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BEN MARTIN EDITOR IN CHIEF

Dear Reader, Ten years ago, a new publishing concept was born. At that time, the idea that a magazine could somehow become a franchise offering was so unique that at first it was difficult to explain. How could a fishing magazine have more than one edition each month? How could someone without years of publishing experience and substantial capital successfully launch a new magazine? Not just a magazine, but a fishing magazine, and not just a fishing magazine, but a free fishing magazine? Free? What? Ten years ago, we began developing the concept of a franchise publishing system that would allow outdoor enthusiasts the rare opportunity to publish a localized fishing magazine as a professionals. Today there are over 30 editions of Coastal Angler and its interior freshwater component The Angler Magazine throughout the continental U.S., Costa Rica and the Virgin Islands. Every month all over the country local co-publishers work with professional guides and charter captains to share their knowledge of what’s biting where, when, and how with you, our reader! It’s reliable intel that anyone who loves to fish would benefit from reading. And guess what? There’s a lot of people who like to fish. The purpose that this fishing magazine serves cannot be denied, and that’s why there are over 30 separate editions of this magazine being published every month. It is our pleasure, our honor, to present this fishing magazine to you at no cost each month. We actually earn a living by helping to spread the word about fishing. What a great concept. Just like you, we love fishing, boating and the outdoors. In fact, we’re absolutely wild about it. It’s all we want to do. It’s truly amazing how much we all love fishing. Love it. We do, you do, millions of people do! That’s why ten years ago we knew one fishing magazine was not enough. We are proud to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary this month. Our sincerest thank you goes out to all of our co-publishing partners, the guides and charter captains who write for the magazine, the businesses who support the magazine and make it possible for us to continue providing it for free and most importantly to you, our reader. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to produce this FREE fishing magazine each month. For more information on Coastal Angler and The Angler Magazine franchise opportunities, visit http://franchise.coastalanglermag.com/ or call 888-800-9794.

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Micron WA (Water-Activated) is the latest addition to the AkzoNobel’s Interlux industry leading Micron Technology product range. It is a showcase antifouling paint that offers longlasting, multi-seasonal protection in a waterbased formulation. Micron WA combines powerful antifouling performance while reducing impact on the environment, leaving a smooth, clean hull. It is easy to apply with low odor that makes application and clean up easy. This paint is ideal for cruise, power and sailboats and suitable for all waters. Using a novel paint technology called Water Activated Matrix, Micron WA delivers a crisp, vibrant color and uniform appearance to provide a striking, attractive finish, while at the same time efficiently delivering powerful antifouling performance. More information is available at: https://interlux.com/en/us/boat-paint/antifouling/micron-wa

The Vortex lubrication system for marine trailers is designed with towing in mind. Vortex on your trailer axles mean years of service without the hassle of replacing the grease. A great feature that comes with the Vortex is the 100,000-mile or 5-year limited warranty. And, if you are a trailer owner that likes to work on the trailer in the off-season, the Vortex threaded cap screw on/off cap makes it easier than ever to check the bearings. You never have to use a hammer to remove or install the cap. We fill the Vortex hub with Lucas Oil Products Marine Grease, a superior bearing grease that has high heat qualities and is water resistant… even in saltwater! Vortex is available from select OEM trailer manufacturers pre-installed on your new trailer with disc brakes or idler hubs. Vortex hubs can be purchased from marine dealers and marine parts suppliers to replace the old hubs on your trailer. Vortex replacement hub kits are available pre-greased, pre-assembled in clear clamshell packaging, perfect for taking with you in your truck or boat as a spare hub. Depend on quality Dexter Vortex hubs for your trailering experiences.

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If you own a boat, you know the stress of ParkIt360 Force 10K backing your trailered pride and joy into a tight space. With this in mind, we took it upon ourselves to take Parkit360’s Force 10K electric trailer dolly for a test spin. Right off the bat, we were impressed. Assembly was easy, and by connecting the trailer’s power harness to the Force, we were able to control the trailer’s brakes with the Smart Brake Control System, which provides control and safety on a steep grade. Also, the Bosch-designed electric motor supplied more than enough power to maneuver with little to no effort on the part of the user. The heavy-duty 4”-wide tires maintained traction on concrete as well as gravel and even in wet grass when loaded. The Force dolly proved its functionality regardless of terrain, and that could come in super handy for those parking boats, campers or anything else with a trailer ball where the concrete ends. But the most striking feature of the Force electric trailer dolly was how easy it made maneuvering the boat. With precise and easy-to-use controls, all the stress was taken out of navigating tight corners and turns in forward and reverse. We put the boat into spots we wouldn’t even attempt using a truck. Built of quality materials, powder-coated and compact enough to fit in the trunk of an SUV, Parkit360’s electric trailer dollies are a great tool for anyone who pulls a trailer.

