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Fishermen finding other places to try their luck

By Steve Phillips – bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS  (WLOX) - Oil in the gulf may have shutdown fishing in the Mississippi Sound, but determined fishermen are still finding a place to cast their lines.

Many are simply turning to the Back Bay and area rivers to enjoy their pastime.

It will take more than an oil spill to keep longtime fishermen away from the water. As one Biloxi fisherman put it, "it's in our blood."

This fishing story comes from D'Iberville, beneath the shade of the I-110. That's where we found Phil Oehms bringing his boat ashore to the ramp.

He spent part of the morning fishing from a boat in Biloxi Bay. And although oil boom kept him from his favorite fishing spots, he's not complaining.

"I was raised on croakers. I've ate plenty of 'em. There's nothing wrong with them," said Oehms. "Fishing is in our blood. Nobody can stop us. BP ain't that big."

"Some days you have good luck, some days you don't," said Billy Rose, as he cast a piece of dead shrimp toward a concrete piling.

Good luck or not, for Rose the fishing trip is more about bonding with his grandsons. He's teaching 11 year olds Trey and Nicholas how to fish for the big ones.

"Get the kids out here. Spend a little time with the kids and show them that you love them and teach them how to survive you know. That's what it's all about," Rose explained.

"We're out here just having ourselves a ball here today. We ain't catching nothing, but you never can tell what might happen, you know," he said, smiling.

Raymond Seymour fishes most everyday and said the spot beneath the I-110 is a favorite.

"Redfish. White trout. Ground mullet," Seymour said. "Despite the oil, we've still got a place to fish, if they can keep it that way."

Fishermen we talked with aren't happy about the oil. They are pleased that, at least for now, there are waters where fishing is still allowed.

"I hope it gets better. Because if it don't, we ain't going to be doing nothing out here, that's for sure. But I don't know what to say about it. Just pray for the best," said Billy Rose.

Despite "no fishing" in the Mississippi Sound, area fishermen are finding alternatives. Along with fishing in Back Bay, fishermen are also trying their luck on area rivers, which are busier than usual.

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