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  • April 27, 2016Tip of the Week

    Spring time is a time of high winds and frequent fronts. Typically harsh SE winds blow good water in certain estuaries bringing in plenty bait fish with predators fish like the speckled trout to be waiting eagerly to eat up getting nutrients for the their spawning season. If you are going to wait around this time of year for perfect calm and sunny days, well let’s just say your not going to be fishing that often. I’m not saying go out there in gale force winds but avoiding the water because they are calling for 15-20 mph SE winds could be a mistake. During this time of year, hard easterly winds can create a stronger than normal incoming tide and a lot of times generate a more aggressive bite from the speckled trout. If you fish an area that is somewhat protected on an East or South East wind you should certainly be eager to fish under high SE winds. Most importantly boat traffic will be way down meaning the pressure on the fish will be at a minimum. When you get an over fished area to yourself great things can happen. Some of my best days ever have almost always been under extreme weather situations. Not only does it keep boat pressure off big trout it makes the big specks let their guard down. Our best days always seem to come on high wind situations. Usually a front is approaching, barometric pressures are dropping, and trophy trout begin to eat up as they feel a weather change coming. When you get these situations around the full moon of April, May or June you have to GET OUT THERE!!! Days of 10-15 five pound trout I have caught under these circumstances. Most recently an epic day was In June of 2012′ when Capt. Jonathan Allen, Kris Robert and I boated 5 six to seven pound trout in a row in the mist of a 25 mph South wind. We were about to leave after the third try of setting the anchor. Finally just before we all agreed this was our last anchor try it finally caught and we made our own historic fishing trip. We caught a 31 lb five fish speckled trout stringer. Just days after Capt. Kris put a client on a CCA Star fish that lead the board for two months on a day that was calling for 100 percent rain. Capt. Kris knew that not a boat would be out that day and he knew he had a shot to put some one on a legitimate boat winning fish and that is just what they did boating one 7lbs even in the month of June and lead the Star board the whole way just coming up short as they were beat by trophy trout legend Bob Weiss in the same spot.

    To visually see some of the harsh weather situations we fish in looking for that next bite in hopes of catching the next one for the wall just check out some of our DockSide TV episodes especially our latest one we just aired this spring. Make sure to be safe out there but get in on the action. Every area has a wind direction that is horrible but the old saying you have to go to know could never be more accurate. Until next time “good fishing”

    April 27, 2016 at 10:57pm

    If you are looking for a Lake Pontchartrain report, well it’s the same ole story as every year in the spring. The trestle is extremely crowded, the river systems are extremely high, the wind is howling but the specks are biting. The annual run of specks is happening across all the bridges in Pontchartrain as usual but the trout have been way below average and trophies are far and few between. If you are wanting to read a fishing story from a different and unique area well this one is for you.

    For several days this spring while shooting our most recent DockSide TV episode we fished far to the east armed with products from Matrix Shad. The species targeted on this trip was big trout, slot reds and flounder but we caught much more while fishing near the Flora-Bama line. If you are looking for a challenging but rewarding place this area is for you. A wonderful part about fishing this area is that on any given cast you can put either a trophy speckled trout on the wall or luck up and even land a gag grouper. The biggest issue is that the water is clean making the fish smart and finicky. When fishing the Panhandle for coastal species you have to make a stealthy approach and most importantly use fluorocarbon fishing line. The fluoro is a style of fishing line similar to mono-filament except that it becomes rather invisible in the water. The water is so clean on the Panhandle that having a line the fish have trouble seeing is by far the most crucial item in your tackle box.
    When we fish the Panhandle area we like to throw the Matrix Mullet Top Water early in the morning over grass flats or shallow docks then as the sun comes up we seem to find success switching to the Shrimp Creole Matrix Shad on a 3/8oz and 1/2 oz Golden Eye Jig and focus on deep water structures such as bridges and underwater reefs. The best part about fishing waters as salty as these is that you never know what species is on the end of the line. While fishing near the Ono Island area this month we boated the following species on Matrix Shad products: red fish, speckled trout, flounder, white trout, pin fish, sheepshead, croaker, flounder and even a gag grouper. Surprisingly we caught all these species withing a half of mile from land while fishing inland waters near Perdido Bay and Wolf Bay. There is not many places where you can catch that many different species especially in an eighteen foot boat.
    If you are looking to fill 120qt coolers this may not be the place for you as the limits are very low and reaching them are very challenging. If quality fish and beautiful scenery is what you are looking for than this area and style of fishing is right up your alley. To see DockSide TV episodes showing just how and where we fish near the Panhandle go to and “Until Next Time Good Fishing”

    April 10, 2016 at 10:25pm

    Good Weather Days-Chase Trout///Bad Weather Chase Crappie
    The last few weeks our game plan has been to chase down the trout when we can get to them and the Lake water is clean enough and on bad weather days which has been often, chase down the crappie. Here is our latest Dockside TV Episode 'Sacalait Slabs'
    Book your charters now 985-707-9049

    February 26, 2016 at 8:51am

    Matrix Mini Crushing the Slabs
    We have been having great success and many other sacalait anglers have too of late with the New 'Matrix Mini' from Get out there and get some.
    These pics are from one epic day TODAY!!!
    Come see these slabs at the Mobile Boat Show tomorrow

