• Offshore Fishing

    The cleaning counters at Mississippi's Gulf Coast snapper fleet have been full of red snapper during the opening week of the 10-day recreational season. The charter boat season will run for 44 total days, ending in mid July.

    Snapper are snapping

    Capt. Robert Earl McDaniel didn’t hesitate when asked his opinion of the opening week of the red snapper season.

    June 08, 2015 at 8:50am
    Anglers out of Morehead City landed a 550-pound blue marlin from a 24-foot center console Key West last week off the North Carolina coast.

    550-pound marlin landed by crew on 24-foot boat

    A 550-pound blue marlin was landed by the crew of a 24-foot boat last week, but not before it towed the Key West center console for about 11 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

    May 11, 2015 at 1:15pm
    Under a plan announced Friday, private recreational anglers will have a 10-day red snapper season beginning June 1 in federal waters.

    Feds set 10-day recreational snapper season

    Today’s official announcement of a 10-day recreational red snapper season starting June 1 was met with the expected aggravation by Mississippi’s coastal fishermen, and then some.

    “Ten days of red snapper fishing is an insult to recreational anglers and should be an embarrassment to the federal government,” said Johnny Marquez, executive director of Mississippi’s Coastal Conservation Association.

    May 01, 2015 at 5:08pm
    Instead of freezing blackfin tuna, jar it to make it last longer and add flavoring.

    Perfect solution for leftover blackfin tuna

    An offshore trip is pricey, but when you get into a bunch of blackfin the payoff is a lot of great eating.

    April 16, 2015 at 6:00am
    Paul Ly, James Short, Tray Cherry, Colin Byrd and Kendall Sauls with a couple of 140-pounders caught chunking The Lump.

    Chicken of the Gulf

    Mississippi gets a bad rap in the media. We’re last in the country in supposedly important things and first in supposedly bad things.

    March 12, 2015 at 9:00am
    This 1-pound, 11.2-ounce lionfish caught by Jason Jones of Biloxi, if certified, will be the new world record. It was caught in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month.

    Biloxi man catches world record lionfish

    Jason Jones had thoughts of big game fish — tuna, amberjack, wahoo and maybe even vermillion snapper — when he went fishing last weekend in the Gulf of Mexico.

    February 18, 2015 at 12:00am
    Brandon Bosarge (left) and his son, Blake, hold the speckled hind that broke the state record.

    Bosarge gets second saltwater record

    Brandon Bosarge of Gautier now has his named on two species in the list of Mississippi’s saltwater fishing records.

    December 17, 2014 at 9:10am
    MDMR officials are asking anglers to participate in the agency’s voluntary red snapper reporting program during the October season.

    Fall snapper seasons announced

    Mississippi’s coastal anglers will have additional red snapper opportunities this fall, according to a special season announced Friday by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

    September 29, 2014 at 9:00am
    More than 2,000 fish were released onto an artificial reef Friday by the MDMR and Gulf Coast Research Lab.

    Biologists begin red snapper stocking

    Over 2,000 juvenile red snapper were released Friday on an artificial reef south of Ship Island, the first of three stockings in 2014 that biologists hope will produce more of the popular game fish along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

    August 18, 2014 at 2:30pm
    A meeting will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in a Gulfport to discuss Reef Fish Amendment 40. This red snapper was caught south of Pascagoula by Todd Lancaster of Bolton.

    Snapper meeting Tuesday in Gulfport

    A Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council (Council) plan to divide recreational fishing — and its quota of red snapper  — into segments is drawing vehement opposition from both private and charter fishermen on the Mississippi Coast.

    August 18, 2014 at 12:20pm

    Greater amberjack season set to open Aug. 1

    Anglers will once again have the chance to target greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) starting this weekend.

    July 28, 2014 at 2:30pm
    Mississippi waters will be open for red snapper fishing on July 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27.

    State sets July weekend snapper season

    Fishermen on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast have been granted some relief on red snapper, and, while appreciative of the additional opportunity granted by state officials, many say it is not sufficient to offset strict federal measures.

    June 27, 2014 at 9:00am
    It’s a good idea to keep a spinning rod rigged up in case you happen across any cobia.

    Don’t let short snapper season get you down

    Capt. Kenny Barhanovich of the Miss Hospitality docked behind the McElroy’s Seafood Restaurant said there’s plenty to keep you busy this summer.

    June 12, 2014 at 9:00am
    Capt. Tristan Armer of Ocean Springs with part of Sunday's limit catch from team Smack My Fish Up on a very rough opening day of the Gulf red snapper season. The rest of the photos show their red snapper catch that averaged 15 pounds, with two over 20

    Snapper situation turns dangerous

    Offshore recreational fishermen have many adjectives to describe the current state of federal red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Stupid. Insane. Unfair. Asinine. Farcical. Unscientific.

    June 03, 2014 at 1:03pm
    A red snapper reporting program was popular among fishermen who attended a summit the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources held on May 6.

    State announces volunteer snapper report

    Mississippi officials finally appear ready to get in the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fiasco, the one that has led to the nasty situation pitting commercial fishermen against recreational fishermen, states against states and states against federal officials.

    May 27, 2014 at 11:30am
    The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council announced Wednesday morning that the federal recreational red snapper season for 2014 had been reduced down to just nine days.

    Red snapper: ‘O-Fish-Aly’ a farce

    A 9-day Gulf of Mexico red snapper season is official, causing one veteran Mississippi Coastal fisherman who relishes snapper fishing to say it “O-Fish-Aly stinks!” 

    May 14, 2014 at 4:30pm