Jun 5, 2012
Bass on the ol’ plantation
Great Southern Outdoors, Union Springs, Alabama
Rex Pritchett knows the entire history of the Bughall Plantation, which has been in the Pritchett family since the 1880s. He also has a naturalist’s grasp of the woodland game – quail, boar, whitetail deer and turkey – and habitat on the 6,000 acres owned by Great Southern Outdoors, the famed sportsman’s plantation in Union Springs, Alabama.
“You have some of the best bass fishing in Alabama,” reported Davis, who earned much of his reputation as a bass angler before taking to the sea and becoming host of the “Big Water Adventures” television show.
Davis and I hit freakishly cold weather on our first trip together at GSO. After a bone-chilling morning that never did top 30 degrees, we lit into the big girls in the afternoon on Davis’s giant tricked-out Booyah spinnerbaits and Xcalibur Xr and Xrk lipless crankbaits. (see “Xr to the Rxcue” in this issue of Small Waters Fishing.) With 25 mph winds and afternoon temperatures hitting a balmy 35 degrees, we managed to boat 35 bass, with many in the four- to six-pound category.
On a return trip the following year, Davis led me to the most exciting largemouth bass fishing I’ve ever experienced. Period! In one incredible flurry, I boated bass of 10-1/2, 8-plus, 7-plus, and 6-plus pounds in no more than six casts. My partner that day, James Therrell, claims I caught them on consecutive casts, but the truth is that I was simply too buzzed by the experience to recall if any unproductive casts tainted the bunch!
But I can tell you that our best five fish for the day topped 46 pounds!
Now I can’t promise you that kind of action, but, trust me, the lakes of Great Southern Outdoors have the potential to produce more days like the ones I’ve enjoyed there with Mark and James.I detailed the modified spinnerbait technique Davis used to connect with big GSO bass in winter in a 2010 Bassmaster feature. (Hint: He replaces the blades on the one-ounce Booyah Double Willow spinnerbait with a single #7 to #9 Colorado blade) Check out our “Xr to the Rxcue” feature for tips on winter/spring lipless crankbait fishing. Both techniques are deadly at the lakes of GSO!
Rex Pritchett also has plans for a new lake in 2011, and we hope to get back there soon to report on the new water and Mark Davis’s lake management tips. So stay tuned to Small Waters for updates on this fabulous sportsman’s destination.
– Mike Pehanich
Great Southern Outdoors: phone 334-738-5066
-Read more about fishing at Great Southern Outdoors in Xr to the Rxcue, part of the Small Waters Fishing lipless crank bait special