Bass Fishing

Fishing for April bass

During April, I’ll primarily be fishing the shad spawn on the rocks at Ross Barnett Reservoir, one of the hottest lakes in Mississippi during April, where you’ll catch 1½- to 6- or 7-pounders. Fishing the lily pads in the lake will be my second choice. […]

As Big As they Grow

Washington too good to pass up

I know, I know, I know — last month’s “As Big As They Grow” column was all about Lake Washington. But I can’t help but share the following Lake Washington update, especially as it relates to the crappie tournament action and the great fishing at Washington so far this spring. […]

Offshore Fishing

Twice as nice

According to Capt. Lenny Maiolatesi of the Fighting Chicken, docked at Harbor Landing Marina in Ocean Springs, “April means wahoo, and we use a three-pronged attack to fish offshore then. […]

Turkey Hunting

Blind as a bat

Turkey hunting can sure seem like hunting blind sometimes. Gobblers can appear out of thin air as though in a vision. Hens pop up behind you with peering eyes picking up on every out-of-place detail in the woods. […]

Bass Fishing

Bed fishing revisited

It’s spawning time for largemouth bass throughout much of Mississippi. It’s time for sight fishing bass on the beds, and it’s prime time for the perennial debate about the effects of bed fishing. […]


Seat-of-your-pants orientation rules

Once upon a time, one of the most tedious things we boaters and fishermen attempted was to figure out exactly where we were on a lake map or chart. Few freshwater fishermen bothered to mount a compass on their boat and just used shoreline sightings and depth soundings to figure out where they were. […]

Bass Fishing

Shallow-water Cranking

After working a shallow water cove for quite a while with no results, Justin Giles turned his boat toward deeper water and peered intently at his LCR until we crossed a slight drop off. Giles dug into his bag of tricks and pulled out a nice looking crankbait with a short lip, and changed lures. […]