Bass at Falls of Neuse biting on deep, summer pattern
|Courtesy Phil McCarson|
Falls of Neuse Lake has been producing some nice catches of largemouth bass recently.
“We’re catching bass on a typical summer-time pattern,” he said.
That doesn’t mean super-deep fishing, but at channel edges and drop-offs.
“We’ve been fishing parallel to the ledges, sitting on them and casting our lures down the sides and working them really slow,” said Olive, who operates Haulin’ Bass Guide Service (919-625-0707). “Sometimes you don’t move the lure but just a hair to have a bass pick it up.”
Most of Olive’s largemouth catches, he said, have been coming on Carolina-rigged soft plastics and Texas-rigged plastic worms.
“For the Carolina rig, we’ve been throwing a 6-inch Deep Creek M/T plastic worm in black and purple,” he said. “It’s kinda like a Junebug color, and just really slow draggin’ them. With the Texas rig, I’ve been using the Deep Creek 10-inch paddletail worm in black or red-shad colors.”
Crankbait fishing, a favorite method to probe deeper waters, hasn’t produced any consistent bites, according to Olive, who said one trip last week produced nine bass for his clients, including a 4-pounder and a 6-pounder.
Olive said fishermen in tournaments on Falls Lake have been regularly weighing in 5-fish limits between 15 and 20 pounds.
“Those boys have been landing some nice fish at Falls, so they’re there,” Olive said. “It’s just a matter of finding them, then getting the right lures to them at the right depth.”
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