• Offshore Fishing

    Tommy Vidrine suggests using a 5- to 6-foot fluorocarbon leader to target big mangroves.

    Mop up on monster mangrove snapper

    During the dog days of summer, Grand Isle, La.’s Trout Master sometimes turns his attention away from chasing specks just long enough to head offshore in pursuit of different prey.

    September 15, 2017 at 6:00am
    Capt. Tommy Pellegrin suggests targeting smaller rigs and structures for cobia, and making sure you keep your lure moving when sight casting to fish near the surface. Don’t stop if the fish charges, or it could very well lose interest.

    Cobia 101: Tips to hook up with lemon fish

    Call them whatever you want — lemon fish, cobia or ling — but their firm, white meat is delicious, and it’s prime time to catch them off Gulf coast.

    September 14, 2017 at 6:00am
    The red snapper season ends on Labor Day.

    A few last shots at red snapper

    Offshore recreational anglers get four more days of red snapper fishing in September, and then….

    August 31, 2017 at 2:30pm
    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
    The red snapper season in federal waters opened at 12:01 a.m. on June 1 and will end at 12:01 a.m. June 4. The limit will be two snapper over 16 inches in length per day.

    Squirrel season ends; snapper season opens

    With June’s arrival, Mississippi sportsmen face a close of one season and an opening of another.

    June 01, 2017 at 9:05am
    Mississippians can launch at home port, catch red snapper in Louisiana and legally return to port with the fish if they meet requirements set by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

    Mississippians can bring snapper to port if …

    The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has announced regulations regarding Mississippi boats catching red snapper during Louisiana’s state season. 

    February 03, 2017 at 3:45pm
    Consistently catching mangrove snapper takes more than luck.

    3 tips to mop up on mangroves

    Every summer, when July and August roll around and Tommy Vidrine can tear himself away from catching hammer speckled trout at Grand Isle, he heads offshore in pursuit of another hard-fighting fish.

    He’s after mangrove snapper, and he said now’s the best time of the year to catch them.

    August 20, 2016 at 6:00am
    Federal officials extended the 2016 red snapper season by two days because of the disruption in fishing caused by Tropical Storm Colin.

    Red snapper season extended in federal waters

    Thanks to Tropical Storm Colin — and not the hordes of snapper in the Gulf — the 2016 federal red snapper season has been extended for two days.

    Now, instad of shutting down at 12:01 a.m. Friday, red snapper fishing will end at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

    June 08, 2016 at 4:22pm
    The U.S. recognizes the territorial waters of Mississippi out to nine nautical miles this year.

    Territorial waters: 9 nautical miles from barrier islands

    With the announcement this week of a red snapper season in Mississippi’s territorial waters by the state’s Department of Marine Resources (DMR), the question arose about a definition of the area of the Gulf of Mexico included in the term “territorial waters.”

    May 13, 2016 at 10:00am
    Mississippi anglers will have a 102-day red snapper season in the state's territorial waters, which extend nine nautical miles into the Gulf of Mexico.

    State sets 102-day red snapper season

    As expected, officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources have announced a red snapper season for its territorial waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

    May 12, 2016 at 9:35am
    Recreational anglers get a nine-day season for red snapper in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

    Federals set 9-day red snapper season

    Red snapper fishermen will get nine days and just one weekend to fish in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the shortest season ever set by federal officials who manage the fishery.

    April 28, 2016 at 2:45pm

    Louisiana recreational red snapper season to open; requirements for fish landed in Mississippi

    Mississippi fishermen planning on taking advantage of Louisiana's red snapper season that opens today will need to meet certain requirements, according to the state Department of Marine Resources.

    January 08, 2016 at 10:30am
    Could this be a world-record tuna? The massive fish, estimated at about 18 feet long, was videoed in the Gulf of Mexico by a ROV during a platform inspection.

    VIDEO: Is this the world-record tuna

    The heaviest tuna I ever landed was a roughly 115-pound yellowfin. But the meanest one was a 90-pounder that almost killed me. I mean the danged thing just refused to give up, and I almost threw the rod, reel and stand-up belt overboard in capitulation.

    So I can't imagine hooking into the monstrous tuna videoed by a remotely operated vehicle inspecting a deepwater Gulf of Mexico rig.

    Watch the attached video to see this brutish fish, which has been estimated to be 18 feet long.

    August 24, 2015 at 10:30am
    Hooking more fish is often a matter of tying the right knot, in this case the snell.

    Snelled hooks result in more hookups

    Sometimes little things can make a big difference in fishing, and Capt. Tommy Pellegrin firmly believes snelling circle hooks offshore has a direct correlation to the number of fish coming over his gunnels.

    August 16, 2015 at 6:30am
    Wil Permenter, 15, of Oak Grove, caught this 27-pound, 6-ounce jack crevalle on a fly south of Horn Island, just missing a state record but proving to his proud dad that he has become a proficient angler.

    Teenager just misses record jack

    Wil Permenter was determined to beat the fish, a presumed giant jack creavalle, which kept his 9-weight fly rod arced so horribly that its tip stayed well below the reel for the entire fight south of Horn Island on June 14.

    June 25, 2015 at 10:00am
    Tripletail have showed off the beaches of the Mississippi coast, hanging around buoys and floating debris.

    Annual tripletail run has begun off Mississippi coast

    Fishing guide Ronnie Daniels saw his first tripletail of the year in May, but it wasn't until this week that the fish showed up in numbers just off the beaches of the Mississippi coast.

    "We saw over 20 today, which is abnormally good," Daniels said. "We caught eight."

    June 24, 2015 at 9:09am