• Inshore Fishing

    Florida’s Capt. Joshua Lim shows off a 25 ½-inch, 6-pound speckled trout caught this summer in Pensacola Bay with a Matrix Shad rigged as a shrimp imitation twitchbait.

    Turn a Matrix Shad into a shrimp-imitation twitchbait

    Many coastal anglers are probably familiar with Matrix Shad soft-plastic paddletail lures and how deadly they are when jigging for speckled trout.

    September 19, 2017 at 6:00am
    All of the barrier islands offer flounder in the surf. Even though some “door mats” are caught during the day, gigging at night produces the most.

    Deer Island: The short run

    Deer Island is not usually considered one of the barrier islands, due to its close proximity to Biloxi’s casino row — a few hundred yards, but by no means should it be overlooked.

    September 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    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
    The summer of 2017 has been slow for tripletail, which guides like Kenny Shiyou hopes is an indicator for a bountiful finish in September.

    For hot dog day fishing action, try island hopping in the Gulf

    From the front deck, standing high on my toes, I caught a flash of silver over the top of the dark emerald water about 100 yards ahead, and then I caught another.

    September 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Patrick McDowell of Slidell holds a 4-pound speckled trout caught Friday just south of Cat Island in the Mississippi Sound. Notice the slick in the photo behind McDowell. The slick popped up on a grass bed in 2.5 feet of water and it was full of bait and trout.

    Cat Island trout still spawning

    Capt. Tommy Sutton was idling down a break line off the south shore of Cat Island Friday, about 8 miles across the Mississippi Sound due south of Pass Christian.

    July 17, 2017 at 3:45pm
    Fiddler crabs are a popular bait for sheepshead, but the Cranka Crab is an artificial lure that's tough to beat.

    Catch more sheepshead with this lure from Down Under

    Those crazy Australians. They talk funny and have weird names for stuff, but they are passionate about fishing. And one company from Down Under makes a lure that should appeal to many anglers, but especially sheepshead anglers.

    July 17, 2017 at 9:30am
    Finding big “gator-sized” trout usually produces a malady called yellow-mouth fever, which can certainly be addictive.

    Hot saltwater tips for summer trips

    Columbia native Tommy Sutton had his 21-foot bay boat racing across the Mississippi Sound, bouncing on the occasional waves, which often caught the captain by surprise.

    July 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    An odd sight: An offshore fish box that includes both snapper and flounder — from the same oil rig — is proof that you never know what will take your bait in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Flounder in 90 feet? You bet!

    When the piece of cut bait hit the water, followed quickly by and then rapidly passed by a 6-ounce weight, I started counting down as line peeled off the reel. 

    May 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Sammy Romano, left, and Cabot Corso enjoyed an epic day in the surf at Elmer’s Island last April, catching limits of specks using suspended jerkbaits.

    Gearing up for the surf

    For many trout anglers, the thought of abandoning a perfectly good boat to get down and dirty with specks in the surf is sheer lunacy.

    May 15, 2017 at 6:00am
    By mid-May, the cobia head to the oil rigs, wrecks and man-made reefs south of the barrier islands, where both mangrove snapper and cobia can be found in the same place.

    Getting chummy with giant cobia

    Capt. Robert Earl McDaniel warned we were in for a long day on the Gulf of Mexico, doing what we were planning to do, which was chum for giant spawning cobia on shallow sand bars in early May. 

    May 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Fat island trout will hit the Egret Baits Zombie Ghost Walker all day under the right conditions.

    Island trout

    It’s April my friends. We finally made it to the time when the trout are cruising the barrier island grass flats and troughs.

    April 10, 2017 at 9:00am
    If you see a tide line, there’s more than likely fish gorging on bait.

    Work tide lines for more trout, reds

    Perhaps the most challenging part of fishing is actually finding the fish.

    March 23, 2017 at 6:00am
    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 healthy speckled trout working a suspending hard bait close to the rocks of an inshore reef.

    Trout are always on topic

    Alot of conversations on the Gulf Coast start with “Where’s the trout?” It’s a fun way to kick off a conversation, and everyone knows some tall tales are about to be spun. The truth typically comes out somewhere in the mix of boasting and sandbagging.

    March 08, 2017 at 9:00am
    Slowing the fall of your bait and focusing on flats during warm days will result in speckled trout bites this month.

    Slow lure fall key to February specks

    If we experience a string of a few warmer days in February — which seems pretty likely this winter — Capt. Kris Robert will take advantage of the bump in water temperature to capitalize on speckled trout that have moved up to the flats.

    February 15, 2017 at 6:00am
    Good electronics and a trolling motor with the anchor feature are invaluable tools to use at areas like Katrina Reef to catch quality speckled trout.

    Dream boat

    If someone tells you you don’t need a trolling motor on your boat, stop talking to that person — you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.

    I had an idea of what I wanted for an inshore boat when I started my saltwater journey a little more than five years ago.

    February 09, 2017 at 9:00am