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Trolling for Crappie in Open Water

Trolling for Crappie in Open Water

Anglers can catch loads of crappie all year long in open water.   This just-before-dawn morning is cool, a light mist rises from the water, and the surface of Lake Pickwick is glass smooth. With the early summer songbirds all around us, this day promises to be...
Trolling for King Mackerel

Trolling for King Mackerel

Keep it moving for kingly inshore action   On this fine June morning, something big and mean is treating me badly. This something big and very fast decided that my cigar minnow, which I had been slowly trolling behind my boat, was just the thing it wanted for...
Dissecting Alabama’s Legendary Dixey Bar

Dissecting Alabama’s Legendary Dixey Bar

The fabled Dixey Bar, named after a Civil War ship, is truly a magical place to find bull reds.   On the eastern side of the mouth of Mobile Bay lays the fabled Dixey Bar. The naturally-formed sandbar runs along the eastern side of the Mobile ship channel for...
Whisker Catfish: They’re Not Just for Summer

Whisker Catfish: They’re Not Just for Summer

If a fish fry is on your mind, whisker catfish are waiting to be caught in the cool of early spring.      There’s an old tradition in Alabama. This tradition is the gathering up of a mess of whisker catfish for a fish fry in the long, hot days of summer. Catching...
Cold Weather Fishing for Speckled Trout

Cold Weather Fishing for Speckled Trout

Boating More While Cold Weather Trouting   The air temperature just before dawn on this cold morning was in the upper 20s. That was cold enough, but the 20-minute run up the tidal river at more than 50 knots in my Skeeter was going to take our breath away. The...

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