So you think you can fish? – Jackson Clarion Ledger

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will host “So you think can fish?” this weekend and attendees can learn from top names in catfishing and kayak fishing.

The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with a panel of kayak anglers who will discuss all things kayak including designs, fishing strategies and equipment. The panel includes:

  • Brad Case and Dwayne Walley, kayak bass tournament anglers
  • Tom Holman, fisheries biologist and avid kayak angler
  • Chris Wallace, a recreational kayak angler and Barnett Reservoir regular
  • Angelia Webb, owner of Pearl River Kayak and kayak angler

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At 11 a.m., it’s all about whiskers with a panel that will cover traditional tackle methods for catfish as well as handgrabbing. This group includes:

  • Dwain Brister of the Mississippi Handgrabbers Association
  • Bob Crosby, owner of Bluecat Guide Service and professional guide on the Mississippi River
  • David Shipman, the 2010 Cabela’s King Kat Champion on the Tenn-Tom Waterway, and fishing partner Brook Wilkins, Bass Pro Shop’s 2013 Female Catfish Angler of the Year
  • Mark Porter, a handgrabber and tournament director
  • Woodie Reeves and Don Henke, both avid handgrabbers

Other activities include interactive fish feeding, behind the scenes tours of the museum aquariums and family fishing education activities. Food will be available for purchase. The event is free with regular museum entrance fee.

For more information, visit www.mdwfp.com/museum.aspx.

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Youth waterfowl day

Saturday is the final waterfowl hunting opportunity for youth. Licensed adults are encouraged to take youth hunters to enjoy what is typically a time of higher numbers of ducks.

“It’s extremely important to the MDWFP that Mississippi hunters take the time to pass along the waterfowl hunting tradition to youth who will soon be old enough to drive themselves and hunt on their own,” said Houston Havens, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Waterfowl Program coordinator. ”This late-season youth day allows youth to experience waterfowl hunting when bird numbers are typically near their peaks for the season. It also provides incentive for adults to get out and set up one more time in areas where they’ve had success during the regular season.”

Most state wildlife management areas with waterfowl hunting opportunity will be open. Hunters are encouraged to check specific area regulations before hunting any public lands to be sure they are open on youth waterfowl hunting day. Some areas offer limited draw hunt opportunities for youth, while others are first-come, first-served. All youth hunters must be accompanied by a Mississippi licensed adult.

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Contact Brian Broom at 601-961-7225 or bbroom@gannett.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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