• Inshore Fishing

    Spooling line up to about a 1/16-inch away from the beveled edge on your baitcasting reel allows for optimal performance — and lessens your chances of creating a bird’s nest.

    Easy tip to prevent backlash

    Baitcasters are excellent tools for inshore anglers, offering capabilities not found in spinning reels.

    Yesterday at 7:00am
    You can’t retrieve a MirrOlure too slowly; most strikes come when the bait is not moving.

    No need for speed; slow is good

    Lee Parsons emphasizes that many fishermen fish too fast, especially with stickbaits like MirrOlures. His retrieve includes plenty of twitches and pauses, with current providing most of the forward movement. The idea is not to see how much water can be covered, but to entice fish to strike.

    April 15 at 7:00am
    Pick a MirrOlure by size and shape to match baitfish in an area. From top, 14, 17 and 27 sizes.

    Match the hatch

    Guides Lee Parsons and Mark Dickson emphasize choosing lures that are the same body shape, size and color of the dominant forage in an area. Several of the Catch 2000 lures, plus the 52M and MR, TT and MirrOmullet, have the general body shape as a mullet, and all topwater MirrOlures have mullet shapes. The different sizes allow matching the size of the mullet that trout, drum and other predators are eating.

    April 15 at 7:00am
    Guides Lee Parsons and Mark Dickson emphasize choosing lures that are the same body shape, size and color of the dominant forage in an area.

    Make mine a MirrOlure

    Fish can be caught any number of ways, but MirrOlures hold a special place with a number of saltwater fishermen, especially those who spend time in inshore waters.

    April 01 at 7:00am
    The new 15-inch size minimum on specks, combined with perfect timing of the Bonnet Carré Spillway openings, has boosted Mississippi’s catch.

    Year 1: New speck regs encouraging

    Biologists with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources are generally pleased with the first year of the regulations that raised the minimum length for speckled trout from 13 to 15 inches in 2017.

    March 27 at 12:00pm
    Speckled trout will invade Mississippi Sound and Biloxi Marsh when the surface water temperature climbs into the 70s.

    Water temperature affects specks

    Just as much as coastal fishermen will be checking salinity levels in April, they will also be eyeing their water-temperature gauges to get a jump on speckled trout fishing.

    March 27 at 11:45am
    In April, speckled trout in the Biloxi Marsh and around Cat Island’s grass beds are fat on glass minnows.

    Salinity of rivers is big concern for SW anglers

    February and March were brutal for Mississippi’s coastal fishermen, who battled weather on many fronts. They’re hoping April will be better, knowing it can’t be worse.

    March 27 at 11:30am
    A wall full of gray snapper, aka mangrove snapper, is possible on the first oil rigs off the Gulf Coast, often found while chumming for king mackerel.

    Kings, gray snapper dominate March offshore

    Few are the days in March that offer calm conditions needed for most recreational boats to travel offshore safely from Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, but when the opportunity to run is there, fishermen have a couple of options that make it worthwhile.

    March 15 at 8:00am
    Fishing the pilings of the bridges on U.S. 98 promises a lot of hot action, especially for sheepshead.

    Piling on sheepshead on the bridges

    Sheepshead get little respect outside of the small percentage of coastal fishermen who relish the winter opportunity to easily rack up big catches of the freakishly toothy fish with silvery sides and black vertical bars.

    March 15 at 8:00am
    G. Loomis E6X Inshore Rod Series

    G. Loomis E6X Inshore Rod Series

    If you’re looking for a new weapon of choice to target redfish and speckled trout this spring, the G. Loomis E6X Inshore Rod Series fills the bill — and then some.

    March 01 at 7:00am
    In March, Mississippians who like to catch a lot of fish quick, that are good for the table, turn to the sheepshead for some hot near-shore action.

    Don’t run too far in March; saltwater fish are ready to meet you closer to your Biloxi base than you think

    The cast was a foot right of perfect, and the Boat Monkey float settled in the center of the concentric rings forming around its landing. A sea gull swooped down to check it out, only to turn away perhaps repulsed by the orange bobber —which suddenly was gone, jerked completely out of sight below the surf.

    March 01 at 7:00am
    A built-in 1/4-ounce leadhead and painted on glow eyes are just two features of Egret’s new Vudu Vixen.

    The Vudu Vixen

    Speckled trout and other saltwater species feed on shrimp and baitfish, shad, mullet, cocahoes and more.

    February 21 at 9:00am
    You can secure the hooks of your double rig by running one jighead through a rod guide, back up towards the other jighead and then just hooking the two together. If the guides are too small, just wrap one pigtail around the reel stem and then secure the hooks together.

    Tying and securing a double rig

    Catching speckled trout two at a time is a hallmark of an excellent fishing trip — and few rigs are better for the job than the double rig. The best way to quickly fill limits means two hooks are absolutely better than one — but how do you go about tying a double rig? 

    February 20 at 7:00am
    Instead of 24-hour predictions from the NOAA Marine forecast, the Windfinder app provides wind estimates for specific locations every three hours.

    Smartphone app provides more reliable wind forecasts

    You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Ya gotta go to know.”

    If you’re not familiar, it just means that you really don’t know the fishing conditions until you actually launch the boat and head out.

    February 15 at 3:30pm
    Speckled trout can be caught year-round on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but tactics vary from month to month.

    2018 Mississippi Saltwater Calendar

    Six very thick layers of clothing, including two outer ones resistant to water, helped break the chilly air during the 40-minute run across the west end of the Mississippi Sound.

    January 01 at 7:00am
    December is an unbeatable month to catch bull reds in the marshes and around barrier islands along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

    December treat: Sight-fishing for Gulf Coast reds

    Fishing guides and charter captains along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast won’t cast a disparaging eye toward any species that is biting. Late fall and winter can be fickle, so when something’s biting, whatever it may be, the skippers give their clients a taste of the action.

    December 21, 2017 at 6:00am