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    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
    Don’t over think your plan of attack. Read clues the deer leave and cover your scent.

    Hang your bow stands in obvious spots

    Although he admits that it’s hard to stay focused on a deer while perched in a tree when he knows the fish are biting out his back door in Lafitte, New Orleans Style Fishing Charters owner Capt. Jason Shilling gets in a little bow hunting during early October before buckling down on the deer later in the year.

    August 25 at 7:00am
    Mississippi's 10-day public lands alligator hunting season opens Friday at noon.

    Gator season opens Friday at noon

    For about 3,500 Mississippi sportsmen, Friday is the biggest day of their year — opening day of the public waters alligator hunting season. It opens at noon.

    August 24 at 4:30pm
    Snelling a hook makes a more direct line with the line and point of the hook, resulting in more hookups.

    Get straight to the point with a snelled hook

    After breaking off a live croaker on a mangrove snapper that tied me up in a rig, Capt. Craig Matherne saw me tying on a new hook.

    August 24 at 7:00am
    Creature baits that resemble invertebrates are good alternatives for the voracious appetites of marsh bass.

    Best baits for marsh bass

    Marsh bass feed heavily on invertebrates. So anglers should fish trenasses that drain marsh ponds, small bayous that drain into large bayous right at the mouth, pipelines and ditches with water flowing to take advantage of prime ambush areas.

    August 23 at 7:00am
    Split shot, a kahle hook and a fluorocarbon or monofilament leader are all that’s needed for an effective live bait rig.

    Simplify your rigging for live bait

    Erik Rue’s live-bait rig is simplicity itself.

    August 22 at 7:00am
    The Paycheck Baits Nose Job gives any worm or swimbait a different action.

    Give your plastics a nose job

    For a long time, one of Bassmaster Elite Series pro Aaron Martens’ secret weapons was a Scrounger. A Scrounger is a jighead with an oblong bill that served two purposes; a weedguard and an action enhancer. 

    August 21 at 7:00am