Mango barbecue shrimp

If you haven’t been outside for a while, let me warn you, the temperature is leaning heavily toward the hot side. Cool days are in the mid-80s, and hot days steam into the 90s, with humidity numbers almost as high. Still, it’s comfortable most evenings to cook on your deck or patio.  […]

Field Notes

Sight-fishing support

If Chas Champagne, the owner Matrix Shad lures is cruising through marsh and duck ponds sight-fishing for reds — but doesn’t actually spot any fish — he’s typically keeping a close eye out for two other reliable indicators of reds in the neighborhood. […]

Field Notes

A killer redfish swimbait

Everyone has their favorite lure.

Usually it’s the lure they always catch fish on (duh), or maybe it’s one gifted to them by someone well-versed in inshore fishing, like their grandfather. […]


Never too early for trail cams

A question I was asked by a deer hunter the first week of June stands out as July rolls around. He wanted to know in what stage bucks’ antler growth would be, but the big question was, “Would it be worth it to put cameras up?” […]


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.  […]


Skarlis’ secret to finicky deep fish: Tadpole

When you dial in crappie holding in deeper areas but find fish in a picky mood, trolling tiny jigs, flies or stickbaits in front of them can present a challenge. Generally, letting out more line gets a lure deeper, but the longer your spread, the less control and depth accuracy you have. […]


Staying organized makes it all easier

Crappie pro Dan Dannenmueller takes his rig-building seriously, and he’s seldom caught without a suitable option for a given scenario. Single rigs, doubles, lighter weights or perhaps something with a faster fall — he likes to stay prepared for whatever a lake may throw at him.