• Fishing Tournaments

    Edwin Evers needed 20 pounds, 9 ounces to take the lead in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic today, and that's exactly what he caught.

    Evers claims slim lead after second day of Bassmaster Classic

    Oklahoma’s Edwin Evers was the last to weigh in during the second day of the Bassmaster Classic, and when the scales settled he had claimed the lead of the so-called Superbowl of Fishing — but just barely.

    Emcee Dave Mercer announced Evers needed 20 pounds, 9 ounces to claim the lead, and that’s exactly what the scales read.

    The stringer brought Ever’s two-day weight to 47 pounds, 6 ounces.

    February 22, 2014 at 8:08pm
    Randall Tharp is leading the 2014 Bassmaster Classic after the first day, and he's confident there are plenty of fish for him to maintain and even extend his lead.

    Tharp leads after first day of Bassmaster Classic

    Randall Tharp said local knowledge was one of the keys to his 27-pound, 8-ounce showing today that put him in lead of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville.

    “The fish are in some places I haven’t seen them in five to seven years,” the Florida pro said. “Every time I fish a tournament here this time of year, I make a point to check these places — and the fish haven’t been there in years.”

    February 21, 2014 at 8:51pm
    Sheepshead have the black vertical bars, or stripes, that add to its unique look.

    CCA to hold Stripes, Spots & Dots tourney Feb. 22

    The Mississippi Chapter of the Coast Conservation Association is sponsoring an appropriately named Stripes, Spots & Dots Tournament Feb. 22 with a guaranteed payout of $8,000.

    “Stripes” refers to the dark bars that run down the sides of sheepshead, while “spots and dots” refers to the adornment on speckled trout and redfish, and the three species are among the most popular game fish found in big numbers along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the winter.

    The competition will be in two divisions for adults.

    Sheepshead will stand alone and the top prize is $2,500 for the heaviest single fish. Second is worth $750 and third $250.

    February 10, 2014 at 9:50am
    David Floyd of Pascagoula set the Mississippi record for speckled trout in April 2013. If it gets broken in the 2014 Speckled Trout World Championship in Gulfport, it could be worth a new Ford F-150 pickup.

    World Championship for specks planned

    What started a few years ago as two separate fishing tournaments to raise money to fund scholarships for two late members of the Mississippi Gulf Coast fishing community has now given way to a World Championship Speckled Trout tournament.

    The first Spraberry-Schankin Speckled Trout World Championship will be held April 17-19 in Gulfport, with competition also held in redfish, cobia and flounder.

    “A group of us got together and formed a group called Mississippi Gulf Coast Fishing Tournaments so we could gain 501-C-3 status to start a scholarship fund,” said tournament spokesman John Rea. “We did that because we have lost two dear friends who were fishermen down here in the last five years and we wanted to do something to honor them and keep their names and influences alive.

    February 06, 2014 at 4:45pm
    Defending Bassmaster Classic champ Cliff Pace will miss the 2014 championship event next month after falling and breaking his leg in a hunting accident last week.

    Pace to miss 2014 Classic after breaking leg in hunting accident

    Mississippi’s Cliff Pace will not defend his Bassmaster Classic title after suffering a broken left leg in a fall from a deer stand Friday afternoon near his home in Petal.

    Pace, an avid deer hunter who said the sport helps him ease the tension of tournament fishing, confirmed he broke his leg in two places — once above and once below his knee — and tore his ACL in his left knee. He underwent surgery on Saturday, and on Sunday he confirmed the accident.

    January 27, 2014 at 9:56am
    The Bassmaster Classic will return to South Carolina's Lake Hartwell in 2015, where Texas pro Alton Jones won the B.A.S.S. championship in 2008.

    Bassmasters Classic will return to Lake Hartwell in 2015

    The Bassmaster Classic will return to Lake Hartwell and South Carolina’s Upstate in 2015, bringing with it an approximate $30 million impact on the local economy. 

    “We are excited about it,” Tommy Dunn, chairman of the Anderson County Council told the Anderson Independent Mail. “It is the Super Bowl of fishing tournaments.”

