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How To Catch Big Winter Trout

November 15, 2012

Seasoned anglers know big speckled trout eat big baitfish, and there’s no better way to catch them than throwing a big mullet-looking bait during the winter. In fact, their dietary habits change from eating shrimp and small baitfish to almost exclusively larger baitfish when they reach 20- to 22-inches. This shift in behavior immediately makes them more elusive as they go from eating 20 to 30 small shrimp a day to one or two 8-inch mullet. Trout eat numerous kinds of baitfish. After all, they are opportunists, but the kind that offers them the most opportunity and is their preferred prey in virtually all ecosystems on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts is the lowly mullet.

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Catch More Bayou Trout

October 9, 2012

There’s more to the bayou than “Choot ‘em!” In fact, “Catch ‘em” might be more appropriate. Bayous are slow moving streams that filter through the swamp and marshlands of the Southern United States, and anyone who’s ever watched Swamp People knows there’s ‘gators in them dirty waters. However, that’s not all there is lurking under the surface. Bayous linked to marshes can be extremely productive for speckled trout fishing if anglers know how to target them.

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3 Tactics For a Red October

September 29, 2012

The southern Louisiana coast offers not only the world’s best gumbo, but the third southern-most point in the United States in Venice, La., offers the some of the world’s best fishing for giant bull redfish. The fall fishing is so good it’ll make you want to slap your Momma. “There are other places you can catch big bull reds, but no other place where you can catch them out of such shallow water,” said Texas Fish & Game editor and host of God’s Outdoors Chester Moore. “It’s an aberration. A 30-pound bull red in 3-feet of water is an experience you have to come here for.”

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How To Catch Finicky Schooling Redfish

September 21, 2012

There is nothing more exciting for coastal anglers than finding a huge school of redfish. It may take days of fishing, then it happens: the water erupts with baitfish and redfish in a violent feeding frenzy. At peak frenzy, they boil, thrash and crash the water in an impressive display of predation. Great anticipation builds as anglers cast into the fracas and expect an immediate strike. Most of the time that is exactly what happens, but there are other instances when schooling reds are super-finicky.

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Badonk-A-Donks

July 5, 2012

This is the best top water bait available. I use them primarily at first light and just until the sun gets up a little. What you need to look for first is what bait is around, then match your color with the Badonk-A-Donks, I fish in South West Florida in Charlotte Harbor and there is a lot of mullet, so I love throwing the mullet color on and working the mangrove edges for Snook and the mullet schools for Redfish. The Mangroves are a great ambush area for Snook, They will hide behind any part of the mangrove that jets out creating a point that the current flows around.

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How To Fish Seagrass Flats For Big Redfish

June 29, 2012

Redfish are extreme predators. Able to hunt down, corral and destroy schools of baitfish and crunch hard-shelled blue crabs as if they were cardboard, reds are the thugs of inshore fishing. And like other vicious predators, they use “edges” to aid them in their destruction. “Edges” are transition zones from one kind of habitat to another and are areas where crabs, mullet and other baitfish congregate in large numbers.

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Hit The Lights For Florida's Nighttime Snook

June 4, 2012

The nighttime is the right time to catch the biggest snook the Florida coast has to offer, and here is how and where to experience a new Sunshine State tradition. There's the slightest hum of music playing somewhere, but otherwise the bay is quiet. Out of the darkness comes the “pop” of a feeding snook, and your pulse rate jumps. A swirl under a dock light ahead sends a little shot of ice up your back.

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How, Where & Why To Use Hard-Plastic Jerkbaits

May 29, 2012

Jerkbaits are without question the most underrated hard-plastic lure for inland saltwater fishing. Topwaters, slow-sinkers, soft plastics and spoons get their due, but you do not hear much about jerkbaits. That is unless you are listening closely to a dedicated but often quiet core of anglers who really don’t want you to know their secrets to catching redfish, speckled trout and mackerel.

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Get More From Your Poppin' Cork

March 6, 2012

Inshore anglers know the power of the popper. While plenty of speckled trout and redfish are caught simply cranking a jighead and soft plastic swimbait or curl-tail, the addition of a popping cork can double or triple the number of fish in the ice chest. Popping corks call fish with a splash that imitates a fish taking bait on the surface and an auditory “click” from the beads on the wire.

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Jetty Fishing Tips For Redfish and More

March 6, 2012

Jetties rock! Ask any angler who fishes them regularly and you’ll learn that jetty systems are arguable the most consistently productive near shore ecosystem on any coast. The “rock” comment is a bit of an intended pun, and here’s why: Underwater research shows that during certain times of year, breeding-sized red and black drum gather along jetties in such large numbers it sounds like a heavy metal concert is taking place below the surface. At times it’s so loud that anglers can hear the commotion above water.

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