Guys like Brian Barton are a rare find. He spent his early years working his way through school by day and tending catfish trotlines at night. Decades ago, Pickwick Lake produced much of the supply to meet the demand for commercial catfish. […]
Just how big was the giant blue catfish that John Summers caught and released in the Mississippi River in 2007?
“So big,” Summers said, “that it couldn’t be replicated.” […]
After only a few minutes talking to John Summers, you immediately get the impression that’s he a man with nothing to prove. From the massive deer on his office wall to the breathtaking photos of a behemoth, better-than-world-record-class blue catfish that Summers caught — and released — on Dec. 1, 2007. […]
A leadoff batter is the most important player whenever you start a game of baseball. He establishes the tone for the rest of the game, setting the table to so speak. For this year’s Catfish Hotspots series, Joey Pounders of Caledonia not only steps up to the plate, he knocks one out of the park on a rainy day in January, describing the best catfishing locations on his home waters at Columbus Lake on the Tenn-Tom Waterway. […]
If you have been following this column, you might remember I discussed catfish growth in October and November. The September column introduced Larry Pugh, the new chief of fisheries for Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. […]
Johnny Cumberland had no idea what was about to happen as he boarded Capt. Bob Crosby’s boat on a recent trip to the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, but he was hopeful of catching a few big blues. […]
Mississippi offers diverse and outstanding catfishing opportunities. Fisheries scientists have compiled abundant information about factors affecting catfish growth to support management of wild catfish stocks and to improve production of catfish on fish farms. […]