• Offshore Fishing

    Legislation introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) would protect old Gulf of Mexico structures from being removed as ordered by the U.S. Department of Interior.

    Congressional bill would protect offshore structures for use as artificial reefs

    Legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress that would prevent rigs and other Gulf of Mexico structures from being removed as ordered by the U.S. Department of Interior should be passed, the Coastal Conservation Association said today.

    The Rigs to Reefs Habitat Protection Act of 2011, introduced by Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, seeks to allows structures to remain in the Gulf as artificial reefs.
    September 14, 2011 at 10:46am
    Through the fall, redfish will be among the prime targets of most Gulf Coast anglers.

    Fishing, football go together like popcorn, movies

    One of the most-difficult problems for fishermen in the fall is choosing between staying home and watching one of their favorite football teams or going fishing. However, Capt. Jay Trochesset has solved this problem for anglers fishing with him on the Silver Dollar III, based at Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi.
    August 31, 2011 at 8:59am
    Team Cheeseburger won the team billfish prize thanks in large part to 11-year-old Cahill Marlone (front, center), who landed a blue marlin to push his team to the lead.

    11-year-old steals the show at the Sonny Johnson Memorial Fishing Tournament

    An 11-year-old angler boated one of two billfish that earned the top prize in the Sonny Johnson Memorial Fishing Tournament this weekend (Aug. 11-14).

    Cahill Marlone wrestled the nice blue to the boat on his very first marlin trip, and that added enough points to a white marlin caught earlier by Ron Ladner for the Team Cheeseburger crew to take the team billfish win in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Big Game Fishing Club tag-and-release event.

    August 17, 2011 at 9:39am
    Mangroves are notoriously hook- and line-shy, but there are ways to get around that.

    Snapper season’s not over in August

    Plenty of snapper live off Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Just because red snapper season has ended doesn’t mean you can’t catch other varieties of hard-fighting, delicious snapper, including lane, vermilion and gray, as part of your aggregate of 10 reef fish.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:21pm
    Although some of his buddies make fun of Maiolatesi for putting a bunch of silly stuff like lights and buzzers on his lines, he knows they help him catch big grouper like this one.

    Circle hooks are perfect for grouper fishing

    When Capt. Lenny Maiolatesi mentioned that circle hooks gave him a decided advantage over grouper when it came to getting them in the boat, I wondered why. I had seen other anglers using circle hooks even for inshore fish like speckled trout and redfish.
    July 18, 2011 at 12:15pm
    Grouper are one of the least sought-after offshore fish out of Mississippi because of all the time and effort it takes to consistently catch them.

    Group Therapy

    Specialization is a Social Studies vocabulary word that every 8th grader in the state of Mississippi should know. It is an economic term that essentially refers to someone becoming particularly interested in or good at an occupation, interest or field of study.
    June 27, 2011 at 3:56pm
    Since we can only keep two snapper this season, then why not fish for the big ones, and little spots are where they’re most likely to show up.

    Think small for big snapper

    Many years ago, a captain taught me the secret of little spots for big snapper — sunken washing machines. On that fishing trip, the captain asked me, “Do you want to catch a big snapper?” I replied, “Sure I do.” The captain smiled and said, “Okay, we’ll catch them out of the washing machine.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:01am
    Stacy Combs of D'Iberville landed this 92-pound, 2.88-ounce big-eye tuna to make the Mississippi fishing records.

    Two record fish landed in May

    Saltwater fishing records for bigeye tuna and creolefish were certified Tuesday (June 21) as state records by the Commisssion on Marine Resources. Both record-breaking catches were made last month.

    The bigeye tuna record was set by D’Iberville’s Stacy Combs with a 92-pound, 2.88-ounce fish Combs landed on May 11.
    June 23, 2011 at 3:35pm
    There will be plenty of 8-pound red snapper caught off the coast this month, but to find the place that’s holding the biggest snapper, look for individual rocks and small <br />
bottom relief.

