• May 2007 - Volume 9, Number 10


    Mississippi River offers excellent action on huge flatheads and blues.

    When the tip of Weldon Fortner’s rod slowly started bending double, he knew something big was attached to the other end of his line.

    Catch A Cobia…Now! The spring migration brings cobia within reach of Mississippi anglers.

    The vast majority of cobias spend the winter enjoying the warm, clear waters down in the Florida Keys. Guess they like it there! Who wouldn’t?

    If you love the fight of a furious Mississippi smallmouth, then head to Pickwick Lake, and follow these tactics.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Anglers know Roger Stegall of Iuka, Miss., as Mr. Smallmouth on Pickwick Lake on the Mississippi/Alabama/Tennessee border and one of the nation’s leading smallmouth guides. He has guided for smallmouths on Pickwick for 17 years, and has fished for smallmouths on the lake since 1975. Stegall’s clients commonly catch smallmouths over 5 pounds, 6- and 7-pound smallmouths frequently and every now and then, an 8-pounder or better. Stegall gives us some tactics for catching springtime and warm-weather smallmouths.

    Mississippi’s bass don’t care how big their home waters are; they’ll provide some excellent fishing for angles who pay attention to detail.

    At the crack of dawn, baitfish were flittering across the surface in one area of a small cove on the lake. Slight ripples belied the frenzy that was taking place beneath the surface.

    Planting now will pay big dividends in the fall and winter.

    It is a rather universally accepted practice, especially among landowners and deer hunters who lease land to invest in fall wildlife food plots. It is a cornerstone premise of anyone subscribing to the principles of quality deer management. But is this enough?