• Fishing

    Eddie Berthelot Jr. fishes a gold spoon with his rod tip down to keep the lure 6 to 8 inches under the surface of the water, and he recommends being patient on the hookset to reel in more redfish.

    The lovin’ spoonful

    Fall is prime time for redfish, and the venerable old spoon is still an effective, fun lure to throw in interior marshes for solid action.

    November 20 at 6:00am
    Anglers make three mistakes when fishing with ChatterBaits, but FLW Tour pro Brian Latimer provides tips to ensure you get the most out of the vibrating jigs.

    Top 3 ChatterBait mistakes

    ChatterBaits are lures fish love to smash. Whether you’re targeting bass on your local reservoir or snatching redfish from coastal marshes, these vibrating jigs force reaction bites that are vicious.

    November 16 at 9:00am
    Rat-L-Traps are not inherently snag-free, but bass pro Cliff Crochet said you can make one simple alteration to throw the lures around hard structure and catch more fish.

    Remove back hook from Rat-L-Trap to catch more fish

    Rat-L-Traps are absolute fish-catchers. There’s just something about the lipless crankbaits that bass and redfish love — or hate, whatever. They will just crunch them.

    November 16 at 6:00am
    A buzzbait is a very productive bait when bass are in the backs of creeks on visible cover.

    Pickwick Lake’s bass bonanza

    Catching 30 to 50 bass per day is what you can expect in November on Pickwick Lake, which corners Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee and should be one of the hottest lakes in all those states this month. One of the main reasons I’m choosing Pickwick is because the shad will be moving from deep to shallow water and will be schooling on the surface, and there’s a wide variety of ways to catch those bass. 

    November 15 at 9:00am
    Needle nose and split ring pliers are invaluable for hook change operations.

    Tools and tactics

    Swapping hooks is not a complicated process, but a little know-how facilitates the task. Invariably, the biggest challenge is flexing the split ring enough to remove and add a hook. Split ring pliers, made to separate the metal ring’s overlapping sections simplify the process, while providing a gripping device. However, in a pinch, your fingernail or a pocketknife blade will suffice.

    November 15 at 6:00am
    A feature on Google Earth allows anglers to go back in time to see features on Okhissa’s lake bottom before the lake was impounded to see potential bass-holding spots.

    Google Earth helps turn back time at Okhissa

    During the construction of Okhissa Lake, several humps were pushed up around the lake bottom, and several rock beds were created with railroad ties and loads of gravel.

    November 15 at 6:00am
    Sheepshead will hold this month around bridge pilings where US 90 crosses rivers close to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

    Bridge pilings present another option

    Guides Kenny Shiyou of Shore Thing Charters in Bay St. Louis and Robert Earl McDaniel of WhipaSnapa Charters in Biloxi welcome the fall transition and approaching cold weather.

    November 15 at 6:00am
    The Tenn-Tom Waterway produces plenty of big blue and flathead catfish this month from deep holes. And eating-sized channel cats are around, too.

    Fishing through the fall

    Just because hunting dominates this issue of Mississippi Sportsman, don’t think for a minute that fishing opportunities just suddenly dry up and go away.

    No sir. No way.

    November 13 at 6:00am
    This cross section from a shovelnose sturgeon spine has six annuli.

    Get a grip on fish growth rate

    Many anglers are interested in how many fish of a certain species live in a body of water. Estimating population size is difficult and, even with extensive effort estimates, is imprecise. Growth rate is much more informative from a fishery management perspective and can be measured very precisely.

    November 08 at 9:00am
    Huk Attack

    Huk Attack

    The new Huk Attack won Best of Category in the 2017 ICAST New Product Showcase, and is the most engineered, purpose-built fishing shoe ever created. The Attack combines Huk’s GripX wet traction non-marking outsole, with the bullet-proof durability of a Fuzetek upper-support cage along with a unique insole drainage system, for all-day dry, non-skid comfort. “I didn’t want to come up with just a water shoe,” said Iiley Thompson, Huk’s vice-president of footwear who designed the Attack. “Everything we’re going to do will be purpose-built for fishing. That’s first, and then everything else comes after that.” The Attack is available in black, green and blue, and retails for $84.99.

    November 01 at 7:00am
    Bassmaster Elite pro Kevin VanDam likes to add one hook while removing another simultaneously.

    Hooking it up - How to change hard bait hooks

    You buy a bait, remove it from the packaging, tie it to your line and make a cast. Everything should work as expected, right? Yeah, that’s generally how it goes; and as long as you’re selecting reputable products, you should expect reasonable teamwork between the piece that attracts a fish and the piece(s) that make them regret their mistake.

    November 01 at 7:00am
    Lake Okhissa is still a great bass lake, even with its ‘new-car smell’ long gone.

    Okhissa’s ‘Back to the Future’ bass

    The north boat ramp at Okhissa Lake in the Homochitto National Forest was nothing like it was in 2007 when the Bill Dance Signature Lake first opened. Instead of waiting for an endless line of eager anglers to launch their boats, I drove right up to the ramp and had my pick of the best parking spots. 

    November 01 at 7:00am
    Catch Mississippi Gulf Coast trout when they’re on the move this month.

    On the move - November puts Gulf Coast gamefish on the move, and anglers can learn to intercept them

    Guide Ronnie Daniels knows November to be a fickle, feast-or-famine fishing month on the waters of and connected to the Gulf of Mexico, off Mississippi’s coast.

    November 01 at 7:00am
    Despite its length, you can still connect on the hookset with the Mag 12.

    The Mag 12 Buzz Worm

    That two different professional anglers can fish a new 12-inch worm completely differently — with both catching solid numbers of quality bass — is a testament to the new Mag 12 Buzz Worm from Mister Twister. 

    October 30 at 9:00am
    This photo shows various magneto, holy joely and ultraviolet Matrix Shad that had lost their original colors transitioning back to like-new condition after being exposed to sunlight for several hours.

    Revitalize faded soft plastics

    Stuff in boats gets wet — that’s just part of fishing.

    But if you keep your soft plastics in the original bags they come in — and they get wet — you’ll likely find some of the translucent lures you purchased have turned into faded, milk-colored lures that no self-respecting bass or speckled trout would give a second look.

    October 27 at 7:00am
    Don’t be afraid to change colors of leaders, lures or hooks during a day’s fishing trip to see what fish prefer.

    Don’t get stuck in a rut: Be flexible with colors

    “You’ll catch more fish using a pink fluorocarbon leader than a clear one. I spent a day trying this theory out, and I caught seven fish on pink line for every one I caught on clear line. Ever since then, I only use pink leaders,” one angler said to another as they struggled through a slow day of fishing.

    October 26 at 7:00am