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Catch and release opens in Mississippi Sound

by admin on July 19th, 2010

Catch and release will be allowed in Mississippi waters beginning at 12:01 am on the 20th of July. This long awaited decision will provide some relief to frustrated fishermen as well as bait shop and charter operators.

The area includes all Mississippi waters enclosed by the following described boundary; starting at a point at the mouth of the Pearl River on the Mississippi/Louisiana State line; thence running easterly, following the southern boundary of Mississippi territorial waters, to the intersection with the Mississippi/Alabama State line; thence running due north, along the Mississippi/Alabama state boundary, to the CSX railroad; thence running southwesterly, along the CSX railroad, to a point due north of the Bayou Casotte Ship Channel; thence running due south to 30° 21’ north latitude; thence running due west, following the 30° 21’ north latitude line, to a point of intersection with the mainland shoreline on the east side of Bellefontaine Point; thence westerly and northerly, following the meandering of the shoreline, to the tip of Marsh Point; thence running due north, to a point on the mainland shoreline; thence running westerly and northerly, following the meanderings of the shoreline, to the eastern abutment of the CSX railroad bridge; thence running southwesterly, following the CSX railroad bridge across Biloxi Bay, to a point on the mainland shoreline at the western abutment of the CSX railroad bridge at Biloxi Bay; thence running westerly following the meanderings of the shoreline to the eastern abutment of the CSX Railroad Bridge over St. Louis Bay; thence running westerly along the CSX railroad bridge to the western abutment of the CSX Railroad Bridge over St. Louis Bay; thence running southwesterly following the meanderings of the shoreline to the mouth of Bayou Caddy; thence running due West to the mouth of Bayou Caddy; thence running southwesterly following the meanderings of the shoreline to the Mississippi-Louisiana state boundary at the mouth of the Pearl River.

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