The CCA Mississipi Stripes, Spots and Dots Tournament at the Biloxi Boat & RV Show is coming up quickly and should be a great first tournament for 2015. The show is a little early this year but we are expecting another great tournament with a strong guaranteed payout. Register by February 2nd to save $5.00 and receive a free tournament shirt (very limited quantities of shirts will be available for sale at the event). You can register online at https://www.cca.ms/stripes-spots-dots-tournament/ and download the registration forms, rules and prizes. You can also stay plugged in on the facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1393133824282581/ .
The CCA Mississippi Bay Chapter is having a Saturday Shootout Tournament on November 1st. The tournament is being run out of the Pass Christian Yacht Club. First time participants are not required to be members, so come join in on some friendly competition. Cost is $15 per person - $10 to prize pot and $5.00 for the meal and kids under 15 fish free. Speckled trout and redfish (18'-27' slot) divisions split the pot 50/50. Registration is from 5:30-6:00 a.m. but later registration can be arranged if needed (just contact Michael O'Dwyer in advance). All fishermen must depart from and return to Pass Christian by water. Weigh in from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Get additional details and join the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/741495632552703/ or www.ccamississip9i.org.
The CCA MS Bay Chapter is moving its monthly tournament to Saturday during the month of August. Get in on some early fishing and friendly competition. Its only $15 with $10 going to prizes and $5.00 for lunch. Fishing starts at 5:30 and scales close at 1:00 p.m. Split the pot between the biggest trout and the biggest slot red. If you cant fish, come on by for the weigh in and a fishing story or two.
More info is available at www.ccamississippi.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/728685283834545/.
This is a low key fun event. Please spread the word.
CALLING ALL LADY ANGLERS Do you have your team together for the CCA Mississippi SOUTHERN BELLE SHOOTOUT on August 9th? Its time for the ladies to take center stage and compete for a few prizes. The men can assist, drive the boat and net fish, but this is a ladies only angling event. You can register up until 8:00 on Friday night, but get registered before Wednesday August 6th to get in on some special prize drawings for anglers that register early. The inshore tournament promises some friendly competition, great prizes, a fun captains meeting and weigh in and best of all a day on the water dedicated to our female anglers. Get the details on the CCA FB event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/271202116415264/ or register on the CCA Mississippi website at www.ccamississippi.org.
If anyone is looking for a fun event this weekend, the CCA Mississippi Bay Chapter will be assisting the Waveland Civic Association with their 3rd Annual WCA Fishing Tournament on Saturday and Sunday. The event is always a lot of fun and includes carnival rides, music, food and art in addition to the fishing tournament.
Date: June 20-22
Place: End of Coleman Ave, Waveland, Mississippi
Captain's Meeting: June 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE for active CCA Members & $25 for non members (includes 1 year CCA Membership). Youth 14 and under fish free.
Weigh In: Coleman Ave. from 4-6 p.m on Saturday and Sunday
- Speckled Trout Stringer (3 fish),
- Redfish Stringer, (2 fish),
- Inshore Slam,
- largest bass,
- largest bream and crappie (2 fish)
- speckled trout
- white trout
Contact: (228) 493-799 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The MS Trout Invitational Tournament (MS/TIT), one of the oldest trout tournaments on the coast, will take place on June 28th. This is always a great tournament with good competition, great payouts, and a fun atmosphere. The tournament will be run out of the Bay Waveland Yacht Club this year and will be limited to the first 50 boats to register. See the attached flyer and registration form and direct any questions to Kent Conn at (228) 323-4425 or email@example.com.
The CCA MS Ship Island Chapter will meet on Tuesday June 10th at 6:30 at The Dock Bar and Grill on Seaway Rd. Jim Franks from the Gulf Coast Research Lab will share his research and information on cobia. Jim has been studying this favorite game fish for many years and always brings a wealth of insight. All welcome!
Contact Johnny Marquez (228) 223-8476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gulf Council To Hold Public Hearings to Decide Whether More Red Snapper Should be Allocated to Recreational Anglers
Recreational anglers encouraged to attend.
If you enjoy fishing for red snapper, you have an opportunity to help ensure that recreational anglers get a bigger piece of the pie. The Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council has scheduled a public hearing in Gulfport on Wednesday, March 12, to solicit comments on Gulf red snapper allocation. The meeting will be held at the Courtyard Marriott, 1600 East Beach Blvd., Gulfport at 6 p.m. This is a great opportunity for recreational anglers to actually see an increase in the red snapper harvest, so members are encouraged to turn out and provide their input or simply show support for the recreational sector.
