• Fishing Tournaments

    Cliff Pace was very consistent over the three-day 2018 Bassmaster Classic. The Petal angler finished in 16th place.

    Cliff Pace finishes 16th in Bassmaster Classic

    As far as weights go, Cliff Pace of Petal was about as consistent as possible over the three-day Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell this weekend. Unfortunately, his consistency didn’t put him at the top of the standings.

    March 18 at 6:09pm
    Cliff Pace had a good day two at the 2018 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, SC, and will begin the final day of the event in 16th place.

    Cliff Pace moves up leaderboard at Bassmaster Classic

    Cliff Pace made a move up the leaderboard on day two of the 2018 Bassmaster Classic. After bringing 13-pounds, 3-ounces to the scales — slightly less than his first day total — the Petal, Mississippi angler moved up from 21st to 16th, making the cut to fish on day three of the event, which is being held on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.

    March 17 at 8:01pm
    Cliff Pace sits in 21st place after day one of the 2018 Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell.

    Petal's Cliff Pace in 21st place at Bassmaster Classic

    Cliff Pace of Petal, Mississippi is fishing in his seventh Bassmaster Classic this weekend at Lake Hartwell, South Carolina. The winner of the 2013 Super Bowl of bass fishing currently sits in 21st place after the first day of competition.

    March 16 at 9:20pm
    In a March 2015 Bassmaster Central Open on Ross Barnett, Gene Bishop of Ridgeland found big female bass on a prespawn pattern to post a victory. He’ll try to repeat March 1-3 on Barnett Reservoir.

    Bassmaster Open at Barnett Reservoir

    For the fourth time in six years, and the 13th time in its history, the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) is bringing one of its national tournaments to Barnett Reservoir. 

    February 28 at 7:00am
    Cold-water bass fishing on Barnett Reservoir will be tested by Bassmaster Central Open anglers.

    Lots of B.A.S.S. traffic on Barnett

    The Barnett Reservoir area will be more colorful in February, as will the streets and hotel parking lots in nearby communities.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Brock Mosley holding up two lunker smallmouth on stage at St. Clair last Sunday.

    Mosley takes second at Lake St. Clair

    Collinsville angler Brock Mosley has been on a roll on the BASS Elite Series Tour lately. The talented angler finished second to arguably the greatest tournament bass angler of all time, Kevin Van Dam, at the St. Lawrence River three weeks ago by consistently catching lunker smallmouths each day. His total weight for that tournament was 82 pounds 3 ounces which was good enough for $25,000.

    August 31, 2017 at 4:10pm
    Gene Bishop won the 2015 Central Open on Barnett Reservoir. BASS will open the 2018 Central Open series March 1-3 at Barnett.

    BASS returning to Barnett in 2018

    Barnett Reservoir is back on the BASS tournament schedule in 2018.

    August 31, 2017 at 2:00pm
    A pass down the fish bins at the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is always entertaining and full of interesting sights, like this alligator gar being prepared for display.

    A lot to do, see, and plenty to learn

    The Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is always a popular attraction along the state’s Gulf Coast, offering much to do for visitors to the 70-year-old event.

    June 22, 2017 at 12:15pm
    In the 2017 Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, any angler holding a new state record for either yellowfin tuna (pictured) or shark will earn a $20,000 prize.

    Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo turns 70

    The largest fishing event in the state, participation-wise, is the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, which will be held for the 70th time June 30-July 4 at the Gulfport Harbor.

    June 21, 2017 at 2:30pm
    Scott Cothran of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., with the state record 242-pound, 8.64-ounce swordfish during the recent Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic in Biloxi. He earned a whopping $325,000 for the catch in the June 8-9 event.

    Record swordfish worth $325,000

    South Carolina angler Scott Cothran fished the recent 2017 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic aboard the Pay Dirt, one of the 120 boats entered in the June 8-9 event at Biloxi.

    June 20, 2017 at 4:00pm
    Typical scene from the Saturday night weigh-ins of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic: A happy angler with a giant blue marlin. The 21st MGCBC is June 5-11 at Biloxi. The weigh-ins at Point Cadet Harbor June 9-10 are free to the public.

    Attention turns to billfish

    The eyes of the big game sport fishing world will be on Biloxi June 5-11 as the 21st Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic returns to the Golden Nugget Casino and the neighboring Point Cadet Marine.

    June 02, 2017 at 6:00am
    Dustin Connell celebrates his victory Monday in the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at Barnett Reservoir.

    Connell holds off VanDam, wins Elite at Barnett

    As expected, arguably the best bass fisherman ever made a big charge at the tour rookie who held the lead going into the delayed final round of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Monday at Barnett Reservoir near Ridgeland.

    May 02, 2017 at 9:00am
    Dustin Connell was all smiles at Saturday's Bassmaster Elite weigh-in, but knows Sunday's postponement is not good news for his upriver pattern at Barnett Reservoir.

    Weather pushes Elite finale to Monday

    Due to unsafe weather conditions, the final round of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite tournament at Barnett Reservoir has been postponed until Monday.

    April 30, 2017 at 8:35pm
    Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Dustin Connell has caught enough fish from the upper Pearl River area of Barnett Reservoir in three days to take more than a 5-pound lead into the final round.

    Rookie Connell increases Elite lead

    For a rookie with a lead going into the final round of only his fourth Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, Alabama native Dustin Connell was calm as he assessed his chances — and the impending bad weather forecast — on Barnett Reservoir.

    April 29, 2017 at 10:36pm
    Dustin Connell of Clanton, Ala., took the lead on the second day of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite at  Barnett Reservoir with two-day total weight of 36 pounds, 7 ounces.

    On windy Barnett, Connell takes command

    Mother Nature came calling on Barnett Reservoir Friday during the second round of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, and she was vicious. (Click here for the story on Day 1)

    April 28, 2017 at 7:35pm
    Brandon Card of Knoxville, Tenn., has the lead after the first day of the Bassmaster Elite tournament at  Barnett Reservoir, bringing 22 pounds, 14 ounces to the scales on Thursday.

    Card leads ‘tightly-packed’ Elite on Barnett

    For a lake that most competing anglers complained would “fish small,” Barnett Reservoir yielded a lot of big bass and heavy sacks in Thursday’s first round of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Series tournament.

    April 28, 2017 at 9:00am