Outdoors: The Buzz December 28, 2012

By Kevin Tate/Outdoors Writer

A-rig really lighting up bass action at Pickwick
Big bass are being hauled in on Pickwick by Alabama rig users right now, echoing the rig’s performance there last winter.
“Big bass are being caught with it, and I mean big bass and lots of them,” Clay Coleman, of Clay’s Bait and Tackle in Tupelo, said. “That’s what the A-rig taught us last year, that there’s another way to catch those big fish.
“They’re catching eight- and 10-pound bass in big numbers on Pickwick right now. I haven’t heard if they’re doing it at Bay Springs also, but I’d bet they are.”
Coleman said conditions for the rig’s use should also be right around the locks along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
“It looks like it’s going to be a wintertime deal.”
The Alabama rig is an umbrella-style presentation that puts five shad-like baits in front of fish at once. It’s fished from a rod and reel loaded with very heavy line.
Kevin Tate

Wild game contest set
The Calhoun County Wild Game Tasting Buffet is set for Monday, Feb. 11, at the Multi Purpose Building in Pittsboro.
All dishes for judging must be present by 6 p.m. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. The annual event typically draws a wide variety of wild game dishes and includes lots of fun and fellowship.
Dishes will be judged in the categories of fin, feather, deer, other fur and wild hog, and from those category winners a best-in-show grand champion will be selected.
Admission is $1 with dish and $3 with no dish. For more information, call Millie Goforth at 662-628-6260.
Kevin Tate

Waterfowl pushed south by major front
Recent rains have added some shallowly flooded habitat to the landscape in the northeastern portion of the Delta.
Large flocks of mallards and other dabblers have arrived and should continue to arrive on the heels of the major cold weather system that swept the central plains this past week.
Waterfowl were found using both agricultural and moist-soil wetlands. Ducks should begin to move into these newly flooded habitats as food resources become more limited in those areas that have been flooded for the last few weeks.
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