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Bass Fishing in Central North Carolina
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  • First place team Stephen Singleton and Bradley Singleton
  • Second place team Bill Kohls and Joe Nieser
  • The team of Perdue and Perdue saved the day after having to borrow a boat
The Fishers of Men National Team Trail, NC Piedmont Division kicked off the 2011 season on the steam plant waters of Belews Lake outside of Winston-Salem, NC on Feb 19th.

The evening before the tournament had the teams meeting at Edgewood Baptist Church on Reidsville Road and all of the anglers had a great night of fellowship, food and fun.

The morning of the 19th brought breezy....  Read More
February 23, 2011 at 8:17pm
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  • Spotted bass are hitting great on Lake Norman right now
The recent warmer days have turned on the bass on Lake Norman.

Anglers are reporting good catches of numbers of both spotted bass and largemouth as the fish are moving toward the spawning areas.

Jerkbaits and small crankbaits are catching lots of fish, with anglers targeting the boat ramps and the docks stationed on secondary points. If there is wind, the anglers are catching the bass on....  Read More
February 23, 2011 at 7:46pm
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Fishing in Central North Carolina
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  • Lake Wylie winter bass
Winter is here and the bass have been moving deep, at least many of them, and right now anglers are reporting catching them using jigging spoons.

Anglers are reporting nice catches of bass by locating schools of baitfish with their electronics. Use the electronics to pinpoint the bait that is holding close to the bottom for the best results.

Locating the schools of bait is the key, but....  Read More
January 28, 2011 at 10:29pm
Wes LewisProfile Photo
Bass Fishing in Central North Carolina
Winter is here and the bass have been moving deep, at least many of them, and right now anglers are reporting catching them using jigging spoons.

Anglers are reporting nice catches of bass by locating schools of baitfish with their electronics. Use the electronics to pinpoint the bait that is holding close to the bottom for the best results.

Locating the schools of bait is the key, but....  Read More
January 28, 2011 at 10:27pm
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  • A nice Lake Norman spotted bass
  • Wesley's first bass of 2011...hey, we had fun!
  • They did get better!
Bass fishing on Lake Norman in January is quickly becoming one of my favorites, especially when my son can join me again!

My son, was home from the Army over Christmas break and we never miss an opportunity to fish together. I put in at McCrary Creek access and rode into McCrary Creek I like this area in January, as well as the main lake pockets just south of the creek, because the warm water....  Read More
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January 15, 2011 at 8:44am
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  • Bass are being caught in the ditches during the colder weather
Winter has set in on central North Carolina but the bass can still be caught.

Anglers are reporting catches in Lake Norman and Lake Wylie by targeting ditches and creek channels with rattle type baits and jigs. These baits, worked along the edges of the channels, have been successful in boating many nice bass lately.

Anglers are also using jerkbaits on the points and when schooling fish....  Read More
December 28, 2010 at 11:00pm
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Freshwater Fishing in Central North Carolina
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  • Sripers are starting to move into the warmer water around the Marshall Steam Plant discharge
The hot hole at the Marshall Steam Plant off of Highway 150 is starting to get a lot of attention from local anglers. The warm water discharge from the plant attracts schools of baitfish and in turn, attracts stripers, catfish and bass looking for an easy meal.

Anglers are catching the fish using a variety of baits including jerk baits, worms and crankbaits. Bloodworms are taking catfish and....  Read More
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December 22, 2010 at 6:39am
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  • The LiveTarget frogs were introduced at ICAST 2010 and were a huge hit.
Try some of these to help light up your bass angler’s eyes…

Koppers LiveTarget Frogs

Kopper’s has redefined the frog as they carry the LiveTarget system to the top water market. The floating frog is more realistic and softer than other frogs in the category, making for more and better hooksets on hungry bass. The hard frogs are designed as top water walking baits with a super realistic....  Read More
November 30, 2010 at 9:42pm
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  • Fall bassing can be great...just follow the shad
Bass fishing in the fall is one of the best times to put numbers of bass in your boat because the bass tend to be fairly predictable. That predictability is dependent on the baitfish, and in most of the waters the bass inhabits, this means shad.

During the fall, the shad migrate to the backs of the creeks and pockets to feed on the algae that has grown through the warmer months and the bass....  Read More
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November 22, 2010 at 9:46pm
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  • The team of Sink and Whicker took first place at High Rock and won the overall points championship
The Piedmont Division of the Fishers of Men finished the Fall Series on High Rock Lake in North Carolina and some nice limits were weighed in.

