• Inshore Fishing

    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

    This year’s July action as hot as it can be
    July 17 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

    Cranka Crab's unique hook placement means higher hook up ratio for sheepshead
    July 17 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

    Keep options and eyes open to find specks, reds, tripletails
    July 01 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

    Make sure you have the right equipment to bust trout from the beach
    May 15 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. Earl can’t make a living doing it, but he sure loves it.
    May 01 at 7:00am
    Fat island trout will hit the Egret Baits Zombie Ghost Walker all day under the right conditions.

    Island trout

    Hit the outer edges of the grass flats near deep water for big specks
    April 10 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

    Current breaks mean easy pickings for fish and anglers
    March 23 at 6:00am
    Success during the spring often means allowing the wind to dictate where you should fish.

    Springtime tip: Play the wind, tides

    Focus on clean water to mop up
    March 15 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

    Learn why fish go where they go to catch more of them
    March 08 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

    Combine heavier line, lighter jigheads to target trout on warming flats
    February 15 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

    Accessorizing your craft for optimum trout catching conditions
    February 09 at 9:00am