• When you see the bass schooling on Bogue Homa, you need to have a rod in your hand and be ready to start chunking and winding.

    NEWS

    Oak Grove pair wins Costa Bassmaster Central Open

    Mississippi teams took two of the top three spots in Monday’s Costa Bassmaster High School Series Central Open at Toledo Bend, including a win by Oak Grove’s Caleb Gatwood and Cayden Soberoski.

    June 21 at 10:30am

    Leave young wildlife alone

    Mississippi is known for its hospitality, but that tradition should end when citizens encounter newborn wildlife.

    June 20 at 11:45am

    Don’t clean reels too well: Hold off the suds

    Keeping fishing reels in good working order is essential for saltwater anglers, and the best way to do that is to rinse them thoroughly with fresh water after every saltwater fishing trip. And this should be accomplished as soon as possible. 

    June 19 at 6:00am

    Muddy-water bass fishing tactics

    Summertime rains can really ruin a fishing trip, especially when your lake of choice collects water from a large drainage area.

    And it seems that it never rains on Monday, when you are starting off the week with visions of the coming weekend of catching fish.

    June 18 at 6:00am

    When your trailer hitch runs aground

    Anyone who tows a boat trailer often enough either has, or will, experience problems with the trailer’s lights. Either one turn signal doesn’t work, the brake lights don’t work, they work intermittently, or they show no signs of life at all. A number of factors could be the culprit, and more often than not, one specific culprit is to blame.

    June 17 at 6:00am

    Skipping jigs

    If you’ve ever seen an angler that really knows how to skip a jig under a boat dock, you’ll see why they are so good at catching bass around these structures.

    June 16 at 6:00am

    The sunfish clan Part I: Bluegill

    Mississippi waters provide homes to some good populations of sunfish. And there is a cadre of anglers that would rather fish for — and eat — bream than any other fish on an anglers’ most-wanted list.

    June 06 at 9:00am

    5 ways to keep bait, fish alive longer

    Whether the fish you’re trying to keep healthy are in the bait tank or in the livewell, there are several tricks that you can use to keep them alive  — or at least tasty — during the summer, and they all boil down to one thing: oxygen levels. Once you understand how to control and manipulate oxygen levels or the fish’s intake of oxygen, keeping them alive isn’t that hard. Here are some tips:

    June 15 at 6:00am

    How to double up on crappie

    With the exception of largemouth bass and catfish, guide Maynard Edwards of Lexington, N.C., has given up on using just one bait or lure at a time.

    “I double-rig everything now,” Maynard said. 

    June 14 at 6:00am

    Punching practices

    Submerged vegetation is to bass as politics is to lying — you won’t find one without the other.

    That means when a nice, thick grass bed forms on pretty much any body of water, bass anglers will be punching soft-plastics through the mats.

    June 13 at 6:00am

    How to throw a cast net

    It’s definitely not rocket science, but throwing a cast net is a skill that confounds lots of anglers.

    For Tommy Vidrine, who specializes in catching big speckled trout and needs to have pogies in his livewell this time of year, being able to catch live bait was the motivation to master the art of consistently getting his 7-foot net to spread open into a billowy 14-foot diameter circle.

    June 12 at 6:00am

    June’s best bream, catfish bets

    Bass and crappie might be the most-popular game fish, at least when judged by the amount of hours and money spent by fishermen who cast and jig with the fanciest of equipment, but June can be a month when two other blue-collar species take over.

    June 11 at 6:00am

    Red snapper season extended in federal waters

    Thanks to Tropical Storm Colin — and not the hordes of snapper in the Gulf — the 2016 federal red snapper season has been extended for two days.

    Now, instad of shutting down at 12:01 a.m. Friday, red snapper fishing will end at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

    June 08 at 4:22pm

    Jones misses 2017 Bassmaster Classic berth by 1 ounce0

    Teb Jones missed out on his first Bassmaster Open victory and his second trip to the Bassmaster Classic by 1 ounce Saturday on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma.

    Got to hurt, right? Well, let’s pile on the pain for the Hattiesburg angler.

    Jones caught all the fish he needed to win the event but was penalized in the final round for having a dead smallmouth in his five-fish limit, which brought him a 4-ounce penalty.

    Ouch!

    But, sadly, we’re not through listing his “what ifs.”

    June 07 at 2:57pm

    Common scents — Using scents to catch more crappie

    Successful crappie anglers typically exude that common sense vibe. Theirs is a straightforward approach with little room for extravagance.

    June 01, 2014 at 7:00am

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