On the line, was the Fall points championship and the teams of Side and Seagle and Sink and Whicker were nearly tied for the lead.

A cool, frosty morning greeted the field as 13 teams launched from Tamarac Marina. As the air temperatures warmed, the....  Read More
November 15, 2010 at 8:34pm
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  • Plenty of bass action on Norman happening now
Bass anglers are reporting numbers of bass being caught on the main lake points and secondary points of Lake Norman.

With the water temperatures starting to fall and the lake level doing the same, the bass are becoming very active on the points that give them access to deeper water.

Jerkbaits fished in 4 to 20 feet of water are accounting for good numbers of bass on the points, especially....  Read More
October 29, 2010 at 11:07pm
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  • WOW anglers fishing on Jordan Lake
  • US Army soldier Setzer with a nice Jordan Lake bass
  • US Army Golden Eagles land on the launch ramp at WOW 2010
The date for the Warriors On the Water tournament has been set for April 29, 2011 and will be held once again on Jordan Lake.

This event features tournament anglers from all across the region being paired with active duty military personnel for a great day of fishing and festivities. Military personnel from Ft Bragg and other bases are invited to be teamed with experienced tournament....  Read More
October 28, 2010 at 4:36pm
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The North Carolina divisions of the Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail will be headed to Charleston, West Virginia to take on the Kanawha River for the Eastern Regional tournament.

The top 20 teams from each of the four divisions in NC have been invited to compete in the Eastern Regional for a chance to qualify to compete in the National Tournament scheduled for Lake Guntersville in....  Read More
October 11, 2010 at 1:20pm
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  • David Brawn and Wes Lewis won the October FOM tourney on Badin Lake
Badin Lake is really on fire for bass fishing right now.

Anglers are reporting catches on almost anything tossed into the relatively clear waters. The recent Fishers Of Men tournament was won with buzzbaits and Tube-X tubes by casting them on main lake points.

The winners bagged 15.38 pounds and second was just over 13 pounds, confirming the large fish have become active with the cooler....  Read More
October 07, 2010 at 12:38pm
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Freshwater Fishing in Central North Carolina
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The fall season is one of the best times to fish for bass, if not the best time to chase the green fish!

With the shad moving into the creeks feeding on the algae, the bass follow. During this time of the year a number of baits can be used successfully, but one of the top producers is the simple jig and plastic trailer.

A bass jig is nothing more than a head molded around a stout hook with....  Read More
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September 29, 2010 at 7:47pm
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Freshwater Fishing in Central North Carolina
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The water level at Badin Lake has been dropping a bit, but anglers are still catching bass.

With the falling water, the bass are moving closer to the points and the deeper pockets where they can ambush the shad.

Schools of shad are gathering in the feeders and the bass are feeding on them. Anglers are using top water baits in the mornings and then switching to crankbaits as the sun gets....  Read More
September 27, 2010 at 3:43pm
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Freshwater Fishing in Central North Carolina
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The two largest lakes on the Yadkin River system, located in central North Carolina, are running a bit on the low side, due to the summer season water fluctuations.

High Rock Lake and Badin Lake are about 4 feet below full pool and caution is advised for boaters cruising on the waters. While most hazards are marked, boaters should certainly be on the lookout for anything near the water....  Read More
September 26, 2010 at 8:25pm
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Freshwater Fishing in Central North Carolina
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Saturday, September 25th, is the annual day set aside for the National Hunting and Fishing Day.

The NHF Day was set up as a day of thanks for all the conservation efforts hunters and anglers contribute to the wildlife and the lands of the United States.

It was an idea originally acted on by the state of Pennsylvania when Ira Joffe, owner of Joffe’s Gun Shop, suggested PA set up a day of....  Read More
September 24, 2010 at 8:35am
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Freshwater Fishing in Central North Carolina
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With the end of summer in sight, many anglers are looking forward to fall bass fishing in the state of North Carolina. One of the signs that the fall bassing is ready to start is the movement of the shad.

As you read this, shad are moving in the lakes across the region in tightly packed schools on the surface and the bass are finding them.

For the past several weeks, shad schools have....  Read More
September 10, 2010 at 1:37pm
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Freshwater Fishing in Central North Carolina
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Most of us hold to the time worn thoughts that bass fishing is only good during summer in the early morning or the late evening.

The PAA/Bass Pro Shops bass tournament on Lake Norman proved out that bass can be caught all day with a bit of persistence and a lot of sunscreen.

Edwin Evers won the event by fishing for bass hanging around boat docks. To be more specific, he targeted the brush....  Read More
August 18, 2010 at 8:29pm

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