Last Updated on December 6, 2023 by Eric Bonneman
Welcome to Legends of the Lower Marsh, your go-to spot for unforgettable fishing adventures in Gulfport, MS, and the Biloxi Marsh. Here, we’re all about getting you out on the water for some good, honest fishing. No frills, no fluff – just you, the rod, and a whole lot of fish waiting to be caught.
The 2024 fishing calendar is shaping up to be a real treat for anglers of all stripes. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just dipping your toes into the world of fishing, there’s something in these waters for you. From the lively spring season, buzzing with speckled trout and redfish, to the cool, laid-back winter days perfect for some sheepshead action, every season brings its own kind of excitement. So, grab your fishing gear and let’s dive into what this year has in store for us at Gulfport and Biloxi Marsh. Trust me, it’s going to be a good one.
About Captain Mark Wright
Captain Mark Wright is the heart and soul of Legends of the Lower Marsh, bringing over 40 years of fishing expertise to the waters of Gulfport, MS, and the Biloxi Marsh. Born and raised along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, he’s not just a captain; he’s a local through and through. This is a guy who grew up with a fishing rod in one hand and a sense of adventure in the other.
Mark’s life has been a tapestry of outdoor experiences, from hunting waterfowl in the brackish marshes to wade fishing in pursuit of the big catch. But it’s not just his passion for fishing that sets him apart. He’s also a dedicated serviceman, having served 25 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard. His commitment to service shines through in his dedication to providing the best fishing experiences to everyone who steps aboard his boat.
His intimate knowledge of the local waters is unmatched. Whether you’re after the elusive speckled trout or the mighty redfish, Captain Mark knows just where to find them. With Mark at the helm, you’re not just going on a fishing trip; you’re getting a masterclass in fishing the rich waters of the Gulf Coast.
Spring Fishing (March to May)
When the calendar flips to March, you can feel the buzz along the Gulf Coast. Spring fishing in Gulfport and the Biloxi Marsh isn’t just a pastime; it’s a way of life. The waters start warming up, and with it, the fishing action heats up too.
First up, let’s talk about the speckled trout. These guys are the stars of the spring. You’ll find them lurking around the shallower waters, especially near marshy areas. They put up a fun fight, making them a favorite for anglers looking for a good time on the water.
Then, there’s the redfish. If you’re fishing in Gulfport or Biloxi Marsh in the spring, you’re in for a treat. These beauties are known for their strength, and catching one is a surefire way to add some excitement to your day. You’ll often find them patrolling the flats and shallow waters, ready to strike at your bait.
Don’t forget about flounder. These flatfish start to get more active in spring and can be a real hoot to catch. They like hanging out near sandy bottoms and are a bit sneaky, so keep your eyes peeled.
Black drum, the big, robust cousins of redfish, also make their presence known in spring. You might find these in slightly deeper channels, but they’re worth the hunt. They’re not just strong; they’re like the linebackers of the fish world.
And of course, there’s the sheepshead. These striped fish are a common sight around structures like piers and jetties. They might be a bit tricky to hook, but that’s all part of the fun, right?
As for the conditions, expect mild temperatures and calmer waters. It’s the kind of weather that makes you want to be outside all day. The marshes and inshore waters are teeming with life, and there’s a sense of rejuvenation in the air – both for the fish and us fishermen.
So, there you have it. Spring in Gulfport and the Biloxi Marsh is all about excitement, a bit of a challenge, and some good old-fashioned fishing fun. It’s a time when the water calls, and trust me, you’ll want to answer.
Summer Fishing (June to August)
Summer on the Gulf Coast is something special, especially for us fishermen. The days are longer, the sun’s a bit more generous, and the fish, well, they’re just waiting for us. Gulfport and Biloxi Marsh come alive with some of the best fishing you can imagine from June through August.
Speckled trout, our springtime favorites, stick around and continue to provide some top-notch fishing. You’ll find them now in slightly deeper waters, often near grass beds where they love to feed. These fish are fun to catch and keep the action steady throughout the summer.