    February 20, 2016 at 12:16am

    Matrix Mini back in stock and Capt TY Hibbs took these great pics of some nice black crappie we caught this week with the new #matrixmini from

    February 16, 2016 at 11:50pm 985-707-9049 Well the conditions have been about as poor as we can remember in a long time, but that hasn't stopped some of our Matrix Shad pro staffers from chasing down those silver wonders. Here's our latest Dockside TV episode shot last week with captain Captain-Matt McCabe. The trick is to find deep protected water and avoided the spillway water at all cost. Capt. Matt and I set sail and grinder out a nice mess of trout in this episode using the 'Limbo Slice' Matrix Shad. Book your charters now the spillway has not stopped us. -

    February 10, 2016 at 1:18pm

    New DOCKSIDE TV 'Before the Mighty Mississippi'
    Book your Charters NOW!!! 985-707-9049

    Well the Bonnie Carrie is now open and fresh water is headed our way. No point in wishing it wouldn't happen because the Mississippi river water is coming wether we like it or not. Take advantage of the hot trout action you will find right before it floods the lake completely. Enjoy this DockSide TV all fish caught on Matrix Shad​ yesterday.

    January 15, 2016 at 10:29am
    What do DockSide Guides do on there day off? Go fishing any way. Capt Bubby Lamy was easy to talk into another fishing trip today as we noticed it was way to pretty of a day to be stuck doing office work so off to the water we went. Awesome day!!!! Started off slow ended great. We found the Reds after a while of searching stacked up and limited on them while picking off a few mule trout and a bass in between netting some big bronze backs. Lemon Head MatrixShad was the ticket. Book your charters today. No effects from the spill way yet.

    January 12, 2016 at 1:03pm

    Matrix Mini Now Available
    Matrix Mini Is Finally Now Available at
    We are already putting it to work on Crappie, Small bass and Specks

    January 07, 2016 at 2:44pm

    Our first time shooting footage on the NEW Matrix Float for DockSide TV ended up being one of our best days of fishing this year. The action was non stop all day. Check out this episode and NEW item the Matrix Float at

    December 10, 2015 at 11:26am
    Here is a great video on a perfect day chasing reds deep off the Rivers of Louisiana. Check this one out as we introduce our brand new member to the Vortex Shad Family the 'C-Sea' Vortex Shad Book your Charter Today 985-707-9049

    September 28, 2015 at 11:35am

    Video from 3 Years Ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But the Big Flounder in the Pic was from yesterday
    Its that time of the year. 5.25lb flounder caught in Lake Pontchatrain on a Green Hornet Matrix Shad

    September 16, 2015 at 1:18pm

    Don't miss the latest episode of ‪#‎docksidetv‬ 'The Gold Rush' @ The red fishing has finally got into full swing in the sight life. 'Pink Champagne' ‪#‎MatrixShad‬ and Purple Haze Vortex Shad on a 5/16 bulls eye ‪#‎goldeneyejig‬ from has been the deadly combo. Book your charters now as we have captains chasing trout, we have some chasing Triple Tail we even have some that can bring you into the sight life. Today the reds were jumping in the boat again. Book now as they will all be back from ICAST tomorrow. 985-707-9049 ‪#‎kysek‬

    July 15, 2015 at 2:52pm
    Check out this Episode of 'The Fisherman's Guide' with Capt. Ronnie Daniels and Capt. Bubby Lamy as they put the Matrix Shad to the test in Lake Pontchatrain to land some speckled trout.

    June 25, 2015 at 1:44pm
    Happy Father's Day to all here is our Special for our Fishing Fathers. Sale Runs Now Throughout Father's Day
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    June 16, 2015 at 3:47pm

    DockSide crew has been staying close to Launch, South Shore Bait Marina catching nice reds in the sight life. Matrix Shad from has been the ticket. Trout are biting too but a longer boat ride is necessary. Enjoy this episode of DockSide TV from Dockside Bait & Tackle Book your Charters Today 985-707-9049

    June 10, 2015 at 7:33am

    New DockSide TV 'Avoiding the Crowds'
    Video on how and what areas the Dockside Bait & Tackle Guides have been bouncing around at last two weeks to fill up their boats with nice trout. All fish in this video caught on Matrix Shad from Great tips on how to get away from the brutal boat traffic and bounce around other close by areas to pic off solid trout and fill the coolers. How to catch fish in the lake without seeing the Trestle, the Causeway and a million other boats.

    May 26, 2015 at 9:44am

    This is a MUST WATCH!!!!
    Awesome New DockSide TV from Dockside Bait & Tackle
    Only lure used was the Matrix Shad for entire show. Check it out as we caught too many species to count. All in Florida

    May 11, 2015 at 11:33pm

    Catches are becoming more and more consistent in the Lake. My wife and I went out mid day easy breezy armed with Matrix Shad from and busted um up yesterday. If you are looking for live shrimp they have plenty at Southshore Bait and Marina. Now matter how you like to fish for those silver speckles they are eating up. Get out there now. Book your Charter today at 985-707-9049

    April 27, 2015 at 12:57pm

    New DockSide TV on fishing 'The Sight Life' Redfish after redfish hitting the decks from Dockside Bait & Tackle's Matrix Shad. This episode helps Anglers target nice slot reds. Make sure to get your Matrix, Vortex and Golden Eye supplies THIS WEEKEND at Chag's Tent Sale!!!!!

    April 14, 2015 at 9:05am
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