    Not Exactly Obvious

    “Most fishermen bypass catching big red snapper to catch little snapper,” said Capt. Lenny Maiolatesi of the Fighting Chicken (228-326-3180), based out of Dry Stack Marina in Ocean Springs. “Last year, during the first week of snapper season, I had a party with me, and we were fishing within sight of Horn Island, off the modules at FH-2 (Fish Haven) in about 80 to 90 feet of water.

    May 31, 2011 at 1:17pm
    The average grade of red snapper at the end of last season was 10 to 15 pounds. Capt. Mike Moore expects them to be at least that big, if not bigger, when red snapper season opens this month.<br />
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    Catch big snapper, cobia on Gulf Coast

    Capt. Michael Moore, owner and operator of Strictly Business Fishing Charters based out of Biloxi, captains all the Strictly Charters fishing vessels, including the “Ms. Darsy” and a tour boat that takes 49 passengers on a trip to catch shrimp and other marine life, hear a history of Biloxi and enjoy light-tackle fishing for trout, flounder and ground mullet.
    May 31, 2011 at 7:21am
    Wise Mississippi coastal anglers know that the best time to catch fish is when they are forced to congregate around contour changes, like the point on the west side of Horn Island.

    Horn of Copious Cobia: Lemon fish invade this barrier island

    Like a giant brown bear waiting to catch leaping salmon swimming upstream, hundreds of Mississippi offshore anglers are lining up this month to take advantage of the thousands of cobia making their annual migration around the Gulf of Mexico coastline.

    After bobbing and weaving through the gauntlet known as Destin and Pensacola, the cobia will eventually hit the barrier islands off the Mississippi coast. The first island they get to, Petit Bois, might get a little of their attention, but it is the second island in the chain, Horn, that attracts cobia like Britney Spears draws attention.
    May 12, 2011 at 11:44am
    NMFS officials are proposing a short fall recreational season for gag grouper, while also wanting to significantly increase the commercial quota on the species.

    Fall gag grouper recreational season, increased commercial quota proposed

    The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing the setting the recreational gag grouper season to run Sept. 16 through Nov. 15, according to the agency’s newsletter. Public comment on the proposal is being accepted through May 6.

    The proposal, announced April 21 in the Federal Register and apparently coming at the behest of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, also includes a temporary rule to reset the commercial gag grouper quota and continue the suspension of the use of red grouper multi-use individual quota commercial allocation.
    April 28, 2011 at 4:37pm

    Large current eddy in Gulf kicking offshore fishing into high gear

    Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service has been monitoring what appears to be the formation of a relatively large Loop Current eddy in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

    “This eddy will have substantial consequences for the fishing,” the service said in a release. “While the eddy has sea surface temperatures of 81 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit, there is blue 77 to 78-degree water extending northward to the coastal states from the Mississippi Canyon to the DeSoto Canyon.

    “These are excellent early season conditions for tuna, dolphin, wahoo and marlin."
    April 27, 2011 at 3:34pm
    The really good cobia run off the Mississippi coast usually lasts for about five weeks.

    Bumper year offshore begins now

    Saltwater fishermen can look for a bumper crop of offshore fish this year. With the BP oil spill last year and fishing shut-down all along the Upper Gulf Coast, the offshore fish had the least amount of fishing pressure they’ve had in many years. This year, outdoorsmen should see bumper crops of all offshore fish.

    March 29, 2011 at 4:14pm
    Long Beach's Troy Helwig caught the pending Mississippi state-record amberjack March 18 by catching this 114.2-pound beast.

    Pending state record AJ landed near Horseshoe Rigs

    The group of seven anglers leaving Ocean Springs Harbor on March 18 had one destination and one species in mind: the Horseshoe Rigs and amberjack. When they came home, they carried the pending state record AJ.
    March 29, 2011 at 11:11am
    If you've ever dreamed of trolling the famed billfish-rich waters off Costa Rica, be sure and sign up for the trip being hosted by the Sportsman this spring.

    Join Sportsman for billfishing frenzy

    A group of Sportsman anglers and their friends will be flying to Costa Rica on April 3 for three days of offshore fishing – and there are still a few spots left on this trip of a lifetime.
    December 22, 2010 at 8:58am