• Mississippi Fishing

    Sight-fishing support

    If Chas Champagne, the owner Matrix Shad lures is cruising through marsh and duck ponds sight-fishing for reds — but doesn’t actually spot any fish — he’s typically keeping a close eye out for two other reliable indicators of reds in the neighborhood. 

    July 18 at 7:00am

    A killer redfish swimbait

    Everyone has their favorite lure.

    Usually it’s the lure they always catch fish on (duh), or maybe it’s one gifted to them by someone well-versed in inshore fishing, like their grandfather.

    July 17 at 7:00am

    DMR: Anglers caught 82,500 pounds of red snapper

    Mississippi’s recreational fishermen have been very successful at catching red snapper this summer — 82,500 pounds, state officials say — but that is proving to be both good and bad news for anglers.

    July 16 at 2:00pm

    Leave that reel handle alone

    When using popping corks in the Biloxi Marsh, allowing the current to position your lure is sometimes much easier and more effective than relying on casting accuracy alone. And just as the current carries baitfish along the edges of all the marsh islands, then crashes them into crosscurrents, eddies or slack water, it does the same with your lure and popping cork — as long as you allow it. 

    July 15 at 7:00am

    Staying organized makes it all easier

    Crappie pro Dan Dannenmueller takes his rig-building seriously, and he’s seldom caught without a suitable option for a given scenario. Single rigs, doubles, lighter weights or perhaps something with a faster fall — he likes to stay prepared for whatever a lake may throw at him.

    July 15 at 7:00am

    Skarlis’ secret to finicky deep fish: Tadpole

    When you dial in crappie holding in deeper areas but find fish in a picky mood, trolling tiny jigs, flies or stickbaits in front of them can present a challenge. Generally, letting out more line gets a lure deeper, but the longer your spread, the less control and depth accuracy you have.

    July 15 at 7:00am

    Choosing bait: It needs to stink

    Catfish have some of the most-sensitive senses of smell in the aquatic environment, thanks to folds in tissue inside their nostrils. 

    July 15 at 7:00am

    Tripletail triple threat

    Considered by many to be the best eating inshore fish, tripletail melts in your mouth and is the classic white, flaky fish many anglers crave. 

    July 13 at 7:00am

    July: frog time at Ross Barnett

    July is when bass in Ross Barnett go to the lily pads that are plentiful in the reservoir, which is a relatively shallow lake, holding numbers of 5- to 6-pound fish. 

    July 12 at 9:00am

    Why are crappie so big in flood-control lakes

    Mississippi’s flood-control reservoirs — Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada and Sardis — are regarded by many anglers as the best in the country for big white crappies. 

    July 09 at 9:00am

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