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With its Gen II Standard and Xtreme jackplates, SeaStar Solutions brings to market improved jackplates that handle up to 300 and 400 hp outboards, respectively, and are easier to install and adjust and stand up better to the marine environment. To handle heavier loads, advanced composite bushings allow for smoother movement of the hydraulic rams when the jackplate is raised or lowered, making SeaStar a superior performing jackplate at all speeds and loads. Both the Seastar Standard and Xtreme are available with 4”, 6”, 8”, 10” and 12” setbacks. Redesigned engine brackets allow mounting of shallow-water anchors on both models without the use of adapter plates. Redesigned engine brackets also improve access to the mounting bolts. Side access has been introduced to make it easier to get a wrench on engine mounting bolts while clearance to access transom mounting bolts has also been opened up, making it easier for one person to install the plate. Installing a SeaStar Jackplate with SeaStar’s ProTap system allows for precise, standardized height adjustment. Key to the ProTap system is the SmartStick sensor, which can easily be installed along the side of the plate. While adding strength and improving access, the new design uses less material for weight reduction of 15 percent over the originals. Thicker MilSpec anodizing of the aluminum frame and lift and effective sacrificial anode mounting points provide improved protection against corrosion.

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“At some point, I guess Dad decided, ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,’” Barrett said. In June of 2014, Barrett and Mike set out to build what became the first Mag Bay Yacht. Working with hull designs by Michael Peters, one of the most respected designers in the industry, they started work to produce a high-quality 33’ center console that is the embodiment of elegance and function. It took almost a year to get everything the way they wanted it before the first Mag Bay hit the water in 2015. Since then, a lot of travel, hard work, attention to detail and customer support have brought recognition to Mag Bay Yachts for what it is. The Mag Bay 33’ is a high-end, expensive center console, and customers expect and receive the best. Early success allowed Mag Bay to reassemble much of the experienced crew from Cabo, who they consider family. One of those employees changed Barrett’s diapers nearly 30 years ago. They are the same employees who presented Mike with a plaque that hangs in the shop and reads: “I will always build the very best boat—at a profit if I can, at a loss if I must—but I will always build the best.” Barrett said that’s the philosophy for every Mag Bay that leaves the shop. “We’ve always tried to build the highest quality boat on the water,” he said. “We’ve always prided ourselves on using the absolute best products. If there’s not anything out there that’s up to par, we’ll make it. Being a family boatbuilder, it’s not about numbers for us. It’s about building the absolute best boat.” In the near future, the family at Mag Bay Yachts has plans to go back to its Cabo roots in designing a new 42’ inboard express. It’ll be exciting to see what they produce. For more information on Mag Bay Yachts, see their website at www. magbayyachts.com.

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On a scale of 1 to 10, June gets a 12! The near shore reefs will be at their best this month. Since they are so close to the launches, fish them at first light or sundown. Look for huge speckled trout, and epic numbers of white trout. Use the live bait to find the fish, and switch to the plastics(under Boat Monkey popping corks or tight lined) to work on em. Look for stable weather, calm seas and great fishing. We will be spending most of our trips in the Biloxi Marsh, from Isle Au Pitre to Comfort Island. Diving birds in the early morning should provide all the numbers of trout you would ever need. A double rig, tight lined will really load the boat, switch to this rig on every cast bites. The oyster reefs in an around Isle Au Pitre will be on fire on the days before and after the new and full moon. Live shrimp and croakers on carolina rigs will get the big trout there. If you do not get bit or see bait in the area you are fishing, MOVE! The fishing is too good in June to burn day light waiting on a bite. If you can stand the horse flies, the red fishing will be off the charts in June. Reds will be cruising banks looking for bait(shrimp, crabs, minnows). Watch for tails, wakes or fleeing bait fish. Spinner baits, top water, and spoons will all draw strikes. The big sharks will be in full force in June. Fish the deepest water you can find(ship channels) for the big bulls and black tips. Chumming will keep the fish around the boat and on your baits. Warm, calm water will bring in some incredible triple tail fishing along the entire MS Gulf Coast. Any floating object is worth a once over. Throwing a live shrimp to a triple tail, is like air to an astronaut, THEY GOTTA HAVE IT! Leave early, be courteous to the numerous other boaters, and bring a kid fishing. June is what we fisherman wait for all year, so enjoy it. As always, have fun and be safe.

