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Barry Stokes

Barry Stokes

Barry is a native Texan and has been fishing since his dad taught him to fish when he was 5 years old. His love for fishing ranges from fly casting for trout, to finesse fishing for bass, to sight casting for redfish in the coastal marsh. Barry is the former host of "Outdoor Trails," one of the longest running shows in the history of televised fishing, and "Southwest Outdoors" radio on WBAP in Texas.  He is a former tournament angler, finishing in the top 10 in half of the Bassmaster events in which he participated.

Julie Dobbs

Julie Dobbs

Julie has a Broadcast Journalism degree from the U. of Missouri. She has reported for the Dallas Cowboys, covered NASCAR events, reported for the Dallas Stars on Fox Sports Southwest, and Texas Rangers on TXA 21.  Julie loves the outdoors and sports on television. Each week she gives anglers the latest sunrise/sunset times, moon phase, and solunar table info on the "Weekend Planner."  She also gets expert answers to viewer questions from of some of the world's best touring pros on the "Ask the Pro" feature.

Bill L. Olson

Bill L. Olson

Bill L. Olson is a third generation Texan who has hunted and fished much western North America from the Yucatan to Alberta, Canada.  He is Publisher/Editor of the 25 year old award-winning monthly magazine, "Texas Outdoors Journal.”  For the past 24 years he has hosted the syndicated "Texas Outdoor News” radio.  Bill is a U.S.C.G licensed Master Captain who owns and fishes offshore sportfishing vessels as well as inshore flats boats.  He travels Texas and Gulf Coast waters extensively in pursuit of inshore gamefish and offshore pelagic species.

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Hi Folks,

Get ready for an early spring.  A milder than normal winter has provide anglers with an opportunity for some excellent winter fishing. 

Trophy speckled trout are regularly being caught all along the coast.  Some of the more frequently mentioned HOT SPOTS have been East Matagorda, Upper Laguna Madre, Baffin Bay, Port Mansfield and Lower Laguna Madre. 

The HOT BAITS have been UNFAIR Lures Rip 'N Slash, Norton's Sand Eel, Bass Assassin's 4" Sea Shad and Yum's Money Minnow.  White, pearl, glow, glow/chartreuse tails in clear water and chicken on a chain, black/chartreuse tail, plum/chartreuse tail and pumpkin seed/chartreuse tail in off-colored water.

Tides have remained fairly high on most of the coast.  That was the case through most of 2016.  With higher tides there has been water in the back lakes which will indicate some good fishing in these areas.  Most years we have to wait until spring flooding tides bring water back into the areas before fishing picks up.  If we get some flooding tides anglers will do well to rig weedless as fish will be back in the grass.

Here is something to consider.  Last fall I, along with many other anglers culled through countless just-undersized speckled trout and redfish to catch our limits.  Those fish were released.  Now as we approach spring those same fish will be legal, slot sized fish.  Just think of your success rate if you caught the same fish as you had to release last fall.

One final thought to tempt you with the upcoming season. We have had good rains the last couple of years and have had some coastal rains that should produce another good hatch of bait.  It was true last year and will be true to start the season - DOWNSIZE.  Match the hatch as smaller bait will be what gamefish will be feeding upon.

Until later,

I'm Bill Olson, and I'll see you, "On The Coast."


Bill L. Olson
U.S.C.G. Master Captain, 100 Ton & Towing Endorsement
Founder/Publisher/Editor, TEXAS OUTDOORS JOURNAL
Host, syndicated — FORD Trucks — TEXAS OUTDOOR NEWS radio
Weekly Reporter, FOX Sports Outdoors -Southwest “On The Coast”
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Brian Hughes

Brian Hughes

Brian Hughes is a native Texan who cut his teeth catching bass, catfish, and stripers all over the Lone Star state. He is the host of the "Texas Fishing and Outdoors" radio show that airs weekly statewide on the Texas State Networks. He has been a local voice on radio in Texas for over nine years. Brian is also a licensed bass fishing guide and lives to hunt big bass on Fork, Sam Rayburn, and Purtis Creek, and also loves to chase smallmouths on Texoma. Brian is also an avid guitarist and plays professionally.

Phil and Kevin Broussard

Phil and Kevin Broussard

"Cajun" Phil is a life-long genuine coon-ass from south Louisiana. He is also an avid angler who pursues bass, white perch, speckled trout and redfish throughout the marshes and bayous of his home state. Cajun has hosted his own television show "Outdoors & Fishin' with Cajun Phil" for 40 years. His son Kevin is a highly successful professional fishing guide.  Phil and Kevin team up to fish the Redfish Cup tournaments nationwide, and won their first event at Lafitte, Louisiana in 2007.  Here is a link to their website: Outdoors & Fishing with Cajun Phil & Kevin.

