• May 2014 - Volume 16, Number 10


    Once reproduction is over, ravenous bass will blast surface lures.

    Pete Ponds worked the edge of an emerging grass line with a favorite popper while searching for hungry post-spawn bass. An errant cast sent the lure a few feet further into the grass than he planned, but he simply started popping the lure back to the edge of the grass.

    The Mississippi River at Vicksburg is home to giant blue catfish. Here are some of the best places to target these huge fish.

    Editor’s Note: The fifth stop on our year-long Catfish Hotspots tour takes us to the central part of the state’s western border, a section of the Mississippi River that guide Bob Crosby compares to deer hunting in Kansas — be prepared to see some monsters.

    Downsized crankbaits appeal to bluegill and crappie. Here’s how to make them work for you.

    Life is full of assumptions, but to the open-minded, opportunity springs abundant. Take, for example, crankbaits. Mention that lure category and most anglers will start telling you their tales of big bass.

    Tag along as these Duck Commanders get hooked on trolling crankbaits for slab crappie at Grenada Lake.

    Think the crappie season ends after the spawn? Not so, at least not on many Mississippi waters where another even more productive pattern starts — deep trolling with crankbaits on the main lake bodies.

    Teenagers tame Graveline Bayou, and share their trout and redfish tips.

    Any chance to fish with a couple of “old salts” known for catching specks, reds and flounder when nobody else can is invaluable. It is an opportunity to learn, which was exactly the plan when I met Eli Troutman and Eric Lucas at Webb’s Landing on Graveline Bayou.

    Looking to catch a big catfish? Learn where and how to tie into some real bruisers.