• Inshore Fishing

    Tyler Lander won the youth division of the 2015 Yellow Mouth Fever tournament with this 3.17-pound speckled trout.

    Yellow Mouth Fever offers $19,000 in prizes for coastal trout anglers

    Three years ago a couple of fishing buddies started knocking around the idea of hosting a fishing tournament. What started out as an idea to host a fruit jar tournament turned into something much bigger.

    Phillip Ladner wanted to host a spring-time fruit jar tournament, so he called David Bond to share his idea. Bond had hosted saltwater and freshwater tournaments before, and he suggested they do something big.

    January 12, 2016 at 1:26am
    This time of year, Capt. Mike Gallo puts the first trout he catches into a livewell to see if it will provide any clues as to what they’re feeding on that day, and then he adjusts his lure selection accordingly.

    How to up winter speckled trout catches

    With less and less daylight and cooler water temperatures settling in, slowing down your presentation is often key to catching December speckled trout.

    December 20, 2015 at 6:30am
    Capt. Glenn Ellis caught this healthy trout on a MirrOlure S52MR sinking twitchbait.

    December trout fishing

    I love December. I love Christmas music, Christmas trees, Christmas presents, Christmas cookies, the movies Elf and A Christmas Story, cool temps and the fact that trout are stacked up in deep bayous no more than a long cast wide.

    December 14, 2015 at 9:00am
    This Asian silver carp, a.k.a. flying carp, was caught in the tailrace waters of the Barnett Reservoir dam.

    Flying carp verified at Barnett Spillway

    After a rumor of an Asian silver (flying) carp being caught below the dam at Barnett Reservoir were confirmed as true by state wildlife officials, the online jokes began immediately.

    December 09, 2015 at 9:00am
    Simmons caught this shortie speckled trout off a submerged grass line on a Paul Brown’s Soft-Dine.

    Using blogs to become a better fisherman

    I’m a creature of habit. I like to get to the ramp about 30 minutes before sunrise so I can take my time getting the boat in the water, arrange my gear, collect my thoughts, and thank God for the marsh and all the life it holds.

    November 12, 2015 at 9:00am
    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
    This photo was submitted to the reports section on LouisianaSportsman.com. Biologist Jerald Horst couldn't rule out the possibility of a prank, but suspects this green-colored speckled trout likely had a genetic defect that altered its coloration.

    Unique green-colored speckled trout caught in Bay St. Louis

    The phrase “green trout” has long been a euphemism for marsh bass, but it turns out speckled trout really can turn green — or it seems at least remotely possible, according to a biologist who reviewed a photo posted in the LouisianaSportsman.com reports section.

    October 15, 2015 at 1:00pm
    Josh Davis and Meagan Evans with a couple of fat upper Pascagoula River bass.

    Two sides of October

    “October: That’s when they pay off for playing ball.” ~ Reggie Jackson

    It’s also the month that pays off for being patient and waiting for cooler temperatures, less wind and fewer anglers crowding the waterway.

    October 12, 2015 at 9:00am
    Picky trout can be fooled if you learn to fish your jig on a slack line.

    How to jig finicky fish into biting

    Sometimes speckled trout can make you feel like the smartest guy in the class — or like the kid not paying attention way in the back row.

    September 19, 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
    Alex Smith is well versed in catching late-summer trout like this solid 3-pounder.

    Two ways to tackle the hunt for September trout

    I’ve been fired from two jobs in my life. One firing came in 1985 because my fear of heights prevented me from working derricks when the derrick hand got injured.

    September 14, 2015 at 9:00am
    A treble hook has a smaller profile, so fish are usually hooked deeper than with kahle hooks.

    Treble hooks mean more trout in the box

    Some fishermen are big believers in kahle hooks for speckled trout when fishing with live bait under popping corks — while others favor circle hooks, live bait hooks or treble hooks to get the job done.

    September 14, 2015 at 6:30am
    Steps to getting a quality mount on that trophy fish begin as soon as the fish is boated.

    Tips for better fish mounts

    Just from the bite you can tell it’s a good one — far more aggressive than previous strikes of the day. The bend in your rod and the screaming drag indicate this fish has some shoulders. 

    August 24, 2015 at 6:30am
    Understanding how trout use a flat and its associated drop-offs is the key to quickly putting a box of fish together.

    Picking apart a flat

    Mississippi’s Capt. Ronnie Daniels said effectively working a flat extending off an spit of marsh is about knowing how trout relate to the underwater structure.

    August 15, 2015 at 7:00am
    David Sanders has transformed his passion for fishing into a rapidly expanding company specializing in premium jigs.

    Youngster launches jig company

    David’s Custom Tackle launched in the spring of 2014 after David Sanders had an epiphany while pouring jigs with his father.

    August 15, 2015 at 7:00am
    One of the best things about making the short run from Mississippi to the Biloxi Marsh is that you can keep Louisiana limits.

    Louisiana fishing limits are OK when launching in Mississippi

    The entire Biloxi Marsh is located in Louisiana, but what if you decide to launch in Mississippi? Do you have to abide by the 15-fish daily creel because you’ll cross Mississippi waters on the way in?

    August 15, 2015 at 7:00am