• Offshore Fishing

    The Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic will be held in Biloxi in June, with a payout expected to top $2.3 million.

    Eyes of billfish world on Biloxi in June

    Biloxi will be in the world’s billfishing spotlight June 4-10 when the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic is held out of the Golden Nugget Casino and neighboring Point Cadet Harbor.

    Yesterday at 2:30pm
    Mississippi’s coastal anglers will enjoy a summer-long season for red snapper with a season that begins May 25 and ends Sept. 3.

    Invest 90L messes up snapper opener

    Mississippi’s red snapper fishermen should be excited about Friday’s opening of the state season, but there’s a little bit of weather tempering any celebrations.

    May 24 at 7:00am
    Enough cobia are in Mississippi waters in May to make for some great, targeted fishing action.

    Cobia bite peaks in May

    Fishermen may have started looking for cobia migrating into Mississippi waters in March and fished for them when April’s winds would allow.

    May 09 at 7:00am
    Mississippi anglers will have more red snapper opportunities in 2018, thanks to a new program that gives states more control of the season.

    Red snapper season to open May 25

    It could become confusing, but fishermen on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast should be happy with the 2018 red snapper season announced Tuesday by the Department of Marine Resources.

    April 18 at 9:10am
    In April, cobia arrive in Mississippi’s coastal waters for their spawn. Fishermen take advantage by chumming for the curious fish.

    Visitors from the east: Here come the cobia

    One of April’s greatest gifts to Mississippi’s coastal anglers is the cobia, aka ling or lemonfish. Called “brownies” by some of its most avid pursuers, this delicious, feisty fish has been a traditional treasure on the Gulf Coast.

    March 27 at 1:00pm
    Federal fisheries managers will allow Mississippi to set its season for red snapper, within certain guidelines.

    Mississippi gets okay to set snapper season

    Under a plan agreed to by the five states of the northern Gulf of Mexico and federal fisheries agencies, states are being given more power in managing the red snapper fishery. 

    March 27 at 11:00am
    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