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Well friends, our warm weather has salt water fishing across the state ahead of last year by far..From Texas to Mississippi the entire La. coast is on fire with good numbers of both Speckled Trout & Redfish..Here on Calcasieu Lake, our guides have been catching the trout over oyster reefs & under the birds. Both Plastics on a Rockport Rattler jig head & on live shrimp under a popping cork. As for as the Redfish, they seem to be everywhere, alone the shoreline, in the middle of the lake, at the Gulf jetties & even in the shallow water marshes..I do think it's time you call & book your trip Now!! For more info, just send me an e-mail at  , or call me at 337-540-5530.  Thanks, till next time, Happy Fishin' & May God Bless.  "Come and getcha sum".. Cajun Phil & Capt. Kevin, Cajun Paradise Lodge & Charters..

Gary Dollahon

Gary Dollahon

Gary Dollahon is from Roswell, NM and now lives in fishing-rich northeastern Oklahoma in Tulsa. A lifelong angler with more than 35 years in the outdoor industry, he considers himself a multi-species guy that never has a problem with changing his fish of choice many times throughout the day according to what’s biting. He loves fishing with family and friends, and especially enjoys introducing a first-timer to the sport. Gary says, “A fishing license is the best investment a person can make, and is the perfect gift.”

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Jimmy Jacobs

Jimmy Jacobs

Jimmy Jacobs covers freshwater fishing in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi for our show. Jacobs is a native Georgian and worked for Game & Fish Publications in Marietta, Georgia for 25 years, editing magazines covering those three states. He is the Georgia Editor for Southern Trout Magazine online, as well as the Editor of Southern Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine online. Jimmy also is the author the books Trout Fishing in North Georgia, Trout Streams of Southern Appalachia, Tailwater Trout in the South, Brook Trout in Dixie and Fly-Casting the South Atlantic Coast. In 2015 he was inducted into the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association Hunting & Fishing Hall of Fame.

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Crispin Powley

Crispin Powley

Crispin Powley reports on all of Tennessee and Kentucky for our show. He hails from the fish and game rich area of west Tennessee. Born to parents who weren’t outdoorsmen, his uncle introduced him to hunting and fishing at a young age. The outdoors soon became a part of his DNA as he began fishing tournaments with his uncle by age 11. This eventually led to a career in the fishing industry and a passion for hunting and fishing that has taken him to over 35 states and 3 countries pursuing fins, fur and feathers. Crispin resides on Kentucky Lake with his wife Jessica and their two children, Reese and Fisher.

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Well, spring is in the air, or, not really. But it's really close! We have had an unseasonably warm late winter in the TN & KY region (but don't worry, severe cold weather is on its way......) that has led to incredible fishing for this time of year.

Bass are EATING! The water temps are perfect for them and they are putting on the feed bag! The cool thing about this time of year is that you can pretty much catch them where and how you prefer. I know guys on the TN River that are crushing the big bass on a jerkbait around channel swing and transition banks in 6 to 15 feet of water. I also know guys that are slamming them on an A-Rig in creek mouths and cuts in mainlake bars from 10 to 20 feet deep. Then I have buddy that is catching big bass, some of which are already spawning, in 2 feet of water on a Sexy Dawg topwater and  Red Eyed Shad lipless bait.

Chickamauga is the the best lake in this region right now for big bass. It is consistently kicking out double digits. Behind that is KY Lake, Pickwick, Gibson Co. Lake and I'll throw Dale Hollow and Lake Cumberland in there for big smallies.

The crappie bit is as good as it gets right now too. The big slabs are, much like the bass, in all phases right now and are easy to catch. A lot of guys are spiders rigging over and around mid-depth brushpiles in creeks where they are migrating towards shallower spawning locations. There is also a significant population of crappie that are currently in shallow water. They are taking up residence in stake beds, brush piles and laydowns. The ways to catch them are endless, but the timing is right!

I'm in between Skeeter boats at the moment and am anxiously awaiting my new FX21 to arrive at Open Season Sports & Marine in my hometown of Camden, TN. Until then, I am rigging my new Jackson Kayaks Cuda HD and trying to find time to drop it into my off the beaten path honey holes.

It's a great time to fish here as the foliage is blooming. The turkeys are gobbling. Most importantly, the fish are biting! Tune in each week to our show as I try to keep you up to date with the hottest fishing action in the region. Take, tight lines and God bless!

Thank you all. Enjoy your time on the water and God bless!

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 Take a kid fishing! Big or little! Here's My 2 yr old, Fisher, working on the KY Lake bass!

 

 Here is yours truly with a nice KY Lake largemouth!

 

 

 Enjoying some kayak fishing!

