• Offshore Fishing

    The Balloon Fisher King's unique clip will allow easier attachment of balloon rigs to fishing line.

    Balloon Fisher King will make balloon fishing faster, simpler

    Balloon Fisher King is a new entry into the tackle world that will make balloon fishing simpler, easier and more efficient than it has ever been.

    For decades, fishermen have used balloons to suspend baits, but it’s always been a little difficult to attach fishing line to a balloon. The Balloon Fisher King system was specifically designed to make balloon fishing faster and easier.
    February 27, 2013 at 8:43am
    Capt. Ronnie Daniels watches weather forecasts to find windows allowing access to the islands off the Mississippi Coast to put together great stringers of speckled trout by wade-fishing.

    Coastal islands are great springtime fishing targets — if the weather allows

    Do changing weather patterns, rain resulting in muddy rivers and bays, and wild swings in salinity have you singing the blues? Capt. Ronnie Daniels of Fisher-Man Guide Services has the cure.

    When coastal rivers and bays are in less-than-desirable condition, Daniels keeps his eye on the weather, looking for a day that will have winds less than 10 mph so he can make the 40-mile run from Long Beach Harbor to Freemason, North Island or Chandeleur.
    February 25, 2013 at 6:45am
    This 445-pound yellowfin tuna is the biggest of the species ever landed, but it has been disqualified from world-record discussion because IGFA rules were broken.

    Giant California yellowfin tuna battle for world record

    Two huge yellowfin tuna – the two biggest ever – have been caught in the past couple of months, but only one is being considered for a new world record. John Petruescu caught a 445-pound yellowfin just before sunrise on Dec. 9 while fishing on the Excel, a long-range charterboat out of San Diego, Calif., Although his fish surpassed the existing world record by a full 40 pounds, it was will not be considered as a possible world record because the boat’s captain grabbed the fishing rod twice during the fight, disqualifying it under the rules of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).

    December 13, 2012 at 10:36am
    The recreational fishing season for gag grouper closes on Nov. 3, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced today.

    Recreational gag grouper season closure announced

    Recreational fishing for gag grouper in territorial waters will end Saturday (Nov. 3) at 12:01 a.m., the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced today (Nov. 1).
    November 01, 2012 at 11:26am
    The Never Satisfied fishing crew with the 124-pound, 4-ounce new state-record amberjack. Left to right (back row) Randall Tynes, Mike Jimerson, Curtis Spiers, Joe Dahm, Ronnie Dahm, (front row) Tina Dunaway, Sheila Jimerson and Yvette Dahm. The man in the yellow shirt is the weighmaster assistant and the gentleman in the white tank top on the right is the weighmaster.

    Record AJ brings satisfaction

    Perhaps it is time for the fishing team, Never Satisfied, to consider a name change.

    The group of fishermen, based in Ocean Springs, and their spouses/girlfriends will be hard-pressed to beat the trip they had Aug. 4 in the 18th annual Carl Leggett Fishing Tournament in Biloxi.

    Their first fish of the morning was a 124-pound, 4-ounce amberjack caught by Mike Jimerson, which the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources certified this week as a new state record.
    September 28, 2012 at 10:30am

    Biloxi man dies in coastal boating accident

    A 54-year-old Biloxi man died in a boating accident in the Mississippi Sound early this morning (Sept. 16), the Sun Herald reported.

    Killed in the accident was Mark Barhanovich, according to the newspaper.
    September 16, 2012 at 2:45pm
    Carl Huffman shows off his company's new Brute 800 electric reel system.

    North Carolina company introduces new series of electric fishing reels

    Electric Fishing Reel Systems of Greensboro, N.C., has released a new series of self-contained, heavy duty electric reels. The Brute Series includes three sizes of electric reels designed for recreational and commercial fishermen. The Brute Series is self contained and includes the spool and rod or boom.
    August 26, 2012 at 8:32pm
    Max Bait Trays fit most popular cooler sizes.

