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    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
    Public access to the popular spillway fishing below the Barnett Reservoir Dam near Jackson will be closed this weekend during Operation Clean Sweep.

    Barnett Reservoir spillway to close during cleanup

    The popular spillway fishing area below the Barnett Reservoir dam will be closed to recreation on Sept. 23-24 to accommodate a river-long clean up, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced.

    September 18 at 3:00pm
    Crappie can’t avoid Terry Blankenship just because it’s summer and they’re deep.

    Top 7 tips for catching slabs in brush

    Terry Blankenship’s passion is finding and catching crappie year-round. And the fish don’t stand a chance when the summer heat pushes fish out to deep, flooded brush and standing timber.

    September 18 at 6:00am
    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 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 at 6:00am
    Tyler Cossey caught this lunker on a bass fishing trip in Marshall County.

    Try these honey holes in September

    Looking for a place to fish this month? Try one of these:

    September 13 at 6:00am
    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
    Brock Mosley holding up two lunker smallmouth on stage at St. Clair last Sunday.

    Mosley takes second at Lake St. Clair

    Collinsville angler Brock Mosley has been on a roll on the BASS Elite Series Tour lately. The talented angler finished second to arguably the greatest tournament bass angler of all time, Kevin Van Dam, at the St. Lawrence River three weeks ago by consistently catching lunker smallmouths each day. His total weight for that tournament was 82 pounds 3 ounces which was good enough for $25,000.

    August 31 at 4:10pm
    Dove hunters, like former Ole Miss quarterback Tim Ellis — who led the Rebels to a win over national champion Notre Dame in 1977 — can enjoy some September shooting.

    More than just mourning doves

    Mississippi dove hunters could find as many as four different species in their range of fire this season, and one of them — Eurasian collared dove — are not managed with a bag limit since they are not native to North America. These are larger birds, more like pigeons than other doves, and usually lighter in color except for a black collar around the neck.

    August 31 at 4:00pm
    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 at 2:30pm
    Gene Bishop won the 2015 Central Open on Barnett Reservoir. BASS will open the 2018 Central Open series March 1-3 at Barnett.

    BASS returning to Barnett in 2018

    Barnett Reservoir is back on the BASS tournament schedule in 2018.

    August 31 at 2:00pm
    Mississippi dove hunters can begin shooting on Saturday, Sept. 2.

    September means hunting

    Never have so many been so happy to see September arrive, and that certainly includes Mississippi sportsmen.

    August 31 at 9:40am
    Popular Lake Mary Crawford near Monticello has been closed for renovation.

    Popular MDWFP lake closed for renovation

    One of the most popular and productive lakes in the MDWFP’s State Lakes System has been drained to prepare for renovations, repair and restocking.

    August 31 at 6:00am
    An often-overlooked hunting opportunity is the early Sept. 1-15 season for resident Canada geese.

    Early migratory bird seasons

    They may be part of the migratory bird hunting season structure, but two of the three September migratory seasons put resident doves and Canada geese in serious jeopardy.

    August 30 at 6:00am
    Bryan Burnside (far right) set a new Mississippi record for length when he and Muddy Water Maniacs teammates (from left) Colby Acy, Stephen Brady and Anthony Acy, killed this 14-foot, 3/4-inch monster caught early Monday morning just off the Mississippi River near Natchez.

    Muddy Water Maniacs set gator record for length

    The Muddy Water Maniacs, a team of alligator hunters from Rankin County, cut loose two big bulls overnight, not impressed by their measurements.

    August 28 at 4:00pm