Just mentioning the words fly fishing conjures up magical images of casting for brookies in the Rockies, rainbows in Arkansas, specks in the Gulf of Mexico, silver salmon in Alaska and even bedding bluegills here in Mississippi.
Veteran angler Keith Ramage pulled out his go-to bait, and began combing the shallow-water ledge with an old trusty crankbait when a feisty bass smashed the lure and almost tore the rod from his hands. Ramage quickly regained his composure and began to work the bass toward the boat.
Its like the fourth quarter of a football game, said Mike Jones, owner of Southern Star RV Park on Lake Washington. Weve had a great time since Valentines Day and weve caught some slabs, but the clock is winding down. Summers on its way, but theres still time to get on some good fish.
Spring gives way to warm days as the summer season nears. Pesky insects start to dominate the woodlots and open fields. For the young whitetails that survived the pursuit of predators, now their lives of growing into mature deer begin to unfold.
Some anglers seem to have a natural talent for catching certain kinds of fish. A lot of ink, prestige and cash are given to the casters who can wrangle in the biggest largemouth bass. At the professional level those guys even garner national sponsors providing boats, tackle, travel expenses, clothes and plenty of public relations. Youd think bass was the No. 1 freshwater fish in these parts.