Pete Ponds slid his big bass boat into position, with the bow pointed right into a little nook of a cove on the upper end of Okhissa Lake. He was kneeling on the front deck working the trolling motor with his hands.
Morning jumps to life in the spring, that special time when the morning music of the breaking dawn begins, when a turkey hunter can sit very still and realize he is witnessing the way the nature awakens when he is not there.
Editor’s Note: The fourth stop on our year-long Catfish Hotspots tour takes us to Southwest Mississippi, Lawrence County and the Pearl River, where Albert Fortenberry of New Hebron loads his boat with flatheads, blues and channel cats from his trotlines.
Like fighter pilots controlling a complex system of observation and tactical response, crappie anglers perched on the bow in tight-lining operations must control a bristling array of rods, while constantly monitoring speed, heading and targets on the periphery.