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 […]

A white crab the size of a quarter scuttled in a wide arc atop the sand as a flashlight beam played across. The Boy scurried after with a short-handled net, whapping emptily to the ground again and again behind. Eventually he covered the crab, which quickly burrowed to escape. “Hurry!” The Boy said. “Bring the […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer The best fishing waters are always the ones you can get to. For youngsters out of school and within walking distance of any kind of lake or pond, the chance to catch a few bass and sharpen both skills and desire may never find a better place. Whether it’s a […]

His accent was a lot of South Florida and a little bit of London and his fishing skills were Top Notch Pro all the way. Tony Murphy, who’d left home at age 19 and changed hemispheres, steered the Key Limey, a 31-foot Contender, toward a shallow break below a coral outcropping in the Lower Florida […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer In addition to reaching for the mouths of some of the biggest catfish ever caught in the state, organizers of the North Mississippi Grabbling Tournament are reaching for the hands of local veterans who could use some help returning to the freedoms they fought to preserve. In its fifth year, […]

As children, one of my cousins and I routinely spent all the pocket money we could raise on military surplus gear, and spent our summer days playing Army. From a hillside south of Shannon, we set up ambushes in the jungles of Guadalcanal and stormed the beaches of Normandy. We plundered cans of soup and […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer The brown bass that share the same rivers and lakes as their green cousins tend to be more difficult to catch but, for enthusiasts up for a challenge, there are ample rewards in store. Compared to largemouths, smallmouth bass prefer cooler water with a steady current. Generally they’re more attracted […]

The Old Man held a hook in two fingers of his left hand. It was a Mustad brand, 3/0. He gripped a waxed nylon drop from a trotline in two fingers of the other and carefully threaded it through, then moved the loop under and up. “This is how,” he said, and I watched and […]