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HUNTING FRESHWATER South Mississippi Musky Jeff Jones jeffjonesfishing@yahoo.com YouTube: CFCR Fishing, Savur Outdoors sponsored angler Vibe Kayaks pro fishing team Bending Branches regional ambassador Gruv Fishing pro staff Wait, so there’s musky in Mississippi? Well, not exactly, but we do have three members of the esocidae family right here at home! (Contains genus esox which includes pike, pickerel, and muskellunge) The three species occurring in south Mississippi are, chain, grass, and redfin pickerel. The most commonly caught is the chain pickerel, with grass pickerel being distributed to the far west of the state. It goes by many names, jackfish, southern pike, and pike fish are just a few. Typically they are a nuisance by-catch for fisherman targeting bass, but I’d like to focus on targeting these fish. They are a great fight, very aggressive, and will strike nearly any lure you put in front of it. Nothing ruins a crank bait paint job like a big pick smashing it. Thats why I prefer using in-line spinner baits for them. Specifically, Hildebrandt Snagless Sally spinners. The big 1/2 ounce, gold blade, chartreuse and white combo is probably my personal favorite. Really anything bright, flashy, and retrieved fairly fast will get the job done. The Snagless Sally spinnerbaits have several gold or silver beads behind the blade, adding to the already strong flash of the lure. Make sure when you target picks, to have good line on your reels. I would suggest casting gear, and at least 14 lb if you use mono or fluorocarbon, and 20 lb if you use braid. Their mouths are full, and I do mean full, of teeth, so be sure to check your line after each fish and retie whenever you feel fraying on the line. A strong rod is necessary, I use the Savur Outdoors 7’ MH casting rod, with a Sixgill Crius reel, and 20 lb Suffix 832 braided line. Also keep some fish grips with you to avoid getting your hands shredded by all the teeth in their mouth. When targeting pickerel, look for areas of calm water with grass beds around. They usually sit dormant, in and around grass beds waiting on prey to swim by. Picks do occur in moving water but its very rarely. Oxbows on rivers, lakes, ponds, and swamps are the best areas to target. The water depth to target isn’t nearly as important as finding still water and aquatic grass. Drag your lure through the grass, and generally if there is a pick around, it will slam the lure. They hit hard and fast. Often hitting the lure multiple times if they don’t get hooked on the first swipe. When targeting pickerels, the by-catch can be nearly as fun as the target species. Expect to catch bass, bowfin, gar, and many members of the sunfish family in the same areas. To me it’s the aggressiveness of pickerel that really makes them a great species to target. So go grab a few Snagless Sallys, and catch a Mississippi Musky ASAP! Oh, don’t forget about the teeth!

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By Nelson Outdoors Pro Derek Stiglet Red Snapper season is here once again which began on May 25th this year and is projected to run all the way until September. The State also requires anglers to utilize the Tales and Scales app on every Red Snapper trip before leaving the dock and also reporting the days catch after the trip. Red Snapper thrive around shipwrecks in the Fish Havens south of the barrier islands and around the oil and gas platforms throughout the Gulf. Red Snapper are very plentiful and are an exciting fish to catch and can put up a tough fight on lighter tackle setups. A basic setup for Snapper would be a conventional rod and reel combo spooled

with 30-40lb monofilament and rigged with a Carolina rig setup and circle hooks. I will use a Carolina rig which is rigged by attaching a 3-4ft length of monofilament or Flourocarbon leader, whichever you prefer, to a barrel swivel with and egg sinker just above the swivel and a 5/O - 6/O circle hook at the end of the leader. Fresh squid, cigar minnows, pogies and other types of frozen baits are my go-to baits when bottom fishing for Red Snapper. They are not shy when it comes to fresh

baits being dropped into their habitat and it will turn them into a feeding frenzy. Just drop the bait to the bottom then crank the bait up through the water column until they strike the bait. Plus size snapper will be a battle to get them out of the wreckage so use heavier tackle and setups if you’re targeting larger fish. The weather and marine sea conditions tend to be more favorable starting around this time of year. Be aware of those afternoon squalls that may push in at any moment which can bring rising seas and heavy winds and sometimes waterspouts may even make a landing in the open water.

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FISHING The Quest for a 2 OUNCE State Fishing Record By Capt Sonny Schindler

April 2nd, 2018 is the day my eight year old daughter, Margot Schindler caught her first Mississippi Youth Division State Record. The fish was a 2.8 OUNCE Silver Perch, she landed at Cat Island, 7 miles off the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mississippi introduced the youth divisions this year, per the request of the MS charter for hire task force. I was very well aware of the new division, because I sit on the task force. Myself and fellow task force members thought it would be fun to allow kids a chance at a state record. Speaking from personal experience, Boy were we RIGHT!!! Margots state record catch almost didn’t happen. When we got to Long Beach Harbor, the bait shop had just sold out of live and dead shrimp. I knew that silver perch sometimes are in the bayous at Cat Island, but I have always caught them on shrimp. I had a few minnows in my live well, but things were not looking good. The weather was picture perfect, and the seas were flat calm. Margot even drove the boat, all the way from Long Beach Harbor to Cat Island. We stopped by the house we use for our overnight trips, on the island. The caretaker, Chris Walters was working on several different projects, but needed a break. Chris joined us for a quick run around the island, in hopes of finding some fish. At our first stop, we saw another close by. The glass calm seas, and zero wind made it easy to talk to them. They told us they hadn’t had a bite, and asked us if we wanted some of their dead shrimp? I almost swam over to the boat, I was so excited. We got a handful of dead shrimp, thanked the nice guys, and ran back to the canals inside of the island. Now, for Mississippi to recognize a youth record, the 8 MiSS_GULF

