• Offshore Fishing

    Mississippi fishermen, like Joe Watts of Canton, will have a short window to chase red snapper this year. The season will open June 1 and will run no more than 11 days. The limit will still be two red snapper per angler.

    DMR to hold Snapper Summit

    Mississippi’s offshore sport fishermen, reeling from the announcement of an 11-day red snapper season, which could yet be shortened again, can learn more about and provide input into the federal fishery management of the Gulf of Mexico at a meeting May 6 in Biloxi.

    May 01, 2014 at 10:30am
    Red snapper fishing has been closed regulated since the 1980s to prevent overfishing.

    Why snapper fishing in Texas, Alabama and Florida has begun on some boats

    Under the Gulf of Mexico Headboat Cooperative exempted fishing permit, 18 headboats started fishing for American red snapper on Jan. 1 and can fish through the end of snapper season on July 11.

    Roy Crabtree, regional administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Southeast Region, explained why these boats have been allowed to fish outside the regular season.

    “We’re trying to determine the best, the fairest and the most equitable way to manage the red snapper population in the Gulf of Mexico, for the fish, the fishermen and the economy of fishing communities,” Crabtree said. “A proposal was brought to NOAA and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Council by the Headboat Cooperative, made up of 18 headboats from Texas, Alabama and Florida to test a different method of harvesting red snapper.” 

    February 11, 2014 at 9:00am
    Offshore anglers were all smiles when they heard a fall recreational red snapper fishing season will be held this month.

    14-day snapper season to start Oct. 1

    State and federal officials announced today that there will be a 14-day recreational red snapper season for fishermen for the first two weeks of October.

    September 13, 2013 at 4:38pm

    300-pound mako jumps into boat

    A 300-pound mako shark gave a pair of New Jersey anglers quite a scare when it leaped into their boat and started thrashing around.
    June 13, 2013 at 3:45pm
    With only a two-snapper limit, anglers want to catch the biggest fish they can during the season.

    How to catch big red snapper

    Red snapper season arrives this month, and with a two-fish limit, everyone wants to know how to catch the big ones.

    June 11, 2013 at 9:00am
    On May 31, Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the snapper season must be the same for all Gulf states.

    States gaining on feds in snapper battle

    Reading between the lines of the crazy red snapper saga playing out in the Gulf of Mexico, in state and federal agency offices and, now, in court rooms, one aspect appears obvious.

    June 07, 2013 at 9:00am
    Mississippi’s snapper season opened on June 1 and will close at 12:01 a.m. June 29.

    Snapper season cut again, back to 28 days

    When Mississippi received a six-day extension to its red snapper season on May 23, fisheries biologists at the Department of Marine Resources scoffed at the idea.

    June 06, 2013 at 9:30am
    Mississippi may claim more of the Gulf of Mexico within its boundaries, but fishermen like Robert Earl McDaniel of Whip-A-Snapa Charters, are being told to adhere to federal limits and regulations.

    Mississippi’s Gulf expansion means little – for now

    Starting July 1, Mississippi will claim much more of the Gulf of Mexico within its boundaries, but without federal approval it will have absolutely no effect on its coastal fishermen.
    May 31, 2013 at 11:00am
    The 2013 red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico is set to begin June 1, and will close on July 5 for Mississippi anglers unless federal fisheries managers modify that closure date.

    Snapper season opens June 1

    The 2013 recreational red snapper fishing season begins June 1, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced.

    May 31, 2013 at 10:06am
    Recreational fishing for greater amberjack officially ends at 12:01 a.m. June 1 in  state waters, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced. Triggerfish season also ends.

    Fishing for greater AJs, triggerfish ends June 1

    The recreational fishing seasons for greater amberjack and triggerfish close Saturday (June 1) in Mississippi waters, the state Department of Marine Resources announced.
    May 29, 2013 at 9:47am
    Mississippi's offshore anglers received a Memorial Day gift yesterday when federal fisheries managers extended the red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Mississippi’s red snapper season to 34 days

    With the opening day of the red snapper season still over a week away, Mississippi fishermen have already hooked a surprise catch.

    May 24, 2013 at 9:24am

    Bryant joins other Gulf Coast governors in calling for regional red snapper management

    The governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida have signed a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, House of Representatives Speaker Rep. John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi asking that red snapper management be turned over to their states.
    May 01, 2013 at 9:16am

    Citations issued for red snapper violations

    While Louisiana enforcement officials have said they will not enforce federal red snapper fishing regulations, it was made clear this weekend that Mississippi Department of Marine Resources' Marine Patrol are onboard with the feds — despite their own governor signing an open letter to Congress demanding state management of the fishery.
    May 01, 2013 at 9:11am
    BooneDox's Stogie, Diamondback and Tailwiggler are made from anodized aluminum to withstand the power and teeth of bluewater fish like wahoo and tuna.

    Aluminum trolling plugs offer offshore anglers another weapon

    They may look a little like cedar plugs, but the Stogie, Diamondback and Tailwiggler Lures from BooneDox Gear and Tackle are much more – because they catch fish and keep on catching them.
    April 15, 2013 at 9:23am
    Joey Davis and Hussein Zayed with the 200.4-pound yellowfin tuna that Davis caught.

    Tuna trip is totally worth it

    "Where is the best place to get good sushi?" the stranger asked. "About 120 miles that way," Joey Davis said, gesturing to the southwest. Less than 48 hours later, Davis, Colton Wood and Hussein Zayed, all of Ocean Springs, were drifting cut bait on the Lump, south of Venice, La., in Zayed's 27 Conch.

    April 10, 2013 at 1:00pm
    Elec-Tra-Mate's 2ST6 dredge meets the needs of fishermen trolling for a variety of species.

    Elec-Tra-Mate dredge will dig up fish, not dirt

    Dredges are becoming an ever more important part of an offshore angler’s tactics and tackle bag. Electric Fishing Reel Systems of Greensboro, N.C., is introducing the 2ST6 Tournament Dredge and are heralding it as the best, most- versatile and last dredge you will ever need.

    The 2ST6 Tournament Dredge is constructed of stainless steel and titanium for a lifetime of use and durability, but its most unique feature is that it is modular and disassembles for easy storage. The designers identified construction and materials as two major concerns they wanted to overcome with existing dredges.

    The materials used in most dredges are lead or aluminum for the head and stainless steel for the arms. These materials experience wear, deteriorate and break, and when there is a failure, the entire unit must be replaced. Most existing dredges are generally a yard or more wide, with crossing arms that require a 3x3-foot place to store.
    March 26, 2013 at 2:34pm