• Bobby C's Outdoors

    When the stripers are biting in the late summer, early fall period, doubles on the fish are common for fishermen when trolling with crankbaits. Dustin Frucci of Louisville, Ky., holds a double caught with the author last fall.

    Rez stripers starting to heat up

    It really wasn’t fair last year, since so many bass fishermen were on Barnett Reservoir in September and then October, pre-fishing for the B.A.S.S. Central Open that was held on the lake.

    September 12, 2014 at 11:30am

    Favorite Ganza memory still funny

    (Editor’s note: As a longtime newspaper columnist, Bobby Cleveland covered over 20 Wildlife Extravaganzas in Jackson. This story from one of the earlier shows is his favorite.)

    I can't remember the year it happened, but I know it was prior to 1995. That’s when the newspaper began an electronic archive, and the story predates that. 

    July 25, 2014 at 3:15pm
    Cobia can be dangerous even after being gaffed.

    Rodeo memories: ‘Here’s to sharp hooks’

    Note: Bobby Cleveland covered the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo as a reporter for nearly 25 years. This is the fifth in a series of his favorite stories as the 66th annual event is held this weekend.

    It wasn’t so much that Bobby Brown’s shrug wasn’t believable as it was just how bad the two holes in his right thigh actually looked at the 53rd Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo.

    July 03, 2014 at 11:00am

    Rodeo memories: Painful birthday

    Note: Bobby Cleveland covered the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo as a reporter for nearly 25 years. This is the fourth in a series of his favorite stories as the 66th annual event kicks off July 3-6.

    Cheryl Lowman’s fish tale from the 1995 Rodeo could be called “The One that Got Even,” or, even more apropos, “The One She Wished had Gotten Away.”

    July 03, 2014 at 10:00am
    Over 20 years later the author still wonders what happened to the two Louisiana anglers and their mystery specked trout.

    Rodeo memories: The one that got away

    Note: Bobby Cleveland covered the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo as a reporter for nearly 25 years. This is the third in a series of his favorite stories as the 66th annual event approaches July 3-6.

    When most fishermen talk about the one that got away, they refer to fish that either broke their line, shook the hook or otherwise avoid being caught after getting hooked.

    July 02, 2014 at 9:30am
    The working end of an alligator gar, which is obviously toothy enough to scare a young boy and a reporter.

    Rodeo memories: One tough ol’ gar

    Note: Bobby Cleveland covered the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo as a reporter for nearly 25 years. This is the second in a series of his favorite stories as the 66th annual event approaches July 3-6.

    Rain fell so hard on the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor that day in 1979.

    June 24, 2014 at 3:00pm

    Deep Sea Rodeo memories: 66 years of fun

    Note: Bobby Cleveland covered the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo as a reporter for nearly 25 years. This is the first in a series of his favorite stories as the 66th annual event approaches July 3-6.

    They stood out in the crowd, the man dressed in a black tux and the woman in a full-length gown. Formal wear is not normal attire for the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, where tank tops, cut-offs and flip-flops are considered proper dress and where a string or thong bikini made out of a Confederate flag is acceptable and, on the appropriate body, truly appreciated and could even rate a salute.

    June 23, 2014 at 10:45am
    Capt. Tristan Armer of Ocean Springs with part of Sunday's limit catch from team Smack My Fish Up on a very rough opening day of the Gulf red snapper season. The rest of the photos show their red snapper catch that averaged 15 pounds, with two over 20

    Snapper situation turns dangerous

    Offshore recreational fishermen have many adjectives to describe the current state of federal red snapper management in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Stupid. Insane. Unfair. Asinine. Farcical. Unscientific.

    June 03, 2014 at 1:03pm
    Joe Watts of Canton rarely switches off crickets for bluegill action and he rarely goes home disappointed.

    Base bream bait on production

    Live bait is a necessary evil of bream fishing, especially in the spring when bluegill are on the beds.

    May 29, 2014 at 9:20am
    Officers Corp. Marc McCleskey (right) and Corp. Travis McDonald are being hailed as heroes after saving Michael Williams, 11, from drowning Memorial Day on the Tenn-Tom Waterway in Columbus.

    Officers rescue child in Tenn-Tom

    Two conservation officers on routine water patrol on Memorial Day are being hailed as heroes after rescuing a youngster from the waters of the Tenn-Tom Waterway near Columbus.

    May 28, 2014 at 1:30pm
    Austin and Wesley Partridge of Terry were treated to non-stop catfish action on Barnett Reservoir. The lake, like most in Mississippi, has an under-utilized resource of catfish just waiting to be tapped.

    Time to enjoy Mr. Whiskers

    Last weekend, on what was a summer-like day on Barnett Reservoir, I watched three youngsters catch catfish on every cast. Didn't really matter to them the size, they hooted with every one they reeled in and actually competed to see who could boat the littlest cat. They took home over 25 perfect for cleaning and eating.

    May 21, 2014 at 10:45am

    Legislature’s surprising move

    I finally figured out why we had such a cold, long, late winter in Mississippi, and it has absolutely nothing to do with anything meteorological or any other science.

    May 01, 2014 at 1:30pm
    Bass pro Pete Ponds got an assist on this bass, diving on the deck of his boat to secure it after it jumped aboard while trying to sling a lure after breaking Bobby Cleveland's line.

    The ones that wouldn’t get away

    The bass was jumping. Then it was diving.

    April 16, 2014 at 4:20pm

    Hen turkey pays a timely visit

    Being an outdoor writer who has chased wildlife and fish around Mississippi and the southeast for nearly four decades, I have told many stories.

    April 04, 2014 at 5:45pm
    The author holds up a stringer of big redear from Old Trace Park near Pontotoc.

    Nothing like a taste of redear action

    Got this terse e-mail from a friend Wednesday: “Redear bedding, and they are huge!”

    March 20, 2014 at 11:30am
    For Rabbit Rogers, the satisfaction of catching crappie is all about the feel of the bite, or the thump as he calls it.

    Fishing for the thump

    Crappie fishing — especially in the spring when the fish get active during the pre-spawn and spawning process — appeals to all five of my senses.

    March 13, 2014 at 3:15pm