Fishing

Dequian Jackson, 20, of Bayou Goula, shows off the 12.81-pound largemouth bass he reeled in on Sunday, Dec. 17 from a public pond in Bayou Sorrel. The big bass nailed a June bug-colored Texas-rigged wacky worm.

Bayou Sorrel pond gives up 12-pound lunker bass

Jackson fools monster with Texas-rigged wacky worm
December 27, 2017 at 8:56am
Spooling line up to about a 1/16 of an inch away from the beveled edge on your baitcasting reel allows for optimal performance — and lessens your chances of creating a bird's nest.

Inshore insights: Easy tip to prevent a backlash

Spooling the correct amount of line is key
December 26, 2017 at 3:46pm
Left unsecured, the dangling sinker on a drop-shot rig can create havoc with the rods around your center console — or worse yet, maybe ding some of the gelcoat on your boat.

Inshore insights: How to secure a drop-shot rig

A simple hair tie keeps the sinker cinched down tight
December 26, 2017 at 3:30pm

Marsh Man Masson video: The absolute best way to fillet speckled trout

Make quick work of a limit — and waste no meat in the process
December 19, 2017 at 9:09am
A double rig is an awesome way to load up on specks, but that second hook can cause issues if it's whipping around in the boat. Try this quick fix to secure a double rig on your next trip.

Inshore insights: Tying and securing a double rig

Great tip to keep that second hook under control during boat ride
December 18, 2017 at 9:49am
The author caught this hefty speckled trout last December jigging the MRGO rocks.

Target MRGO rocks on cold days

Structure provides warmth for specks
December 15, 2017 at 11:08am
Shallow-running boats are certainly great for sight-fishing reds, but lots of successful redfish tourney anglers like the safety and versatility  heavier bay boats provide.

Inshore insights: Which boat is best for sight-fishing reds

You might be surprised at some of the rigs tourney anglers use
December 15, 2017 at 10:53am
The Ned rig might not look like much, but bass often smash it when other lures don’t produce a bite.

You need a Ned rig

Finesse bait catches bass when other lures don’t
December 15, 2017 at 6:00am
After last weekend's cold front, Todd Masson found aggressive reds stacked up in deep holes in the marsh.

Marsh Man Masson vid: A great day of cold-water fishing

Records catch of tagged redfish
December 14, 2017 at 4:24pm
Dularge trout can be caught this month, as long as water temperatures are at least 51 degrees.

Redfish swarming in Dularge

Water temps dictate speckled trout bite
December 14, 2017 at 8:40am
The Windfinder smartphone app provides wind forecasts in more preceise three-hour intervals throughout the day, rather than the one blanket 24-hour period provided by NOAA's marine predictions.

Inshore insights: Smartphone app provides more reliable, precise wind forecasts

Check out video for more details on Windfinder app
December 13, 2017 at 2:50pm
Capt. Jeremy Cable, with Lite'M Up Bowfishing in Cocodrie, shows off the nearly 42-inch long bull red he arrowed on Nov. 1. It is currently the Bowfishing Association of America's state and world record redfish.

World bowfishing record redfish stuck out of Cocodrie

Big bull freed itself from first two arrows on Nov. 1
December 11, 2017 at 8:29am
Trying some new areas he'd never fished before paid off last week for Todd Masson.

Marsh Man Masson video: Exploring new spots results in amazing action

Try totally new areas — and you just might catch more fish
December 07, 2017 at 7:36am
Setting your drag properly, retying your knots and steering clear of the prop are just a few tips that will help you put some big fish — like this bull red the author caught — in the boat.

Inshore insights: Top 3 tips to help you boat a big fish

Pointers to avoid another ‘one that got away’ story
December 07, 2017 at 7:03am