Oil spill affects fishing tournaments

By AL JONES – afjones@sunherald.com

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has forced the postponement of one fishing tournament in South Mississippi and could affect two more.

When NOAA shut down all recreational fishing in federal waters on Sunday, tournament officials began searching for alternative dates.

The 24th Annual Gorenflo’s Cobia Tournament, set for this weekend at Point Cadet in Biloxi, has been pushed back to Memorial Day Weekend.

The reason for the change centers around NOAA’s closure and the fact that the majority of fishing for the Gorenflo’s event takes place in federal waters.

Instead of a standard three-day event, Laurie Pitalo said the 2010 tournament will be two days.

“We decided that would be our best dates because NOAA closed fishing,’’ Pitalo said.

“We will also go back to a $400 entry fee (per boat) if paid before May 19. After the 19th it will be $500.’’

Pitalo also said a date for the One Day Shootout is likely to be in September or October.

For more information, call Gorenflo’s at (228) 432-7387.

The 14th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic is still set for June 9-13 at Point Cadet.

Those dates, according to tournament director Bobby Carter, could be pushed back to August 11-13 at the Isle Casino in Biloxi.

“Those are our tentative dates (Aug. 11-13),’’ Carter said. “If they can get
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