• June 2018 - Volume 20, Number 6


    Don’t overlook fishing on smaller streams and rivers, especially during the summer, when current and cooler water keep bass active and hungry.

    Ken Covington steered his boat to just the right spot in the shallow creek, putting his father and favorite fishing partner, Jerry Covington, where he could pitch a white spinnerbait near a promising brush top. 

    Popping corks are lethal weapons for saltwater fishermen, especially with the latest models that have hit the market. Learn how they can improve your catches.

    Patrick McDowell uses one so he can sling his bait far enough to reach places where big redfish live, perhaps 50 yards past the point he can maneuver his big deep-draft boat.

    Have no fear when bass pull out of the shallows for the summer; they’ll still bite if you can find them and put a bait in front of them.

    The premise “one-size-fits-all” rarely fits in the bass-fishing scene, and it most certainly isn’t the case for summer, offshore pursuits. 

    June means bass blasting frogs, big fish seeking food and shad under lily pads

    “The year’s at the spring,

    The days at the morn,

    The mornings at seven,

    The pad-stems dew pearled.

    “The blackbirds are fussing,

    The gators are sunning,

    Bass are hitting topwater,

    All’s right with the world.”

    Without river current to keep things moving, anglers targeting catfish on Mississippi’s four I-55 corridor lakes can learn some tricks about putting baits in front of big fish.

    Anyone who has spent any amount of time fishing on one of the flood-control lakes along Mississippi’s I-55 corridor has witnessed boats trolling back and forth with rods hanging off their sides. 

    Ruthless aggression is the name of the game for king mackerel — so big baits and wire rigs are key when tackling this toothy predator.

    Lean, mean biting machines, king mackerel pack a mouthful of sharp teeth that’ll make short work of monofilament or even fluorocarbon line. These fish are also notorious for snipping baits in half and missing single hook-rigs. A double dose of frustration, to be sure, but this worthy opponent can be beaten — with the right equipment.

    ‘Shoot’ your bait back into the dark recesses under a dock, and you’ll get more looks from hungry bass that dig the shade. Here’s how.

    Shade, shelter and feeding opportunities; it’s no wonder bass don’t want to leave their docks. You pluck a few from the perimeters with moving baits and maybe flip a couple off those outside posts, but consistency hinges on your ability to take it to ’em. 

    Don’t put your bass tackle away just because summer has arrived. Move offshore, move to cool, running streams or slide a plastic frog through a patch of lily pads and hang on.