Driving home from Meridian this past Saturday, I found myself in deep thought. I had attended a funeral earlier that morning (something that I know all of us are having to do much too often these days), and driving home, I was pondering how a funeral is, most often, like an open window into …

 “The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them.” -J.K. Rowling

Nathan Hodgins cast a Bass Pro Tournament Series worm near a swirl that he spotted in a patch of salad grass, and the water boiled up like a hot cauldron. Suddenly, his line straightened out and started moving to the side like it was shot out of a canon.

Zane Michael Gowens was born to fish, though he didn’t yet know it at the time. He donned a Bass Pro Shops pro staff jersey and posed for a photo with his Pawpaw before he ever left the hospital. Fishing just comes naturally to his family. His mother, Chandler Giles Gowens, won the first fi…

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I’ve felt it for a few weeks, the sensation becoming more palpable with each passing day. Watching a single yellow windblown leaf drift down to rest upon the receding waters of a swollen Noxubee River last week as I drove home, I felt a quickening.

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It was love at first sight. He walked into the room wearing a well-worn sport coat (patches on the elbows), flannel button down, faded jeans and hiking boots. I watched and listened as he leaned against the desk and reviewed the syllabus for the upcoming semester, my eyes intently focused d…

Driving home from Meridian this past Saturday, I found myself in deep thought. I had attended a funeral earlier that morning (something that I know all of us are having to do much too often these days), and driving home, I was pondering how a funeral is, most often, like an open window into …

 “The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them.” -J.K. Rowling

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“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” -John Muir

Nathan Hodgins cast a Bass Pro Tournament Series worm near a swirl that he spotted in a patch of salad grass, and the water boiled up like a hot cauldron. Suddenly, his line straightened out and started moving to the side like it was shot out of a canon.

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Sunday morning, as I watched the rain fall and took in the beauty of Gulf waters while enjoying my morning coffee, I began to contemplate the passage of time.

Zane Michael Gowens was born to fish, though he didn’t yet know it at the time. He donned a Bass Pro Shops pro staff jersey and posed for a photo with his Pawpaw before he ever left the hospital. Fishing just comes naturally to his family. His mother, Chandler Giles Gowens, won the first fi…

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 “A lake is landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” -Henry David Thoreau

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Billy Johnson slowly skulled his johnboat through the cypress trees and dissected the cover with his crappie jig much like a skilled surgeon. Johnson danced the jig around the cypress knees and felt the thump of a crappie strike after he jigged it up. He set the hook with his graphite rod an…

If ever there was a perfect morning, this had to be it. The bluebird sky above was filled with cotton ball clouds, and the air was crisp and cool. I held my fly rod in one hand and used the other to grab roots and rocks as we made our way down the river bank using a combination of climbing …

Brock Mosley cut his fishing teeth on Okatibbee Lake fishing with his father, Danny Mosley, and that experience ignited his passion for bass fishing and led to a professional career and a spot in this year’s Bassmaster Classic, which will take place this week on Lake Ray Roberts in Fort Wor…

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“...all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise.” -Norman Maclean, “A River Runs Through It”

James Byrd cast a lure towards the shoreline, and it settled slowly to the bottom, but it didn’t get far as a bass struck hard and started running towards deeper water.

Going into the final morning of their Texas Rio turkey hunt, lifelong hunting friends Allen Shortridge and Tommy Jackson had yet to score on a Rio Grande gobbler so they enlisted the aid of veteran turkey hunter Justin Jackson, who’d already tagged out. During the prior morning hunt, Shortr…

Billy Russell dropped a jig beside a cypress tree, and a hungry crappie sucked it in, and a split-second later Russell set the hook, and the first crappie of the day was in the boat. Russell had just made his first turkey hunting trip with me in 38 years, and we left the woods with a gobbler…

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“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” —J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

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Somewhere around the time I graduated high school, or shortly thereafter, I was given a copy of Robert Fulghum’s book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

It was one of those days. The bad luck started early that morning when I busted an old gobbler that had been schooling me all week off his roost. By midday, I was bone-tired and totally frustrated. It seemed as though I was putting out one fire after another at work, and by that afternoon I…

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It was one of those days. The bad luck started early that morning when I busted an old gobbler that had been schooling me all week off his roost. By midday, I was bone-tired and totally frustrated. It seemed as though I was putting out one fire after another at work, and by that afternoon I …

Known as the “First Lady of Hunting,” Brenda Valentine has hunted and taken almost every big-game species in North America and has appeared on many television shows. She is such a talented personality who has been a spokesperson for Bass Pro, Mossy Oak and the NWTF, so she knows a thing or …

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