Field Notes

Simplify your rigging for live bait

Erik Rue’s live-bait rig is simplicity itself.

It consists of a 6-foot length of 20- or 25-pound-test monofilament or fluorocarbon. Monofilament is a little softer and easier to deal with, but fluorocarbon is more abrasion resistant when fishing around the rocks. […]

Field Notes

Live bait life support

Live bait is considered critical for success by the anglers. Whether croakers, cocahoe minnows or mullet are used, live bait must, by definition, be kept alive to be used. […]


Cut the fat for beautiful catfish fillets

When I asked Jim Danley if he eats his fish, he grinned like he couldn’t believe I had asked such a ridiculous question.

“Of course, I eat my fish,” he replied. “But I cut all the red off so there ain’t no red meat left on the fish. It gives it a strong taste. […]