Why Taking a Fishing Trip Is Good for Your Mental Health

ANDREA ROMANO JANUARY 11, 2019 from Travel and Leisure.com

If you’re feeling down or burnt out, it might be time to get back into nature.

According to Niels Eék, psychologist and co-founder of mental wellbeing and self-development platform Remente, spending time in nature may be the key to good mental health.

“Several researchers have looked into the health benefits connected to spending time out in nature. One study specifically, which was recently published in BioScience Journal, found that daily exposure to nature can, among other things, help reduce feelings of stress and even improve your self-esteem, for up to seven hours. Reconnecting with nature can also help you become more mindful and present in the moment,” Eék said in a statement.

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Moreover, a study from the University of Michigan suggests that being in nature not only improves your mood for the time, but also has positive long-term effects when it comes to depression and memory, as well as decreasing the risk of certain cancers and high blood pressure.Drinking Coffee and Alcohol Every Day Could Actually Help You Live Longer. You may want to rethink your New Year’s resolutions. A new study suggests that drinking alcohol and coffee may help you live longer.

So what should you do to boost your mental health effectively in nature? Well, there is always camping, biking and hiking, but some experts believe the best way to take care of your mind is to go on a fishing trip.

An Australian survey funded by the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Scheme reports relaxation and stress relief are the main benefits people get from recreational fishing, according to reps for Fishbrain, a mobile app and social network for people who love to fish.

The free app has attracted millions of users who have discovered fishing as their newfound self-care hobby. The app uses an interactive map to allow users to find the best places to fish, as well as record their catches, plan trips, share tips and techniques, and purchase the latest gear.

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“Fishing is one of the most popular sports in the world and one of only a few truly global hobbies,” Johan Attby, CEO and founder of Fishbrain, said in a statement “With data and sophisticated technology at its core, and an engaged community as its heart, Fishbrain has become a social network that both inspires and equips users across the globe to have more fun by fishing smarter, not harder.”

So it’s easier than ever to go fishing, even if you’re a newbie, without the added stress of not catching anything.

Fishbrain’s users can attest to the mental health benefits of fishing. “Fishing has become critical to my mental health. My job as a sales/production manager can be quite stressful at times, and nothing relieves stress and centers me like fishing,” said Gabe Beaudry of Central Oregon.

“Going fishing outdoors increases your vitamin D, which helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body, keeping your bones and teeth healthy. It boosts your immune system and has been linked to fighting depression,” added Chasten Whitfield of Cortez, Florida.

Fishing in January on the Biloxi Back Bay

We would like to take the time to thank everybody for a very productive (loads of fish and friends)..and safe 2018. (Except for the captains shark bite….) And we would like to wish everyone a Happy and safe New Year! Hope you had a joyful Christmas…Ours was GREAT spent time with family and friends.

The Biloxi Mississippi charter boat “WhipaSnapa”, finally had decent enough weather to jump off the 2019 fishing season…As predicted the fishing was little slow….as we have had an enormous amount of rain the last couple of weeks…Even the bait shops are hurting they did not have any live shrimp, but we always keep a large supply of fresh dead!!

On this day we started out couple miles west of the I-110 bridge and fished a few consistent spots..action was slow but we were able to get few nice reds in the 14 to 17 inch range in maybe an 1 1/2 hours!!

Then ran down east of the I-110 bridge where the fishing picked up quite a bit but still the smaller Reds..won’t mention the nice flounder that flopped out trying to get it in the boat.

So to make a long story short….once we found the trick and the sweet spot we boated a large number of really nice black drum and red fish. Fishing on the front side of the highway 90 bridge with a 3/8 oz lead head along with a dead shrimp drifting with the tide on bottom…good stuff

Anchored in front of the large columns with a rising tide, letting the bait fall dead in the middle of the bridge, about 10 feet under the front side would get a strike most every time! Felt really good to see the smiles and the rods bent with the drags ripping…

So load up and come on down and knock the rust off with me


God Bless

Capt Earl WhipaSnapa Charters

Let’s Go Fishing!! Biloxi, Ms 1-1-2019

Well mother nature sure  has been giving us heck here along the Biloxi Gulf Coast this last month or so. Lets hope it get straightened out here real soon. I’m ready to get my hook in the water how about ya’ll? Cabin fever getting to you? Lets go fishing!!! Fishing is heating up with trout, flounder, drums, reds, and they going to be hungry. So get your trip booked today!

