• August 2008 - Volume 11, Number 1


    The last full month of summer is the perfect time to target Mississippi’s many rough fish with a bow and arrow.

    As the dog days approach and most Magnolia State anglers retreat from the summer heat to air-conditioned homes, there is a group of anglers who relish this time of year.

    Get ready for deer bow season by targeting wild hogs this month. You’ll have a blast, and get a head start on filling your freezer.

    Crouching low to the ground, I strain to see through the tangled jungle of briars and pin oaks ahead. It is fairly easy crawling, as I make my way toward the commotion, barely 40 yards more.

    If you hate summer heat, get out to one of these two creeks, where spotted bass feast on anything that swims.

    Phillip Chisolm pitched his Bandit crankbait onto the rocky shoals of Okatibbee Creek, and began working the lure slowly back until it was stopped dead in its tracks, engulfed by a ravenous spotted bass. The diminutive fish fought with a vengeance rivaled only by its cousin, the hard-fighting smallmouth bass.

    This new management technique offers hunters the opportunity to hunt quail like their grandfathers did.

    Lady was locked tightly into the most perfect pose one could desire. Ordinarily stubborn and less than cooperative, she was now in rare form.

    You don’t have to be a math whiz to figure out this lake is producing double-digit stringers in the summer.

    When quite a few 25-pound-plus stringers were weighed in by bass club anglers last year at Enid Lake, it invariably raised questions in the minds of state fisheries biologists.

    Not certain if that buck moving through the woods meets your club's minumums? We tell you how to be sure.