Tag: Mississippi Sportsman

  • Zoom’s Trick Worm still producing after four decades

    Zoom’s Trick Worm still producing after four decades

    Guide Charlie King caught this bass, which weighed almost 11 pounds, at Toledo Bend on his go-to soft plastic bait the past 10 to 12 years, a Zoom Trick Worm. Zoom’s Trick Worm still going strong, catching bass after bass In late October, an out-of-state bass angler visiting Keith’s Toledo Bend Tackle near Hemphill, Texas, asked […]

  • Fish Enid in December

    Fish Enid in December

    Paul Elias said bass will be shallow on Enid Lake in December as long as the water temperature remains at 40 degrees or above. Today, Enid Lake reigns as one of Mississippi’s best bass-fishing lakes, due to the numbers and sizes of bass being caught there: plenty of 3- to 5-pounders. Lakes go through cycles […]

  • Survey proves water flow affects growth rates in largemouth, spotted bass

    Survey proves water flow affects growth rates in largemouth, spotted bass

    Backwater habitats provide shelter from water flows in riverine reservoirs. (Photo courtesy Tim Ciampolli) Compared to natural lakes with relatively stable water levels, reservoirs are dynamic habitats where fluctuations in level and flow are typical conditions. While many anglers can easily envision the large fluctuations in reservoir elevation that happen every year, such as occurs […]

  • Don’t let winter weather win. Tackle a bass boat restoration project

    Don’t let winter weather win. Tackle a bass boat restoration project

    The author adds the final touch to his bass-boat restore. A recessed foot pedal tray relieves fatigue. For some anglers, bass fishing is a year-round battle of wits and determination. Layers of clothing, paired with face masks and skull caps, enable continued participation. Other anglers love the sport but display limitations. For those, numerous cups […]

  • Echo 1.75: Bass pro’s idea became lure designer’s square-bill crankbait project

    Echo 1.75: Bass pro’s idea became lure designer’s square-bill crankbait project

    Brian Branum’s celebrated crankbait design became Bill Lewis’s 1.75 Echo. A Lake Sam Rayburn fishing guide’s voice oozes pure pride when he talks about a crankbait that’s been around six years, with ebbs and flows in popularity. Brian Branum, 57, of Brookeland, Texas, designed the Bill Lewis Echo 1.75 square-bill crankbait from scratch. The Echo […]

  • Is a buzz bait the best lure to use for hungry bass?

    Is a buzz bait the best lure to use for hungry bass?

      In this Sportsman TV video, Greg Hackney goes after bass using one of his favorite lures – a buzz bait. The post “Is a buzz bait the best lure to use for hungry bass?” first appeared on LouisianaSportsman.com. The post Is a buzz bait the best lure to use for hungry bass? appeared first on Mississippi […]

  • Fish fast for Grenada bass in November

    Fish fast for Grenada bass in November

    Although most Grenada bass will weigh 1 to 3 pounds, every now and then you’ll catch a chunky bass like this. When people speak of Grenada Lake, sandwiched between Enid and Sardis lakes, most think of numbers of big crappie, not bass. But good-sized bass also live there. I think the locals want to keep […]

  • What’s not to like about November in Mississippi?

    What’s not to like about November in Mississippi?

      Shortly after dawn, I launched my Stealth 1200 buck boat into the murky flooded waters of Mahannah WMA in search of high ground and deer. I’d set my sights on one area of the WMA that might still have dry land. Amazingly, I encountered thousands of ducks in the flooded fields and hardwood bottoms […]

  • Fall is perfect time for a child’s first fishing test

    Fall is perfect time for a child’s first fishing test

    Fall is a great time to introduce kids to fishing. Mike Giles recently took his first grandson, Zane Michael Gowens, fishing near Collinsville, where he caught his first bass. (Photo by Mike Giles) Getting youngsters started can be a bit of a test, but a passing grade will be a big step in his/her life […]

  • Big swimbaits mean big bass in the fall

    Big swimbaits mean big bass in the fall

      Big swimbaits are great fall baits for lunker bass across Mississippi. Here’s how, when and where to fish them. Big swimbaits  won’t produce many bites, but any single strike could result in the bass of a lifetime. Swimbaits come in many sizes and configurations, from the popular plastic-tipped jighead to lures that look so real […]