Tag: Mississippi Sportsman

  • Auburn study proves that fishing pressure affects bass populations

    Auburn study proves that fishing pressure affects bass populations

      I’ve heard it again and again: fishing pressure is increasing. Based on what I see on the lakes I fish, I fully agree. Whether the number of anglers is increasing or staying the same, a lot of guys and gals are on the water catching bass. A recent Auburn University study by researchers Jeff […]

  • Maynor Creek’s bass call out to October fishermen

    Maynor Creek’s bass call out to October fishermen

      Fish upper end of lake with topwater, crankbait, buzzbait with frog trailer In October, I like to fish Maynor Creek, just west of Waynesboro, because it’s a small lake. You can fish it in a day, it has plenty of lily pads and the bass there stay shallow almost all year-long. The bass will […]

  • The Boy Howdy is back

    The Boy Howdy is back

      Bass fishermen in the know have hailed a 26-year-old Fort Smith, Ark., bass angler as a hero for his recent work with artificial lures. Dustin Elder helps them put bass in the boat whenever they throw Cotton Cordell’s tail-weighted Boy Howdy, a discontinued topwater that was dusted off at his urging, redesigned and reintroduced […]

  • Be ready at Bogue Homa

    Be ready at Bogue Homa

      A bladed jig rocks, but have follow-up baits ready on September trips Bogue Homa Lake near my hometown of Laurel is shallow and contains a lot of vegetation. In September, that vegetation dies back, opening up waters for fishing that anglers weren’t able to reach during the summer. Baitfish are moving from deeper water […]

  • Where do different bass species live? Habitat is the answer

    Where do different bass species live? Habitat is the answer

    Stream-dwelling smallmouth bass occupy rocky habitat in or near swift current. In impounded rivers, they prefer areas with rocks and riprap. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass live together in many middle-America waters, from Tennessee and West Virginia in the east to eastern Kansas and Oklahoma in the west. In Mississippi, the three black bass co-occur […]

  • Five choices for rigging swimbaits

    Five choices for rigging swimbaits

    Swimbaits can be fished deep on five different rigs (clockwise from top left): Line-through bait, bladed jighead, underspin, normal jighead, Scrounger head. Bass pro Dylan Fulk said swimbaits are fairly simple baits to fish, but there are a number of options for rigging them. He has rigged them five different ways. Threaded on a regular, […]

  • When it comes to big bass, some in Mississippi like it hot!

    When it comes to big bass, some in Mississippi like it hot!

    The dog days of summer might not seem like the best time to catch a big largemouth, but certain tactics and situations can spawn some big-fish bites. Here’s what you need to know. When the sweltering, dog days of summer arrive in Mississippi, it’s time to change tactics to catch lunker bass.  As the temperature […]

  • Can we build bigger bass?

    Can we build bigger bass?

    This 13½-pound bass was donated to Texas’s ShareLunker program. Progeny from this fish and a male Florida bass were stocked into the Texas impoundment where this fish was caught. (Picture by TPWD photo) Selective breeding yields faster growing largemouth For bass anglers, bigger is better. This mantra has stimulated fisheries management agencies to introduce larger-growing, […]

  • Fish Enid Lake for August bass

    Fish Enid Lake for August bass

    Fishing in August, Paul Elias likes to fish a jig around stumps and laydowns in pockets on the upper end of Enid Lake. Riprap near dam, pockets up the lake are keys to having a good fishing day Enid, a 6,100-acre lake about 50 miles south of Memphis in Yalobusha County, has plenty of cover […]

  • Lure Review: Kajun Boss spinnerbaits

    Lure Review: Kajun Boss spinnerbaits

    Kajun Boss spinnerbaits are hanging and ready to go at Kajun Boss Outdoors. A model with an orange Colorado blade and gold Indiana blade is one of the most-popular, according to co-owner Marcus Curry of Centerville. (Photo by Kajun Boss Outdoors) Louisiana pair has gone from catching bass to helping anglers What began as a […]