PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The fishing scene in South Mississippi is looking strong following a neap tide.
Anglers from Bay St. Louis to Pascagoula faced a neap tide last weekend that impacted fishing from the inshore piers to the barrier islands.
Reports were slow on white trout and ground mullet off the piers as well as tripletail inside the barrier islands. Charter boats also reported a slow weekend for redfish around the passes near Horn and Ship islands due to no tidal movement associated with the neap tide.
''We fished from Long Beach back to the west and saw few fish,'' said Phillip Levine of Ocean Springs. ''We did see a lot of smaller fish, but the water wasn't moving. When the water is moving, we've been doing pretty good.''
Things should improve this weekend with a high tide during the early morning hours and a low tide in the early evening.
In Pascagoula, a high tide is set for 5:47 am and low tide at 5:19 pm on Friday and 6:56 am and 6;07 pm on Saturday with a range of 1.7 feet.
The weekend concludes on Sunday with a high tide at 8:03 am and low tide set for 6:46 pm with a range of 1.7 feet
With early morning high tides and even low tides, anglers will have moving water throughout majority the day, which is good for speckled trout fishing. A couple of the top speckled trout spots are the north side of Horn Island and the stumps on the south side of Ship Island.
Inshore fishing has been hit or miss around Graveline Bayou in Gautier with a few redfish being reported near Ingalls in Pascagoula.
A high tide in the evening means nighttime gigging for flounder should be limited based on best conditions unfolding on an incoming tide.
Offshore fishing remains solid with king mackerel around the oil rigs using live bait and trolling spoons. Also, the recreational season for amberjack in federal waters in its third week and reports of smaller fish in the 20-pound range continues to be solid.