• Fishing

    Sherman Roberts of Biloxi set a new state record for the Oyster Toadfish.

    Record oyster toadfish certified

    Sherman Roberts may not own the biggest entry in the Mississippi Salt Water Fishing record book, but the Biloxi fisherman can certainly claim one of the most curious.

    September 20 at 10:10am
    Florida’s Capt. Joshua Lim shows off a 25 ½-inch, 6-pound speckled trout caught this summer in Pensacola Bay with a Matrix Shad rigged as a shrimp imitation twitchbait.

    Turn a Matrix Shad into a shrimp-imitation twitchbait

    Many coastal anglers are probably familiar with Matrix Shad soft-plastic paddletail lures and how deadly they are when jigging for speckled trout.

    September 19 at 6:00am
    Public access to the popular spillway fishing below the Barnett Reservoir Dam near Jackson will be closed this weekend during Operation Clean Sweep.

    Barnett Reservoir spillway to close during cleanup

    The popular spillway fishing area below the Barnett Reservoir dam will be closed to recreation on Sept. 23-24 to accommodate a river-long clean up, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced.

    September 18 at 3:00pm
    Crappie can’t avoid Terry Blankenship just because it’s summer and they’re deep.

    Top 7 tips for catching slabs in brush

    Terry Blankenship’s passion is finding and catching crappie year-round. And the fish don’t stand a chance when the summer heat pushes fish out to deep, flooded brush and standing timber.

    September 18 at 6:00am
    Anything unusual in a field of matted grass is worth your attention.

    Frog fishing tackle

    FLW pro Todd Castledine trusts his frogging to a 7-foot, 3-inch Falcon Cara swimbait rod with an 8:1 Lew’s Super Duty reel carrying 65-pound braided line. This outfit, he said, affords him the elements essential to effective frogging.

    September 15 at 7:00am
    Ott DeFoe likes grass edges in low-light conditions.

    Best topwater frogs for different applications

    Everyone has their favorite frog, but putting aside the debates over brand and color patterns, we can break down the basic shape/style options based on their applicability.

    September 15 at 7:00am
    All of the barrier islands offer flounder in the surf. Even though some “door mats” are caught during the day, gigging at night produces the most.

    Deer Island: The short run

    Deer Island is not usually considered one of the barrier islands, due to its close proximity to Biloxi’s casino row — a few hundred yards, but by no means should it be overlooked.

    September 15 at 7:00am
    Tommy Vidrine suggests using a 5- to 6-foot fluorocarbon leader to target big mangroves.

    Mop up on monster mangrove snapper

    During the dog days of summer, Grand Isle, La.’s Trout Master sometimes turns his attention away from chasing specks just long enough to head offshore in pursuit of different prey.

    September 15 at 6:00am
    Although you’ll catch a good number of 1 to 1½-pound bass using these tactics in September, you may get a really good bass, like the one pictured here.

    Bet on your most-dependable lake

    This month, I’ll primarily fish my home lake, Bogue Homa, near Laurel. I understand exactly where September bass should be, and I know the lures to fish for success. Bogue Homa has a good number of largemouths 3 pounds or better, that will be relating to the grass and the grass lines coming off its banks. 

    September 14 at 9:00am
    Capt. Tommy Pellegrin suggests targeting smaller rigs and structures for cobia, and making sure you keep your lure moving when sight casting to fish near the surface. Don’t stop if the fish charges, or it could very well lose interest.

    Cobia 101: Tips to hook up with lemon fish

    Call them whatever you want — lemon fish, cobia or ling — but their firm, white meat is delicious, and it’s prime time to catch them off Gulf coast.

    September 14 at 6:00am
    Tyler Cossey caught this lunker on a bass fishing trip in Marshall County.

    Try these honey holes in September

    Looking for a place to fish this month? Try one of these:

    September 13 at 6:00am
    Catching a redfish on a fly is growing in popularity and a free Fly Fishing Fair for salt water anglers will be held this weekend in Ocean Springs, with experts to assist anyone in that pursuit.

    Free fly-fishing fair Saturday in Ocean Springs

    The Gulf Coast Council of Fly Fishers International (GCC-FFI) will hold a Fly Fishing Fair Saturday at Ocean Springs, with proceeds donated to the future of fishing off the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

    September 11 at 2:00pm
    The lateral-line system detects water movement. This ability may help this bluegill find prey but also alert it to an approaching predator.

    Fish Sensory Systems: Part 3

    Fish rely on their senses to survive, and in particular, to find food in their underwater homes. Part I of this series explored vision, a very fast and accurate sense for detecting objects in the environment, but also a sense quickly impaired by changes in water clarity. Part II explored how taste and smell are involved in feeding and concluded that chemical cues may be important for accepting or rejecting objects as food but probably have a relatively minor role in detecting prey or attracting fish. This final segment explores fishes’ ability to detect sound and water movement. These senses may have much more to do with feeding than formerly known or even thought.

    September 11 at 9:00am
    There’s a frog for every situation, whether bass are feeding on amphibians or finfish on top.

    Maximize your frog’s mat mayhem

    It’s a double shot of adrenaline that widens the eyes, flares the jaws, red-lines the heart rate and elicits a broad spectrum of amazed responses; not all of which may be suitable for a family audience. Unquestionably, frog fishing over weed mats can deliver some of the most aggressively exaggerated strikes you’ll ever see — but it’s not as simple as throw-frog-onto-mat-and-pull.

    September 01 at 7:00am
    The summer of 2017 has been slow for tripletail, which guides like Kenny Shiyou hopes is an indicator for a bountiful finish in September.

    For hot dog day fishing action, try island hopping in the Gulf

    From the front deck, standing high on my toes, I caught a flash of silver over the top of the dark emerald water about 100 yards ahead, and then I caught another.

    September 01 at 7:00am
    Brock Mosley holding up two lunker smallmouth on stage at St. Clair last Sunday.

    Mosley takes second at Lake St. Clair

    Collinsville angler Brock Mosley has been on a roll on the BASS Elite Series Tour lately. The talented angler finished second to arguably the greatest tournament bass angler of all time, Kevin Van Dam, at the St. Lawrence River three weeks ago by consistently catching lunker smallmouths each day. His total weight for that tournament was 82 pounds 3 ounces which was good enough for $25,000.

    August 31 at 4:10pm