DIBENEDETTO: Mud minnows or "pollywogs," as I called them growing up, are superb baits for trout, redfish, flounder and many other inshore gamefish. I've also had great success with big Spanish mackerel on mud minnows. There are several ways to fish them successfully. You can rig them beneath a popping cork on a thin wire hook, a bare lead jighead or on a hook tied directly to your main line beneath a splitshot. If using a leadhead, hook the minnow through both lips. When fishing a plain hook, allow the pollywog to swim against the current above oyster bars and other structure. I've caught fish both by keeping the bait moving or letting it sit still on the bottom. Dead mud minnows will catch fish too, but livies are best.