• October 2007 - Volume 10, Number 3


    October begins the season when saltwater fish swarm into the Back Bay of Biloxi.

    For Mississippi’s saltwater anglers, the month of October provides primetime angling, and that’s especially true for those who prefer protected inshore bays and rivers.

    Increase your knowledge about when deer move, and be sure to hit the woods during those times.

    At my age I have just about broken all of my bad habits. I don’t smoke anymore (except for an occasional cigar at deer camp), don’t drink much either (well, maybe just a beer or two with my brother on fishing trips), no drugs at all (not counting a handful of prescription meds everyday), definitely don’t hang out at honky-tonks all night, and I no longer deer hunt at daybreak.

    Hunt these WMAs for your best shot at scoring some venison for the freezer.

    Taking a deer for the freezer is just as tough as taking a trophy buck. Many hunters certainly would not buy into that statement at all, because for years they have been successful at putting venison in the freezer but alas have yet to mount a big buck on the wall. Based on recent reports from the woods and fields though, this situation has been gradually changing over the past several seasons.

    Ready and willing, catfish provide action aplenty on this North Mississippi hotspot.

    Eavesdrop on a dockside conversation anywhere on Lake Pickwick, and statements like “I’m on ’em,” “They’re thick,” and “Boy, you shoulda seen the one I hooked yesterday” rarely refer to catfish.

    Kent Driscoll has gotton crappie fishing on this popular and productive lake down to a science.

    Some anglers consider Kent Driscoll of Cordova, Tenn., a tournament crappie fisherman who travels the nation chasing papermouths, the mayor of Arkabutla Lake. It’s less than 30 miles from his house, and if Driscoll has three hours of daylight left after work, you’ll more than likely find him fishing at Arkabutla on the Coldwater River.

    Hours of boredom are often rewarded with spectacular kills.

    Theresa Edmonson scanned the surrounding winter wonderland in search of a deer. As her keen eyes probed the timber edge searching for bits and pieces of any deer, she spotted movement. Could this be the deer she was looking for?

    Pete Adcock's daughter Emma is proud of her daddy for scoring on this Rankin County trophy buck.