Meridian Star

Outdoors

May 30, 2014

Almost heaven: Kenny Snowden’s dream trip

MERIDIAN — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to catch a lunker bass? Or maybe you’ve dreamed of catching bass until you just got tired, if that could even be possible. Kenny Snowden has caught more than his share of bass, crappie and catfish and he was elated when he won Passion of the Wild’s guided fishing trip to Triple D Ranch with Meridian Star and Mississippi Sportsman’s writer, wildlife photographer, and bass fishing guide Michael O. Giles.  Snowden’s name was drawn at Giles’ book signing which was held at Loeb’s last December and his anticipation had been growing every day since.

    Snowden was captivated by the picturesque landscape surrounding the lake nestled in the rolling hills and hollows of one of the Black Belt’s most fertile areas. And he was more impressed by the quality and quantity of bass he found living there. Snowden had just the recipe for the hungry bass; Texas rigged plastic worms. Snowden flipped a worm near a stump and felt the tell-tale thump, of a bass inhaling it. The excited angler whipped his rod to the side and drove the steel hook deep into the jaws of an unsuspecting bass. Seconds later he landed the bass and our day had begun with a bang.  

    As the morning sun rose above the horizon, the bass retreated into their submerged haunts around standing timber, stumps and hidden structure. Snowden worked the worm around every piece of structure he could find and I followed suit. Pitching a plastic crawfish into the middle of a tree top, brought a solid strike. I reared back on the rod and set the hook and a massive lunker bass erupted from the depths like it was shot out of a cannon. After tail walking on the water almost all the way to the boat the bass tired a bit and I quickly boated and released him.

    As the sun rose higher, the heat turned up and the bass turned on. Snowden pitched a worm near another brush top and promptly caught another bass. In fact, the lucky angler continued working the brush drawing strikes and catching bass. Now these bass weren’t ordinary bass, they were F1 Tiger bass and they were ferocious.

    “There are no words that can explain how hard the bass hit and how strong they pulled when you set the hook,” Snowden said. “All I know it was the best day of bass fishing I have ever had!” The lunker bass just kept biting and Snowden kept jacking their jaws and hauling them in.

    “This is just awesome, an awesome lake,” said Snowden. He continued picking apart the lake with precision casts and tempting offerings enticing strike after strike from the fish. And the Tiger bass obliged him with massive strikes, thunderous explosions and fantastic battles.

    “We caught bass after bass after bass,” Snowden said. “The quality and quantity of the bass was awesome and we caught so many quality bass it was almost unbelievable.” The aggressive Tiger bass fought so hard that three to four pounders fought like seven or eight pounders, almost like spotted bass on steroids!

    “Triple D Ranch is a hidden gem and if you enjoy catching lots of big bass I recommend you give then a try,” said Snowden. “Sharing a dream day on the water catching fish, reminiscing about old times and making memories with Mike Giles was just icing on the cake.”

    Contact  Mike Giles at

601-917-3898 or e-mail him

at mikegiles18@comcast.net

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