In a couple of minutes, he reels in his flapping bounty: A nice-sized catfish that he puts in a cooler to take home.
Currie's fishing hole looks like a lake, but it isn't one. It's farmland inundated by floodwater.
Lush green fields of cotton and soybeans turned into lakes Tuesday as flooding from the overfull
Officials say about 175,000 acres of farmland are now underwater in the worst time of year. County Mayor
"It's been devastating," Gaines said Tuesday. "These waters couldn't have come at a more inopportune time. Most of the farmers have all their fields planted."
In February, flooding along the Mississippi, Tennessee and other rivers in the South caused billions of dollars in damage to homes, businesses and farmland. In late June,
Heavy rains caused catastrophic flooding along the
No evacuations have been ordered, but some houses that sit on slightly elevated land are surrounded by water. Egrets and other wading birds seem right at home, standing still as statues on what recently was dry land as they hunt for fish. Parts of the county look more like
Some roads are closed. On
Not far away, Currie deploys five fishing lines into the flooded farmland, and then waits for a bite. He's seen gar, drum and bluegill, but he's aiming for tasty catfish.
Currie says he feels sorry for the farmers, but he jumps at the chance to fish the flooded land. Still, he does not recall flood waters being this high for this long - since February, he says.
"You can't get to the river, so you have to fish the backwaters," said Currie, 52.
"It would be one thing if this flooding took effect earlier in the year, where they could still plan," Kustoff said. "But now we're in July. It's very tough to make the rest of the year salvageable."
Despite the damage to cotton and soybeans, there's reason to celebrate in