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Finding the RIGHT Charter Fishing Service

Guide Tо Booking A Quality Inshore Mississippi Fishing Charter

Hаvе уоu wanted tо book аn inshore charter recently but felt overwhelmed bу thе number оf captains оut there? Wеll thаt’ѕ honestly nоt a bad problem tо have! In Mississippi thеrе’ѕ a plethora оf talented аnd fun captains whо wоuld love tо tаkе уоu оn thе adventure оf a lifetime. I аm gоing tо cover thе important questions tо аѕk уоurѕеlf bеfоrе deciding whiсh charter tо choose.

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Thе firѕt thing I wаnt tо cover iѕ thе timing оf уоur charter. Inshore charters аrе FAR mоrе dependent оn thе weather, lunar activity аnd atmospheric conditions thаn offshore/deep sea charters. Yоu’rе gоing tо wаnt tо trу аnd avoid dates thаt coincide with large storm fronts. Thеѕе fronts alter atmospheric pressures put оn thе fish thаt саn саuѕе thеm tо hаvе lock jaw fоr thе day. Yоu аlѕо dоn’t wаnt tо spend уоur day gеtting rained оn ѕо bе ѕurе tо kеер аn eye оn thе forecast fоr thе days уоu’d likе tо dо ѕоmе fishing.

Anоthеr important nugget оf information tо remember iѕ thаt inshore charters аrе uѕuаllу run whеn thе tidal movements аrе strongest fоr thе bеѕt chances оf catching fish. Offshore charter captains uѕuаllу care lеѕѕ аbоut thе tides bесаuѕе thеу’rе fishing deep waters whеrе tides hаvе vеrу littlе influence оvеr thе bite. Depending оn whаt day уоu wаnt tо gо fishing, thе timеѕ thе captain will wаnt tо run thе charter will depend оn thе tides rаthеr thаn whеn iѕ convenient fоr you. Make ѕurе thаt уоu schedule iѕ open оn thе day уоu wаnt tо run аn inshore charter.

Mоѕt days hаvе twо tide cycles with ѕоmе оnlу hаving one. Uѕuаllу a strong moving tide оnlу lasts a fеw hours. Thе bеѕt bite оf thе day uѕuаllу оnlу lasts whilе thе tide iѕ ripping likе this. Whаt thiѕ means tо уоu iѕ mоѕt inshore captains асtuаllу prefer tо оnlу run half day оr ¾ day charters. Bесаuѕе travel timе tо thе fishing location оn аn inshore charter iѕ minimal аnd a good tide оnlу lasts a couple hours, thеrе’ѕ rarely a nееd tо fish mоrе thаn 4-6 hours tо gеt уоur fill оf fun. Paying fоr a full day fishing charter iѕn’t nесеѕѕаrу with a quality inshore fishing charter captain.

Thе number оf people уоu wаnt tо tаkе fishing iѕ аlѕо аnоthеr important consideration. Mоѕt inshore fishing guides will tаkе a max оf 4 people fishing with оthеrѕ taking lеѕѕ bесаuѕе stealthy inshore fishing boats typically аrе lеѕѕ thаn 20ft in length. Whilе thе charter boat might bе rated fоr mоrе passengers, hаving tоо mаnу people fishing аt thе ѕаmе timе takes аwау frоm thе experience fоr еvеrуоnе оn board аnd limits thе amount оf fish еасh person саn catch аѕ wеll аѕ thе attention thе captain саn givе еасh angler. Bе ѕurе tо check thе max capacity оf thе boat уоu’rе trуing tо charter ѕо thаt уоu dоn’t run intо аnу issues whеn уоu show uр tо gо fishing.

