• June 2011 - Volume 13, Number 11

    Features

    Now’s the time to bring soil samples to your county agent so you can use the right amount of lime to take the acidity out of your food plots.

    Does pH really matter?” Don Schmidt asked rhetorically as he began discussing this element of food-plot planting.

    Hand-grabbing catfish a blast on Ross Barnett

    As Michael Willoughby of Brandon vanished beneath the waters of Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson, I couldn’t believe what I saw. He’d already gone underwater at this same spot, and when he’d come up dripping wet, he’d announced, “We’ve got one in there.”

    For catching June catfish, there’s no place better than the scours in the Mississippi River.

    It’s interesting how a day of rod-bending action from a fish that takes two hands to hold starts with an ultralight rod and some tiny jig baits.

    Artificial reefs hold Mississippi’s biggest red snapper

    “Most fishermen bypass catching big red snapper to catch little snapper,” said Capt. Lenny Maiolatesi of the Fighting Chicken (228-326-3180), based out of Dry Stack Marina in Ocean Springs. “Last year, during the first week of snapper season, I had a party with me, and we were fishing within sight of Horn Island, off the modules at FH-2 (Fish Haven) in about 80 to 90 feet of water.

    Ross Barnett bass hide out in the grass in June

    Ignoring near-gale-force winds, Steve Grace whipped a Lake Fork Hyper Stick across a patch of grass and pads, and let the lure glide into an opening in the vegetation. A split second later, Grace dropped his rod without hesitation and snapped it back with all the force he could muster. About 30 feet out a nice bass boiled on the surface and dove down into the salad patch.

    Okatibbee Lake near Meridian has a large lake feel in a smaller Corps lake. Here’s how to catch the lake’s abundant crappie.

    The day started out especially warm for late May as Magnolia Crappie Club tournament director Hugh Krutz and his partner Steve Stevenson headed out for a day of crappie fishing.

    High rivers mean catfish action will be second to none this year.