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fish must at least be half of the existing MS state record. So for example, if the state record is a 10 pound fish, the youth angler must enter at least a 5 pound fish. I looked at the entire list of state records on the MS DMR website, and the easiest one I could think of was silver perch. While silver perch do not get much bigger than your hand, the current state record is just 4 OUNCES. When we pulled up into the first canal, I grabbed Margots hot pink Okuma Trio spinning reel, baited a tiny piece of shrimp, and showed her how I thought she fish it. I caught a Silver Perch on that first cast!!! We had brought along a small cooking scale(trophy hunting here), and the fish weighed 2.7 Ounces. She thought that was it, and we were done. It was a good lesson, and she quickly understood, that SHE had to catch the fish. Well... after that silver perch, we did not see another one for several hours. The other small critters had taken over. We were catching small croakers, ground mullet, white trout, and catfish just about every single cast. With no wind, the bugs had gotten awful, and Margot looked like a true polka-dot princess from all the red gnat bites on her. We had one last spot before I was gonna call it, and that is when she caught it. Margot didn’t even cast, she just dropped her hook right along side the boat. The Silver Perch hit, and she had it in the boat in 2 seconds. Me, her and Chris knew it was easily over 2 ounces. It was identical to the first one I caught. We were all hugging and high fiving like we had just won the Bass Master Classic. It was a moment I will never forget. Margot was smiling so big, and just had that “I did it myself ” look on her face. The fish weighed 2.8 OUNCES, but might as well have weighed 800 POUNDS. Getting the fish certified was almost as fun as catching it. Since Margot was out on Spring Break,

Margot and her dad, Capt Sonny Schindler with her State Record Youth Division 2.8 ounce Silver perch Margot Schindler, carrying her catch and paper work into the DMR office building, in Biloxi, MS Margot Schindler with her official certificate from the State of MS Dept of Marine Resources for her State Record catch Margot Schindler driving “her boat” all the way out to Cat Island

and the wind was howling, we both went to Mississippi Dept of Marine Resources Building, in Back Bay Biloxi. I had called ahead to my friend Carly Somerset(biological program coordinator for finfish bureau), to make sure it was ok. She said bring it on over, that is where it needed to be certified. She was right, and the folks at DMR could not have been more accommodating. They brought me and Margot back into one of the private examination rooms, not lying, it was all by the book. Margot was interviewed, then her and the fish were photographed. Next, they had two biologist verify the weight, length and species. The two fisheries scientist, Johnathan Barr and Trevor Moncief had Margot riveted. They were both extremely patient and polite. Margot bombarded the with her endless questions about records and basically anything fish related. Everyone we saw in the halls, and even in the little snack room at DMR were so nice to Margot. They all asked to see her fish, and

wanted to know all about how she caught her record fish. Margot obliged everyone of them... From there, we just had to wait for it to be approved. The MS Commission of Marine Resources meets on the third Tuesday of every month. All record submissions get approved during that meeting. So, on Tuesday April 17th, 2018 Margaret Elaine Schindler officially became the Mississippi State Youth Division Record Holder for Silver Perch!!! Margot and I have had plenty of memorable catches over the years. I doubt any will rival this 2.8 OUNCE fish. I encourage anyone and everyone to get out there, and bring the kiddos fishing. This new record division is wide open. The entire process was such a fun adventure. It is my hope, that everyone to gets to experience this, at least once. Margot and I already have our sights set on several more youth records. Who knows how big her next record will be?... As always, have fun and be safe.

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School is out for Summer! Well at least for everyone not named Jack... Jack Crevele. This time of year, the hoards of jacks raid the beaches. I love looking out over down the beach and watching the mullet run for their lives. That’s a sure sign that the jacks are near by. They can also be located by looking for diving birds and anywhere you see bait schooling near the barrier islands. If you dare target them on your fly rod, be sure to use at least a 10 wt. I use an Orvis Helios-3 10 wt with the floating Orivs Tarpon fly Line. I also like a high quality reel like the Tibor Riptide or Hatch 11 plus. The Jacks will let you know if your reel is inferior very soon. These guys are mean and can trash your equipment in a hurry!

