Seminars held in Long Beach and Ocean Springs this year!

4 seminars at GCRL / 2 seminars at Long Beach Campus

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

Marine scientists from GCRL and local professional fishing guides and experts are teaming up again this year to offer a series of six evening seminars that will help you catch more fish. You'll learn about the habits, habitats and movements of local game fish and discover how to recognize where fish are lurking and why they're there. Marine fisheries scientists will share no-nonsense 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. Experienced fishing guides that know the area will impart tips, secrets and their own fishing tales sure to help you hook-up on your target species.  

Each of our evening events includes an invitation to join us for a “mixer” after the seminar. We bring in a local guest chef to prepare dishes using the fish we are targeting that evening. Download Flyer

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Check out these 6 great fishing seminars!

Seminars are intended primarily for adults, over 18 years of age. Persons 12 - 17 years old may attend if accompanied by an adult. Download 2016 Fishing Seminar flyer

The Secrets to Catching Cobia

April 21, 2016 - 6-8 p.m. • Caylor Auditorium, GCRL, Ocean Springs

Caylor Auditorium has limited seating so be sure to book your seat for these popular sessions.

Jim Franks, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Fisheries Research and Development,
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi

Captain Steve Legg, Soul Fisher

Jim Franks will start the 2016 Catch More Fish with Scienceseries off this year with a scientific description of the migratory patterns of cobia (Mississippi’s only officially designated saltwater game fish) and where you’ll be most likely to find them during the year, followed by information on their age, diet and spawning grounds. Captain Steve Legg, leader of the Soul Fisher competition fishing team will tell you about bait, lures, tackle, and techniques to use to land these big feisty fish. Plan to join us for a reception after the question and answer session. Cobia recipes will be prepared by one of our guest chefs for you to sample as you mingle.

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Running for Red Snapper

May 19, 2016 - 6-8 p.m. • Caylor Auditorium, GCRL, Ocean Springs

Caylor Auditorium has limited seating so be sure to book your seat for these popular sessions.

Dr. Jeff Lotz, Professor & Director of Thad Cochran Aquaculture Center, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi
Trevor Moncrief, Center for Fisheries Research & Development, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi
Captain Jay TrochessetSilver Dollar III

This is the first year we have offered a program focused on fishing for Red snapper. Dr. Jeff Lotz will talk about the science of Red snapper aquaculture and our successful programs here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Trevor Moncrief will provide the scientific facts about the species and Captain Jay Trochesset will tell you the facts about how to make the most of your snapper fishing time, where to go and what baits and lures to use. Our guest chef for the evening will prepare red snapper dishes that inspire you to get creative with your own catch.

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Catch More Speckled Trout

June 16, 2016 - 6-8 p.m.
Hardy Hall, Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach


Dave Dippold
Department of Coastal Sciences, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory,
The University of Southern Mississippi

Captain Ronnie DanielsFisherman & The Fisherman’s Guide TV show

Speckled trout are the most popular game fish on the Gulf Coast. The techniques for catching them are as varied as the habitats where you’ll find them. Dave Dippold will impart tips about the lifecycle of the speckled trout, and where to look for them at various times of the year. Captain Ronnie Daniels from Fisherman Guide Service will tell you candidly how to catch more of them, what they like to eat and what lures them in to take what you are offering. Be sure to stick around for the mixer afterwards to sample speckled trout prepared with a creative flair by our guest chef.

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Reeling in the Redfish

July 21, 2016 - 6-8 p.m.
Hardy Hall, Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach


Jill Hendon
, Research Scientist, Center for Fisheries Research & Development, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi  
Captain Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Charters

Red Drum, or Redfish, are a much sought-after sportfish here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Fishermen search them out as much for the thrill of the fight as for their value for the dinner table (Blackened Redfish, Redfish on the Half Shell and Redfish Courtbouillion). Because reds tail as they feed in shallow water, it is thrilling and challenging to “sight fish” for them. Scientist Jill Hendon will present valuable information on the biology, habitats, and behavior of red drum. Captain Sonny Schindler will provide the secrets sure to increase your success at reeling in more reds. Our chef for the evening will treat us to some creative culinary dishes featuring redfish.

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Fish Fry Fishing - White Trout and Ground Mullet

August 18, 2016 - 6-8 p.m. • Caylor Auditorium, GCRL, Ocean Springs

Benjamin Weldon, Marine Education Specialist, Marine Education Center, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi  

Sometimes when a fish fry is calling your name and the goal is to feed the multitudes, limits can be so…..”limiting”. Benjamin Weldon will help you put more fish in the cooler for your family fish fry. You will learn the biology and where to find schools of white trout and ground mullet and how to catch them fast. We will talk about what you need to have handy to make the most of baits, lures, tackle and techniques. After the question and answer session we will move to the outdoor reception and mixer. Our guest chef will prepare fish fry fare with a twist to help you have the best fish fry ever!

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Encounter More Flounder

September 15, 2016 - 6-8 p.m. • Caylor Auditorium, GCRL, Ocean Springs

Sam Clardy, Associate Director, Marine Education Center, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi
Captain Ronnie Daniels, Fisherman Guide Service

Our local waters are full of flounder. This feisty flatfish can be caught on conventional fishing tackle or they can be stalked on a calm night. Educator Sam Clardy will share valuable information on the biology, habitat and behavior of the species of southern and Gulf Flounder. Captain Ronnie Daniels will talk about where to find flounder, what baits and rigging techniques are most productive. After covering rod and reel fishing for flounder, Captain Ronnie will share tips for how to equip, rig and what to look for to have a successful outing for gigging flounder.  Our chef for the evening will have some classic flounder dishes for you to sample while you are visiting with our presenters and experts.

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Have Questions?

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

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Partners

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

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Sponsors

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

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