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A Week On the Water, Shark or chum? I’ll take chum

By Bobby Cleveland bcleveland@clarionledger.com BILOXI – There’s an old fisherman’s saying about either fish or cut bait. You either do one or the other, and on a day when the alternative was battling big sharks on a rolling sea, I chose the latter. I manned the chum churn tied on the starboard side of Capt. …

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Beating the Weather & the Odds in the Gulf

By Bobby Cleveland bcleveland@clarionledger.com D’IBERVILLE- Scheduling a spring fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico is always a risky proposition. The odds favor Mother Nature. Weather is always 6040 against you. Worse really, because on some of the days when you can get out of port, the wind and seas can be handled but still …

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Blue Waters, White Knuckles, Red Snapper – All In a Day on the Gulf

By Bobby Cleveland bcleveland@clarionledger.com BILOXI – Capt. Earl was only an hour south of Horn Island when the Gulf of Mexico turned blue. Flying fish were jumping from wave to wave, and Robert Earl McDaniel had his Whipasnapa charter boat pointed at a distant oil rig and was racing to get lines in the water. …

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Chasing Down A “Biloxi Triple” Capt. Earl enjoys a 3-fish challenge

By Bobby Cleveland The Clarion-Ledger bcleveland@clarionledger.com BILOXI – The fish box was full of big sow red snapper and several nice mangrove snapper that assured his passengers would eat well for months. But, for Robert Earl McDaniel, or Captain Earl as he is known, there was disappointment when he steered his 25-foot Whipasnapa back to …

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Flounder: Don’t Leave Home Without One

By Bobby Cleveland bcleveland@clarionledger.com BILOXI — Our day aboard the Whipasnapa was already a success. We had fulfilled our goal of catching a variety of fish, getting a story and taking photos. But for Capt. Robert Earl McDaniel, there was still one item on his to-do list … make that his honey-do list. “The wife …

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Gulf Oil Rigs Attract Anglers and Fish

by Ray Huntzinger I was still tired; the alarm had come early–3 a.m. By 4 a.m. we were at the D’Iberville Marina getting on the Whipasnapa with Captain Robert Earl McDaniel, his friend Mike Fournier and my friend Cesar Gallego. I was extremely excited at the thought of seeing the sun rise 40 or 50 …

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Katrina: The Recovery

By Bobby Cleveland bcleveland@clarionledger.com Capt. Earl’s Whipasnpa a life-saver. Capt. Robert Earl McDaniel, or Capt. Earl as he’s known by his friends, has one thing left at his D’iberville home. His 25 foot-charter boat, the Whipasnapa, in on the ground. “I guess it’s OK; I can’t see any big holes in it or anything,” Capt. …

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No Fooling April is HOT!!!!

By Bobby Cleveland bcleveland@clarionledger.com When red snapper become legal April 21 in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the most important fishing seasons on the Mississippi Coast will officially begin. It is imperative to the sport fishing industry, in its recovery from Hurricane Katrina, that it be a good one – and not just from …

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Shark Bites Black tips save the day in the Gulf

By Bobby Cleveland bcleveland@clarionledger.com BILOXI – Sharks have the reputation of a ravenous, relentless appetite. Good thing, too, because on a day when nothing else seemed hungry in the Gulf of Mexico, some huge black tip sharks crashed our party. Zzz. Zzzzzz. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! “Fish on! Fish on!” hollered Capt. Robert Earl McDaniel, better known as …

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Sound Decision Near-shore opportunity provides action

By Bobby Cleveland bcleveland@clarionledger.com D’IBERVILLE — Capt. Robert Earl McDaniel has two great fishing passions, sow red snapper and record-book cobia. Every time he slides his 25-foot Whipasnapa boat off his trailer and into the Gulf of Mexico, he’d love to turn its bow south to the oil rigs. But making a living as a …

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