• Fishing

    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.

    Yesterday 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
    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
    Redfish are expected to fill Mississippi waters this summer because of big releases of freshwater through the Bonnet Carre Spillway earlier this spring.

    Gulf Coast specks, reds are on the move in May

    Mississippi’s Gulf Coast is a great place to start looking at opportunities that abound in May. 

    May 07 at 7:00am
    Ronnie Daniels

    Daniels named to commission

    Capt. Ronnie Daniels of Pass Christian and Fisher-Man Charters was selected by Gov. Phil Bryant to serve on the Commission on Marine Resources, the panel that oversees the operations of the Department of Marine Resources.

    April 26 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
    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.

    April 17 at 7:00am
    If the intake on your lower unit gets clogged, you’ll need something stiff like a thumbtack to clean out the gunk that got sucked in.

    Tiny tools that just might save your fishing trip

    We all want to have fun when we go fishing — not play mechanic out on the water.

    April 16 at 7:00am
    In mid March, male crappie on Barnett had already turned black and moved shallow for the spawn. There's one lighter colored female in the bunch. Since April 1, both males and females are in deep water.

    Crappie yet to spawn on Barnett Reservoir

    It could happen today, but then, again, it might be tomorrow.

    April 13 at 2:50pm
    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
    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