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Hunters bagged 918 alligators on Mississippi public waters

Great weather, high water and increasing expertise made for a good alligator season in Mississippi’s public waters, says state alligator program coordinator Ricky Flynt. Hunters took 918 alligators from Mississippi’s public waters this year, up 153 from last year’s harvest, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said. Paul Edwards of Okolona and five others tied a state record ...

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Feds: Gulf states manage red snapper anglers for 2 years

States on the Gulf of Mexico can set recreational seasons this year and next for red snapper, a popular catch that’s still recovering from nearly disastrous overfishing, the federal government said. The experimental permits will let Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana and Texas track the catch, with each state closing its season when it reaches its quota, according to a Commerce ...

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Invasive snakehead fish found for first time in Mississippi

An invasive fish has been documented for the first time in Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says a northern snakehead was caught Monday in Lake Whittington in Bolivar County. Nathan Aycock, a fisheries biologist with the department, says Cleveland bow fishermen Brad Baugh and Bubba Steadman caught the snakehead in the oxbow lake. Aycock says the ...

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MSU scientists boost recreational fishing industry

STARKVILLE — Nature offers a narrow and unpredictable window for breeding fish, and Mississippi State University scientists are studying ways to help hatcheries stock the state’s lakes. What if conditions could be controlled within hatcheries so the intense seasonal workload could be dispersed over time? This ability would be especially beneficial for the popular black, white, and hybrid triploid Magnolia crappie. In ...

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Shrimp season interruption, low prices make tough year

BILOXI — Mississippi fishermen remain intent on harvesting this year’s shrimp crop in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico despite low prices and a season paused and restarted. Dave Burrage, Mississippi State University Extension professor of marine resources at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, said the shrimp season first opened June 3, closed June 19 when shrimp ...

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Speckled Trout World Championship moves to Gulfport Harbor

GULFPORT — The Speckled Trout World Championship is ready to move into bigger waters. The fishing tourney is scheduled for May 14-16 at Gulfport Harbor. John Rea, President of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Fishing Tournaments Inc., tells WLOX-TV in Biloxi that the tournament it has grown too big for the previous location at the Dock Bar and Grill in Gulfport. Prize money ...

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Voters pull hammer for incumbents, hunting and fishing

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Voters yesterday re-elected Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and all four incumbent congressmen. Cochran, 76, said he intends to serve the entire six-year term. With Republicans taking over the Senate, he could become a committee chairman. He is a former Appropriations chairman, and has steered billions of dollars to the state for hurricane recovery, university research and other ...

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After two-year absence, BASS returning to Ross Barnett

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI — The Ross Barnett Reservoir will be the first stop on the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society’s Central Open Series in 2015. The tournament dates are March 12-14 and the event is expected to draw in excess of 300 professional anglers and amateurs. A Bassmasters tournament was held the Barnett Reservoir in 2013. BASS officials say the Barnett Reservoir ...

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