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66th Mississippi Deep Sea Rodeo opens Thursday, runs through Independence Day weekend

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GULFPORT, Mississippi — The 66th edition of the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo begins Thursday at Jones Park's Gulfport Harbor.

Admission to the four-day event is $10; $5 daily. Anglers fish free.

The rodeo, billed as the World's Largest Fishing Rodeo, will run through Sunday at Jones Park with freshwater and saltwater divisions.

Rodeo rules permit fishing waters are the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico

Gulfport is hosting the Fishing Rodeo for the second straight year. Biloxi and Long Beach hosted the tournament after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 devastated the Jones Park area. Before Katrina, Gulfport has hosted the event for 57 years.

Scales will be open Thursday through Saturday from noon-to-6 p.m. and from noon-to-4 p.m. on Sunday.


Online:

Fishing Rodeo, http://www.mississippideepseafishingrodeo.com

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