BAY POINT MARINA- The Bay Point Invitational will kick off Thursday as some 70 boats get set to head out into the Gulf to fish for Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin, Swordfish and Blue Marlin.
Many of those fishing teams making it to the Bay Point Marina tonight for a kickoff party at 30 Degree Blue, many of the sponsors joining in.
Just before the party kicked off, we had the chance to talk to some of the anglers, many of whom have been fishing other tournaments recently in the Gulf, so they know a little something about how the fishing should be, come this weekend.
"Oh we have big hopes, big expectations. We got a little bit of moon coming up, more current than we've had the last couple of weeks. It's been a little slow the last couple of weeks fishing. But I expect to see a lot of fish weighed in at Bay Point, this is not going to be one of those slow fishing weekends," 'My Share' Captain Matt Condon said.
"Well I think we're gonna have to run a long ways, in terms of marlin. Probably not so far for swordfish, maybe the Spur, or something like that," 'Bella Maria' owner & angler Wayne Lewis said. "I think for Marlin fishing we're gonna have to be 130 miles out."
The boats will depart Thursday afternoon, the weigh-ins Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. each night. Again a $1,000,000 dollar bonus to any tournament or 40/40 team that brings in a new state record Swordfish, the current record is just over 612 pounds.