• June 2012 - Volume 14, Number 11

    Features

    Head to the coast’s Horn Island to catch all the speckled trout you can eat.

    The rising sun peaking over the ice glass waters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast on a bluebird day is a sight to behold. For the salt angler, the shimmering ripples across the great bays forebodes great fishing. All along the Mississippi Coast — from Pascagoula west to Waveland, then on to Grand Island and the waters off Pearlington — the saltwater fishing opportunities abound.

    This month we show why Enid Lake might just be the birthplace of trolling crank baits for crappie.

    An ad on the back page of a magazine touted a particular brand of crankbait as “the newest and hottest tactic on the water.” In the ad, a young crappie-fishing guide wearing a NASCAR-style fishing jersey emblazoned with sponsors displays a slab crappie while the images of the crankbait in hot pink and neon chartreuse colors fills the background. All the “new” hype over catching crappie on crankbaits makes Ken Franklin just smile.

    Test your nerves by wrestling catfish from their spawning holes — using nothing but your hands.

    Greg Parker guided his flat-bottomed boat toward a spot near the northern shore of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. In the boat were no rods and reels, no bait buckets or tackle boxes — just a large cooler with some ice, a bag of gloves, a roll of duct tape and a few other tools of the hand-grabbers trade.

    Parker cut the motor, removed his life vest and allowed the boat to glide to a near stop before he rolled over the gunwale, hardly making a splash. In his hand was a catch stick, used by poultry workers to collect chickens.

    Learn to pick bass off lakes’ ledges to build tournament-winning summer stringers.

    Ken Murphy studied his graph, pinpointed one area of a submerged ledge and quickly started dissecting it with his Rapala DT 14.

    Murphy was looking for the sweet spot on the ledge and hoping to find a new honey hole as he bounced the crankbait off the bottom and banged it into structure.

    Coyotes, hogs and bears aren’t just an inconvenience — they can ruin the ability for deer hunters to pattern their quarry.

    The bow season is under way. You’ve prepared the stand, scouted intensely and labored over the land — all in anticipation of enjoying the outdoors and taking a whitetail.

    As time passes, you begin to ponder why no deer have shown up; then suddenly your heart pounds as an unexpected visitor makes its presence known.

    If you like catching instead of fishing, this Delta oxbow’s white-bass fishery is just what you’re looking for.

    For a lake that doesn’t have very many secrets, Lake Ferguson outside of Greenville holds at least one little tidbit close to its vest.

    It’s the kind of secret that folks who only want something pulling on their line will find fascinating.

    It’s the kind of secret that folks who only want to eat fresh fish will find flavorful.

    It’s the kind of secret that folks who want to go catching rather than fishing will find fits their fancy.

    Mark your GPS with Enid Lake crappie fishing hotspots.