    Max Bait Trays keep trolling baits cool but not soggy

    Danny Sykes was tired of having soggy baits, but he needed to rig his offshore trolling baits the night before to be ready for hot action when he went fishing off the North Carolina coast. That began his quest for a cooler insert that would protect baits from falling into the water from the melting ice, but not block the cold the baits needed to stay fresh. From this desire, the basics for Max Bait Trays were born.
    July 31, 2012 at 11:18am
    The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources recently opposed a move by Louisiana officials to extend control of offshore waters to more than 10 miles from the beaches of its barrier islands.

    MCMR says Louisiana claim to more offshore waters illegal

    The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources on Monday (July 2) passed a resolution opposing a move last month by Louisiana's state wildlife and fisheries agency to extend offshore water under its control.

    The MCMR resolution has been submitted to the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.
    July 07, 2012 at 9:44am
    The 2012 recreational red snapper season was extended by six days because of heavy seas and Tropical Storm Debby, NOAA announced today.

    Feds extend red snapper fishing

    Red snapper season has been extended for six days because of rough seas that have prevented anglers from reaching the offshore fishing grounds, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced today (June 29). The season is now set to close at 12:01 a.m. on July 17, NOAA said.

    June 29, 2012 at 6:23pm
    Oil and gas rigs off the Mississippi and Louisiana coastlines provide habitat for thousands of offshore fish, but CCA of Mississippi says a new fedeal policy is destroying that vital habitat.

    CCA meeting to focus on removal of offshore rigs

    Facing the loss of what it estimates is 1,800 acres of valuable fish habitat in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coastal Conservation Association of Mississippi is focusing on opposing the government’s ordered removal of derelict oil rigs, a program known as the Idle Iron Directive.

    “Saving Essential Fish Habitat ” is the subject of a CCA of Mississippi meeting scheduled Wednesday night (June 27) at 6:30 p.m. at the Hansboro Community Center at 1890 Switzer Road in Gulfport.
    June 26, 2012 at 9:26am
    Recreational fishing for greater amberjacks ends June 1 in state and federal waters, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced.

    Amberjack season closes June 1

    Recreational fishing for greater amberjack closes in state waters at midnight on June 1, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced today (May 24).
    May 24, 2012 at 11:02am
    If you’re going offshore, there’s no reason not to drag shaky baits for wahoo this April. There still are big ones to be caught.

    Twice as nice

    According to Capt. Lenny Maiolatesi of the Fighting Chicken, docked at Harbor Landing Marina in Ocean Springs, “April means wahoo, and we use a three-pronged attack to fish offshore then. In April, the fish seem to scatter and we usually find them between the Midnight Lump and the floating oil rigs. Generally in April there’s big wahoo and lots of them to be caught. The biggest wahoo we ever caught on the ‘Fighting Chicken’ weighed 92 pounds.”
    April 01, 2012 at 7:30am
    Anglers can comment on future management of greater amberjack fishing during a public hearing hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council on Jan. 11 near New Orleans.

    Greater amberjack fishing management plan topic of public hearing

    The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday (Jan. 11) just outside of New Orleans during which anglers can comment on how greater amberjack will be managed off the Mississippi coast.
    January 05, 2012 at 11:29am
    Approximately 8,000 cobia reared at Aqua Green will be released this week on two popular artificial reefs in a Mississippi Department of Marine Resources partnership to restock the species.

    Cobia to be released on two popular coastal artificial reefs

    About 8,000 juvenile cobia will be released this week on two artificial reefs off the Mississippi Coast, the Department of Marine Resources announced yesterday (Dec. 6). The cobia release is part of a partnership between MDMR, Aqua Green, Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.

    December 07, 2011 at 8:36am
    The Big Round Tank is partially submerged at Fish Haven 13. The tank was donated by NASA and sank by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in Biloxi in 85 feet of water.

    Artificial reef formed off Mississippi Coast

    An artificial reef recently was placed 23 miles off the Mississippi coast in 85 feet to enhance fishing in the popular Fish Haven 13 area, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced today (Nov. 2).

    The reef, composed of three structures, was made possible because of a partnership between MDMR and NASA’s Stennis Space Center, the agency said.
    November 06, 2011 at 9:30am