• August 2016 - Volume 18, Number 8

    Features

    The Pascagoula River is full of flatheads, channels and blues, so you can’t go wrong there if catfishing is on your to-do list. Here are some thoughts on catching your fill.

    The Pascagoula is far from the longest river in Mississippi, running only 80 miles from the convergence of the Chickasawhay and Leaf rivers to where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico without great fanfare. 

    Low summer flows in the state’s creeks and streams concentrate bass in deep holes and around the shoals. Here’s how you can use that knowledge to catch some fish.

    Jack Davis cast a spinnerbait in the bend of a creek, started his retrieve and promptly hooked up with a fish. 

    A ferocious spotted bass almost tore the rod from his hands. Davis held on, wearing the fish down, and landed and admired it before casting out again. 

    Wham!

    These big bruisers might cost you some tackle, but there’s no better way to spend a hot summer day than chasing striped bass at Barnett Reservoir.

    If you were to go out looking for someone to sit down and talk with about striper fishing on Barnett Reservoir, you’d have a hard time. Most of those who catch them, typically by accident, hate them or at the least don’t care for them. Those who do fish for them regularly run when they see you coming.

    You don’t even need a hook to catch big, bruiser gar — just fray some nylon rope and hold on for some of the best action of the summer.

    I heard the fish, but didn’t see it. My guide recognized the sound immediately.

    “That’s a gar gulping air: Look for the bubbles or the rings of water,” said Mark Beason, who was standing on the bow of the boat and quickly reeling in his line. “That was close by.”

    Laydowns are almost guaranteed to hold bass, but what’s the best way to work these fish magnets? These touring pros share their thoughts.

    Wood — once a tree, felled by man or nature, it’s now a bass fortress and a structure to be negotiated, encroached upon, invaded by those seeking a face-to-face with said fish.

    The language of whitetail sign-posting (aka rubs and scrapes) is diverse and, at times, complex — especially when rut-crazed bucks ravage the timber with cluster rubs. So what is a hunter to do?

    Editor’s note: Tommy Kirkland has spent years photographing white-tailed deer, and this article is based on his observations.


    Moving along the woodland edge, the morning dew saturates the footwear. As the sun breaks through, you finally find evidence of whitetail activity — a fresh tree rub.

    The season is weeks away, so it's time to get everything in order. And we have all the information and tips you'll need to start the fall with a bang.