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
Beautiful scenery and  pretty fish abound in many alluring destinations. Morgan Promnitz shows off a bluefin trevally that was caught on a popper off the rocky coast of Panama.

Exotic ‘yak trips

Selecting a reputable outfitter is key
December 18, 2017 at 9:00am
This sailfish put on an aerial show within feet of a kayak. The group on this trip to Loreto, Mexico landed striped marlin, sailfish, dorado, roosterfish, pargo, yellowtail and sharks.

Tourney tip: Target tide lines

December 18, 2017 at 9:00am
Jackson Coosa FD

New gear reviews

December 18, 2017 at 9:00am
Dane Lyons, 9, shows off the redfish he caught while kayak fishing in Delacroix with his cousin Logan Anderson, and grandfather David Anderson.

December’s best bets

December 18, 2017 at 9:00am
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
In design since 2010, LiveTarget’s BaitBall Spinner Rig is available in three sizes, with two weights for each.

LiveTarget’s BaitBall Spinner Rig

“Any water, any time and anywhere”
December 15, 2017 at 9:00am
The Mermentau River bass average 1 ½ pounds, yet biologist manager Sean Kinney said Florida bass fry have been stocked there recently.

Bass basics

December 15, 2017 at 7:00am
Mild winters have helped the reproductive success of apple snails in the Mermentau River system. If you see pink eggs, kick them into the water.

Bad apple snails

December 15, 2017 at 7:00am
Perch float popper


December 15, 2017 at 7:00am