June 22, 2008

Divers Find Spear Fishing Fun Around Gulf Rigs

By Doug Barber, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.

Jun. 22--David Scarborough and friends were swimming with the fishes early in the week.

And having a rousing good time.

Scarborough, a Gulfport firefighter, was spear fishing Monday with James Caldwell, Alan Agent and John Self. Two of their sons were also involved in the deepwater fishing trip.

And they had quite a haul in amberjack, snapper and grouper in deep water below the rigs off the 225 Block, the 265 Block and the 165 Block.

"Spear fishing is always a success," Scarborough said. "I've been doing it for 15 to 20 years. In the Navy we were trained for deep-water diving.

"We got our limit of amberjack. We got a couple of nice grouper. We saw snapper in the range of 15 to 25 pounds, lemonfish in the range of 35 to 40 pounds, and amberjack close to 70 pounds."

Of course, when you spear a big fish, it can be a tussle to bring it aboard.

"Experience means a lot," Scarborough said. "A 40-pound fish can hurt you. It can drag you around."

Biloxian breaks record -- Keith Broussard of Biloxi broke the Mississippi Gulf kingfish record for Saltwater Conventional Tackle on May 18 with a weight of 1 pound, 15.182 ounces. The previous record of 1 pound, 14.72 ounces was set in 2007. The Commission on Marine Resources certified the new record during its June 18 meeting.

Right around the corner -- The annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is less than two weeks away, and it will be taking place in its new venue at Point Cadet in Biloxi.

The dates are July 3-6.

One week later -- The Joe Cole Memorial Have a Heart Bass Tournament at Indian Point Resort in Gautier is July 12. Per-boat fee is $50, $10 lunker fee per boat (optional). Two people allowed per boat. There will be a 12-inch minimum and five bass per boat. All boats must be at dock by 3 p.m.; only artificial lures may be used. All Mississippi Game and Fish laws and regulations must be abided by. Proceeds go to American Heart Association.

Details and sign-up: Andy Niles at 935-4049, David Hackler 935-2335, Kathy Aycock at 596-2281 (information only), or Lisa Hoskinson at 935-5594 (information only).


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