• July 2017 - Volume 19, Number 7

    Features

    Keep options and eyes open to find specks, reds, tripletails

    Columbia native Tommy Sutton had his 21-foot bay boat racing across the Mississippi Sound, bouncing on the occasional waves, which often caught the captain by surprise.

    Ensure your season is a success — right now!

    Kenneth Blakeney stared intently through his scope waiting for the massive buck to take one more step, allowing the tension to build as he kept the crosshairs on the trophy.

    These tips for the pros help maximize your summertime catch

    Docks, piers and boathouses may have been created as launching points for boating activities, and the activity that benefits the most from them during the warmer months is fishing.

    Why the rod you use matters

    Most rational people don’t swat a fly with a sledgehammer, but the equivalent of such overkill happens every day. On the water, the sledgehammer is the rod and the fly is either a speckled trout, bass or redfish.

    Target breaklines and multiple depths for more success.

    When Les Smith of Senatobia looks at the thermometer in July, it’s not the weather temperature that comes to mind, it’s the fishing temperature. His years of experience on north Mississippi’s famous crappie factories like Enid, Sardis, Grenada, and Arkabutla lakes have shown that the heat of summer doesn’t mean it’s time to stop fishing.

    Fish move shallow at night during the summer seeking food

    Even biologists struggle to agree on an answer: Do fish sleep?

    Some say yes, others say no, and both make a case to prove their answer is correct. The evidence points to fish taking periods of rest, but without eyelids, or that portion of the brain mammals use to produce sleep, how do we know if and when they sleep?

    Summertime bass fishing means lots of sweat...but the rewards are great for those willing to stick it out in the heat.