Strong tidal forecasts mean good fishing this weekend

The tagged speckled trout caught by Bennie French.
The tagged speckled trout caught by Bennie French.

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The South Mississippi fishing scene is taking shape for a potential solid weekend. Especially in the nearshore waters from Bay St. Louis to Pascagoula and throughout the Mississippi Sound to the barrier islands.

With strong high and low tidal forecasts, anglers looking to catch speckled trout, redfish, white trout and ground mullet will experience prime fishing conditions in the early-to-mid morning hours and again in the late afternoon and evening hours.

On Friday, high tide around the Biloxi Point Cadet area is predicted for 8:14 am and low tide at 6:44 pm with a range of 2.2 feet. On Saturday, high tide shifts to 9:07 am and low tides is expected to be at 7:32 pm with a range of 2.3 feet. The weekend ends on Sunday with high tide at 10:02 am and low tide at 8:20 pm with a range of 2.3 feet.

That breaks down to solid water movement with an incoming tide during the morning hours and again during the mid to late afternoon and evening hours when the tide begins to fall.

Also, nighttime gigging for flounder is best following a low tide when the water begins to move back in. With this weekend's low tide in the early evening time frame, floundering along the Mississippi Coast could be productive with the morning high tide.

Of note, tides vary along the Mississippi Coast and those in the bay waters generally unfold 30 minutes after the beachfront waters.Some top trout and redfish spots for the weekend include the Katrina Reef in Biloxi, the east tip of Horn Island and the Pass Marianne Light off the Pass Christian Harbor.

In fact, an interesting fish story with Bennie French of Pass Christian unfolded this past weekend at the Pass Marianne Light when a slow fishing day turned into an experience he will never forget. After catching a few speckled trout following a high tide, French caught one trout that stood out. Not that the fish was a nice trout at more than 18-inches, but it had been tagged by a previous fishermen.

Amazingly, the fish was tagged on April 17, 2013 near the Fontainebleau State Park on the Louisiana Northshore. At time of release, the fish was 17-inches long but had grown an inch and a half in less than three months.

The fish traveled more than 50 miles from the time it was tagged and before it was caught by French.

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