River Valley Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun April 19, 2015

Fried crappie, tater rounds and onion rings await on this dinner plate, rewards of an eventful pursuit of a fish that many anglers hail as one of Arkansas’ most flavorful species.

Reasons to fish

Reasons to quit should never outnumber all the reasons why

Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson recorded a tune in 1983 that was penned by Haggard and titled “Reasons to Quit.” The pair of so-called country outlaws sang of a vice or two they shared and lamented on their inability to stop. While Merle and Willie wanted to cease the smoking and drinking, I definitely don’t want to find an anglers’ rehab program. This spring, however, I have opted out of two opportunities to wet a hook with some of my ... READ MORE

Amazonian giant: Pirarucú has blazing red tail, clouded future KEITH SUTTON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Walter Delazari and I are fishing an igapó, a little floodplain lake off the Rio Negro in Amazonas, Brazil. My attention is riveted on an 8-foot caiman sunning itself nearby. The crocodilian looks back at me, hungrily.