• Redfish

    December is an unbeatable month to catch bull reds in the marshes and around barrier islands along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

    December treat: Sight-fishing for Gulf Coast reds

    Fishing guides and charter captains along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast won’t cast a disparaging eye toward any species that is biting. Late fall and winter can be fickle, so when something’s biting, whatever it may be, the skippers give their clients a taste of the action.

    December 21, 2017 at 6:00am
    Eddie Berthelot Jr. fishes a gold spoon with his rod tip down to keep the lure 6 to 8 inches under the surface of the water, and he recommends being patient on the hookset to reel in more redfish.

    The lovin’ spoonful

    Fall is prime time for redfish, and the venerable old spoon is still an effective, fun lure to throw in interior marshes for solid action.

    November 20, 2017 at 6:00am
    Anglers make three mistakes when fishing with ChatterBaits, but FLW Tour pro Brian Latimer provides tips to ensure you get the most out of the vibrating jigs.

    Top 3 ChatterBait mistakes

    ChatterBaits are lures fish love to smash. Whether you’re targeting bass on your local reservoir or snatching redfish from coastal marshes, these vibrating jigs force reaction bites that are vicious.

    November 16, 2017 at 9:00am
    Guide Rod Thomas caught this nice red off a set of ocean jetties, fishing a live bait below and behind a planer board.

    Overlooked saltwater tool: Side planers can provide options

    Like a lot of fishing guides, Rod Thomas of Capt. Ponytail Guide Service got his training on the water. Unlike a lot of guides, he got plenty of training holding a video camera as well as a fishing rod, filming outdoors TV shows.

    One thing he learned is something a lot of inshore saltwater guides are missing from their repertoire: how and when to use a side planer board.

    October 24, 2017 at 2:30pm
    Catching a redfish on a fly is growing in popularity and a free Fly Fishing Fair for salt water anglers will be held this weekend in Ocean Springs, with experts to assist anyone in that pursuit.

    Free fly-fishing fair Saturday in Ocean Springs

    The Gulf Coast Council of Fly Fishers International (GCC-FFI) will hold a Fly Fishing Fair Saturday at Ocean Springs, with proceeds donated to the future of fishing off the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

    September 11, 2017 at 2:00pm
    Success during the spring often means allowing the wind to dictate where you should fish.

    Springtime tip: Play the wind, tides

    This month can offer great fishing, but it also can be characterized by howling winds. And that can make fishing difficult — especially along the coast.

    March 15, 2017 at 6:00am
    The author caught this short redfish on a Z-Man Finesse TRD fishing the recently dredged section of Simmons Bayou.

    Scout on low-tide days

    Welcome to January, when it’s typically colder than a well digger’s keister in Montana.

    The cool thing about January — pun intended — is that we have some extremely low tides when a big tide range is met with a stout north wind.

    The resultant larger low tide exposes more of the bayou bottom for all to see.

    January 09, 2017 at 8:35am
    The Mississippi coast is a great option when weather turns a little too warm for hunting.

    Too hot to hunt? Go fish!

    Believe in climate change or not, you have to admit that there is no shortage of warm days in the fall and winter hunting seasons.

    November 14, 2016 at 6:00am
    Keeping the sun at your back and wearing polarized glasses to more easily see underwater will help you catch more shallow-water reds in the marsh, according to Chas Champagne

    Best bets for shallow reds

    Chas Champagne is on the water more than 200 days a year, and when he’s not pursuing speckled trout in Lake Pontchartrain you can bet he’s heading for duck ponds in search of feisty redfish.

    October 16, 2016 at 6:00am
    In September, the waters of the Mississippi Sound and the barrier islands, and even the bays of the coastal rivers begin to fill with schools of redfish. It’s a great month to get at the fish.

    Redfish here, redfish there

    Doesn’t matter whether you like to fight the big bulls or try to catch slot redfish you can keep and eat, there’s plenty of both in September and plenty of places to find them.

    September 13, 2016 at 6:00am
    Capt. Terry Snow caught this nice griller redfish fishing a jig and soft plastic on a shallow grass line.

    Fish don't like the heat either

    “Boy it’s hot. This is hot. It never got this hot in Brooklyn. This is like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of hot.” Eugene Morris Jerome, the character played by Matthew Broderick in the movie Biloxi Blues

    I quote that line about 8 a.m. every day I fish during the summer, which is usually followed by my wife lovingly stating, “Suck it up, buttercup.”

    The older I get the more I’m affected by the brutal summertime heat, so to keep my trout hand strong I set the alarm clock early to ensure I’m on the water before the sun comes up.

    August 10, 2016 at 9:00am
    Antonio Rubio of Bay Minette, Ala., set a new state record for red drum.

    State has new record redfish

    Mississippi has a new record for redfish, but it will be held by an Alabama angler.

    June 21, 2016 at 4:00pm
    A hard T-top makes a great sight-fishing platform, but you need a ladder to get up there.

    The best sight-fishing tool for redfish

    With rods and reels, tackle boxes, ice chests, life jackets and other gear requiring spots in your boat, space is always at a premium.

    January 16, 2016 at 6:30am
    Chris Ellis, with Huk performance fishing apparel, shows off a nice marsh red he caught using a Z-Man Chatterbait near American Bay out of Buras, La.

    Top 5 sight-fishing tips for redfish

    Watching Capt. Curtis LeNormand sight-cast for redfish in the marsh is kind of like watching an NFL quarterback tear apart an opponent’s secondary, deftly placing the football into his receivers’ hands in stride.

    October 17, 2015 at 6:30am
    Lafitte guides Dominick Ochello, Colby Creppel and Casey Rojas (left to right) know gold spoons can be deadly weapons when searching for redfish.

    The secret to spoons

    I’ve never liked fishing spoons. Maybe it’s because I never gave them the chance. Maybe it’s because I’ve never caught much on them.

    September 18, 2015 at 6:30am
    Legendary bass and inshore angler Bernie Schultz helped design the Hildebrandt Drum Roller.

    Hildebrandt Drum Roller

    Want a unique and improved spinnerbait on your side when you go redfish fishing for pleasure or for money?

    April 29, 2015 at 9:00am