• Inshore Fishing

    Eddie Berthelot Jr. fishes a gold spoon with his rod tip down to keep the lure 6 to 8 inches under the surface of the water, and he recommends being patient on the hookset to reel in more redfish.

    The lovin’ spoonful

    Fall is prime time for redfish, and the venerable old spoon is still an effective, fun lure to throw in interior marshes for solid action.

    November 20 at 6:00am
    Anglers make three mistakes when fishing with ChatterBaits, but FLW Tour pro Brian Latimer provides tips to ensure you get the most out of the vibrating jigs.

    Top 3 ChatterBait mistakes

    ChatterBaits are lures fish love to smash. Whether you’re targeting bass on your local reservoir or snatching redfish from coastal marshes, these vibrating jigs force reaction bites that are vicious.

    November 16 at 9:00am
    Sheepshead will hold this month around bridge pilings where US 90 crosses rivers close to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

    Bridge pilings present another option

    Guides Kenny Shiyou of Shore Thing Charters in Bay St. Louis and Robert Earl McDaniel of WhipaSnapa Charters in Biloxi welcome the fall transition and approaching cold weather.

    November 15 at 6:00am
    Catch Mississippi Gulf Coast trout when they’re on the move this month.

    On the move - November puts Gulf Coast gamefish on the move, and anglers can learn to intercept them

    Guide Ronnie Daniels knows November to be a fickle, feast-or-famine fishing month on the waters of and connected to the Gulf of Mexico, off Mississippi’s coast.

    November 01 at 7:00am
    Guide Rod Thomas caught this nice red off a set of ocean jetties, fishing a live bait below and behind a planer board.

    Overlooked saltwater tool: Side planers can provide options

    Like a lot of fishing guides, Rod Thomas of Capt. Ponytail Guide Service got his training on the water. Unlike a lot of guides, he got plenty of training holding a video camera as well as a fishing rod, filming outdoors TV shows.

    One thing he learned is something a lot of inshore saltwater guides are missing from their repertoire: how and when to use a side planer board.

    October 24 at 2:30pm
    October is a time of transition for most salt water species, like the sheepshead. It opens the door to some productive action very close to the shoreline.

    The Sound of better close-in fishing

    Mississippi’s coastal fishermen, especially guides, look forward to October, because as the temperature cools, the cost of reaching a jackpot catch goes down.

    October 16 at 7:00am
    Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff

    How to catch more fish with Rat-L-Traps

    Rat-L-Traps flat-out catch fish, but they're not what one would call weedless. So fishing them around hard structure normally means risking loss of the lure.

    October 05 at 11:00am
    Sherman Roberts of Biloxi set a new state record for the Oyster Toadfish.

    Record oyster toadfish certified

    Sherman Roberts may not own the biggest entry in the Mississippi Salt Water Fishing record book, but the Biloxi fisherman can certainly claim one of the most curious.

    September 20 at 10:10am
    Florida’s Capt. Joshua Lim shows off a 25 ½-inch, 6-pound speckled trout caught this summer in Pensacola Bay with a Matrix Shad rigged as a shrimp imitation twitchbait.

    Turn a Matrix Shad into a shrimp-imitation twitchbait

    Many coastal anglers are probably familiar with Matrix Shad soft-plastic paddletail lures and how deadly they are when jigging for speckled trout.

    September 19 at 6:00am
    All of the barrier islands offer flounder in the surf. Even though some “door mats” are caught during the day, gigging at night produces the most.

    Deer Island: The short run

    Deer Island is not usually considered one of the barrier islands, due to its close proximity to Biloxi’s casino row — a few hundred yards, but by no means should it be overlooked.

    September 15 at 7:00am
    Catching a redfish on a fly is growing in popularity and a free Fly Fishing Fair for salt water anglers will be held this weekend in Ocean Springs, with experts to assist anyone in that pursuit.

    Free fly-fishing fair Saturday in Ocean Springs

    The Gulf Coast Council of Fly Fishers International (GCC-FFI) will hold a Fly Fishing Fair Saturday at Ocean Springs, with proceeds donated to the future of fishing off the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

    September 11 at 2:00pm
    The summer of 2017 has been slow for tripletail, which guides like Kenny Shiyou hopes is an indicator for a bountiful finish in September.

    For hot dog day fishing action, try island hopping in the Gulf

    From the front deck, standing high on my toes, I caught a flash of silver over the top of the dark emerald water about 100 yards ahead, and then I caught another.

    September 01 at 7:00am
    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 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 at 9:30am
    Finding big “gator-sized” trout usually produces a malady called yellow-mouth fever, which can certainly be addictive.

    Hot saltwater tips for summer trips

    Columbia native Tommy Sutton had his 21-foot bay boat racing across the Mississippi Sound, bouncing on the occasional waves, which often caught the captain by surprise.

    July 01 at 7:00am
    An odd sight: An offshore fish box that includes both snapper and flounder — from the same oil rig — is proof that you never know what will take your bait in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Flounder in 90 feet? You bet!

    When the piece of cut bait hit the water, followed quickly by and then rapidly passed by a 6-ounce weight, I started counting down as line peeled off the reel. 

    May 15 at 7:00am