Bobby C's Outdoors



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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
179 Views - Posted: Yesterday 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
557 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
522 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
541 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’
561 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
583 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
531 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
625 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
462 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
5553 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.


Joe Watts of Canton rarely switches off crickets for bluegill action and he rarely goes home disappointed. Base bream bait on production
995 Views - Posted: May 29 at 9:20 am

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


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
5238 Views - Posted: May 28 at 1:30 pm

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.


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