The hearings will focus specifically on Reef Fish Amendment 28 which sets forth alternatives to potentially change how the red snapper fishery should be allocated between commercial and recreational sectors (see attached document to the left for a great summary of the history of the fishery and the rule). The current allocation of Gulf of Mexico red snapper, which is 51% commercial and 49% recreational, was established in 1990 through Reef Fish Amendment 1. This allocation was based on the historical average of red snapper landings by sector from 1979 through 1987 - data that is almost 30 years old. The red snapper stock in the Gulf of Mexico has been rebounding under a rebuilding plan in place since 1997. This improvement in the red snapper stock led the Gulf Council to begin considering amendments to shift some of the allocation to recreational anglers. This is a significant opportunity for recreational anglers to see longer seasons and more opportunity to pursue red snapper.
The Council's preferred alternative (#5) states that if the red snapper quota is less than or equal to 9.12 million pounds, the allocation will remain the same. If the red snapper quota is greater than 9.12 million pounds, then 75% of the amount in excess of 9.12 million pounds will be allocated to the recreational sector and 25% to the commercial sector.
While there may be strong arguments from recreational anglers to pursue one of the more aggressive alternatives that would provide an even greater shift of the resource to recreational fishermen, Alternative 5 is a good compromise and a realistic alternative because it would provide commercial fishermen with a continued harvest that meets or exceeds the historical high and would allow the recreational sector (that provides the greatest economic benefit) to have an increasing share of the allocation as the stock continues to recover.
I would like to encourage you to attend the meeting if possible and to submit your comments in favor of Alternative #5.
If you can not attend the hearing, comments on Reef Fish Amendment 28 will also be accepted online at http://bit.ly/MS14U0. Your participation in these proceedings is critical if Mississippi's recreational anglers hope to increase their share of the red snapper harvest in the future.
If you have questions about the potential options, the hearing or how you can participate, please feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com or by phone at (228) 223-8476.
Stripes, Spots & Dots Tournament
The first big tournament of the year will take place on Feb. 22nd at the Biloxi Boat & RV Show. This is your chance to compete for over $8,000 in guaranteed prizes for your best sheepshead, speckled trout and redfish. Thats right SHEEPSHEAD! Have you ever seen a $2,500 Sheepshead? Well, we are giving you a chance to cash one in at the Biloxi Boat & RV Show for big pay day. There will also be a Spots & Dots division with a combined trout and redfish stringer as well as youth divisions, optional calcuttas and plenty of door prizes. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the CCA Mississippi Scholarship Fund and fisheries research.
Early entry prizes are up for grabs for anyone that registers by Feb. 18th. It is only $25 for CCA Members and $40 for non-members that register by Feb. 18th and $30/$45 for anglers that register after the 18th. Non-member registration fees include a 1 year membership to CCA.
Additional information on prizes, rules and entry can be found on the CCA Mississippi website at www.ccamississippi.org or on the CCA MS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1393133824282581/.
Recreational Angler Participation (RAP) Session
f you fish offshore and care about recreational fisheries, the Gulf Council is holding a series of RAP Sessions to provide you with an opportunity to voice your concerns or provide your comments on these federally managed fisheries.
What is the RAP Session? The Gulf Council is holding a series of Recreational Angler Participation Sessions (RAP Sessions) in which they are hoping to get regular anglers to show up and express their concerns or ideas regarding federally managed fisheries such as red snapper, grouper, amberjack, trigger fish, etc This is a chance to let the Gulf Council to get input from anglers who might not normally attend Gulf Council meetings or who may have views beyond the usual input received at Council meetings.
When and Where: The RAP Session is on Wednesday (January 8) from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Gulf Coast Research Lab
703 E. Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
If you are unable to attend on Wednesday, there is an online session on January 27th from 6-9 p.m. that may be attended by registering for the webinar at www4.gotomeeting.com/register/390667327.
Who should attend or speak? If you fish offshore or have a business that is impacted by federally managed fisheries, this is a chance for you to voice your concerns or provide your ideas and input on how these fisheries should be managed.
Join the CCA Mississippi Pine Belt Chapter for an Angler's Night Out at Brewsky's in Hattiesburg. Tickets are only $25 and include dinner, free beer, live music and plenty of door prizes, raffle items and more. Purchase your tickets by Tuesday Nov. 19th and you could win a pair of Costa's or like and share the event on Facebook to win a CCA Columbia Jacket.
Tickets are available at Owens Business Machines,
Allbritton Chain Saw or online at http://www.ccamississippi.org.
Join the facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/521374227970609/.
SUNSET ON THE BAY (RESCHEDULED to NOV 2nd) Due to the approaching storm, CCA MS Bay Chapter has been forced to reschedule Sunset on the Bay. The AlleyCats, the fantastic food, and all of the plans for Sunset on the Bay will follow us to a new date on November 2nd at St. Stanislaus Café.
