• Inshore Fishing

    A wall full of gray snapper, aka mangrove snapper, is possible on the first oil rigs off the Gulf Coast, often found while chumming for king mackerel.

    Kings, gray snapper dominate March offshore

    Few are the days in March that offer calm conditions needed for most recreational boats to travel offshore safely from Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, but when the opportunity to run is there, fishermen have a couple of options that make it worthwhile.

    March 15 at 8:00am
    Fishing the pilings of the bridges on U.S. 98 promises a lot of hot action, especially for sheepshead.

    Piling on sheepshead on the bridges

    Sheepshead get little respect outside of the small percentage of coastal fishermen who relish the winter opportunity to easily rack up big catches of the freakishly toothy fish with silvery sides and black vertical bars.

    March 15 at 8:00am
    G. Loomis E6X Inshore Rod Series

    G. Loomis E6X Inshore Rod Series

    If you’re looking for a new weapon of choice to target redfish and speckled trout this spring, the G. Loomis E6X Inshore Rod Series fills the bill — and then some.

    March 01 at 7:00am
    In March, Mississippians who like to catch a lot of fish quick, that are good for the table, turn to the sheepshead for some hot near-shore action.

    Don’t run too far in March; saltwater fish are ready to meet you closer to your Biloxi base than you think

    The cast was a foot right of perfect, and the Boat Monkey float settled in the center of the concentric rings forming around its landing. A sea gull swooped down to check it out, only to turn away perhaps repulsed by the orange bobber —which suddenly was gone, jerked completely out of sight below the surf.

    March 01 at 7:00am
    A built-in 1/4-ounce leadhead and painted on glow eyes are just two features of Egret’s new Vudu Vixen.

    The Vudu Vixen

    Speckled trout and other saltwater species feed on shrimp and baitfish, shad, mullet, cocahoes and more.

    February 21 at 9:00am
    You can secure the hooks of your double rig by running one jighead through a rod guide, back up towards the other jighead and then just hooking the two together. If the guides are too small, just wrap one pigtail around the reel stem and then secure the hooks together.

    Tying and securing a double rig

    Catching speckled trout two at a time is a hallmark of an excellent fishing trip — and few rigs are better for the job than the double rig. The best way to quickly fill limits means two hooks are absolutely better than one — but how do you go about tying a double rig? 

    February 20 at 7:00am
    Instead of 24-hour predictions from the NOAA Marine forecast, the Windfinder app provides wind estimates for specific locations every three hours.

    Smartphone app provides more reliable wind forecasts

    You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Ya gotta go to know.”

    If you’re not familiar, it just means that you really don’t know the fishing conditions until you actually launch the boat and head out.

    February 15 at 3:30pm
    Speckled trout can be caught year-round on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but tactics vary from month to month.

    2018 Mississippi Saltwater Calendar

    Six very thick layers of clothing, including two outer ones resistant to water, helped break the chilly air during the 40-minute run across the west end of the Mississippi Sound.

    January 01 at 7:00am
    December is an unbeatable month to catch bull reds in the marshes and around barrier islands along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

    December treat: Sight-fishing for Gulf Coast reds

    Fishing guides and charter captains along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast won’t cast a disparaging eye toward any species that is biting. Late fall and winter can be fickle, so when something’s biting, whatever it may be, the skippers give their clients a taste of the action.

    December 21, 2017 at 6:00am
    Eddie Berthelot Jr. fishes a gold spoon with his rod tip down to keep the lure 6 to 8 inches under the surface of the water, and he recommends being patient on the hookset to reel in more redfish.

    The lovin’ spoonful

    Fall is prime time for redfish, and the venerable old spoon is still an effective, fun lure to throw in interior marshes for solid action.

    November 20, 2017 at 6:00am
    Anglers make three mistakes when fishing with ChatterBaits, but FLW Tour pro Brian Latimer provides tips to ensure you get the most out of the vibrating jigs.

    Top 3 ChatterBait mistakes

    ChatterBaits are lures fish love to smash. Whether you’re targeting bass on your local reservoir or snatching redfish from coastal marshes, these vibrating jigs force reaction bites that are vicious.

    November 16, 2017 at 9:00am
    Sheepshead will hold this month around bridge pilings where US 90 crosses rivers close to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

    Bridge pilings present another option

    Guides Kenny Shiyou of Shore Thing Charters in Bay St. Louis and Robert Earl McDaniel of WhipaSnapa Charters in Biloxi welcome the fall transition and approaching cold weather.

    November 15, 2017 at 6:00am
    Catch Mississippi Gulf Coast trout when they’re on the move this month.

    On the move - November puts Gulf Coast gamefish on the move, and anglers can learn to intercept them

    Guide Ronnie Daniels knows November to be a fickle, feast-or-famine fishing month on the waters of and connected to the Gulf of Mexico, off Mississippi’s coast.

    November 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Guide Rod Thomas caught this nice red off a set of ocean jetties, fishing a live bait below and behind a planer board.

    Overlooked saltwater tool: Side planers can provide options

    Like a lot of fishing guides, Rod Thomas of Capt. Ponytail Guide Service got his training on the water. Unlike a lot of guides, he got plenty of training holding a video camera as well as a fishing rod, filming outdoors TV shows.

    One thing he learned is something a lot of inshore saltwater guides are missing from their repertoire: how and when to use a side planer board.

    October 24, 2017 at 2:30pm
    October is a time of transition for most salt water species, like the sheepshead. It opens the door to some productive action very close to the shoreline.

    The Sound of better close-in fishing

    Mississippi’s coastal fishermen, especially guides, look forward to October, because as the temperature cools, the cost of reaching a jackpot catch goes down.

    October 16, 2017 at 7:00am
    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, 2017 at 10:10am