Call them what you will — Appaloosa, goujon, yellow cat, shovelhead, mud cat or any of a half dozen other names — the flathead catfish is rightfully the king of the aquatic jungle. While they share some characteristics with blue and channel cats, they are, in many ways, a different breed of cat.
The headwaters of the Yazoo River begin with the Coldwater River near the Tennessee state line, and flow southward to where they meet the Tallahatchie River in Tallahatchie County. Along the way, the Coldwater’s flow is subsidized by the waters of Moon Lake in Coahoma County via the Yazoo Pass.
Catfish jugging used to be a common sport around big and small lakes and farm ponds, but folks seem to have gotten away from it as a popular catfishing tactic. Well, that is except for a few folks like John Mark Cockrell of Brandon who has just recently rediscovered not only the fun of running jugs for catfish but also the productivity of the angling strategy.
Few can argue that there is a fish more enjoyable to fish for and catch than the catfish. Nearly every farm pond has an ample supply, and just about any type gear and bait combo is sure to land one of these tasty critters.
Beginning somewhere about mid to late April, an absolute madness falls upon countless bodies of water across Mississippi. It is a frenzy, a panic of sorts that can keep the angler occupied for hours at a time. It can be intense.