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TIDE CHARTS Biloxi tide tide chart chart --March Biloxi June Louisiana,South SouthPass, Pass,Biloxi Biloxi(Cadet (CadetPoint), Point),Biloxi BiloxiBay Bay Louisiana,

March2018 2018 June

23.4'/ W/ W88°88°51.4' 51.4' N N30°30°23.4' Date Day Day Date

Sunrise Sunrise

Sunset Sunset

Moonrise Moonset Moonset Phase Phase Moonrise

11

FrTh

10:58p 2.1 1.1 12:11p

HighTide Tide High

HighTide Tide High

7:24a -0.1 -0.6 10:49p

6:22a 5:58a

5:56p 7:51p

5:49p 10:32p

22

SaFr

12:42p

7:58a -0.1 -0.3 11:26p

6:21a 5:58a

5:57p 7:51p

6:53p 11:16p

6:53a 9:18a

33

SuSa

12:05a 1.9 1.0 1:13p

2:04p

0.3

7:54p 11:57p

7:33a 10:09a

44

MoSu

1:19a 1.8 0.7 1:44p

12:55p

0.4

55

TuMo

12:57p 1.5 0.7 2:09p

9:40p 0.1 0.0 12:34a

66

WeTu

1:25p 1.4 1.0 2:12p

11:56p 0.3 -0.1 12:58a

77

ThWe

2:04p 1.1 1.1 12:05p

88

FrTh

2:49p 1.1 1.2 10:00a

1:26a 0.6 -0.3 12:56a

99

SaFr

3:40p 1.2 1.2 9:17a

2:27a 0.4 -0.3 6:03p

1010

SuSa

4:39p 1.5 1.2 9:11a

1111

MoSu

1212

TuMo

1313 1414

1.9

LowTide Tide Low

8:08a

LowTide Tide Low

6:10a 8:27a

0.1

4:44p

0.1

6:20a 5:58a

5:58p 7:52p

7:27a 0.0 0.3 12:02a

7:21p

0.1

6:19a 5:58a

5:58p 7:52p

8:54p

8:12a 11:02a

6:17a 5:58a

5:59p 7:53p

9:51p 12:35a

8:49a 11:55a

6:16a 5:57a

6:00p 7:53p

10:47p 1:11a

9:27a 12:49p

6:15a 5:57a

6:00p 7:54p

11:42p 1:46a

10:05a 1:43p

6:14a 5:57a

6:01p 7:54p

2:21a

10:46a 2:40p

6:13a 5:57a

6:01p 7:54p

12:35a 2:57a

11:28a 3:38p

3:15a 0.1 -0.4 6:31p

6:12a 5:57a

6:02p 7:55p

1:26a 3:34a

12:14p 4:39p

6:45p 1.8 1.2 9:26a

4:59a -0.3 -0.4 7:12p

7:11a 5:57a

7:03p 7:55p

3:15a 4:15a

2:02p 5:43p

7:54p 2.1 1.2 9:54a

5:39a -0.4 -0.4 7:59p

7:10a 5:57a

7:03p 7:56p

4:01a 5:01a

2:52p 6:49p

WeTu

9:01p 2.2 1.2 10:30a

6:15a -0.7 -0.3 8:50p

7:08a 5:57a

7:04p 7:56p

4:45a 5:53a

3:44p 7:56p

ThWe

10:03p 2.4 1.2 11:11a

6:48a -0.7 -0.3 9:43p

7:07a 5:57a

7:04p 7:56p

5:27a 6:51a

4:38p 9:01p

1515

FrTh

11:01p 2.4 1.1 11:56a

7:15a -0.7 -0.1 10:36p

7:06a 5:58a

7:05p 7:57p

6:06a 7:54a

5:33p 10:01p

1616

SaFr

12:41p

