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A Soldier and Boat Guide on Wilson.

A Soldier and Boat Guide on Wilson.

A 2013 Operation HOOAH team fishing down the shoreline in Donnegan's Slough.

2013 Operation HOOAH team

2013 Operation HOOAH team on Pickwick.

Boat Guide Don Gowen put his wounded Soldier on some plastic jerkbait bass on the little river side.

Colbert Heights High School bass club

Class is in session

The Colbert Heights High School bass club taking advantage of the Southern Fishing News Student Angler Series free classes.

Wilson Lake bass

Another nice Wilson Lake bass.

The sun was bright and this one went for a Slider-rigged worm on drop-offs on the south side of the lake.

Miss Bailey on Wilson Lake

A serious young bass angler.

Miss Bailey will wet her hook every chance she gets from the pier on Wilson Lake.

Ms. Southern Fishing

A Slider and an odd bass.

Ms. Southern Fishing shows her odd-shaped bass that nailed her Slider head rigged with a worm fishing piers and docks.

Bluewater LED red deck

Nightclub or a bass boat?

The Southern Fishing News rig with its Bluewater LED red deck lighting makes you confused as to whether you want to dance or fish!

Little Mac

Decision time

Little Mac seems to be contemplating whether what he is using is doing the job or not.

Latest Southern Fishing News Stories


Aquarium Animals and Plants Should Never Be Released into the Wild

Teachers and pet owners should be aware that aquarium animals and plants should never be released into the wild. Releasing aquatic animals and plants is illegal, as they pose a threat to native species and ecosystems. While the environmental damage caused by invasive species throughout the United States is devastating, Alabama is especially vulnerable due to its abundant biodiversity and aquatic habitat.


Temporary Closure of B. B. Comer Public Boat Ramp

B. B. Comer Public Boat Landing on Lake Guntersville in Jackson County will temporarily close May 30 to July 3, 2016, for the demolition of the old Highway 35 Bridge. The boat landing will reopen July 4, 2016, upon completion of the demolition project.


“Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame 2016 Event 

Founder of the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame, Garry Mason, has released the 15th Annual “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame’s 2016 event date and venue. 

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Anatomy of Southern Fishing News

Southern Fishing News was originally established in the 70’s with a fishing television show called “Southern Fishing.” The next generation was “Southern Fishing Publications.” A huge website was put online later and a bass fishing, print newspaper was published. Our roots also took a side trip doing cartoons for Bassmaster Magazine and another national bass fishing magazine. Hopefully Southern Fishing News is the last name modification. As Southern Fishing News we have added readers and Internet presence since that time and continue to grow.

We would like to give you some details of where we are now since you have just got to know before heading out to the ramp.

If you know anything about us you know we are located in the heart of some serious bass fishing with Lake Guntersville, Smith Lake, Wheeler Lake, Wilson Lake and Pickwick Lake just an easy drive away.

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Teenager catches state-record flathead catfish

Charles Patchen, 13, from Alabama caught a 63.8-pound flathead catfish on the Chattahoochee River in Jackson County at 2:30 p.m. on May 15. He beat the previous certified state record by more than eight pounds.


New Pro Products Announces Partnership with Angler and Writer Jim Root

“We are excited to have Angler and Writer Jim Root to join our Pro Staff team”, states the Founder of New Pro Products Judy Tipton. “Jim is a true renaissance man in competitive fishing, not only is he an accomplished angler, but also a prolific writer, with features in Bassmaster and Weather Underground. Jim will be a great voice for our mission of bringing the most innovative fish care products to the industry.”

“I no longer need to bring ice…”


New Boat Landing Opens on Shoal Creek Near Florence

The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) has recently opened a new boat landing on Shoal Creek near Florence, Ala. (Next to Shoals Creek Bridge on HWY 72) Construction of the new facility began in October 2015 and includes a 20-foot-wide launching slab and paved parking for 36 truck and trailer rigs. WFF secured the property from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for the purpose of constructing a new public boat launch to meet the growing demand of the area.



DECATUR, Ala. (May 18, 2016) – The Fort Payne High School duo of Brody and Grant Robison brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 13 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the 2016 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Alabama State Championship on Wheeler Lake. The win earned the team trophies, the title of state champions and advanced the team to the High School Fishing Southeastern Conference championship on Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky, on September 16-17.

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VanDam Goes Wire To Wire For Record 21st Career Victory At Toledo Bend

MANY, La. — Superstar professional angler Kevin VanDam often deals with a different set of circumstances than the average angler on the Bassmaster Elite Series.

With such a sparkling resume, many fans’ expectations for VanDam are much higher. With such a recognizable name and face, the number of people who want to catch a glimpse of him doing his thing on the water is sometimes off the charts.

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ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (May 14, 2016) – Bradley Dortch of Bay Minette, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division finale on Wheeler Lake presented by Mercury with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 45 pounds, 10 ounces. For his win, Dortch took home $40,000.

“I spent each day of the tournament targeting postspawn bass on the Elk River,” said Dortch, who earned his first win in FLW competition. “I focused on stretches of bank on the outsides of spawning pockets where fish were moving out from the shallows.