapper, Tuna, Whahoo
Fresh Water Division
Bream, Catfish, Crappie, Green Trout and Striped Bass .
Freshwater fish catches must have been in accordance with the Mississippi law limits.
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