• Fishing

    The ‘potato chip lip’ on Rapala’s Scatter Rap Glass Shad creates erratic movement gamefish just can’t resist.

    Rapala’s Scatter Rap Glass Shad

    Some anglers refer to the plastic lip recently added to the Rapala Glass Shad crankbait as a “potato chip lip,” which is what it closely resembles.

    7 hours ago
    Mississippi’s coastal anglers will enjoy a summer-long season for red snapper with a season that begins May 25 and ends Sept. 3.

    Invest 90L messes up snapper opener

    Mississippi’s red snapper fishermen should be excited about Friday’s opening of the state season, but there’s a little bit of weather tempering any celebrations.

    9 hours ago
    Sometimes — for whatever reason — speckled trout just won’t commit to your topwater presentation. When that happens, guide Nick Poe switches to a twitchbait, then opts for a soft plastic on an ⅛-ounce jighead if the fish are really finicky.

    Topwater troubles?

    May is a great month to throw topwater lures for speckled trout all along the coast.

    May 17 at 8:30am
    Understanding flow velocity, and where water will start moving first, is a big key to locating feeding specks — especially when the tide goes slack.

    Knowing where water moves first

    It’s common knowledge that specks use moving water to their advantage. They’ll lay in ambush just out of the current, and wait for bait to pass before lunging out and striking. 

    May 17 at 7:00am
    The bag limit for sheepshead is 15 per person and the minimum total length is 14 inches.

    New sheepshead regulations take effect today

    The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has sent out a reminder to recreational anglers that the new regulations for sheepshead are effective beginning today, May 16.

    May 16 at 9:40am
    Matching your reel gear ratio to the technique you’re fishing will enable you to not only cover water more efficiently, but capitalize on the strikes you do get — and ultimately put more fish in the box.

    How to choose the right reel gear ratio

    In this day and age, we have plenty of fishing reels from which to choose. They come in all sizes, shapes and types, with multiple gear-ratio options.

    May 16 at 7:00am
    When fish suspend in open water, the Damiki rig is one of the most effective options for coaxing bites.

    Dazzle ‘em with the Damiki rig

    Bass anglers know that few scenarios rival the hair-pulling frustration of suspended fish. Maybe it’s largemouth fleeing heavy fishing pressure on their offshore humps and contour breaks; or perhaps we’re talking about spotted bass suspending in open water because they enjoy being difficult.

    May 15 at 7:00am
    A nesting box can be made from scraps that are found around the house or in dumpsters at construction sites. This box is made from treated wood and is 30 inches long, 22 inches wide and 11¼ inches tall inside. The hole is 8 inches wide and 6 inches high.

    Fish attractor rules

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks’ regulations regarding fishing attractors or structures, including boxes for noodling:

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Use your electronics to find post-spawn staging areas, similar to the ones used by bass during the prespawn.

    Post-spawn tips for Pickwick

    Post-spawn fishing for bass can encompass everything from hatched eggs to shady summer haunts, but it begins as soon as the bass start leaving their spawning beds, and it runs through the summer. 

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Hunter Miles pulled this 61/2-pound Okatibbee Lake bass off a brush top along a creek channel.

    Hunter Miles’ May bass fishing mindset

    Rising bass pro Hunter Miles’ game plan for May bass trips includes:

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Bass pro Keith Combs landed this big 6-pounder with a topwater frog on a recent trip to Grosse Savanne Lodge in Cameron Parish, La., during Shimano’s “Cast Smarter” Media Conference.

    Get the jump on topwater frogs

    Not much can match the pulse-pounding thrill of a giant bass breaking the surface and engulfing a topwater frog.

    May 14 at 7:00am
    Maynor Creek has been kicking out some very nice bass, and May is a productive month to catch some of these chunky largemouths.

    Fish Maynor Creek in May

    Maynor Creek, a 500-acre lake near Waynesboro, is a Pat Harrison Waterway District lake. One of the older lakes in that group, Maynor Creek had issues with its dam almost 10 years ago. The state pulled the water level down to repair the dam. 

    May 10 at 8:30am
    Enough cobia are in Mississippi waters in May to make for some great, targeted fishing action.

    Cobia bite peaks in May

    Fishermen may have started looking for cobia migrating into Mississippi waters in March and fished for them when April’s winds would allow.

    May 09 at 7:00am
    Ponds provide excellent fishing, but bass quickly learn to avoid capture.

    Bass learn to avoid capture

    Studies of largemouth bass, as well as several other fish species, including brown trout, rainbow trout, common carp and northern pike, have found that angler catch rates declines with accumulating fishing effort. 

    May 07 at 9:00am
    Redfish are expected to fill Mississippi waters this summer because of big releases of freshwater through the Bonnet Carre Spillway earlier this spring.

    Gulf Coast specks, reds are on the move in May

    Mississippi’s Gulf Coast is a great place to start looking at opportunities that abound in May. 

    May 07 at 7:00am
    Mercury’s V-6 four-stroke outboards

    Mercury’s V-6 four-stroke outboards

    Mercury Marine decided that its 75- to 150-horsepower FourStroke outboards were so successful, the company has debuted a line of bigger engines with the same features.

    May 01 at 7:00am