Redfish, those tough fighters, are still in the game. In summer, they’re often found in the shallow flats. Spotting a redfish tailing in shallow water is something you don’t forget. It’s not just fishing; it’s an experience. These guys are known for their strength and will give you a run for your money on any given day.
Then we’ve got the tripletail. These unique fish are often overlooked, but they’re one of the coolest catches in our waters. They like to float near the surface, often by debris or structure, making them a fun challenge to target.
Tarpon start showing up, and let me tell you, they’re a whole different ball game. Known for their acrobatics and strength, they’re a prized catch for any angler. They’re mostly found in open waters and near the passes, so you’ll need to venture out a bit for these silver giants.
And don’t forget about the mangrove snapper. These guys are more common around structures like piers or fallen trees. They’re sneaky, but catching them is always rewarding. Plus, they’re one of the smarter fish out there, so it’s a bit of a mental game trying to outwit them.
In terms of areas to focus on, the marsh edges, grass flats, and nearshore structures are your best bets. The water’s warm, and the fish are active, making summer a great time to explore different fishing spots. The key here is to stay adaptable and enjoy the variety of fishing experiences the season offers.
Summer fishing in Gulfport and the Biloxi Marsh is about long days, diverse catches, and just enjoying the abundance of our beautiful waters. Whether you’re after a fierce battle with a tarpon or a strategic hunt for tripletail, summer’s got it all.
Fall Fishing (September to November)
When the heat of the summer starts to wane and the days get a bit shorter, fall fishing kicks into high gear around Gulfport and Biloxi Marsh. It’s a season of change, and for us fishers, it’s like hitting the jackpot.
Speckled trout, which kept us company all summer, start moving again. They’re heading to slightly deeper waters, but they’re still around in good numbers. This is when they’re fattening up for winter, so expect some good-sized catches. These fish are a mainstay for a reason – they’re always a pleasure to reel in.
Redfish are still going strong. They’re a bit like the reliable friend who’s always up for a good time. In the fall, you can find them in the marshes and shallow waters, often in schools. They’re feisty, they’re fun, and they’re just waiting for your line.
Now, let’s talk about flounder. These guys are on the move to offshore areas for spawning, which makes them more plentiful – and larger. It’s the best time of year to target them, especially near inlets and sandy areas.
Spanish mackerel make a flashy appearance in the fall. These fast-moving fish are a blast to catch, often found in open water and near the surface. They’re the sprinters of the sea, making for an exciting chase.
And then there’s pompano. These are the quieter, more understated type, often found in sandy areas feeding on crustaceans. They might not make a big show, but catching them is always satisfying.
For the best spots, focus on the transitions between shallow and deep waters. The marsh edges are still hotspots, but don’t ignore the open waters and nearshore areas, especially for mackerel and pompano. The key in fall is to be ready for anything. The variety of fish on offer is incredible, and each brings its own kind of thrill.
Fall is a special time in Gulfport and Biloxi Marsh. It’s not just about the fish; it’s about the experience. The air’s a bit crisper, the water’s calling, and the fish are just waiting for you. So, come on down and see what fall fishing has to offer – you won’t be disappointed.
Winter Fishing (December to February)
Winter along the Gulf Coast has a charm of its own, especially for us anglers. The crowds thin out, the waters quiet down, and it’s just you, the chilly air, and the fish. Winter fishing in Gulfport and Biloxi Marsh can be surprisingly rewarding, especially if you know what you’re after.
Redfish are the main attraction during these colder months. They’re not the kind to shy away from a little cold. You’ll find them in deeper, warmer waters, often around marshes and mudflats where they can stay cozy. They’re a bit slower due to the cold, but that just makes the chase more interesting.
Speckled trout are another winter favorite. Unlike their energetic summer behavior, in winter, they’re hunkered down in deeper holes and channels. This is where your knowledge of the local waters really pays off. Finding these spots can lead to some impressive catches, as the trout group up to stay warm.
