I was passing through south MS yesterday on my way home from Lafayette and noticed a small, interesting looking creek passing under I-59. Never heard anybody talk about this creek, and it's not mentioned in any float trip guide I've seen. I had a couple hours to kill, so I figured I'd give it a try. A little on the small side at the interstate bridge, it opened up quite nicely at a bridge further downstream. As I got my stuff ready, I shot the bull with a local old-timer sitting on his truck tailgate, whittling under the bridge...said he caught a 50lb "tabby" on a trotline, and a 20" "green trout" on a "broke-back" in the creek last summer. I figured I'd take whatever guidance I could get and tied on a J-11. Only a few casts into the morning, that J-11 yielded this nice 1-6 Spot.
Unfortunately, the wind picked up (understatement of the year right there) soon after, and I was only able to manage one other dink before I had to pack up and get back on the road. Managing good boat position in the 20mph gusts was getting frustrating anyway. However, while taking some refuge in a shallow backwater, I did spook a 17"-20" bass...maybe scoping out bedding areas, since the water was already 65F down that way. I couldn't tell the exact species, but at that size, I'm assuming it was a largemouth. That sight lent a little more credibility to the old timer's statements. As I was literally being blown back upstream to the bridge, I decided to just sling a buzzbait and see what happens. I got one huge blowup right at the boat, but it missed...I was already looking up to find my next casting spot, so I didn't even see what it was...startled the crap out of me.
Although my sneak attack didn't yield any new records this time, I will certainly be keeping this creek in mind next time I'm in the area. I think it has potential.