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Up a Creek without a Paddle: Summer Wading for Bass and Panfish
Jun 23, 2020
A couple cold “Cocolas” and two packs of salty peanuts buy us the OK to park my Jeep at the country store where the creek and the highway cross. I hop into the pickup with my bass-slayin’, squirrel bustin’, rabbit dog runnin’ cousin Kevin and we head up a gravel road and thump-thump-thump over a cattle gap. We creep through crunchy truck ruts and along rusted barbed wires common in our part of Mississippi. I hop out and squeak open the gate—it...
Paddling to Paradise: How to Pull Off an Overnight Float and Fishing Trip
May 12, 2020
“We was feeling pretty good after breakfast, and took my canoe and went over the river a fishing, with a lunch, and had a good time…,” Mark Twain, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” 1884
As Americans we have access to more water than any one of us could float in a hundred lifetimes. The United States is home to 3.6 million miles of rivers and streams; countless lakes, 250 of which have a surface area of 10 square miles or more; and a coastline...
Run of Show: What to Expect on Your First Offshore Charter
Apr 20, 2020
The best cowboy is the one who’s in the way the least. Same goes for greenhorns—those of us who’re curious enough to try new things and ain’t afraid to suck. If you’re headed out on your first offshore charter trip this summer, here’s what to expect no matter where you are in the world. Get ready.
A sailfish bursts through the slick surface shining purple and blue and silver and gold. It tosses its head around like a bull three seconds into a...
Bar Room Banter: Will Piranhas Turn You into a Euro Mount?
Apr 14, 2020
There’s a difference between book smart and bar smart. You may not be book smart, but this series can make you seem educated and interesting from a barstool. So, belly up, pour yourself a glass of something good, and take mental notes as we swim with an infamous face-eater.
“The pirañas were eating the boy there,” José said, pointing down the red dirt bank to the muddy Amazonian water. I studied the water and considered what we were about to do...
‘Biloxi Bacon’ (Striped Mullet) Two Easy Recipes
Mar 24, 2020
“May the mullet brown in abundance upon his frying pan.”
-Traditional Biloxi, Mississippi, Blessing
In our recent Trash Fish Tuesday: Striped Mullet article, we celebrated the deep Southeastern tradition of catching, cooking, and sharing mullet. The once-staple and newly trending fish is local, sustainable, healthy, versatile, easy to catch and easy to clean, and damn tasty. So, if you’re finally ready to eat more mullet, check out...
A Marsh of Your Own: How to Catch Redfish by Kayak
Mar 2, 2020
Corpus Christi Bay is tequila clear and cellophane slick this morning.
When my kayak slipped over the oyster bed a moment ago, a thousand calcium and carbon blades scratched the hull and scraped off any boats on my tail. Now I stand up in the sit-in kayak, invert my paddle, and pull a camo sock-hat over the yellow blade. I push myself slowly through the skinny water, still-hunting.
A grumpy aghh, aghh snatches my eyes to a trio of white ibis...
Trash Fish Tuesday: Striped Mullet, aka “Biloxi Bacon”
Feb 18, 2020
Why do we consider some fish iconic and others aquatic refuse? In this series, we focus on American fishes not officially designated as “game fish.” These species, though native, get lumped into a category of “trash fish,” a distinction that’s more than just semantic. Game fish are managed differently by state and federal agencies. They get protection, research, money, and love. Trash fish don’t. We think that’s wrong.
Hook, Line, and Sinker: Catfish Limb-Lining Basics
Dec 30, 2019
Our fate hangs by a thread just around this bend. If the limb-line is taut, we’ll dine on fresh catfish fried crispy in cornmeal and lard. If not, it’s creek-side potted meat and crackers for supper.
We’re canoeing Mississippi’s Black Creek for a few days. We lit the Coleman stove long before the sun. The smell of eggs, coffee, and bacon rose in the gloaming. And, at first good light, we were floating downstream through a wild and scenic morning...