Bobby Carter (228) 239-2575
Christian Braswell (228) 860-8589
Scott Cothran (843) 225-1703
Wes Covington (843) 330-3390
Tom Hilton (713) 530-2267
Jeff Case (561) 662-2432
Tony Petro (601) 297-0028
Included as part of the $5,000 base entry fee, the team with the heaviest swordfish at the end of the tournament which breaks the existing Mississippi state record (currently 75 pounds) will win $100,000 from the Classic, plus a Titan pickup truck from Petro Nissan. But that’s not all!
Here’s what else a boat could win with that swordfish: If there is a registered Hilton’s Realtime-Navigator chart user among the team, that’s worth an extra $50,000 from Hilton’s. If the sword is caught on a Killer Bee bait, a Poseidon rod or landed with a Marsh Tacky Carbon gaff, that adds another $25,000 each to the wallet from those sponsors. And if the new record fish is caught aboard a Freeman catamaran, it’ll be worth yet another $100,000 from Freeman. So if all parameters are met, the new record swordfish would earn an overall $325,000 payout on the base entry alone.
The catch must be made according to tournament rules and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Saltwater Fishing Record Rules. Teams can also enter up to four optional swordfish divisions ($500, $1000, $2500 and $5,000) for a shot at more big money if they choose. Teams will depart Point Cadet Marina on Thursday June 8, 2017 at noon and must return within the designated markers by 8pm, Saturday June 10, 2017. The fishing boundaries are the Gulf of Mexico. You must use conventional tackle and NO electric reels, drills or harpoons.