 

Englis Glover

Englis Glover

Capt Englis Glover reports on fresh and saltwater fishing for North and South Carolina for the show. He is a native South Carolinian who has been in the outdoors since childhood. As owner and operator of Tee To Sea Fishing, Capt. E has become a respected figure in the fishing industry up and down the Carolina coastlines. He balances his time between guiding and his television and radio shows. He is producer and host of "Reelin Up The Coast TV," which airs in several local television markets in the Carolinas. He also co-hosts "Southeast Anglers Radio Show" the first live fishing radio show in the Myrtle Beach area on 100.3 The Team sports radio. Englis writes a monthly column "Speakin Englis" for Coastal Angler Magazine.

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Just because the temperatures may be dropping don't get stuck in the house. Get out and wet a line. The Carolinas can offer some of the best winter fishing and with the forecast of mild winter at this point you can get out and enjoy a great time on the fresh and saltwater. IF you can't get out and fish spend some time organizing your tackle and getting some maintenance on your reels. This can make that day on the water when you do finally get a "kitchen pass" a lot easier and more productive. 

FRESHWATER The crappie are just insane right now. Whether you are in North or South Carolina get out to your favorite brush pile with some live bait and go have a great time with these tasty panfish. Also, all of our lakes from Murray, Moultrie, Marion, Hartwell, Russell, Wateree, and Strom Thurmond are gonna produce some big stripers to those that get out there and either troll live bait on planer boards or do my favorite and find those fish on schools of boat and cast jigs or spoons at them. With the Bassmasters Elite Series coming to the Coast of South Carolina this spring in April, you are gonna see a lot of your favorite bass pros pre fishing the rivers around Pee Dee and Waccamaw. This is a great time if you can find bait to catch some of the biggest bass. Drop shot on any area where you are seeing holding bait and there is sure to be a big pig sitting close by. Also, this winter I encourage you to try a light take trip to target shad on the Tail Race canal or the Roanoke River. These overlooked fish may not be the best table fare but they put up an incredible fight and will reward anglers with great numbers. 

SALTWATER First and foremost I am hearing so much about speckled trout bites throughout both SC and NC. Sound like the warmer waters are holding large numbers of fish and they should be here up through February. Trout Tricks and Vudoo shrimp are very popular right now and don't overlook areas around your jetties where the current is strong and holds any bait that is left during transition in tides. Also, with water temps starting to fall the reds will start schooling in the backwaters. If you spend time looking in your creeks that hold water at low tide you can find these sometime large schools holding. Throwing a 1/8 oz jig with anything white is a very productive tactic. Work the bait slow and remember to be completely quiet as you move through the water searching for them. Sheepshead will also start to spawn on the nearshore reefs in deeper waters and these little convicts will fall for anything from fiddlers, barnacles, oysters, or shrimp. Fish directly over the structure and move around until you find the fish. For those that can get offshore there is still a bunch of bottom species reachable within 8 to 12 miles of shore and you can put some great meat in the fridge on a calm day. 

Look forward to sharing 2016 with all of you and hope that you get off the couch and to the water every chance you get. Tight Lines, Capt. E

 

 

 

Bob McNally

Bob McNally

Bob McNally has been around fishing and the outdoors all his life, and has written over 5,000 feature magazine articles for every important outdoor publication in the United States. He averages over 200 magazine feature stories each year, for publications such as Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, BASSMaster, Boys Life and SaltWater Sportsman. He is the author of 12 outdoor books, including the best-selling Complete Book of Fishermen's Knots and Rigs, Bass In Depth, and Bowhunting Deer. His writing, broadcasting and photography work have won over 150 state, regional and national awards. He is a widely recognized angling authority, having fished in nearly every state in the U.S., as well as in most Canadian provinces, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Cuba and the Bahamas. He travels extensively for his writing-photography work. Bob will be covering the saltwater fishing reports for Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.

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Spring wind can make fishing sporty these days along the upper Gulf and southeast Coasts. But anglers who pick their days carefully, and target either inshore or offshore fish accordingly, are enjoying fast fishing action.

In Georgia, big sheepshead are making anglers happy along the coast. Around inlet rocks and jetties, sheepshead in the 2 to 6 pound class are being caught in good numbers by anglers using live fiddler crabs. On offshore reefs within 6 or 8 miles of land, bigger sheepshead are taking 1/4-blue crab baits, and fish can be huge, commonly weighing 6 to 10 pounds. In fact a near state record 14 pound sheepshead was caught off St. Simons Island Recently. Whiting fishing continues strong along the Georgia coast, with dead shrimp on the bottom producing big catches along beach areas, sounds, inlets and barrier islands.

In Alabama, Dauphin Island charter Capt. Charlie Gray is doing well on spotted seatrout early with top-water plugs that Walk The Dog, then catching trout to 4 pounds as the sun rises with live shrimp and floats.

In Mississippi, sheepshead and black drum fishing are good near inlets and around the many Katrina rubble reefs scattered along the coast. Offshore fishing has been difficult due to wind, but when anglers can get out, wahoo trollers are scoring well near oil rigs, and cobia should be running soon closer to coastal waters and beaches.