• June 2010 - Volume 12, Number 11


    A state-issued tag is your ticket to the ride of your life.

    “Alligator on!” Perry Stribling yelled. Three of us were just upriver observing from another boat, and we made our way closer at this announcement.

    These two anglers use just about any legal means possible to put catfish in their boats and tasty fillets on their dinner tables.

    Few can argue that there is a fish more enjoyable to fish for and catch than the catfish. Nearly every farm pond has an ample supply, and just about any type gear and bait combo is sure to land one of these tasty critters.

    John Cockrell knows that few things chase away summertime blues better than hot fried catfish fillets. His technique to put them on the table couldn’t be simpler or more fun.

    Catfish jugging used to be a common sport around big and small lakes and farm ponds, but folks seem to have gotten away from it as a popular catfishing tactic. Well, that is except for a few folks like John Mark Cockrell of Brandon who has just recently rediscovered not only the fun of running jugs for catfish but also the productivity of the angling strategy.

    Use this often-ignored technique to put summertime slabs in the boat.

    It no longer comes as a surprise to crappie anglers in Mississippi that many who chase this popular game fish around the calendar have a third alternative when it comes to choices of bait.

    You might be surprised to discover what deer are eating on your property.

    Tend the food plots, manage the timber, check the pH and get rid of the weeds. We’ve all heard and know it.

    The mighty Mississippi River has created a powerful bass fishery at the edge of this Delta town.

    Terry Bates eased up off the throttle and his boat glided to a stop near a grain elevator and ditch. He quickly began casting for bass.

    These deer prove that Mother Nature has a sense of humor.

    If you spend much time in the world of the whitetail, you are sure to see that Mother Nature can throw a few curve balls. Each year, a variety of downright weird whitetail specimens are brought to skinning sheds. These whitetail freaks fall into three general abnormality categories: antler, skeletal and color. And while these abnormalities have little or no impact on deer populations, they do create a great deal of curiosity because of their uniqueness.

    With rivers high and falling, there's no better time than now to catch all the catfish you'll need for a neighborhood fish fry.