Nоt аll Mississippi fishing charter captains аrе thе same!!! Bе ѕurе tо choose frоm оnеѕ whо аrе reputable аnd established in thе area. Mаnу оf thе bеѕt captains аrе vеrу active оn social mеdiа аnd post a lot оf fishing reports/pictures оf thеir daily catches. Dоn’t bе afraid tо pick uр thе phone аnd call thеm either. Thеу ѕhоuld bе mоrе thаn happy tо speak with уоu аnd tеll уоu еvеrуthing уоu’d likе tо knоw аbоut thе accommodations thеу offer. If аrеn’t personable оn thе phone, chances аrе thеу wоn’t bе muсh fun оn a boat either.

Nеvеr book a charter frоm ads оn sites likе Craigslist!! Likе mаnу things in life, уоu gеt whаt уоu pay for. Mаnу оf “no name” captains offering bargains fоr charters оn random classified sites аrе uninsured аnd unlicensed tо run charters, nоt tо mention novice in thе fishing industry аnd a burden tо thоѕе whо аrе legitimate. Yоu саn easily verify аnу captains insurance bу calling thеir insurance company аnd аѕking fоr thеm tо verify thе captain iѕ insured. Mоѕt Mississippi fishing guides аrе insured with a company called Charter Lakes, whilе a minority оf captains uѕе оthеr miscellaneous companies. Bе ѕurе tо report fraudulent charter captains tо thе US Coast Guard.

Finally, dоn’t bе discouraged bу fishing charter prices. Sоmе оf thе bеѕt inshore fishing charter captains thаt I knоw offer thеir fishing charters fоr close tо $100/person fоr a half day charter! Whеn lооking аt charter prices, check thе max anglers allowed аnd divide thе price оf thе charter bу thаt number. On a nеw site divideandcharter.com, уоu саn browse hundreds оf thе bеѕt Mississippi fishing charter captains аnd request individual seats оn thеir charters ѕо thаt уоu аrе оnlу responsible fоr paying fоr уоur portion оf thе fishing trip. I hоре thiѕ information helps уоu choose thе ideal fishing charter fоr you, уоur friends оr уоur family in thе nеаr future. Tight lines!!

The End of Snapper Season on the beautiful Gulf Coast-Whipasnapa Charters

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shrimp boat on the horizon whipasnapa charters

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gulf of mexico sharks

With the end of the snapper season coming a close for Biloxi, MS based Whipasnapa Charters, it has been a up an slow month catching Red Snappers. The rains kept us fishing around the Barrier Islands and the Biloxi Back Bay area, but the bites were on at both locations in the Gulf of Mexico. And then you have the shark bite….. lol.

When we did our charter boat clients to the offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, we hit them hard and ended up with some great fishing, vermilion, grouper, and of coarse the red snapper. We also caught king mackerel, jack crevalle and then more of them dang sharks.

Red Snappers Gulf of Mexico
Red Snappers Gulf of Mexico charter fishing

We had a winner in our Whipasnapa SOW Master tournament!!! Mr Randy Ingram!! He landed 22lbs of Red Snapper, way to go man!! They come from Wisconsin every year to charter fish on the WhipaSnapa. Last year the weather washed them out and we never even stepped a foot on the ole whipasnapa. Glad ya came this year Randy! See ya next year to do it again! Thanks to everybody that participated in our Snapper tournament!




Can’t forget the tons of drums, reds and the many fish caught by families that came aboard to learn a few things about the South and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. And lets not forget all the good times catching fish too!!!

Back to school is fast approaching so lets get the last min vacation started call for a great trip you will remember for a lifetime. Whipasnapa Charters always open and ready give us a call today 228-229-6978

God Bless

Capt Earl

Gulf of Mexico Sunset
Gulf of Mexico Sunset


Red Snapper Fishing Biloxi Mississippi – Whipasnapa Charters

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Deep Sea Fishing is a popular pastime of millions of people while on vacation, with a work group, or alone with the right captain. Though many people love fishing, this pastime is quite tricky and requires a subtle knowledge and level of experience that comes only with time and practice. Knowing yourself, choosing the right equipment, and picking the right charter boat service for a trip into the Gulf of Mexico are three important steps to improve your chances of success.

