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How to catch monster trout along the Mississippi Coast

Capt. Travis Paige of Biloxi grew up fishing the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and has had years of successful trips going with the flow of local knowledge.

In 2010, Paige, of Goin’ Coastal Charters, and long-time friends, Glenn Ellis and Patrick Martino, made a trek to south Texas in search of a double-digit trout. They didn’t catch the ten-plus speck they were searching for but Paige came close with a 9-pound 6-ounce monster.

What they learned on that first expedition and subsequent trips changed the way the three anglers approach fishing their beloved coastal waters. Sure, they still make trips to fill the cooler because, like most of us who call the coast home, they love to eat trout. Most trips, though, are in search of that elusive giant they know swims somewhere in Mississippi’s coastal waters.

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February 03 at 12:00 pm
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Recognizing and dealing with barotrauma

You might know barotrauma by a different name, like “hyperbuoyancy” or “overinflated swim bladder.”

You might have even seen pictures of deepwater marine fish with bug eyes or their stomachs pushed out their mouths. Maybe you have witnessed it yourself. 

But barotrauma is not restricted to ocean-dwelling fish.

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February 02 at 10:00 am
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Squirrel and rabbit hunting, one more time

It is definitely not time to put away your shotgun or .22 rimfire rifle.

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February 01 at 10:30 am
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Fishing live shiners for bass

Live shiner fishing for trophy-sized largemouth bass came to fame back in the late 1980s and early 1990s when Florida anglers learned that trophy largemouth bass could be caught early in the year by offering one big bait to tempt bass that may feed only once or twice per day in colder water. 

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January 29 at 3:00 pm
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February’s prespawn worth the dire conditions

When Jeff Foster caught his 17.34-pound bass at Davis Lake two years ago, it was no fluke.

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January 29 at 12:30 pm
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A fishy candid camera

Capt. Robert Olsen fed a black cable over the side of his boat by hand, announcing, “We’re anchored over livebottom now, and sheepshead are typically here this time of year. You can see the structure and some fish on the depth finder, but let’s get a closer look with the camera.”

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January 28 at 7:30 pm
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Mister Twister BUZZ Bug

Mister Twister’s BUZZ Bug, which the Louisiana company plans to introduce at the beginning of 2016, was in the right place at the right time to make a name for itself before it ever hit the market.

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January 28 at 12:00 pm
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New Garmin combo units CHIRP and draw their own maps

Garmin bills its new echoMAP CHIRP models as a series of “entry-level” combination sonar/GPS units with built-in CHIRP sonar technology, but I think the term “affordable” fits better.

We covered CHIRP here a while back, but let’s take another look at it and review why it’s important to our boating and fishing.

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January 27 at 12:00 pm
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Late-season scrapes and rubs

As we transition from the holiday season into the New Year, we deer hunters find ourselves entering the fourth quarter, so to speak, of the 2015/2016 season.

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January 26 at 8:00 pm
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Bet on Okatibbee Lake for cold-weather fishing action

I enjoy fishing 4,144-acre Okatibbee Lake near Meridian during January. With its 28 miles of shoreline, the lake is an important feature in the development of the Pascagoula River Basin, a project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized by Congress in 1962 for flood reduction on 26,000 acres of residential, industrial and agricultural lands along Okatibbee Creek and the upper Chickasawhay River.

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January 26 at 12:30 pm
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170-inch potential B&C typical buck killed in Adams County

For Matthew Sandel, March 12 can’t get here quickly enough — and the wait will be excruciating to say the least.

That’s the day the mandatory 60-day drying period will elapse on the 10-point buck he killed in Adams County on Jan. 12. It has been green-scored twice and produced a net Boone & Crockett score of 172 5/8 inches.

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January 23 at 6:00 am
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Flood waters force hunting closures near Yazoo City

The lower part of the Mississippi Delta closed to all hunting except watefowl hunting this morning when the Steel Bayou Landside gauge topped 90 feet, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said.

The closure went into effect in Zone 4.B, which lies in portions of Sharkey, Humphreys, Yazoo and Warren counties, the MDWFP stated in a news release.

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January 22 at 1:38 pm
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MDWFP issues supplemental deer feeding tips to help deer in flooded areas

Deer displaced by the Mississippi River flooding should return to their normal home ranges within weeks of the flood waters receding, but what food will they find available?

The answer depends on the habitat conditions on each property, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said in a news release providing supplemental feeding recommendations.

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January 22 at 12:00 pm
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The best tactic for more catfish

Back trolling is a good technique for putting catfish in the boat, and with the right tools it is a pretty easy procedure.

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January 22 at 7:00 am
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150-inch Claiborne County 10-point, doe killed with single shot

On Jan. 2, after Cliff Covington had spent a disappointing morning in a deer stand on his property in Claiborne County, he returned to his golf cart and headed back to his house.

Soon, he came to the proverbial fork in the road. One route lead directly home while the other ….

Well, it lead him directly to a nearly perfectly symmetrical 10-point that would measure 150 inches, as well as a doe the big buck had been doting on during the final seconds of its life — both with one shot.

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January 22 at 3:56 am
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Delta hunting closures to continue through Jan. 31

Areas that have been closed to hunting — except waterfowl — due to flooding in the Mississippi River alluvial plain will not reopen before the Jan. 31 closing date of deer season, state wildlife officials announced on today.

Acting on a recommendation by MDWFP technical staff, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks voted Wednesday not to reopen the affected areas before Jan. 31.

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January 21 at 1:51 pm
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