Other Hunting

Nighttime Bandits

“Load up, Music!”

The old blue tick coon hound did as Buddy Lisk commanded, leaping excitedly onto the tailgate of the pickup and settling in next to his litter mate, Blaze, for the short ride to Christian Bottom. […]

Freshwater Fishing

Prime Meridian

Joe Giles studied his LCR for a few minutes before pitching a couple of marker buoys out into the muddy waters of Okatibbee. Giles was scanning the bottom for the Gin Creek channel that cut through the Gin Creek Flats.

After fishing only about 30 yards, he caught his first keeper crappie, and threw yet another marker buoy out to mark the spot. He quickly put the perch in the “supper well,” and pitched his jig-and-spinner combo. Another fat one nailed it.

“I like to use a jig-and-spinner combo when searching for pre-spawn crappie,” Giles said. “I usually tie on a jig first and then put a small Beetle Spin-type spinner on the rear of the rig to slow my retrieve down and give me more feel and sensitivity at the same time.” […]

Offshore Fishing

Mixed bag awaits out of Biloxi

Capt. Rimmer Covington of the Mexican Gulf Fishing Company, one of the new breed of offshore fishermen, runs a sleek, fast and powerful striker boat. Covington’s 39-foot custom SeaVee with three, 350-horsepower Yamaha engines on the back allows him to leave Biloxi and be 70 miles or more offshore in less than two hours under good weather and water conditions. […]

Bass Fishing

Fish Barnett’s rocks, stems for bass

This month, I’ll be fishing Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson. As the weather warms, and the bass are in their pre-spawn mode, the bass usually will be holding on riprap rock and lily-pad stems there. During February, if you get 10 bass to the boat, you’ve had a good day. On the best day I’ve ever had on Ross Barnett in February, I caught five bass that weighed a total of 20 pounds. Right now, most tournaments on the lake will be won with a 20-pound stringer or bigger. […]