Tuckertown bass heat up as summer approaches

Craig Holt
June 14, 2012 at 9:30 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Maynard Edwards likes fishing Tuckertown Lake during June for shallow-water largemouths.
Maynard Edwards
Maynard Edwards likes fishing Tuckertown Lake during June for shallow-water largemouths.
Anglers who spend time on the Yadkin River impoundments talk about High Rock Lake as the gold standard of the chainís bass fisheries, but during June, nothing is finer in Central Carolina than Tuckertown Lake.

At least thatís what now full-time guide Maynard Edwards of Yadkin Lakes Guide Service in Lexington believes.

ďWe caught four or five bass this morning,Ē Edwards said on Wednesday, the first day of his retirement after 28-1/2 years as a high-school teacher and coach, ďand we lost as many or more.Ē

According to Edwards, the biggest weighed 3 1/2 pounds and hit a buzzbait fished in lily pads, vegetation that High Rock lacks.

ďSummer is a great time to bass fish at Tuckertown, even through July,Ē said Edwards (336-247-1287). ďWhen I was a teacher, I only could fish in the afternoon, so me and people like David Wright, who also was a teacher, learned how to catch these bass in summer.Ē

Effective lures fished around lily pads are Senkos rigged on 4/0 or 5/0 hooks.

ďI use 16-pound test line and put a swivel about 12 inches up the line, then add another foot of 16-pound mono,Ē Edwards said. ďYou want to set the hook hard and horse him out of those pads that grow in 2 or 3 feet of water. Some people also are using Ďratsí and catching fish at the pads.

ďBut my favorite lure, especially in the morning, is a buzzbait. It makes a lot of noise and I think draws reaction strikes. I like a little wind to put a little chop on the water when Iím using a buzzbait, too.Ē

When the sun gets up, Edwards will try Carolina-rigging 6-inch plastic worms and 8-inch plastic lizards at points and submerged rock piles.

Anywhere anglers see fish slashing schools of threadfin shad is a good spot to try a shallow-running crankbait.†

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