Fishing Vacations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a fisherman’s paradise! The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and numerous inland rivers offer fishermen—from the most novice to the most experienced—the opportunity to discover some of their best saltwater and freshwater fishing adventures.
More than 60 local charter boat captains (www.mscharterboats.org) are your experienced guides to the best spots in the Gulf of Mexico for reeling in redfish, red snapper, bluefish, red drum, striped bass, speckled trout, flounder, cobia, lemonfish, wahoo, Jack Crevalle, sailfish, blue marlin, white marlin, tarpon, sharks, black drum, sheepshead, bonita, tuna, swordfish, grouper, mahi mahi, blue runner, pompano and tripletail. Numerous charter boat launches allow easy access for vacationing boat owners to discover their own favorite fishing locations.
Fishermen preferring the calmness of a river can try their hand at catching bluegill, shellcrackers, large-mouth bass, catfish, white perch, bream and mullet. For the more land-based fisherman, fishing is allowed from a variety of piers along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. www.gulfcoast.org/visitors/attractions/beaches-and-harbor-activities/fishing-piers/
If fishing competitions are more your speed, the Mississippi Gulf Coast will get you itching to hit the water with tournaments for everything from trout and cobia to kingfish and billfish, including the national championship for the Southern Kingfish Association.
2013 Fishing Tournament Schedule
July 4 – 7: Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
July 19-21: MGCBG Ladies Tournament (bluewater)
Aug. 2-4: Home Builders Association of Mississippi Carl Legett Memorial Tournament
Aug. 16-18: MGCBG Sonny Johnson Memorial Tournament (Bluewater)
Aug. 24-25: Palace Casino Resort Gorenflo’s King Mackerel
Nov. 19-23: Southern Kingfish Association
PERMITS: In discovering your favorite fishing spot along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, be sure to have the proper licenses and permits from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources ( www.dmr.ms.gov). The agency also has a free Saltwater Sportfishing Guide that includes licensing information, fishing events and a list of marinas, public piers and boat launches ( www.dmr.ms.gov/go-fishing).