With the unexpected extra month until Sunset on the Bay, CCA is planning to have a little fun with some new giveaways and contests on Facebook, but you have to join the Facebook event to get in on the action so be sure to join here ( https://www.facebook.com/events/442751789174114/) and take part.
In addition to the normal fun at the event, the CCA MS Bay Chapter will be donating a new aluminum transport trailer to the Gulf Coast Research Lab for the hatchery. The trailer was built locally by Sport Trail Trailers and is worth a look as they did a fantastic job on it with some unique features for the hatchery. We will also be donating 12 personal locator devices to DMR officers as the first part of a CCA MS project to equip all of our fisheries enforcement officers with this important safety gear, awarding the Bay Chapters annual youth scholarship, and presenting a number of conservation awards to individuals for their outstanding efforts in our community to support marine conservation. We hope to see you on November 2nd!
CCA Mississippi' Bay Chapter
10th Annual Sunset on the Bay
The 10th Annual Sunset on the Bay is just around the corner on October 5th. A new location under the oaks at Our Lady of the Gulf, live music from the AlleyCats, great food from local restaurants and plenty of drinks, live and silent auctions and door prizes will make this one of the best parties on the Bay and a great night for marine conservation.
Purchase your tickets in advance to get in on the early entry drawings for a pair of Costa sunglasses or a YETI 65. Tickets are only $35 and are available at Atlantic Marine, Jacks Firestone, Bay Marina, from Bay Chapter Committee members or online at www.ccamississippi.org. For sponsorship information call (228) 223-8476.
Come out and enjoy a great evening to support our coastal marine environment and fisheries.
Have you been wondering what happened to the plans to restore Ship Island to how it was prior to Hurricane Camile? Come get an update on the project at the August meeting of the CCA MS Ship Island Chapter on Wednesday August 14 at 6:30 p.m. at The Dock Bar & Grill on Seaway Rd. in Gulfport. Tom Smith from the Corps of Engineers will provide a presentation on the project as well as other dredging and restoration projects in the MS Sound.
Attention anglers 17 and under - Join CCA Mississippi for a competitive youth tournament this weekend at The Dock in Gulfport. There will be 12 categories with two age divisions. A regular Captain's Meeting on Friday. Register at the Captain's meeting or at the weigh in on Saturday. We have some great prizes and will have paddle board demos and other activities on Saturday. Email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (228) 202-1833.
The CCA STAR Tournament is off to a great start and some nice fish have been hitting the scales. There are certainly some big grand prizes with over $500,000 on the line, but don't forget about the weekly prizes for the largest trout each week. We are only 1/3 of the way through the summer and with the competition lasting until Sept. 2, there are still plenty of chances to win a pair of Costa sunglasses or a complete boat, motor and trailer package. Register before you fish this summer at Bay Marina, The Tackle Box, Gorenflo's, Mary Walker Marina, Academy, The Tackle Box, online at www.ccamississippi.org or by phone at (877) 4CCASTAR. For questions, call Johnny at (228) 202-1833 or email email@example.com.
Ship Island Chapter
The Ship Island Chapter of CCA Mississippi will host its Harbor Nights Fundraiser on Friday June 7th 2013 at the Barksdale Pavilion in Gulfport. Join friends and other fishermen for a great evening on the water with live music, food catered by the Half Shell Oyster House, live and silent auctions, raffles, door prizes and more.
Tickets are available at Tackle Box locations in Gulfport and Long Beach, Sports Unlimited, A&A Marine, The Bow Shop, Petes Electric and online from the CCA Mississippi Website at www.ccamississippi.org or at the door. Your ticket includes CCA memberships for all who attend and is a great way to renew your membership, to get involved with CCA and to support work to protect and enhance our coastal marine resources for generations to come.
For questions, sponsorships or additional information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (228) 223-8476.
How would you like to win a $5000 tackle package for a snapper this summer. Snapper season starts June 1st. Make sure that you are registered in the STAR Tournament before you leave the dock to be eligible for the $5000 prize for the largest red snapper this year.
You can now weigh your fish at both Mississippi and Louisiana weigh stations and fish from the AL/MS border to the LA/TX border. It's only $25 and kids fish free. Red snapper, cobia, mangrove snapper and dolphin now have a $5,000 prize for the largest fish.
Register at your local weigh stations, online or by phone (877) 4CCASTAR. For registration info visit www.ccamississippi.org.
CCA will be hosting a youth tournament on Saturday with prizes in seven categories. Fish from any location. There is a captain's meeting tonight, but if you can not make the meeting, send an email to email@example.com with the name, address, and age for each angler.
Don't miss out on a Yeti 65! Get your tickets for CCA Mississippi's Harbor Nights fundraiser by April 30th (today) to be entered in the drawing for the Yeti 65. You can purchase at the Tackle Box, Sports Unlimited, A&A Marine, the Bow Shop or online under events at www.ccamississippi.org.