The maddest Robin Callender ever got at a deer-hunting trade show was when a hunter from Michigan approached his booth, which displayed bucks harvested at his commercial operation in Claiborne County, and proceeded to tell him there was no way Mississippi had whitetail bucks that big.
Its no secret to most Magnolia State anglers that Southwest Mississippi offers their best bet for catching lunker largemouths. The numbers of monster bass that are pulled each year from the scenic waters of Calling Panther Lake, Lake Okhissa and Natchez State Park Lake are legendary.
Billy Cole eased up to the old submerged lake dam and cast a watermelon seed Zoom lizard over it into the deep water. As Cole slowly moved and twitched the Carolina-rigged lizard over the dam, he felt the tap of a bass sucking it in.
Preston Pittman, the only turkey caller ever to have won all five divisions of the World Turkey Calling Championship as well as the Grand National Championship, has hunted in Mississippi for more than 40 years, and has won 150 other turkey-calling contests. Many believe that in the late spring and early summer, Pittman goes into the woods and teaches young turkey poults how to talk turkey.
It's April. If you want to catch a lunker bass, now's the time to do it, and this issue tells you where.