Sheepshead become more abundant as they move inshore to spawn. These guys are a bit underrated but catching them, especially near structures like piers and rocky areas, can be a lot of fun. They have a knack for stealing bait, so it’s a good test of your fishing skills.
Black drum, the big fellas, are also more common in winter. You might need to head to the deeper channels to find them, but they’re worth the effort. They’re strong and put up a good fight, making for an exciting day on the water.
And let’s not forget about striped bass. They sometimes venture into our cooler waters, especially near freshwater inflows. They’re a bit of a wildcard, but catching one is always a highlight.
The trick to winter fishing is adjusting your tactics for the colder water temperatures. Slow down your approach, be patient, and look for deeper spots where fish like to gather for warmth. It’s a different kind of fishing – more subdued, but just as thrilling.
Winter in Gulfport and the Biloxi Marsh isn’t just about enduring the cold; it’s about embracing a different side of fishing. The pace slows down, but the rewards can be just as great. So bundle up, get out there, and enjoy the peaceful side of fishing that only winter can offer.
Additional Activities and Services
At Legends of the Lower Marsh, we’re about more than just fishing. Sure, fishing’s in our blood, but we also love showing off the beauty of our Gulf Coast in other ways. For those days when you’re looking to mix it up a bit, we’ve got you covered with some nifty water cruises and sightseeing tours.
Ever fancied a leisurely cruise around the waters, soaking in the sights and sounds of the Gulf? We do that. And for the nature enthusiasts, our barrier island bird watching tours are a real treat. You’ll see a side of the coast you never knew existed. Plus, for a bit of extra fun, our Dolphin sightseeing tours are a hit with folks of all ages. It’s about getting out on the water and enjoying the day, no fishing pole required.
The Fishing Experience with Legends of the Lower Marsh
Fishing with us at Legends of the Lower Marsh isn’t just about catching fish – it’s about creating memories. Sure, reeling in a big one is great, but it’s the laughs, the stories, and the time spent with family and friends that really make a trip.
We pride ourselves on being family-friendly. Whether it’s a youngster’s first catch or a family outing, we’re here to make it special. There’s something about being out on the water, away from the hustle and bustle, that brings people together. It’s about teaching the little ones the ropes, sharing tips and tricks, and maybe even learning a thing or two from them.
Our trips are tailored to be as relaxing or as adventurous as you want. Want to take it easy and soak in the scenery? We’ve got you. Keen on chasing after the big ones? We’re on it. It’s your day, and we’re just here to make it better.
Getting Ready for Your Gulf Coast Fishing Adventure
Planning your fishing trip for 2024 with Legends of the Lower Marsh? Here’s a bit of friendly advice to make sure you’re all set. First thing’s first – book early. Our calendar fills up fast, especially during peak seasons, so getting your spot secured early means less hassle down the line.
Remember, each season offers something different. Spring’s all about the speckled trout and redfish, summer brings the excitement of tarpon and tripletail, fall is prime time for flounder and pompano, and winter? That’s your chance for some quieter, yet equally rewarding, fishing experiences. So, think about what you’re after and plan accordingly.
We’re conveniently located in Gulfport, Mississippi, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from a bunch of places along the Mississippi and Louisiana coast. Whether you’re coming from Long Beach, Pass Christian, Biloxi, Bay Saint Louis, Waveland, Ocean Springs, Gautier, Wiggins, New Orleans, Slidell, or Baton Rouge, we’re easy to get to.
Reel in the Good Times
Let’s wrap this up. Throughout the year, the Gulf Coast, especially around Gulfport and Biloxi Marsh, is brimming with fishing opportunities. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just looking to dip your toes into the world of fishing, there’s something here for you.
At Legends of the Lower Marsh, we’re all about making your fishing experience memorable. It’s not just about the fish you catch; it’s about the stories you’ll tell and the memories you’ll make. So, what are you waiting for? Come and join us for an adventure on the waters. Book your trip today and get ready to reel in some good times!