• June 2016 - Volume 18, Number 6


    The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers a range of fishing options, from nearshore trout and reds to snapper and backbreaking amberjacks farther offshore. And this month is when the weather flattens and opens the door.

    Tony French eased off the throttle of his 25-foot open-cockpit bay boat, timing it perfectly so the craft would slide smoothly and quietly to within casting distance astern of a shrimp boat.

    Two of us on the bow were armed with rods, and as soon as French said “now” our lines were flying through the air.

    Five seconds later, we were both hooked up and line was peeling off both spinning reels.

    After the spawn, this expert turns to crankbaits to continue catching slabs. Here’s how he finds success.

    You can call them crappie or the biologically incorrect white perch.

    You can cross the Mississippi river into Louisiana and call them sac-a-lait.

    Or, you can call them by the odd, but oh-so-accurate nickname “paper mouths.”

    Different bass-fishing situations call for different kinds of fishing line. Know which ones fit where.

    Monofilament, fluorocarbon and braided line — options are numerous, and while certain fundamentals definitely guide the decisions; there’s plenty of room for creativity and situation-specific uses. Maybe you’re trying to make a lure do something or not do something; perhaps, the habitat you’re fishing presents a concentrated set of considerations. In any case, understand that line choice can greatly impact your productivity.

    No matter your choice of technique, panfish are fun. And this month’s full moon means bream will be stacked up in the shallows.

    Bream fishing carries different connotations for different people, but the desired result is almost always the same: Fighting a feisty broad-sided little fish to the boat or bank to be enjoyed as a tasty fried treat.

    June is prime paddling time, and kayaks offer the perfect way to ease into a lunker’s lair. Learn the top tips from these expert bass anglers.

    After pushing their plastic boats from the tops of their vehicles and into Barnett Reservoir, Dwayne Walley and Brad Case slipped along the edges of the backwater lily pads barely, making a ripple as the day came to life around them.

    Stopping to eye a stump that protruded several inches above a thick heart shaped clump of vegetation, a sure sight that clearly read “a big largemouth bass lives here,” Walley pitched a Mississippi born and made Scum Frog just past the patch and eased the bait up on top of the vegetation. 

    This month's full moon signals that bream will be crowded on shallow beds, just waiting for a worm or cricket to crush.