• Fishing

    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

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

    More flat fish, fewer junk fish

    Fancy rig made just for flounder
    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

    This year’s July action as hot as it can be
    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

    Cranka Crab's unique hook placement means higher hook up ratio for sheepshead
    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

    Dragging it sideways is key
    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 still has lunkers and limts, as well as a bright future
    June 22, 2017 at 6:00am
    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

    Long sleeves, long pants, wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen are keys, dermatologist says
    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 pockets nice reward in MGCBC
    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

    Protect yourself from Mississippi’s unofficial state bird
    June 20, 2017 at 6:00am
    Mississippi anglers get another 39 days of red snapper fishing in federal waters.

    Red snapper fishing opened Friday

    Deal means 39 more days in state, 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

    June 19, 2017 at 6:00am