Jackson County

Serious about fishing? Scientists can help

A seminar on catching ground mullet and white trout for a fish fry begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at USM’s Gulf Coast Research Lab campus in Ocean Springs.

For the serious and recreational fisherman, marine scientists and professional fishing guides are teaming up to offer concrete how-tos on where to locate types of fish and what to do to reel in each species.

There are a total of six, two-hour sessions for a fee of $30 each. The one on Aug. 18 is the second in the series.

“Fish Fry Fishing: White trout and ground mullet,” will be at the Caylor Auditorium at the lab from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Presenter Ben Weldon is a marine educator with hands-on techniques and practical tips.

These experts are sharing “no-nonsense facts about what fish eat and when they eat, and explain how time of day, tide state, water temperature, salinity, and moon phase affect the movements and appetites of popular fish species,” the lab said in its promotional material.

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.

Up next:

▪  “Encounter More Flounder,” is Sept. 15, Caylor Auditorium at the lab from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Presenters are Sam Clardy, associate director of the Marine Education Center at the lab and Capt. Ronnie Daniels.

After each seminar a local chef will cook the fish being discussed that night preparing dishes for crowd samples.

“Learn how to catch more fish with science, eat, mingle and enjoy!” the lab invitation said.

Seminars are intended for adults. Persons 12 to 17 may attend if accompanied by an adult.