Bobby C's Outdoors



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With so few stories of big bucks from the archery season, Bobby Cleveland thinks football is to blame. Kiel Higginbotham (left) and Brandon Dewease were hunting on a Thursday and not a Saturday when they took this buck. Fewer big bucks — blame football
329 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 10:30 am

After an obviously tough archery season, Mississippi biologists and hunters — not to mention the outdoor magazines and writers that love to share good deer stories — are wondering why there’s been a shortage of big buck reports.


Seeing deer is always a good thing, but great days in a stand don't always involve the wildlife outside its walls. Best day in deer stand? No doubt about it
713 Views - Posted: November 08 at 5:00 pm

It was our last day in a deer stand together one hunting season. 


Anthony Denny caught the state record bass on New Year's Eve of 1992 at Natchez State Park. Did his 18.15-pounder raise the bar too far? Winter is lunker time
482 Views - Posted: October 29 at 11:00 am

It was a warm winter’s day, the last one of 1992 in fact, when Anthony Denny saw the telltale sign of a big bass making a feeding run on some shad in a cove on the lake at Natchez State Park.


Squirrel make great table fare, but only a few will eat the heads. Squirrel for breakfast: Heady stuff
613 Views - Posted: October 03 at 12:45 pm

It’s been more than 55 years since I first sat down to a wild game meal, breakfast at my grandparents’ house in Houston, Texas.


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
556 Views - Posted: September 12 at 11:30 am

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.


Favorite Ganza memory still funny Favorite Ganza memory still funny
560 Views - Posted: July 25 at 3:15 pm

(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. 


Cobia can be dangerous even after being gaffed. Rodeo memories: ‘Here’s to sharp hooks’
592 Views - Posted: July 03 at 11:00 am

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.


Rodeo memories: Painful birthday Rodeo memories: Painful birthday
608 Views - Posted: July 03 at 10:00 am

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.”


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
570 Views - Posted: July 02 at 9:30 am

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.


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
651 Views - Posted: June 24 at 3:00 pm

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.


Deep Sea Rodeo memories: 66 years of fun Deep Sea Rodeo memories: 66 years of fun
485 Views - Posted: June 23 at 10:45 am

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.


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
5615 Views - Posted: June 03 at 1:03 pm

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.


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