Bass Fishing

Fishing-friendly city

Columbus Lake is near the historic City of Columbus. The Convention and Visitors Bureau promotes fishing and eco-tourism, and has invested greatly in tournament fishing. […]

Bass Fishing

Red bumps

There were red bumps and sores on several of the bass we caught at Columbus Lake in May.

Tom Holman of the MDWFP said the sores are nothing to worry about. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Hand over fist

Greg Parker guided his flat-bottomed boat toward a spot near the northern shore of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. In the boat were no rods and reels, no bait buckets or tackle boxes — just a large cooler with some ice, a bag of gloves, a roll of duct tape and a few other tools of the hand-grabbers trade.

Parker cut the motor, removed his life vest and allowed the boat to glide to a near stop before he rolled over the gunwale, hardly making a splash. In his hand was a catch stick, used by poultry workers to collect chickens. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Hand-grabbing regulations

Jerry Brown, a fisheries biologist for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks said the fact that blues and flatheads are cavity spawners accounts for their willingness to enter man-made boxes during the spawning season. […]

Freshwater Fishing

The hand-grabbing season

The hand-grabbing season coincides with the spawning period for blue cats and flatheads. In natural conditions, these fish will spawn in hollow logs, caves and recesses created by fallen trees or jammed debris. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Mentoring new hand-grabbers

Over the years, Parker has been a teacher and guide for others wanting to feel the rush of pulling a big catfish from below the surface with nothing more than natural strength. […]