7:34a -0.6 0.1 11:27p

7:05a 5:58a

7:06p 7:57p

6:43a 9:00a

6:29p 10:56p

1717

SuSa

12:00a 2.1 1.0 1:24p

2:00p

0.4

1818

MoSu

1:03a 1.8 1.0 2:02p

1:13p 1:06p

1:10a

2.2

7:42a

0.4 10:39p

0.7

0.3

4:50p

0.3

7:04a 5:58a

7:06p 7:57p

7:20a 10:06a

7:26p 11:44p

0.6

7:32a -0.3 0.4 12:14a

6:44p

0.3

7:03a 5:58a

7:07p 7:58p

7:56a 11:11a

8:24p

0.8

6:49a 0.0 0.6 12:49a

8:25p

0.3

7:02a 5:58a

7:07p 7:58p

8:33a 12:14p

9:23p 12:27a

7:00a 5:58a

7:08p 7:58p

9:11a 1:14p

10:23p 1:07a

6:59a 5:58a

7:09p 7:58p

9:53a 2:13p

11:25p 1:44a

1919

TuMo

2:24a 1.4 0.7 2:17p

2020

WeTu

1:21p 1.1 1.1 12:01p

10:11p 0.3 0.1 1:01a

2121

ThWe

1:51p 1.1 1.2 9:29a

11:59p 0.6 -0.1 12:14a

2222

FrTh

2:32p 1.2 1.5 8:42a

6:20p

6:58a 5:59a

7:09p 7:58p

10:38a 3:09p

2:19a

2323

SaFr

3:21p 1.5 1.7 8:40a

1:30a 0.0 -0.3 6:44p

6:57a 5:59a

7:10p 7:59p

11:28a 4:05p

12:27a 2:55a

2424

SuSa

4:20p 1.7 1.8 8:58a

2:43a -0.1 -0.4 7:15p

6:56a 5:59a

7:10p 7:59p

12:23p 5:00p

1:29a 3:32a

2525

MoSu

5:30p 1.8 1.8 9:25a

3:46a -0.3 -0.6 7:47p

6:54a 6:00a

7:11p 7:59p

1:22p 5:55p

2:29a 4:11a

6:53p

0.6

0.3

2626

TuMo

6:53p 1.9 1.7 9:54a

4:42a -0.4 -0.6 8:19p

6:53a 6:00a

7:11p 7:59p

2:25p 6:48p

3:25a 4:52a

2727

WeTu

8:25p 1.9 1.5 10:24a

5:33a -0.4 -0.4 8:50p

6:52a 6:00a

7:12p 7:59p

3:29p 7:39p

4:16a 5:36a

2828

ThWe

9:59p 1.9 1.4 10:55a

6:18a -0.4 -0.1 9:21p

6:51a 6:00a

7:13p 7:59p

4:33p 8:28p

5:03a 6:23a

2929

FrTh

11:31p 1.9 1.2 11:25a

6:54a -0.3 0.1 9:51p

6:50a 6:01a

7:13p 7:59p

5:36p 9:14p

5:47a 7:12a

3030

SaFr

1:27p 1.9 0.7 11:56a

7:13a -0.3 0.4 10:21p

6:49a 6:01a

7:14p 7:59p

6:37p 9:56p

6:27a 8:04a

31

Sa

1.0 ©2018 12:17p 0.8 0.7 only - 6:53p 7:14p FreeTideTables.com -6:54a For comparison Times are 0.4 local - Tides6:47a in feet from MLLW

7:37p

7:05a

1:08a

5:07p

0.6

Full

3rd

3rd

New

New

1st

1st

Full

Full

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Pascagoula tide tide chart chart -- March Pascagoula June Louisiana,South SouthPass, Pass,Pascagoula, Pascagoula,Mississippi MississippiSound Sound Louisiana,

