July 4, 2008

Young Battlers Win on Opening Day at Fishing Rodeo: High School Seniors Land Two of the Best Catches

By Al Jones, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.

Jul. 4--BILOXI -- The opening day of the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo at Point Cadet started with a bang and ended with one, too.

In fact, the first day might be remembered as a day when the younger generation outfished the older generation.

When the scales opened at noon Thursday, Dennis Adams Jr. of Biloxi got the ball rolling with a 110-pound, 8-ounce alligator gar.

A few minutes later, Ethan Bosarge of Vancleave hit the scales with a green trout, also known as largemouth bass, weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces.

From there, black drum, Spanish mackerel, bonita, jack crevalle, red snapper, sharks, crappie and bluegill perch hit the scales.

"That's the biggest bass I've ever caught," said Bosarge, a senior at Vancleave High School. "When I hooked him, all I wanted to do was get him in."

Bosarge, 17, caught the bass using a Tequila Sunrise colored worm while fishing a shallow flat on a private lake.

When the fish swallowed the worm, it immediately came out of the water trying to disengage the hook from its mouth.

Bosarge won the battle.

He did so after missing a day of work from his summer job at the high school.

"Yeah, I did take the day off to go fishing," he said. "I wasn't necessarily fishing for the rodeo but if I caught one big enough, I was going to enter it."

The rodeo record is 11 pounds, 13 ounces, set in 1998 by John Seymour of Gulfport.

Another young angler hitting the scales with a nice catch was David Reno of Saucier with a 112-pound, 8-ounce hammerhead shark.

Reno, a senior at Harrison Central High School, caught the shark while fishing Squash Channel near the west end of Horn Island.

The shark, the first hammerhead of the rodeo, was caught using dead mullet as bait and battled the 17-year-old Reno for more than 2 1/2 hours.

Reno caught the fish on the Ms. Linda, which is owned by Linda Gilbert. Also on board were Morgan Saucier and Carlos Reno.

"It was one of the best experiences of my life," Reno said. "It was a beast."

Today's round includes the redfish and speckled trout shootouts from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The main rodeo scales will be open from noon to 8 p.m.


Game plan

What: 60th Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

Where: Point Cadet, north side of U.S. 90

When: Through Sunday

Scales: Noon to 8 p.m.

Admission: $5 for the weekend.


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