• As Big As they Grow

    Layne Carpenter, 12, caught the fish of a lifetime five minutes into his tournament-fishing career.

    You can’t make stuff like this up

    Twelve-year-old sets new record for tournament fish
    May 07, 2015 at 9:00am
    Brad Chappell with a guest fisherman caught one fish at Lake Washington, but it turned out to be the big fish of the day.

    Bad weather tournaments

    Wind was almost too much
    April 09, 2015 at 9:00am
    James and Trace Carpenter of Winona make a great fishing team. Trace was awarded the Elite Fisherman Award by MCC last season. These slabs came from Grenada this past fall at the Big Mama Open.

    It’s finally time

    Grab the sunscreen and leave the coat at home
    March 09, 2015 at 9:00am
    Greenville’s Brad Taylor fished a MCC event at Sardis Lake with daughter Allie Bre, and she had a ball.

    Kids these days!

    Get young anglers involved in fishing
    February 09, 2015 at 9:00am
    The catfish industry is a mainstay in Mississippi. Shown here are catfish farm workers harvesting some of the Delta’s finest. The author recently retired from a large national sanitation supply company where he served as a Food Safety Consultant and worked closely with Simmons Catfish for 30 years.

    Game fish for sale, game fish for sale!

    January 08, 2015 at 9:00am
    Ellison Bates of Fannin shows off a couple of big fish caught at the recent fall Big Mama event on Grenada Lake.

    College football and crappie fishing

    Mississippians having success both on the field and the water
    December 01, 2014 at 7:00am
    The author loads his Abu Garcia Silver Max reels with a system of presets so when he breaks off he is still in the game with a quick tie-on of another crankbait.

    A lesson on loading line

    An efficient cranking method makes for easy fishing
    November 09, 2014 at 9:00am
    New to crappie tournament fishing, Ellison Bates of Fannin shows off a Wolf Lake “slab.”

    Finicky fish will soon want to feed

    Until then, you’ll have to work for them
    October 09, 2014 at 9:00am
    Gil Woodis of Philadelphia shows off some nice fall crappie caught on Barnett last fall.

    Fall fishing is fun for everyone

    Nothing beats a cool breeze when pulling crankbaits for crappie
    September 08, 2014 at 9:00am
    Finding baitfish and pulling lures the proper depth are keys to catching summer slabs.

    Cranking productivity

    There are some crankbait basics every crappie angler should know
    August 08, 2014 at 9:00am
    Jeremy Aldridge and Clint Egbert of Batesville won two MCC events this year. The were named the circuit’s Rookie Team of the Year.

    What tournaments can teach you

    MCC celebrates 23 years of fishing fun
    July 10, 2014 at 9:00am
    Team Gray based out of Grenada — that’d be Kim Gray and Vic Finckley — hit the Top 5 at May’s Enid tournament. Team Gray weighed in 7 crappie that totaled 11.32 pounds.

    Testing the limits of crankbaits

    Focus on where fish are to catch more crappie
    June 09, 2014 at 9:00am
    Autin McDaniels and Sammy Hill of Louisville caught a seven-fish tournament limit on March 15 at Grenada weighing 18.98 pounds to win the Magnolia Crappie Club tournament.

    Crappie fishing explodes

    Warming waters pushes fish to eat
    May 08, 2014 at 9:00am
    Bill Barnett of West Memphis, Ark., fished with his son-in-law and granddaughter at Lake Washington.

    Tournament fishing 101

    Getting prepped for T-day is no accident
    April 07, 2014 at 9:00am
    Mother Nature is pointing male crappie toward the shallows right now, and the big females are right behind them.

    Crappie head to spawning grounds

    As temperatures rise, so will the fish
    March 06, 2014 at 9:00am
    Husband and wife team, Greg and Georgia Ladner of Kiln weighed in 13.01 pounds at Chotard/Eagle in December.  That was good enough for third place.

    Crappie do bite in the cold

    Tough it out for February tournaments
    February 06, 2014 at 9:00am