• Fishing

    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
    Hook croakers behind the dorsal fin to keep them spunky and to permit them to swim freely.

    How to fish with a croaker

    Like the pro he is, Capt. Jody Auenson fishes with all types of baits and lures: soft plastics, plugs, live shrimp and cocahoe minnows.

    But he really loves live croakers.

    June 19, 2017 at 6:00am
    Monster crabs can be had if you use the right bait and technique.

    Pro tips for targeting huge crabs

    Bobbye Sonnier and Dede Isaac are what you might call crabbing connoisseurs — and they put a serious hurting on some monstrous select jumbo crustaceans recently at the Creole Nature Reserve in Cameron Parish, La.

    June 18, 2017 at 6:00am
    The Anglr app allows you to track your trail, the number of casts you made, where and when you caught your fish among other data.

    New app delivers the goods

    Historically, fishing has been behind the times where technology is concerned. Perhaps it’s the laid-back nature of many anglers or maybe it’s due to an unwillingness of folks to want others clued in to their hot spots thanks to an eye in the sky. Whatever the reason might be, we’re catching up with the world at large with technology like Anglr. It might not be for everybody, but if you have even a passing interest in things like how many casts you made throughout a day, when and where you caught fish or how far and where you ran, it’s worth looking into.

    June 15, 2017 at 3:30pm
    Mississippi’s noodling, or hand-grabbing season for catfish, opened May 1 and ends July 15, making June the peak month for hands-on action.

    Noodling (a.k.a. hand-grabbing) peaks in June

    One of the few freshwater fishing seasons in Mississippi is the hands-on noodling season for catfish. It opened May 1 and will close on July 15, making June the peak month for activity.

    June 15, 2017 at 6:00am
    Hayden Jordan, 8, was fishing in Caledonia when he caught this bass with a crappie minnow.

    Five hot spots to fish in June

    Here are five excellent Mississippi fishing holes, each for a different species, to fish in June.

    June 14, 2017 at 6:00am
    Mississippi bow fishermen Brad Baugh and Bubba Steadman of Cleveland captured this Northern Snakehead fish June 5 in Lake Whittington.

    First snakehead found in state

    Mississippi has its first confirmed capture of a live Northern Snakehead fish, a dreaded invasive non-native species that the state neither wants or needs.

    June 12, 2017 at 3:20pm
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    June 08, 2017 at 11:30am