Despite the stormy weather the 44th annual White Marlin Open kicked off yesterday with some 353 boats competing for nearly $5 million in prize money.
But organizers say it was a rocky start.
The docks at Harbor Island were filled with boats staying in for the day.
But the weather is expected to clear up this week giving anglers a chance to shoot for the big prize.
Aside the storm clouds the tournament is also weathering a legal battle in federal court.
Last year Philip Heasley was awarded nearly $3 million in prize money only to have it rescinded after tournament officials determined that he did not tell the truth about his start time on a lie detector test.
Heasley says he will appeal a district court judgement that sided with tournament officials.