Lure Review

The new Matrix Monster

Chas Champagne and charter boat captain Ty Hibbs, both Louisianians, were having a ball this summer catching jack crevalle and the occasional large speckled trout off the coast of Florida.

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Featured

Speck event successful

A speckled trout tournament format, designed by fishermen for fishermen, proved successful this summer and could lead to a series of contests on the Mississippi coast in 2019.

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Field Notes

Mystery baitfish revealed

We were fishing Delacroix, La., when a speckled trout coughed up this weird thing shown in the accompanying photo. Read on to learn what exactly it is — and why it’s important to you as an inshore angler.

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Sidebars

Leave that reel handle alone

When using popping corks in the Biloxi Marsh, allowing the current to position your lure is sometimes much easier and more effective than relying on casting accuracy alone. And just as the current carries baitfish along the edges of all the marsh islands, then crashes them into crosscurrents, eddies or slack water, it does the same with your lure and popping cork — as long as you allow it. 

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Content

Solve summer’s speckled trout riddles

Speckled trout anglers are pretty hard core about chasing yellowmouths, and while they may not think very often about oystermen when on the water, they should. That’s especially true in Biloxi Marsh, where the handicraft of oystermen cultivate shellfish as well as attract untold numbers of trout.

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Field Notes

Top 3 surf-fishing mistakes

Plenty of speckled trout anglers are very content to stay dry and comfortable in their boats to catch yellowmouths — but for those who really want to dive in and have more of a “hand-to-hand combat experience,” nothing beats getting down and dirty with trout in the surf.

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