• April 2015 - Volume 17, Number 4


    Redfish are all along the coast, while speckled trout are in transition. But finding a concentration of baitfish is a guarantee your box will soon be filled.

    Word had obviously spread about the huge schools of baitfish congregated in one bay in the heart of the Biloxi Marsh, about six miles south of Waveland.

    Ours was the first boat there shortly after sunrise, and we were already well on the way to filling our fish box with nice speckled trout and the occasional drag-peeling redfish.

    Novice turkey hunters might be tempted to rely on chance to put a gobbler in their cross hairs, but it takes more than Lady Luck. Here’s what you’ll need to shorten the learning curve.

    There are simply too many choices of turkey calls, including all the types, materials, configurations, and styles, not to mention brand names, models, and all the marketing hype that goes with it.

    Bluegill get most of the attention from panfish anglers, but don’t forget about chinquapin.

    It’s a well-founded piscatorial propensity: Tell someone you’re heading off for a panfish mission and you’ll typically hear some bluegill-related reply.

    Learn all you need to know about catching Flint Creek Water Park bass where two Bassmaster Classic anglers cut their fishing teeth.

    Editor’s Note: The fourth stop on writer Phillip Gentry’s year-long, statewide tour of Mississippi’s top public fishing lakes is in Stone County, where April is a great time to chase largemouth at the Pat Harrison Waterway District’s Flint Creek Water Park. One of South Mississippi’s biggest lakes, it was where two 2015 Bassmaster Classic anglers learned their craft.

    Pardon the Petal Bass Club if its members are a little cocky this year.

    Petal sits in the heart of South Mississippi, surrounded by good fishing holes but quite a fair distance from any major reservoir with a prestigious bass reputation. 

    What do you need to get in on the hot turkey action? It's all inside this issue.