Tidal Talk

Chicken of the Gulf

Mississippi gets a bad rap in the media. We’re last in the country in supposedly important things and first in supposedly bad things.


Inshore Fishing

The big trout hunt

I’ve never been a big New Year’s resolution guy. Yeah, I’ve made some resolutions in the past, usually revolving around exercise, eating better and losing weight. […]

Speckled Trout

Two surefire tactics for specks

Sometimes you just have to see it to believe it.

There’s no way I would’ve believed a speckled trout could be caught in another boat’s prop wash until I saw it with my own two eyes. […]


Slow down and sight-fish

“I didn’t realize it was October until I saw the Chicago Cubs choking.” – Jay Leno

If you’re a fisherman along the Gulf Coast, you’re completely and utterly aware of when October is; you’ve been counting the days to October — cooler temperatures, less boats on the water, but most importantly, the fall bite. […]

Inshore Fishing

Tips for a successful September

I’m not a big fan of September. The only good thing about this month is my mother’s birthday and college football. Other than that, I’d like to skip it and jump straight into October, when the speckled trout bite becomes more consistent.


Inshore Fishing

Take a kid fishing

A kid’s first fishing trip is something special. The trip needs to be about them — about teaching them how to fish, introducing them to the outdoors and the fun that’s to be had outside the four walls of their home. […]

Speckled Trout

Horn of plenty

July is the peak of barrier island fun on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Dana Sanders spends a lot of time at Horn Island because there are some big trout. […]