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Fishing Mississippi's Gulf Coast and Visitor's Guide [Kindle Edition]

John E. Phillips
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Book Description

Mississippi’s Gulf Coast is a year-round fishery, and this book includes a month-by-month fishing plan from charter captains and guides on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that tells you where they fish, what they catch, how they catch the fish, and what types of baits they use -- everything you need to know to learn how to fish.

This fishing guide also contains sections on inshore fishing and offshore fishing, as well as what fisheries scientists are learning about saltwater fish – their habits, their life cycles, where they live and other important information that will help you be a better fisherman. You’ll get the best saltwater fishing tips and tactics for how you can catch speckled trout, redfish, cobia, tuna, red snapper, mackerel and other species on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast from the men and women who fish there year-round as a profession. They'll also tell you about the fishing tackle you should use to be more successful.

You’ll meet the people in this book when you go to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and you not only will have all their contact information, there’s also videos of many of these folks. And don’t overlook captain/chef Kyle Jarreau and his videos on how to prepare some of the seafood you'll catch while visiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Too, you’ll enjoy the information you’ll learn in the video about the shrimping tour, a short, fun trip for people of all ages.

Whether you want to fish from the bank, go to the Biloxi Marsh or the Chandeleur Islands, fish the other Barrier Islands or go offshore, this book is a guide to give you the best information available on how to fulfill your saltwater fishing dreams in the Magnolia State. Good luck, good fishing, and we hope to see you there.

This book also contains numerous color fishing pictures and links to more than 40 video interviews with our captains and guides.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Question: John, why did you write "Fishing Mississippi's Gulf Coast and Visitor's Guide?"
Phillips: I really didn't know that much about saltwater fishing on Mississippi's Gulf Coast until I met a man named Bill McGinnis, then the Director of Outdoor Marketing for Tourism for the State of Mississippi. I'd been writing often about the Upper Gulf Coast for different magazines, and Bill invited me to come to Mississippi's Gulf Coast and fish with him. I was blown-away at how good the fishing was inshore, offshore and every month of the year. Bill was also one of the first PR people I'd ever met in the fishing industry who was willing to work with me from before daylight to well-after dark. Bill helped me find contacts to interview, posed for pictures and held the rope to my float tube when we were 100-miles offshore, and I was photographing fish being landed by the anglers on the boat. Bill and I did a number of stories together.
Then when Bill retired, Mike Jones took his place I found that Mike was cut out of the same cloth as Bill. I could go to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, stay 2 days and get 4-6 stories and the photography I needed to go with them. But more importantly, I met warm, friendly people whose company I enjoyed, and I met captains who always said, "Come on back any time we can help you."
I was also amazed at the size and the number of fish we could catch. A classic example was when I told Captain Sonny Schindler, "I need to go out and catch speckled trout, redfish and tripletails to photograph." In a half a day, we had limits of all three and time to spare. I also learned that Mississippi's Gulf Coast, because of its location, provided outstanding fishing all year long, not just in the spring, summer and fall.

About the Author

For the past 40 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a fulltime outdoor writer, traveling the world interviewing hunters, guides, outfitters and other outdoorsmen about how they hunt. An award-winning author, John has been hunting and fishing since his kindergarten days with his dad and brother and has had the good fortune to fish and hunt with experts. He's also travelled across the U.S. as a newspaper writer, magazine writer, outdoor photographer and radio host, and for the last 13 years, as a provider of outdoors internet content for numerous companies daily. He was the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, the Crossbow Communicator of the Year in 2008, and in 2012, he was presented the Homer Circle Fishing Communicator Award by the American Sportfishing Association and the Professional Outdoor Media Association. To learn more the author and his outdoor experiences, go to or visit John's Amazon author page.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4809 KB
  • Print Length: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Night Hawk Publications, Inc.; 1 edition (November 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DWLUZ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide November 15, 2013
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Each month is a chapter and it is pretty helpful. Even better that it was free with amazon prime .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning more about fishing January 28, 2013
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I really like the format of the book - month by month - what to expect, what bait to use and where to go! So exciting to learn tips from professional fishermen :) Fish On!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fishing aid. January 6, 2013
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I enjoyed the book and found several good tips for gulf fishing even though I never have fished on Mississippi's coast. I recommend it highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars basic info January 5, 2013
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Good info for fishing ms gulf coast region. It is broken down into months giving ideals of what is best to fish for that month. Author has interviewed a lot of charter boat captains. Worth the read.
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More About the Author

John, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (AMA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Phillips has been a contributor to many national magazines, has been affiliated with 27-radio stations across Alabama serving as their outdoor editor and wrote for a weekly syndicated column, "Alabama Outdoors," for 38-Alabama newspapers for more than 13 years. Phillips was Outdoor Editor for the "Birmingham Post-Herald" for 24 years. Phillips was also the executive editor for "Great Days Outdoors" magazine for 3 years.

The author of more than 100 books, including print and Kindle ebooks, on the outdoors, Phillips is a founding member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and an active member of the Southeastern Outdoors Press Association (SEOPA). Phillips also is the owner of Night Hawk Publications, a marketing and publishing firm, and president of Creative Concepts, an outdoor consulting group.

Phillips conducts seminars across the nation at colleges in freelance writing, photography and outdoor education besides teaching courses in how to sell what you write to writers' groups. Phillips received his photography training as a still-lab photo specialist for six years in the Air Force. He was the chief photographer for Mannequins, Inc., a Birmingham modeling agency, for 11 years.

While serving as 2nd Vice President of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, Phillips was in charge of all press releases for the organization as well as serving as Chairman of Alabama's Big Buck Contest, which he founded more than 30 years ago. He also was president of the Alabama Sportsman's Association for three years.

Phillips is the recipient of a Certificate of Merit from the Governor of Alabama and the Department of Conservation for his work in the outdoor field. Phillips is vitally interested in the outdoors and travels the nation collecting personalities, stories and how-to information for his articles and features.

EDUCATION: B.S. degree from the University of West Alabama with a physical education major and a history minor.

EXPERIENCE: 10 years parttime and fulltime physical director for YMCAs and 40 years as a freelance writer, photographer, editor, book author, lecturer and daily-content provider for websites.

WRITING AWARDS: Runnerup - Best Outdoor Magazine Feature - 1981 - SEOPA; Certificate of Merit - Awarded by Alabama's Governor for writings on conservation; Most Outstanding Sports Writer in Southeast - 1983 & 1984; Best Outdoor Feature in Alabama, 1987 - Alabama Sportswriters' Association 3rd Place; Best Book of the Year - 1989 - SEOPA; 2007 - inducted into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Communicator; 2008 - received award naming him 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the Year from the Crossbow Manufacturers' Association; 2009 - GAMMA Honorable Mention for Consumer/Paid Best Essay for July/August 2008 in "Southern Sporting Journal."

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