• Inshore Fishing

    Mike Williams (right) of Arrow-in-Addictions in Hernando poses with Jordan Morelli and a bowfin he arrowed on a night fishing near the Mississippi River.

    Trash collectors - Bowfishing at night

    All us Southerners know how oppressive our summer days can be. No, make that down right tortuous, especially during a long day — or even a night — of fishing on the water.

    That’s right, even fishing long after the sun has set offers little relief to the stagnant, constant humidity.

    July 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    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
    This hefty 4-pounder smashed a booger green MirrOlure Catch 2000 fished dangerously close to the concrete rubble.

    Katrina Reef - Out of the rubble came a reef trout love

    We finally had a wind-free day recently, so my wife and I decided to take a short jaunt to one of our favorite trout havens after church.

    June 13, 2016 at 9:00am
    St. Croix Avid Inshore

    St. Croix Avid Inshore

    Designed specifically for inshore saltwater angling, the Avid Inshore series from St. Croix Rod includes 22 spinning and casting models that will help you catch redfish, trout, flounder and drum. Avid Inshore features include Integrated Poly Curve tooling technology, super-grade cork handles tipped with corrosion-proof wind checks and Kigan Master Hand Zero Tangle guides with solid-titanium frames for the ultimate protection from saltwater conditions.

    June 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    The D.O.A. Shrimp might not be the most-realistic lure on the market, but commercial trout anglers use it to feed their families. So it's definitely work a look.

    D.O.A. Shrimp deserves its popularity

    I’ve learned some great tips and tactics writing this column. I’ve also learned you can’t be thin-skinned when you put your work out there for other folks to read.

    You see, everyone has his own opinion about things and everyone is a critic. Heck, my own mother-in-law got in on the game while reading one of my columns, pointed out that I’m not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition.

    I told her, “Well, it’s never mattered before.”

    April 25, 2016 at 6:00am
    Capt. Tommy Pellegrin prefers to hook market shrimp through the back, starting one joint behind the head. This way, the shrimp moves through the water naturally, and stays on the hook longer because you’re pulling against the hard shell.

    A better way to hook market shrimp

    If you’re like me, you probably never gave much thought to how you actually hook dead shrimp when you’re targeting redfish. 

    After all, they’re bullish bottom feeders with a great sense of smell — what difference could it possibly make, right?

    April 14, 2016 at 6:00am
    Trout like these solid 2-pounders caught by the author stack up on the near-shore reefs at the mouth of the Pascagoula River.

    Fish are plentiful along the Pascagoula River

    I spend a lot of time perusing social media, reading Facebook posts, blogs and fishing reports to learn new things that will make me a better trout fisherman.

    April 11, 2016 at 9:00am
    Wilderness Systems Tarpon 130X

    Wilderness Systems Tarpon 130X

    This performance driven Tarpon kayak has the speediness and exceptional stability of the original Tarpon, but has been updated with modern visuals and abundant features. Those feature upgrades include the new ultra-comfortable AirPro MAX Lite seat with a slide-on-track system for increased fore/aft trimming and the versatile FlexPod OS, a drop-in, self-contained console that adds more storage, electronic and propulsion opportunities. 

    April 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    When you’re catching monster trout, you have to change your line regularly.

    How to change out fishing line

    If you’re a hard-core fisherman like Grand Isle trout assassin Tommy Vidrine, you should be changing your fishing line — a lot.

    March 17, 2016 at 6:00am
    This is the month when big trout are patrolling shallow flats, and topwaters and jerkbaits will get them to bite.

    Ides of March promise trout slaughter

    Although the Ides of March — March 15 — didn’t exactly turn out well for Julius Caesar, the middle of the month can actually be an awesome time to target speckled trout on topwater lures and jerkbaits.

    March 13, 2016 at 6:00am
    Alex Smith caught this fat 4 pounder on a Lemon Head Matrix Shad threaded on a Golden Eye jig head. Smith uses braided line and a heavy fluorocarbon leader to ensure a speck’s teeth doesn’t cause his line to break.

    Best big-trout bets

    I love catching speckled trout, and my goal since starting this quest five years ago has been to learn everything I possibly could.

    March 10, 2016 at 9:00am
    LiveTarget BaitBall Glass Minnow Twitchbait

    LiveTarget BaitBall Glass Minnow Twitchbait

    The LiveTarget BaitBall Glass Minnow Twitchbait will provide anglers a lure that perfectly mimics the small glass minnow forage that is targeted by trout, reds, Spanish mackerel or virtually anything chasing tiny bait. This lure has a super realistic profile and multiple flash points reflecting off the tiny school of minnows that will trick even the most wary fish. Available in a 3 and 3 ½-inch size and six color patterns this lure will present an ideal solution for many inshore applications.

    March 01, 2016 at 7:00am

    The Egret Wedgetail Eel

    When Cowboy Outdoors decided to make a big, wedge-tailed soft-plastic artificial lure strictly a saltwater bait, speckled trout fishermen along the country’s coast benefitted big time.

    February 25, 2016 at 9:00am
    Sheepshead have teeth designed for crushing shells and barnacles.

    Winter sheepshead

    “How’s the snapper?” I asked.

    “It’s OK, but it could use some garlic,” Uncle Topper replied.

    February 10, 2016 at 9:00am
    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
    Popping cork rigs catch all kinds of fish, as Capt. Charlie Bush caught this chunky marsh bass on a Vudu Shrimp under a popping cork the very next cast after catching a keeper speckled trout.

    Keep the popping cork close by

    Capt. Charlie Bush and I were set up on the inside edge of a grass point, catching trout sporadically while waiting on the tide to turn.

    January 14, 2016 at 9:00am