Time running out for 2017 Sailfish season

One of Biloxi’s trademark attractions, the Biloxi Shrimp Tour, is wrapping up its 2017 season next week, so the days are winding down for morning fishing trips inside Deer Island or to taking an educational cruise along the Biloxi channel.

The Sailfish, which operates daily from the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, has its last cruise of the year on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and operations will not resume until February.

“We normally shut down the first week in December,” said Capt. Michael Moore, “but we are shutting down a week early so we can undergo our five-year Coast Guard inspection.”

Morning fishing just inside Deer Island will be offered daily from 8 to 11 a.m., and the afternoon excursions, a 70-minute trip where Moore drags a trawl and tells the story of the seafood caught and the history of Biloxi, takes place at 1:30 each afternoon.

The morning fishing is $38.30 a person, and the afternoon trips are $16 for adults or $11 for children.

“This has probably been the best year since we bought the boat 10 years ago,” said Moore, who owns the boat with his wife Brandi. “I think the weather was warmer earlier this year, which helped, and we had lots of visitors to Biloxi. I think it was synergy. That’s what I’m going to call it.

“It’s family friendly. It’s fun. It’s historical, and it’s interactive.”
Video No. 1: Take a tour on the Sailfish as it is today
Video No. 2: See the Sailfish and south Mississippi in a post-Katrina promotional video
See the Sailfish website