    January 16, 2014 at 9:10am
    MCC tournament winners Jeremy Aldridge and Clint Egbert of Batesville won their first-ever tournament with 12.34 pounds.

    Tournament time

    This month’s crappie column will report the results of two recent big crappie tournaments, both held on Grenada Reservoir — and I’ll try to get back to Cranking Basics 101 that I started last month for next month’s column.

    November 07, 2013 at 9:00am
    2013 Forrest Wood Cup winner Randall Tharp sealed a wire-to-wire victory Oct. 19 during the Bassmaster Central Open on Ross Barnett Reservoir.

    Tharp goes wire-to-wire to win Barnett Central Open

    Randall Tharp had to defend more than just his wire-to-wire lead in Saturday’s final round of the Bassmaster Central Open on Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland, which he did with a five-fish limit of 12 pounds, 11 ounces for a three-day winning total of 41-15.

    October 19, 2013 at 8:27pm
    Randall Tharp maintained the lead of the Bassmaster Central Open at Ross Barnett reservoir after two days of competition.

    Tharp still in command in Central Open at Barnett after Day 2

    Oddly enough, you won’t find a Mississippian fishing in Saturday’s final round of the Bassmaster Central Open on Barnett Reservoir, but you will find a Japanese and an Australian angler.

    October 18, 2013 at 7:12pm
    Bassmaster Elite Series pro Pete Ponds didn't weigh a single fish in during the first day of the Bassmaster Central Open being held at Ross Barnett, Ponds' home waters.

    Mississippi madness during Central Open

    The disappointment was easy to see in the eyes and on the faces of the many Mississippi and Barnett-area fishermen as they left the water.

    October 17, 2013 at 8:28pm

    Nothing to sneeze about

    The highlight of Thursday’s weigh-in show was the story told by Marvin Ettredge, pro angler from Monroe, La., who had a really rough day: He weighed in two bass that weighed 3 pounds, 8 ounces but won the crowd over with his tale of one that got away.

    October 17, 2013 at 8:20pm
    Randall Tharp, fresh off the Forrest L. Wood Cup win, goes into Day 2 of the Bassmaster Central Open at Ross Barnett Reservoir.

    Red-hot Tharp takes Day 1 lead at Bassmaster Central Open

    When a bass fisherman is on a hot streak, and in Randall Tharp’s case it’s more like torrid, not even a major breakdown in his big engine can cool him off.

    October 17, 2013 at 8:14pm
    In 1969, nobody could match Pete Henson’s 124.3 pounds, back when daily limits usually took a stringer to tote to the scales.

    The Rez and B.A.S.S.

    Barnett Reservoir has played a significant role in the history of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. You can even say the lake had a hand in birth in the organization.

    October 15, 2013 at 7:00am
    Local anglers have never faired well in BASS events on Barnett. Pete Ponds led early in the 1996 event but finished third. His dad Bob Ponds finished second to Ricky Green, losing by one ounce in the 1972 Rebel Invitational.

    Local tournament-fishing jinx

    Expectations for a local winner always run high at Barnett Reservoir, but it never works out in national tour events. Not once has a Mississippian won a major event on the 33,000-acre lake.

    October 15, 2013 at 7:00am
    Elite Series pro Stephan Browning, who won the Red River tournament but didn’t qualify for the Classic, is expected to be in Jackson.

    Who’s fishing the 2013 Bassmaster Open on the Rez?

    B.A.S.S. won’t release its official field for the Oct. 17-19 event until about a week before the tournament, so it is unclear exactly who will be launching on Barnett Reservoir.

    October 15, 2013 at 7:00am
    B.A.S.S. Nation member James

    Bassmaster Open competitor shot, killed at Jackson motel

    A Texas bass fisherman in Mississippi to fish a B.A.S.S. tournament was shot and killed Sunday night after confronting a man who was allegedly vandalizing his boat in a motel parking lot, Jackson police said.

    October 14, 2013 at 3:12pm