He walked along the path that led around the barn and between the ponds, taking steps he’d made before on land he’d always known. The honeysuckle was in bloom, the cicadas were chattering and the July sun was hot as it had always been. To his nose, the heat of the air and the summer […]

By Kevin Tate Daily Journal The chance to compete on a national stage was one of the chief attractions when the Itawamba Community College bass team formed last fall, and that’s exactly where four of its fishermen find themselves headed later this month. The Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship will be held July 28 […]

The path wound upward, around rocks and out of sight, past deadfalls that lay steeply downhill, beside thickets of rhododendron carpeting mountainsides, past views that took what remained of our breath away. It was late November and we were on the Appalachian Trail, my wife and kids and I. Not for long, not for any […]

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Water levels will remain low at Trace State Park until all repairs have been completed.

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer The waters are low at Trace State Park, but they’re still open for business while repairs to the dam and water control structure are underway. Under normal circumstances, the lake at Trace State Park covers roughly 565 acres but, at the present, that area is greatly reduced because of water […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Defensive boating is the key to coming home safely from a day on the water, state wildlife officials say. In the same way a driver on the road should be prepared for fellow motorists to do the dumbest things they can think of, boat operators should expect the same from […]

Sometimes the level of excitement to be found at the boat ramp can exceed anything else that may happen on the water afterward. Rarely, if ever, is this a good thing. “I have watched people launch boats and their vehicles at the same time on four different occasions,” veteran fisherman and outdoor writer Bobby Cleveland […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Hot days and hotter bass action go together. With the summer’s weather and its fishing patterns both underway, the time to catch numbers of bass shallow in the grass and big bass deep on the river ledges has arrived. “The fish just showed up to the ledges in mass this […]

The Old Man trudged through the shallow pond, carefully keeping the wooden handle at his end of the net upright and the lines between us fairly tight, guiding the bottom through the mud and turning the seine in an arc. I stood with my toes in the water and held an identical handle on the […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer PENSACOLA, Fla. – The waters of the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida teem with gamefish. For those with vacation time on their hands, the fish can be accessed well enough from beach or bay to be worth bringing a couple bass rods along for the ride. James Williams, a […]