Winds calm for anglers
by Al Jones
BILOXI- Catching a break from the bad weather, the
Gorenflo's Cobia Shootout, ended with a bang at the weigh scales
in Point Cadet Saturday night.
Prior to the sky clearing Saturday, high winds
threatened to put a damper on things and possibly the number of
boats entered for this event, a one-day tournament leading to the
13th Annual Gorenflo's Cobia Tournament set for Thursday through
The light winds and clear sky helped pack the boats
into this year's tournament.
"I was super pleased with the tournament and
the weather was beautiful," said Danny Pitalo, tournament director
and owner of Gorenflo's Tackle and Marina Store in Point Cadet.
"We were worried that the weather may not cooperate, but it
"The fishermen all saw fish and a lot of them
were caught. The fish were caught off the Horn Island sand bar,
the north tip of Chandeleur and the oil rigs. I think we'll have
a great tournament this week."
Walking away with the top prizes of $2,561 was the
SYL charters fishing team and its captain Clarence Seymour of Vancleave
with a 78.3-pound cobia. The second-place finisher was Kevin Higginbotham
abourd the Rell 'Em In with a 73.2 pounder. Unlike the main tournament
which features a five-fish aggregate total weight, the shootout
consisted of the largest fish.
Others fishing with Seymour were Darney Deuron of
Biloxi, Dale Desporte of north Biloxi, Carl Pebbles of north Biloxi
and Eric Gill of Biloxi. Seymour said they caught the fish in the
shallow water oil field using Killer Bee Bait Chum (made locally
in Biloxi) to lure the cobia to the stern of the boat, catching
the fish on live bait.
"We were tied up to the oil rig and had the
chum and the fish swam right up the line," Seymour said. "We
also caught a 60-pound, a 55-pounder and a 40-pounder all by noon.
We had five fish that weighed 268 pounds betwenn them."
"We were through by noon and headed back in.
We was the first boat to the dock. You could not ask for a better