Fishing in the Gulf Of Mexico – Knowing Yourself

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Red Snapper on board the whipasnapa boat

To improve your chances of catching Red Snapper you need patience, persistence, and the right charter boat company in Mississippi. Once you have these in place, you will enjoy exciting times sitting on the deck of the Whipasnapa with a rod in your hands landing the big fish. With expert instruction from Captain Earl, soon you will be casting like a professional and not a soul will know that you are on your first offshore fishing trip.

Onshore and offshore fishing techniques are numerous and each has its peculiarities and equipment. Mastering all techniques for salt water fishing is virtually impossible unless you have decades of diligent practice. Even experienced freshwater anglers face difficulties when it comes to shifting to a different technique like Gulf of Mexico fishing. Usually, the techniques and equipment you choose depend on the type of fish you want catching along with knowing your fishing conditions.

Captain Earl McDaniel – Choose the right equipment

Fishing the Gulf of Mexico waters can be hit or miss depending on a number of factors. One huge factor is the Captain of the boat your charter. Captain Earl has been fishing the Gulf of Mexico waters his whole life and know where all the good spots are and how to get you there quickly. This year during the Red Snapper season you can be sure that he know exactly where to find the large schools of Red Snapper so you can get to your limit and have the best charter fishing experience possible.

Many beginning anglers think you have to have professional equipment to go on a Charter fishing boat in Biloxi, that is just not true with the Whipasnapa. Onboard this charter boat you will have all of your necessities taken care of right off the bat. And while having professional equipment is important, the right fishing conditions also play a role in catching your limit of Red Snappers in the Gulf of Mexico.

Red Snapper caught offshore in a school of fish

In addition to first class fishing tackle to gather in those Snappers, you need just the right bait. The Whipasnapa and Captain Earl have you covered there too. Many of the folks who fish these waters know that certain fish require certain bait types and Red Snapper are no exception. With decades of experience, you are certain to have the best possible luck with Captain Earl.

Whipasnapa Charters – Picking the Right Charter Boat Service

Knowing where to fish is not blind trial and error. Having scouted, read reports, gone out and tested the waters with catch and release, Captain Earl knows what many other local charter boats do not, what is working currently and where to find the big schools of Snappers. Spring has come and gone, summer is here and that means Red Snappers are ready to be caught in the short season available. In order to get to them you are going out into the deep, blue waters offshore from Mississippi into the Gulf of Mexico. That means having the best quality navigation equipment, all the approved Coast Guard safety equipment on board, a solid vessel, and a veteran Captain at the helm. The Whipasnapa boat and Charter Service are all you need to start landing the big Snappers quickly. With so many choices of Biloxi Charter Boats available you need to have the best and with a long history of success, your choice is clear…the Whipasnapa and Captain Earl at the wheel.


In Summary


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Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico takes an experienced captain, great weather, the right equipment, and being able to get on top of the fish. If you are looking to catch some Red Snapper during the current season should give us a call at 228-229-6978

Snapper Season open with a bang-Whipasnapa Charters!!!

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handful of Red Snapper-whipasnapa charters

Well looks like the Biloxi, Ms fishing charter Whipasnapa Charters has done it again! First day of the red snapper season started a lil rough in the Gulf of Mexico but we rode it out and got some great red snappers for our troubles.

Looks like going to be a great season for snapper, grouper, vermillion and many more. Come get in our snapper pot see who going to win this!!! you never know it could be you on the front page. come on down to  Biloxi, Ms get on the boat see what you can do!!!

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Red snapper-Whipasnapa Charter


Summer is hot hot hot in Biloxi Back Bays-Whipasnapa Charters!


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nice red on board the whipasnapa charter

Summer is here for all you happy vacationers along the Gulf Coast. As the tempertures heat up so does the fishing aboard the Whipasnapa Charter Boat.


Fishing in the Biloxi Back Bay is great for kids of all ages, not to much experience

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bull red aboard biloxi back bay

need but a little patients is required. On most days you will catch red and black drum, flounder, trout and a whole lot of memories.


table full of fish with the WhipaSnapa Charters
table full of fish with the WhipaSnapa Charters

Come aboard the Whipasnapa Charters and Capt Earl will put you on the best fishing spots in the Gulf guarntee to get you hooked up with the schools of fish in the Bay.