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Making an accurate cast requires releasing the spool or bail at just the right fraction of a second. Ping pong for more bass?
116 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 9:00 am

I got a ping-pong table a couple of weeks ago. I’ll challenge anybody — I’ve even smoked my mother-in-law a time or two already. Anyway, I love to play ping-pong almost as much as I love to fish. My brother and I had a table as kids, and while my brother is still too scared to show up here, I’ve been challenging everybody I see.†


The new Arashi Wake Crank provides an alluring wobble right at the surface of the water, driving bass into biting. Arashi Wake Crank a bass magnet  Video Included
92 Views - Posted: November 23 at 9:00 am

An Idaho outdoorsman had plenty of time to talk about some keys to his success this year as an Elite Series angler as part of a four-year career that has earned him $517,632.

Brandon Palaniuk spoke highly the last week of September about techniques and patterns that have been working consistently. The season-ending Elite Series AOY in Michigan was behind him, and Palaniuk was driving to another event on Kentucky Lake before going home for the off-season in the Great Northwest.

During the call, Palaniuk eventually mentioned a recently released artificial lure that he helped design. That lure was a key to catching bass in clutch situations across the country.

The Storm Arashi Wake Crank has become one of his go-to baits.


A syringe can help deflate the swim bladder from a fish thatís been brought quickly out of deep water and canít swim back down. Fizzing a fish
80 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

When bass decides to move from deep to shallower water, they will do it gradually, in small increments, so their internal swim bladders can adjust to the change in water pressure. Water pressure is very high in deeper depths and much lower nearer the surface. Bass can slowly add or remove air from their bladders to help them sink or rise easily.


Winter trips to the lake require some good preparation as far as clothing is concerned. What to wear for winter bass
119 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

When winter approaches and you schedule a day on the water, be prepared for temperatures that may start out around or just below freezing and top out between freezing and the mid-50s later in the day.†


Blade baits and tailspinners can be very productive lures when Lake Gaston bass school during the late fall and winter. Get ready for winter bass - With winter on the horizon, get your Lake Gaston bass plans in order
494 Views - Posted: November 01 at 7:00 am

When you’re thinking about all the time you expect to spend indoors this winter, why not include some time to get out for a day or so of fishing? There may be no better place to go in North Carolina than Lake Gaston, where you have opportunities to catch all three major species of black bass — largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass — along with striped bass, walleye or crappie using the same techniques.


A number of rivers in North Carolina hold good populations of smallmouth bass, even some that arenít in the mountains proper. Look to river smallmouth
279 Views - Posted: October 30 at 9:00 am

The river water was clear and flowing smoothly. The paddle downstream was easy. The sandy bottom, highlighted with dark rocks, provided the perfect backdrop to spot the silhouettes of the fish swimming in the breaks.


A crankbait is the No. 1 tool to catch plenty of October bass. Crank up an October bass
427 Views - Posted: October 27 at 9:00 am

If you love to bass fish, especially if you love to throw a crankbait like I do, you can’t get enough of October. It is probably the best month of the year to have a big, diving plug tied on to the end of your line if you’re a North Carolina fisherman.


Robert Mixon and Matt Stanley weighed in a limit that was almost 30 pounds at High Rock, where a drawdown has concentrated fish in the backs of creeks. Has High Rock drawdown created a perfect bass-fishing storm?
1688 Views - Posted: October 21 at 7:39 am

Two fishermen who blistered High Rock Lake’s bass earlier this month credit the drawdown for what has been a great bite over the past several weeks.


Guide Jeff Thomas has been catching plenty of Jordan Lake bass this fall on small crankbaits. Bass fishing looks great on Jordan, Harris as water cools
1232 Views - Posted: October 20 at 6:38 am

Guide Jeff Thomas of Broadway said that fall bass fishing is about to break loose on Jordan and Harris lakes south of the Raleigh-Durham area.


Bass pro David Williams of Maiden has a half-pound lead entering the final round of the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman. Pro from Maiden retains lead in BASS Southern Open
177 Views - Posted: October 03 at 10:58 pm

David Williams didn’t have quite as good a day on Friday as he did on Thursday in the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman, but the angler from Maiden is still ahead of the pack.


Hand-carved crankbaits are individually made and have individual characteristics that veteran fishermen will appreciate. Learn the basics before you invest heavily in hand-carved crankbaits
927 Views - Posted: October 01 at 6:55 pm

Fishermen should be as demanding as professional baseball players in choosing their lumber for their sport. Baseball bats must meet certain standards; wooden baits should reflect skilled labor, especially at anywhere from $15 to $25 per bait. Getting your money’s worth from hand-carved baits involves selecting the right wood and scrutinizing its components.


Rem Morgan shows off a 6 1/2-pound bass caught in the shallows where you might not expect fish to be in the heat of September. Solve Septemberís riddle
259 Views - Posted: September 25 at 9:00 am

When I was a kid learning to fish, I dreaded September. I used to keep a log of every fish I caught all year, and in September, the number of fish I caught would drop by half. I fished Falls of the Neuse Lake most often, since it was only a few minutes up the road from where I grew up. †I’d mix in smaller lakes and ponds, especially after school when time was short.


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