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Weekend warriors brave cold temps for rez fishing

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BRANDON, MS (WLBT) - The gulls knew what all of the fishermen knew at the Ross Barnett Reservoir Spillway. The waterway is swollen, so the fish are aplenty. But snaring them? That takes luck.

We found sportsmen proud to show off the fish they caught, despite temperatures hovering in the mid 40's.

"If the fish bite, I can stand it," says Melvin Grant of Jackson, who came out in a heavy coat and hood.

"I love to fish. It's one of my passions. Got a heater to keep my hands warm," says Grant's friend, Joseph Shelby of Clinton.  Shelby sorted his minnows before casting his line. He says every weekend he fishes in the reservoir area, where it's brimming with brim, catfish, and other fish.  "We mainly go for white perch," he says.

Ricky Herrington of Byram caught one catfish and threw it back. With the wind blowing strong, he headed home around 10:00.  "We came out at 4 a.m. thinking it would get to 48 degrees.  It never happened.  It's terrible out there," he says.  "The fish, you catch one about every 30 minutes. That's it."

Even on a busy Saturday, it's peaceful at the Spillway. That's why so many don't mind bundling up and heading out.  "It might be slow because all the rainfall, but you can't catch them at home, so you gotta go try," Grant says.

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