Catch More Fish with Science

Four evening seminars featuring scientists, professional fishing guides, and local experts. Hosted by Sam Clardy and Ben Weldon from GCRL's Marine Education Center

Catch more fish with scienc, seminars from the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Fish on! 40" winter red drum, caught and released in the Gulf in December. Click for larger image

Marine scientists from GCRL and local professional fishing guides and experts are teaming up to offer a series of four evening seminars that will help you catch more fish. You'll learn about the habits and movements of local game fish and discover how to recognize where fish are lurking and why they're there. Marine scientists will share no-nonsense scientific facts about what fish eat and when they eat, and explain how time of day, tide state, water temperature and salinity, and moon phase affect the movements and appetites of popular game fish.

The seminars will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on four Thursday evenings during March through June. The fee is $25 per session per person. You may register online.

These seminars are intended primarily for adults, over 18 years of age. Persons 12 - 17 years old may attend if accompanied by an adult.
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March 20 - Use Science to Put More Fish in Your Cooler
Harriet Perry, Senior Research Scientist, GCRL Center for Fisheries Research & Development
Captain Sonny Schindler, Fishing Guide, Shore Thing Charters
Location: GCRL's Caylor Building Auditorium, Map and driving directions

Harriet Perry will share valuable scientific facts about the species that make up the Mississippi Grand Slam - speckled trout, redfish, and flounder. Harriet has a gift for taking years of valuable research assembled by GCRL scientists and distilling it all down to the important information you need to know about the habits and movements of target species. Captain Sonny Schindler will talk about fishing techniques and tackle and share some of his secrets to having a successful fishing day. You’ll discover what “The Bite” actually is and how to predict when it’s going to be “on.”

To wind up the informative event, please join presenters Harriet Perry and Sonny Schindler in the GCRL Cafeteria for a reception. The St. Martin High School 4-H Culinary Team will prepare some of their award-winning seafood dishes for attendees to sample. Students will showcase their culinary skills presenting their delightful culinary creations - bouillabaisse, and trout amandine. 

April 17 - The Secrets to Catching More Cobia The Secrets to Catching More Cobia, Fishing Seminars at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Jim Franks, Senior Research Scientist, GCRL Center for Fisheries Research & Development
Danny Pitalo, Gorenflo’s Tackle and Marina Store & 28th Annual Gorenflo’s Cobia Tournament

Jim Franks will start the session off with a scientific description of the migratory patterns of cobia (Cobia are Mississippi’s only officially designated saltwater game fish. They're also known as lemonfish and ling.) and where you’ll be most likely to find them during the year, followed by information on their age, diet, and spawning grounds. Local fishing expert Danny Pitalo will tell you about bait, lures, tackle, and techniques to use to land these big fish.

May 22 - Catch More SpecksCatch More Specks to Catching More Cobia, Fishing Seminars at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Dr. Read Hendon, Director, GCRL Center for Fisheries Research & Development
Captain Matt Tusa, Fishing Guide, Shore Thing Charters

Spotted Seatrout or speckled trout are the most popular sport fish on the Gulf Coast. The techniques for catching them are as varied as the habitats where you’ll find them. Dr. Read Hendon will impart tips about where to look for specks at various times of the year. Captain Matt Tusa will tell you the secrets for catching more of them.

June 19 - Add Tripletail to Your List of Targeted Species Add Tripletail to Your List of Targeted Species, Fishing Seminars at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  
Jim Franks, Senior Research Scientist, GCRL Center for Fisheries Research & Development
Captain Ronnie Daniels, Fishing Guide, Fisher-Man Guide Service

Tripletail, or blackfish, show up in our waters every year, usually in May, and remain until the early fall. They are unlike any other game fish. Jim Franks will share information on the biology and unusual behavior of this species. Captain Ronnie Daniels will provide tips for how to catch his favorite species, the tripletail.

Have Questions?

Call a marine education specialist at 228.818.8833 or email us at marine.education@usm.edu.

Partners

Fisher-Man Guide Service Gorenflo's Tackle & Marina Store and Annual Gorenflo's Cobia Tournament Shore Thing Fishing Charters


Sponsors

To find out how you can sponsor these programs contact us at marine.education@usm.edu.

Charter Bank Coastal Angler Magazine Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
Mississippi Gulf Fresh Seafood Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic Release Marine, sponsor of Catch More Fish With Science at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
  Sports Unlimited