March2018 2018 June

20.4'/ W/ W88°88°32.0' 32.0' N N30°30°20.4' Date Day Day Date

Sunrise Sunrise

Sunset Sunset

Moonrise Moonset Moonset Phase Phase Moonrise

11

FrTh

10:14p 1.8 1.0 11:27a

HighTide Tide High

HighTide Tide High

6:42a -0.1 -0.5 10:07p

6:22a 5:58a

5:56p 7:51p

5:49p 10:32p

22

SaFr

11:21p 1.7 0.8 11:58a

7:16a -0.1 -0.2 10:44p

6:21a 5:58a

5:57p 7:51p

6:53p 11:16p

6:53a 9:18a

33

SuSa

1:20p 1.7 0.2 12:29p

7:26a 0.0 0.1 11:20p

4:02p

0.1

6:20a 5:58a

5:58p 7:52p

7:54p 11:57p

7:33a 10:09a

44

MoSu

12:35a 1.6 0.6 1:00p

6:45a 0.1 0.2 11:52p

6:39p

0.1

55

TuMo

12:13p 1.3 0.6 1:25p

66

WeTu

12:41p 1.2 0.8 1:28p

77

ThWe

1:20p 1.0 1.0 11:21a

88

FrTh

2:05p 1.0 1.1 9:16a

12:44a 0.5 -0.2 12:14a

99

SaFr

2:56p 1.1 1.1 8:33a

1:45a 0.4 -0.2 5:21p

1010

SuSa

3:55p 1.3 1.1 8:27a

1111

MoSu

1212

TuMo

1313 1414

12:11p

0.4

LowTide Tide Low

LowTide Tide Low

6:10a 8:27a

6:19a 5:58a

5:58p 7:52p

8:54p

8:12a 11:02a

0.0

6:17a 5:58a

5:59p 7:53p

9:51p 12:35a

8:49a 11:55a

11:14p 0.2 -0.1 12:16a

6:16a 5:57a

6:00p 7:53p

10:47p 1:11a

9:27a 12:49p

12:28a

6:15a 5:57a

6:00p 7:54p

11:42p 1:46a

10:05a 1:43p

6:14a 5:57a

6:01p 7:54p

2:21a

10:46a 2:40p

6:13a 5:57a

6:01p 7:54p

12:35a 2:57a

11:28a 3:38p

2:33a 0.1 -0.4 5:49p

6:12a 5:57a

6:02p 7:55p

1:26a 3:34a

12:14p 4:39p

6:01p 1.6 1.1 8:42a

4:17a -0.2 -0.4 6:30p

7:11a 5:57a

7:03p 7:55p

3:15a 4:15a

2:02p 5:43p

7:10p 1.8 1.1 9:10a

4:57a -0.4 -0.4 7:17p

7:10a 5:57a

7:03p 7:56p

4:01a 5:01a

2:52p 6:49p

WeTu

8:17p 1.9 1.1 9:46a

5:33a -0.6 -0.2 8:08p

7:08a 5:57a

7:04p 7:56p

4:45a 5:53a

3:44p 7:56p

ThWe

9:19p 2.1 1.1 10:27a

6:06a -0.6 -0.2 9:01p

7:07a 5:57a

7:04p 7:56p

5:27a 6:51a

4:38p 9:01p

1515

FrTh

10:17p 2.1 1.0 11:12a

6:33a -0.6 -0.1 9:54p

7:06a 5:58a

7:05p 7:57p

6:06a 7:54a

5:33p 10:01p

1616

SaFr

11:16p 1.9 0.8 11:57a

6:52a -0.5 0.1 10:45p

7:05a 5:58a

7:06p 7:57p

6:43a 9:00a

6:29p 10:56p

1717

SuSa

1:16p 1.8 0.4 12:40p

7:00a -0.2 0.2 11:32p

1818

MoSu

12:19a 1.6 0.8 1:18p

12:29p

0.5

12:22p

0.7

8:58p

6:50a

0.4

0.4

9:57p

0.6

4:08p

0.2

7:04a 5:58a

7:06p 7:57p

7:20a 10:06a

7:26p 11:44p

6:02p

0.2

7:03a 5:58a

7:07p 7:58p

7:56a 11:11a

8:24p

0.2

7:02a 5:58a

7:07p 7:58p

8:33a 12:14p

9:23p 12:27a

7:00a 5:58a

7:08p 7:58p

9:11a 1:14p

10:23p 1:07a

1919

TuMo

1:40a 1.2 0.6 1:33p

2020

WeTu

12:37p 1.0 1.0 11:17a

9:29p 0.2 0.1 12:19a

2121

ThWe

1:07p 1.0 1.1 8:45a

11:17p 0.5 -0.1 6:11p

6:59a 5:58a

7:09p 7:58p

9:53a 2:13p

11:25p 1:44a

2222

FrTh

1:48p 1.1 1.3 7:58a

5:38p

6:58a 5:59a

7:09p 7:58p

10:38a 3:09p

2:19a

2323

SaFr

2:37p 1.3 1.4 7:56a

12:48a 0.0 -0.2 6:02p

6:57a 5:59a

7:10p 7:59p

11:28a 4:05p

12:27a 2:55a

2424

SuSa

3:36p 1.4 1.6 8:14a

2:01a -0.1 -0.4 6:33p

6:56a 5:59a

7:10p 7:59p

12:23p 5:00p

1:29a 3:32a

2525

MoSu

4:46p 1.6 1.6 8:41a

3:04a -0.2 -0.5 7:05p

6:54a 6:00a

7:11p 7:59p

1:22p 5:55p

2:29a 4:11a

2626

TuMo

6:09p 1.7 1.4 9:10a

4:00a -0.4 -0.5 7:37p

6:53a 6:00a

7:11p 7:59p

2:25p 6:48p

3:25a 4:52a

2727

WeTu

7:41p 1.7 1.3 9:40a

4:51a -0.4 -0.4 8:08p

6:52a 6:00a

7:12p 7:59p

3:29p 7:39p

