Trolling over a submerged stump field, Jeff Collum pitched his jig-and-pig combo to a likely looking spot, and hesitated for just a second when a bass struck. Collum reared back, and drove the steel home, deep into the lip of a cold-weather lunker.
Ben Boteler was spending his Saturday afternoon in January the way he does most Saturdays. He was in a deer stand on his hunt club at Willow Break located near the town of Redmon in Southwest Mississippi. The 3,800-acre club borders the Yazoo River and offers prime habitat for big deer.
Anglers are notorious for jumping the gun. Just as soon as Jack Frost quits nipping at their noses, they hook up their boats and hit the lakes. For too many, though, they find that the fishing doesnt match the forecast.
About 10 years ago, if you looked on the calendars of Mississippi waterfowlers , chances are youd see a circle around one of the last days of January. The circle marked the last day of waterfowl season when the decoys, blinds and steel-shot shells, if you had any left, went back into storage.
In the deep freeze of winter, many outdoorsmen are camouflaging their clothing and pursuing deer and other game. Anglers who have a passion for bass face the elements for the chance of landing a trophy without horns.
Yankee outdoorsmen hate February, but here in the South, there's no end to this month's opportunities.