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    Bass pro Bernie Schultz shows off a nice bass caught in windy conditions this spring during Shimano’s “Cast Smarter” Media Conference.

    Top 3 tips for windy bass fishing

    The old wind machine has been cranked up and blowing for what seems like almost all spring, and hopefully now a more typical summertime pattern will take over.

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    Sammy Romano holds up a nice speck caught on a recent trip to Curlew Island in the Chandeleur chain. Trout hit a variety of baits, including topwaters, suspending jerkbaits and soft plastics, but the key was being mobile and staying on the move to locate them.

    Top 3 surf-fishing mistakes

    Plenty of speckled trout anglers are very content to stay dry and comfortable in their boats to catch yellowmouths — but for those who really want to dive in and have more of a “hand-to-hand combat experience,” nothing beats getting down and dirty with trout in the surf.

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    Sportsman’s website to be down for scheduled server maintenance

    Mississippi Sportsman’s website will be down Sunday night, June 17, for scheduled server maintenance. 

    June 17 at 3:30pm
    Capt. Brent Ballay and Meredith Ballay, of Cast n Blast Fishing Charters in Venice, La., both accomplished anglers, recommend Cool Breeze performance shirts.

    Record-breaking heat - and summer just started

    1. Hydrate

    June 05 at 1:45pm
    Due to under-reporting, the annual commercial speck quota had been met before the end of the first season.

    State’s 2nd commercial speck season did not open June 1

    After learning the speckled trout quota for the entire year had been met, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced last week that the second phase of the commercial speck season would not open Friday (June 1) as scheduled.

    June 04 at 9:25am
    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.

    May 25 at 2:30pm
    Applications for the 2018 public water alligator season will be accepted June 1-7 for the late summer hunt that attracts hunters of all types.

    Alligator application process starts June 1

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will accept electronic (internet) applications for Mississippi’s 2018 public alligator season between June 1 and June 7, with the drawing expected on or about June 13.

    May 25 at 2:10pm
    Want to get in on the alligator hunting action? The MDWFP 2018 application process begins June 1.

    Gator application period opens June 1

    Mississippians wishing to legally hunt alligators during the 2018 public waters season take note: The application period begins Friday (June 1) and will end on June 7.

    May 25 at 2:00pm
    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
    Sometimes — for whatever reason — speckled trout just won’t commit to your topwater presentation. When that happens, guide Nick Poe switches to a twitchbait, then opts for a soft plastic on an ⅛-ounce jighead if the fish are really finicky.

    Topwater troubles?

    May is a great month to throw topwater lures for speckled trout all along the coast.

    May 17 at 8:30am
    Understanding flow velocity, and where water will start moving first, is a big key to locating feeding specks — especially when the tide goes slack.

    Knowing where water moves first

    It’s common knowledge that specks use moving water to their advantage. They’ll lay in ambush just out of the current, and wait for bait to pass before lunging out and striking. 

    May 17 at 7:00am
    The bag limit for sheepshead is 15 per person and the minimum total length is 14 inches.

    New sheepshead regulations take effect today

    The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has sent out a reminder to recreational anglers that the new regulations for sheepshead are effective beginning today, May 16.

    May 16 at 9:40am
    Matching your reel gear ratio to the technique you’re fishing will enable you to not only cover water more efficiently, but capitalize on the strikes you do get — and ultimately put more fish in the box.

    How to choose the right reel gear ratio

    In this day and age, we have plenty of fishing reels from which to choose. They come in all sizes, shapes and types, with multiple gear-ratio options.

    May 16 at 7:00am
    Spring squirrel hunting is a real treat for many Mississippi hunters who take advantage of the 2-week season.

    Is May too hot for squirrels?

    Mississippi gets its fourth-annual spring squirrel season in Mississippi in 2018, but it has yet to lure many sportsmen to participate, with most citing “too hot to hunt” as the reason.

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Bass pro Keith Combs landed this big 6-pounder with a topwater frog on a recent trip to Grosse Savanne Lodge in Cameron Parish, La., during Shimano’s “Cast Smarter” Media Conference.

    Get the jump on topwater frogs

    Not much can match the pulse-pounding thrill of a giant bass breaking the surface and engulfing a topwater frog.

    May 14 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