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Brandon Palaniuk tested the Rapala Shadow Rap jerkbait and said itís a definite winner. Rapala Shadow Rap
82 Views - Posted: May 21 at 9:00 am

Rapala last introduced a jerkbait around 2000.

The Finland artificial lure manufacturer got back in the swim of things in a resounding way, although it was a well-kept secret, during the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell near Greenville, S.C.


The smallmouth bass spawn is cranking up on the New River in northwest North Carolina, promising good fishing as June approaches. Smallmouth spawn cranking up on New River, great fishing ahead
363 Views - Posted: May 18 at 12:30 pm

Smallmouth bass fishing on the New River in northwestern North Carolina is beginning to pick up as water temperatures are on the rise, setting the stage for spawning.


Hollow-body frogs normally have either a pointed or a cupped face, which produce different sounds upon retrieve. Faces, legs give frogs different personalities
49 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Like most lures, artificial frogs come in a variety of sizes and colors, but they also come in a variety of styles. †


The author caught this big spawning female in the shallows. The many stages of May
146 Views - Posted: May 14 at 9:00 am

Bass have a whole lot going on in the spring. Spawning, fishing pressure and rising water temperatures all contribute to when and where you can catch fish. If you think about it, it’s amazing we can catch any bass, period, with all they have going on. Luckily, we have two things going for us: one is their protective instincts, the other is good, old-fashioned hunger. †


Joel Richardson can change out crankbaits quickly and easily because of the way he organizes his tackle and lures. Organized tackle makes for better days on the water, bass guide says
372 Views - Posted: May 11 at 9:26 pm

Successful anglers have several common characteristics, but one of the most important is organization. For bass fishermen, that means every piece of tackle has a place, and every place has a certain piece of tackle.


The hotter it gets, the deeper in thick cover bass will bury up, places where only a lure like a hollow-body frog can drag them out of. Froggie went a courtiní...
126 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

Bass fishing is hot this month across North Carolina, but with the hot fishing comes hot weather, and that brings one of an angler’s biggest foes — the growth of surface weeds that can foul all types of fishing lures. This makes some bodies of water virtually unfishable for many anglers, but those who use the right lure can have a field day.


Bass pro Dustin Wilks said he tries to get a bedding bass agitated before he can really try to catch it. Spawning bass: Make her mad, then catch her
1555 Views - Posted: April 22 at 7:00 pm

Largemouth bass in lakes across North Carolina will begin spawning very shortly, if they already aren’t. And that marks a period that can be frustrating for fishermen because bass aren’t interested in eating. But former bass pro Dustin Wilks of Rocky Mount knows what it takes to get bedding bass to strike.


A crankbait is often overlooked during the spring when fish are hitting so many different baits, but it can be a key bass-fishing lure. Spring is crankbait time
442 Views - Posted: April 16 at 9:00 am

Alot of fishermen don’t think about fishing a crankbait in the spring, but except for the time when they’re on the bed, bass will hit a crankbait about as good as anything — if you know how to fish them. If you fish anywhere in the South, it’s one of the tools that you have to have in your tackle box.


Kayaks are great fishing platforms for anglers floating small- to medium-sized rivers like the Dan. Kayak fishing perfect fit for Dan River smallies
335 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Guide Kyle Hoover often takes fishermen on smallmouth bass float trips down the Dan River in a canoe, but he believes kayaks are the wave of the future for stream fishing.†


Knowing how to paddle properly is a necessity to traverse potential trouble spots when floating down a smallmouth river like the Dan. Different strokes for different folks
107 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

One aspect of floating a stream such as the Dan River in a canoe or kayak is guiding the watercraft to avoid pitfalls.


Jerkbaits are great lures to use to imitate the river herring that move into Albemarle Sound and its tributaries in the spring. Match the hatch when herring arrive
89 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Bass fishing picks up in the Albemarle Sound and its tributaries at the same time that a different breed of baitfish plows in from the ocean, and for fishermen wanting to catch a trophy largemouth, the best lures will mimic these ocean intruders.


Wind direction has more effect than lunar tides on where the water rises and falls in Albemarle Sound and its tributaries. Savvy anglers will move to areas where the wind has pushed water out. Play the wind
100 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Even though the Albemarle Sound is an estuary with direct connections to the ocean, the lunar tide cycle has little effect, especially on the western side of the sound. The wind has a greater effect on water levels and currents. Anglers should pay close attention to the prevailing winds to choose which creeks to fish.


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