4:16a 5:36a

2828

ThWe

9:15p 1.7 1.2 10:11a

5:36a -0.4 -0.1 8:39p

6:51a 6:00a

7:13p 7:59p

4:33p 8:28p

5:03a 6:23a

2929

FrTh

10:47p 1.7 1.1 10:41a

6:12a -0.2 0.1 9:09p

6:50a 6:01a

7:13p 7:59p

5:36p 9:14p

5:47a 7:12a

3030

SaFr

12:43p 1.7 0.6 11:12a

6:31a -0.2 0.4 9:39p

6:49a 6:01a

7:14p 7:59p

6:37p 9:56p

6:27a 8:04a

31

Sa

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7:05a

12:24a

6:07a 0.0 0.5 12:07a

7:43p

11:32p

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0.2

4:25p

0.5

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3rd

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Th Fr

Fr Sa

Sa Su

Su Mo

Mo Tu

Tu We

We Th Th Fr

Fr Sa

Sa Su

Su Mo

Mo Tu

Tu We

We Th Th Fr

Fr Sa

Sa Su

HighTide Tide High

HighTide Tide High

11:03p 12:16p

1.0 1.9

12:47p

1.8

12:10a 1:18p

0.9 1.8

2:09p

0.3

1:24a 1:49p

0.7 1.7

1:00p

0.4

1:02p 2:14p

0.7 1.4

1:30p 2:17p

LowTide Tide Low

LowTide Tide Low

7:03a -0.1 -0.5 10:28p 7:37a -0.1 -0.3 11:05p

Sunrise Sunrise

Sunset Sunset

Moonrise Moonrise

Moonset Moonset

6:22a 5:58a

5:56p 7:51p

5:49p 10:32p

6:10a 8:27a

6:21a 5:58a

5:57p 7:51p

6:53p 11:16p

6:53a 9:18a

0.1 0.0

4:23p

0.1

6:20a 5:58a

5:58p 7:52p

7:54p 11:57p

7:33a 10:09a

7:06a

0.3

7:00p

0.1

6:19a 5:58a

5:58p 7:52p

8:54p

8:12a 11:02a

9:19p 12:13a

0.0 0.1

6:17a 5:58a

5:59p 7:53p

9:51p 12:35a

8:49a 11:55a

0.9 1.3

11:35p -0.1 12:37a 0.3

6:16a 5:57a

6:00p 7:53p

10:47p 1:11a

9:27a 12:49p

2:09p 12:10p

1.0 1.0

12:49a

6:15a 5:57a

6:00p 7:54p

11:42p 1:46a

10:05a 1:43p

2:54p 10:05a

1.2 1.0

1:05a -0.3 12:35a 0.5

6:14a 5:57a

6:01p 7:54p

2:21a

10:46a 2:40p

3:45p 9:22a

1.2 1.2

2:06a -0.3 5:42p 0.4

6:13a 5:57a

6:01p 7:54p

12:35a 2:57a

11:28a 3:38p

4:44p 9:16a

1.2 1.4

2:54a -0.4 6:10p 0.1

6:12a 5:57a

6:02p 7:55p

1:26a 3:34a

12:14p 4:39p

6:50p 9:31a

1.2 1.7

4:38a -0.3 -0.4 6:51p

7:11a 5:57a

7:03p 7:55p

3:15a 4:15a

2:02p 5:43p

7:59p 9:59a

1.2 1.9

5:18a -0.4 -0.4 7:38p

7:10a 5:57a

7:03p 7:56p

4:01a 5:01a

2:52p 6:49p

9:06p 10:35a

1.2 2.1

5:54a -0.7 -0.3 8:29p

7:08a 5:57a

7:04p 7:56p

4:45a 5:53a

3:44p 7:56p

10:08p 11:16a

1.2 2.2

6:27a -0.7 -0.3 9:22p

7:07a 5:57a

7:04p 7:56p

5:27a 6:51a

4:38p 9:01p

11:06p 12:01p

1.0 2.2

6:54a -0.7 -0.1 10:15p

7:06a 5:58a

7:05p 7:57p

6:06a 7:54a

5:33p 10:01p

12:46p

2.1

7:13a -0.5 0.1 11:06p

7:05a 5:58a

7:06p 7:57p

6:43a 9:00a

6:29p 10:56p

12:05a 1:29p

0.9 1.9

2:05p

0.4

7:47a 11:41p

0.4

7:21a -0.3 0.3 11:53p

10:18p

0.7

4:29p

0.3

7:04a 5:58a

7:06p 7:57p

7:20a 10:06a

7:26p 11:44p

6:23p

0.3

7:03a 5:58a

7:07p 7:58p

7:56a 11:11a

8:24p

18 18

Su Mo

1:08a 2:07p

0.9 1.7

1:18p

0.5

7:11a

0.4

2:29a 2:22p

0.7 1.3

1:11p

0.8

6:28a 12:28a

0.5 0.0

8:04p

0.3

7:02a 5:58a

7:07p 7:58p

8:33a 12:14p

9:23p 12:27a

20 20

Tu We

1:26p 12:06p

1.0 1.0

9:50p 12:40a

0.1 0.3

11:53p

0.5

7:00a 5:58a

7:08p 7:58p

9:11a 1:14p

10:23p 1:07a

1:56p 9:34a

1.2 1.0

11:38p 6:32p -0.1 0.5

6:59a 5:58a

7:09p 7:58p

9:53a 2:13p

11:25p 1:44a

2:37p 8:47a

1.4 1.2

5:59p

0.3

6:58a 5:59a

7:09p 7:58p

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