Seminars held in Hattiesburg, Long Beach and Ocean Springs this year!

First seminar at USM Hattiesburg, 2 at Long Beach Campus
and 3 seminars at GCRL

Evening seminars featuring scientists and professional fishing guides. Hosted by Sam Clardy 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.

Catch More Redfish and Speckled Trout

March 23, 2017 - 6-8 p.m.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, USM Hattiesburg, Miss.

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

Jill Hendon, Research Scientist, Center for Fisheries Research and Development,
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi

Captain Ronnie Daniels, Fisherman Guide Service
Captain Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Fishing Charters

It is a unique two-for-one evening as we bring Catch More Fish with Science to Hattiesburg. Our scientists, Jim Franks and Jill Hendon will each take a species and start the evening off covering the biology of speckled trout and redfish, where you’ll be most likely to find them during the year and what they like to eat. Next up, our captains are going to share the tips and secrets about bait, lures, tackle, and techniques to use to land these two favorite in-shore fish. All of this will help you catch more fish. Plan to join us for a reception after the question and answer session. Speckled trout and redfish will be prepared by our guest chefs for you to sample as you mingle.

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The Secrets to Catching Cobia

April 27, 2017 - 6-8 p.m.
Hardy Hall, Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach

Hardy Hall 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 LeggSoul Fisher 

Jim Franks will starts the evening off 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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Encounter More Flounder

May 18, 2017 - 6-8 p.m.
Hardy Hall, Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach


Pat Graham
Center for Fisheries Research & Development, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, University of Southern Mississippi
Captain Ronnie DanielsFisherman 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. Pat Graham 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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Sharks

June 15, 2017 - 6-8 p.m. • Caylor Auditorium, GCRL, Ocean Springs


Jill Hendon
, Research Scientist, Center for Fisheries Research & Development, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi  
Captain Ben Allen, Silver Dollar III

Sharks flourish here along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They are an apex predator and occupy an important role in the gulf environment. Scientist Jill Hendon will present information on the biology, habitats, and behavior of sharks and what researchers have learned about our sharks in the gulf. Jill’s shark tagging program has armed her with valuable tips for landing them safely. Captain Ben Allen will provide the secrets sure to increase your success in catching them. Our chef for the evening will treat us to some creative culinary dishes featuring blacktip shark.

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Catch More Speckled Trout

July 20, 2017 - 6-8 p.m. • Caylor Auditorium, GCRL, Ocean Springs

Trevor MoncriefFisheries Ecology, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 
The University of Southern Mississippi 

Captain Ronnie DanielsFisherman Guide Service

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. Trevor Moncrief 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

August 17, 2017 - 6-8 p.m. • Caylor Auditorium, GCRL, Ocean Springs

Paul GrammerResearch Associate, Center for Fisheries Research & Development, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi  
Captain Sonny Schindler, Shore Thing Charters

Red Drum, or Redfish, is 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 Paul Grammer 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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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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