Anglers interested in catching and locating more fish in the Mississippi Sound can learn from the best through a series of seminars at the Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs.
The Research Lab, known world wide for its knowledge on cobia, redfish, speckled trout, tripletail, tuna and sharks, will offer four separate seminars starting March 20 and continuing through June with the focus on feeding habits, moon phases, tidal movements, salinity and water temperatures from tips offered by fisheries biologists, charter boat captains and tackle distributors.
The Catch More Fish with Science seminars will be held at the Caylor Auditorium on the campus of the Research Lab from 6-8 pm. The March 20 seminar, designed to help put more fish in the cooler, will be taught by Harriet Perry of the Research Lab with a focus on the Mississippi Slam consisting of speckled trout, redfish and flounder. Also scheduled to speak will be Captain Sonny Schindler of Shore Thing Charters in Bay St. Louis.
Other seminar dates include April 17 (secrets to catching more cobia) with Danny Pitalo of Gorenflo's Tackle and Marina Store in Biloxi and Dr. Jim Franks, May 22 (catching more specks) with Dr. Read Hendon of the Research Lab and captain Matt Tusa of Shore Thing Charters and June 19 (tripletail) with Dr. Franks.
The fee for each seminar is $25 per person per.and anglers between the age of 12-17 must per accompanied by an adult. All proceeds will be divided between the Research Lab's Center for Fisheries Research and Development and the Marine Education Centers education and outreach programs.
"I wish there was something similar to this series when I first moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast from Arkansas in 2004," said Sam Clardy, the coordinator of education programs at the Research Lab. "It literally took me a couple of years before I became somewhat competent in locating and catching fish that I was targeting.
"This series should help inexperienced anglers, those anglers that recently moved to the area, or even seasoned anglers an opportunity to learn more about the fish that they want to catch and where to find them at different times of the year."
For more information or to register, call (228) 818-8833 or visit https://campscui.active.com/orgs/UniversityofSouthernMississippiMEC
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