Biloxi Marsh: Being there is worth getting there

Under foreboding skies and with rolling seas, fishermen can still enjoy fishing the Biloxi Marsh, which offers many protected areas where they can find redfish.

The weather plays a crucial role in any type of fishing, but when fishing the Biloxi Marsh, getting there can be more of an inconvenience than actually fishing.

That’s because the Marsh is a minimum 15-mile ride through the open Gulf from Mississippi ports; the Marsh is actually across the state line in Louisiana.

Once there, you can find some shelter from the wind and waves.

It’s never a good idea to take to open water in dangerous weather, but if the weather just looks a little too rough for your fishing enjoyment, Mark Wright of Pass Christian’s Legends of the Lower Marsh Guide Service said, “Remember that the worst part will be the ride to and from the Marsh.”

On more than one occasion, Wright has been either the only boat, or one of only a handful of boats, to leave the dock due to conditions many anglers consider not unsafe, but simply too rough to comfortably fish. And he’s never been disappointed with the fishing.

“It’s very rare to not be able to find a break from the wind and waves once you’re in the Marsh,” he said. “On most days this time of year, especially in the mornings, the weather is very good, and it’s not a problem. But sometimes, the weather can be an inconvenience, and you have to take it a little slower than you’d like to get there and get back — but while in the Marsh, you’ll be fine.

“And on those days that the (Gulf) is a little rough, there’s a good chance you won’t even see another boat.”

Because the Biloxi Marsh is across the state line, Mississippians are required to possess a Louisiana permit before fishing. Not to worry, licenses are available 24 hours a day with credit card by calling 888-765-2602 or online at

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