Fantastic bass fishing adventures

By By Mike Giles / outdoors writer
June 18, 2004
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fish for bass in Florida or Mexico? How about Sam Rayburn, or Lake Fork in Texas? Many people would like to fish at places where they can catch lunker after lunker, but most of us don't have the time or money to go that far off. What if I told you that there were some fantastic fishing places with an hour or two drive of Meridian? Well, we are going to check out some of these places over the next few weeks and report back to you.
One day of fishing
a lifetime of memories
Recently I had the opportunity to fish on one of the best lakes that I've ever been on, and I have fished quite a few from Alabama to Texas. Our lake of choice was a fantastic new lake near Laurel that goes by the name of Adventure Lake. Although the weather was very hot, the fishing action was just about as hot. On this day there were about six fishermen on the 80-acre lake and all were very impressed to say the least.
My fishing partner for the morning was 12-year-old Wyatt Craven. As we eased up to a deep-water drop off near a point, I cast my Carolina rigged Zoom worm onto the shallow shelf. The worm never made it to the bottom as a ferocious F-1 tiger bass had sucked it in and headed for parts unknown. With a sweep of the rod tip, my Spiderwire Fusion turned him around like a calf roped by a cowboy. The four-pound bass really made the line sing before I finally subdued him and brought him in. After admiring the nice bass, I released him to grow some more. Sometimes people think that it is bad luck to catch one on the first cast of the day. That didn't turn out to be the case on this day however. In fact, I can't remember even catching a bass less than three pounds and I caught over fifty bass while guiding the youngsters.
As we worked the shallow water in search of some early morning shallow lunkers, Wyatt cast a Nip-I-Didee right by a tree trunk and a monster bass came unglued on it. You would have thought someone had planted a bomb by the tree. The fish was ready, but not fast enough for Wyatt, as he just missed the bait. Not to be outdone, the young angler cast the bait back near the tree and before he could move it, a monster bass homed in like a guided missile and almost destroyed the bait. This time Wyatt drove the hooks home, deep into the jaws of old lockjaw. After numerous runs for freedom we finally subdued him and the youngster had caught his all time biggest bass, a hefty five-plus pound bass. He could hardly believe that his first bass of the day was the biggest of his life.
As the morning wore on we started fishing Bandit crankbaits and really were catching them. Wyatt had never caught many on crankbaits, but by day's end he had caught approximately 30 bass with many in the three to four pound range. He even had a couple of monsters steal his best lures while breaking his line. Not to be outdone, I caught so many that morning that I finally quit counting.
Lunkers on the ledge
After a fantastic lunch it was back on the water again. This time I fished with Will Craven, Wyatt's brother. It didn't take us long to find some active bass on a ledge about ten feet deep As we brought the worms over a brush pile, the bass would inhale the bait and take off. After I caught a couple of five pounders on a jig and pig, Will finally tied up with a nice one of his own.
Moving on to some deeper water we found a real "Honey Hole." I had found the location a couple of afternoons earlier, while cranking the deep water with crankbaits. Since we had found the bass stacked tight to the ledge we stayed with long Zoom worms rigged Texas style. Almost every bass that Will caught on this spot was between four and six pounds with the biggest pushing seven pounds If you have never caught a seven-pound Tiger bass then you have truly missed a treat.
By days end four of six fishermen had caught and released the biggest fish of their lives. The two largest bass weighed in at eight pounds two ounces and eight pounds four ounces. On average, each of the fishermen had caught between 30 and 50 fish apiece.
Just imagine fishing at a lake where any cast might bring in a bass in the 4 to 8 pound range, with some pushing ten pounds. If you can imagine that, then you know what a fishing adventure you can have on Adventure Lake! Although there is some cost involved, it sure beats going to Florida, or even Mexico. And the best part is that it located right here in our own back yard!
This 80-acre lake was designed to be a lunker paradise that would give anglers a chance to catch and release lunker bass, as well as numbers of bass, without having to go to Florida or Mexico to do it. For more information, contact Neil Scrimpshire at (601) 433-3059, (601) 425-1122, or online at www.adventurelake.com.

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