• May 2018 - Volume 20, Number 5

    Features

    May is prime time for Mississippi anglers to concentrate on tasty panfish. That takes care of the ‘why’ — leaving the where and how up for debate.

    Bluegill or redear? Cricket or worm? Wet fly or dry? 

    Cane pole or jig pole? Fly rod or spinning rod? 

    Put your hand in the mouth of a huge catfish? Plenty of people around Mississippi believe that grabbing, noodling or hand-grabbing is the way to go when it comes to battling a big blue or flathead

    You are submerged in murky water, too stained to see your hand in front of your face. You’re not wearing a mask, you have no way to breathe and someone is pushing you down.

    Struggles of the club; will the traditional Mississippi hunting club survive?

    Mississippi hunters have a couple of basic choices when looking for hunting grounds: public or private land. Public land is open to anyone, and most private lands are owned by individuals, families or timber companies. Unless a hunter owns his own dirt or can barter with landowners for hunting rights, private land has to be leased for hunting privileges.

    If you can keep up with smallmouths and largemouths that appear always on the move, you’re well on your way to conquering this Mississippi-Alabama-Tennessee reservoir

    An obvious key to successfully bass fishing on a post-spawn pattern at Pickwick Lake, or any water for that matter, is knowing in what phase of the spawn the largemouth and smallmouth are at any given time.

    Bigger isn’t always better — a down-sized finesse jig might be just the ticket for days when bass are playing hard to get. Here’s how the pros rig up to take them down.

    When you ask a specialist to design a tool, they’ll likely give you a prototype with the details that matter most. That’s what Bassmaster Elite Series pro David Walker did for Z-Man when he designed the Cross EyeZ Power Finesse Jig.

    Young Collinsville, Miss., angler shares his strategy for putting late-spring bass in your livewell

    After studying his depth finder, Hunter Miles made a cast in the direction of a submerged tree, working his Carolina-rigged worm into the brush top.

    There’s nothing like fishing for bream when the weather warms in Mississippi. Learn all the tricks to catching plenty of  these tasty fish.Photo by Terry Madewell