• July 2007 - Volume 9, Number 12


    This trio offers big-time summer fun.

    With a single sharp tug on the pull cord, the trusty old Mercury outboard purred to life. Not waiting for instructions from my uncle, I gently shoved the boat clear of the sandbar on Middle Ground Island. The swift current caught our 16-foot johnboat and carried it into the main channel of the river. Using the powerful outboard, my uncle swung the bow of the boat upstream and headed in the direction of our first trotline set.

    Let’s put it simply: Mississippi’s buck sizes are in the stratosphere.

    White-tailed buck racks have never been bigger in Mississippi than they are right now. It seems we have a virtual explosion of big bucks in this state, and plenty of evidence exists to prove it.

    This sport, which is rapidly growing in popularity in the Magnolia State, combines the best of hunting with the best of fishing.

    The air was filled with the sounds of night as we shoved off the bank and headed out. Shutting down the outboard and cranking the fan, our captain eased into the shallows and the hunt began.

    White trout and ground mullet are staple species for Mississippi Sound anglers who love to feel hard-fighting fish on the ends of their lines.

    Your bait flies freely through the hot July air, hits the Mississippi Sound’s surface, and then quickly sinks to the bottom. You reel up the slack just enough to keep a bit of tension on the line.

    Spotted bass that live in our thousands of creeks stay nice and cool this time of year, which means they never enter the summer doldrums.

    Lamar Arrington maneuvered the canoe through a shallow shoal area on the Chunky River like only an expert canoeist could. While Arrington had made this trek many times before, this time he was in search of the feisty Kentucky spotted bass that inhabits the Chunky and many shallow-water streams, creeks and rivers around the state.

    Small ponds deliver big results. Here’s how to get in on the action.

    My brother, Ron, and I pushed off from the bank of the 10-acre pond in a 14-foot john boat just as the sun brightened the eastern sky.

    Many anglers overlook small ponds this time of year, but they actually deliver some really big bass.