For Rocky Rowell, of Wiggins, a good bit of his time both back in 1974, and many times since, has been spent rolling on the black waters of southern Mississippis Leaf River. Rowell can still recall some memorable fishing trips when he and his high school buddies would float the Leaf, fishing and camping and listening to music of the day from groups like the Doobies and Uriah Heap.
Like a giant brown bear waiting to catch leaping salmon swimming upstream, hundreds of Mississippi offshore anglers are lining up this month to take advantage of the thousands of cobia making their annual migration around the Gulf of Mexico coastline.
At one time, the ever-present, landscape-engulfing kudzu plant was the bane of southern landowners public and private. The big, grape-leaved, vine-driven plant has a voracious botanical appetite for carpeting every inch of open soil in its pathway.
Entire industries have been built around catering to those among us who want to experience the finer things in life. There are even television shows dedicated to the good life. Many equate fine living with five-star restaurants, aged wine and luxury cars.
Ken Murphy of Meridian surveyed the waters just off a shoreline in search of any bass activity. Spotting a ripple near a half-submerged tree top, he cast his Texas-rigged, ribbon-tailed worm, and let it sink slowly into the top. A twitch of the line signaled the accomplished angler that his first strike of the day was in process.
Wondering what the allure of wade fishing was to the anglers who would rather get into the water to catch fish that they just as easily could catch from the relative comfort of a nice, white bay boat, I called several of my fishing buddies to get the scoop.
It's never easier to fill a stringer with bream thatn in May on the four lakes we spotlight in this issue.