• Fishing

    Zeringue’s system can hold 300 to 400 croakers for an extended period of time.

    Live bait life support

    Live bait is considered critical for success by the anglers. Whether croakers, cocahoe minnows or mullet are used, live bait must, by definition, be kept alive to be used.

    July 20, 2017 at 9:40am
    To unhook a ray without getting barbed, leave it in the net, step on the ring of the net with the tail under it, then unhook the ray. After he’s unhooked. Simply flop him back into the water when you’re done.

    Wrangling a ray without getting stung

    If you fish with live bait during the summer in Mississippi’s coastal waters, chances are you’ll eventually hook up with a stingray.

    July 19, 2017 at 2:00pm
    The Flounder Fanatic Bottom hook rigged with a plastic.

    More flat fish, fewer junk fish

    Because of the sideways bite of a flounder, traditional jigs leave a few fish on the table. However, Betts’ Flounder Fanatic hooks are a good way to increase your catch.

    July 19, 2017 at 6:00am
    Patrick McDowell of Slidell holds a 4-pound speckled trout caught Friday just south of Cat Island in the Mississippi Sound. Notice the slick in the photo behind McDowell. The slick popped up on a grass bed in 2.5 feet of water and it was full of bait and trout.

    Cat Island trout still spawning

    Capt. Tommy Sutton was idling down a break line off the south shore of Cat Island Friday, about 8 miles across the Mississippi Sound due south of Pass Christian.

    July 17, 2017 at 3:45pm
    Fiddler crabs are a popular bait for sheepshead, but the Cranka Crab is an artificial lure that's tough to beat.

    Catch more sheepshead with this lure from Down Under

    Those crazy Australians. They talk funny and have weird names for stuff, but they are passionate about fishing. And one company from Down Under makes a lure that should appeal to many anglers, but especially sheepshead anglers.

    July 17, 2017 at 9:30am
    The best way to fish the Carolina rig is with a slow drag that keeps the weight in constant contact with bottom.

    How to properly fish a Carolina rig

    Fishing a Carolina rig doesn’t seem all that difficult: Throw it out and pull it back in.

    July 17, 2017 at 6:00am
    One cooling respite from the heat is a canoe or kayak trip on a Mississippi stream, coastal river or lake. It also opens the door to some fantastic fishing opportunities.

    Paddle away the heat

    Time to use your imagination: Water swirls around the working end of a paddle, slowly propelling a canoe through tannic waters, rapidly removing the worries of the rat race and the heat of a summer day.

    July 11, 2017 at 6:00am
    The MDWFP has named Sylvia Robinson as Wildlife Conservation Educator at its Museum of Natural Science in Jackson.

    MDWFP adds Conservation Educator

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks continued rebuilding its staff with the June hiring of Sylvia Robinson as a conservation resources biologist who will serve as Conservation Educator at the agency’s Museum of Natural Science.

    July 05, 2017 at 6:00am
    For the fourth straight year, fishermen helped in the restocking of Florida bass in Ross Barnett Reservoir.

    Florida bass added at Ross Barnett

    For the fourth straight year, Barnett Reservoir officials, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and reservoir bass anglers joined to stock Florida bass fingerlings in the popular lake near Jackson.

    July 03, 2017 at 6:00am
    A pass down the fish bins at the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is always entertaining and full of interesting sights, like this alligator gar being prepared for display.

    A lot to do, see, and plenty to learn

    The Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is always a popular attraction along the state’s Gulf Coast, offering much to do for visitors to the 70-year-old event.

    June 22, 2017 at 12:15pm
    Capt. Erik Rue put his wife Tina, right, and her friend Kim on a redfish double.

    Vacation hotspot: Big Lake, La.

    Calcasieu Lake, more commonly known as Big Lake, is in flux. It’s still a destination for those seeking trophy trout, because its reputation as a factory for plus-size specks is well known in Louisiana and into Texas. As Capt. Erik Rue says, “you can’t put the genie back in the bottle.

    June 22, 2017 at 6:00am
    In the 2017 Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, any angler holding a new state record for either yellowfin tuna (pictured) or shark will earn a $20,000 prize.

    Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo turns 70

    The largest fishing event in the state, participation-wise, is the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, which will be held for the 70th time June 30-July 4 at the Gulfport Harbor.

    June 21, 2017 at 2:30pm
    Protecting yourself with long sleeves, long pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen are important to avoid ultraviolet rays from the sun during summertime fishing trips.

    Protection tips for the summer sun

    If Sly and the Family Stone were writing “Hot Fun in the Summer Time” now instead of back in 1969, chances are there might be a few extra verses about UV exposure, potential skin cancer and the importance of sunscreen.

    June 21, 2017 at 6:00am
    Scott Cothran of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., with the state record 242-pound, 8.64-ounce swordfish during the recent Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic in Biloxi. He earned a whopping $325,000 for the catch in the June 8-9 event.

    Record swordfish worth $325,000

    South Carolina angler Scott Cothran fished the recent 2017 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic aboard the Pay Dirt, one of the 120 boats entered in the June 8-9 event at Biloxi.

    June 20, 2017 at 4:00pm
    The Thermacell MR450 (pictured) and the Backpacker provide the best DEET-free defense against mosquitoes.

    Make sure your summer is skeeter-free

    What’s the worst part about summer? The heat? Nope. The fresh-out-of-school kids terrorizing the neighborhood? Maybe. In my estimation it’s no one thing but rather hordes of a certain small thing; mosquitoes. The agony of mosquitoes generally starts around the time turkey season is in full swing and continues way too long, into early bow season. However, there’s a remedy that you ought to be familiar with if you aren’t already: Thermacell. I learned what  Thermacell is a few years back on a turkey hunt in Mississippi. Swarms of the blood-suckers were making it impossible for me to sit still and I was fast losing my patience. A buddy said he’d had no problem with them because of a “new-fangled contraption” (as he put it) he kept in his vest. It was a Thermacell, and my life outdoors has changed since I became acquainted with them.

    June 20, 2017 at 6:00am
    Mississippi anglers get another 39 days of red snapper fishing in federal waters.

    Red snapper fishing opened Friday

    The continuing saga that is red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico took another strange, but expected turn last Wednesday when fisheries managers from states and federal agencies announced a renewal of opportunity for recreational anglers in federal waters.

    June 19, 2017 at 9:00am