Small Craft Advisory



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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
32 Views - Posted: 9 hours ago

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
161 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?
1246 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
865 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
133 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
774 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
212 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.


Ott DeFoe used a Terminator Weedless Football Jig to win a Bassmaster Open earlier this year. The Terminator Weedless Football Jig
288 Views - Posted: September 22 at 9:00 am

On a hot July day in Knoxville, Tenn., Ott DeFoe was sorting and arranging his fishing tackle while preparing to go fish Bassmaster tournaments at Lake Champlain and the Deleware River.


A Johnson spoon fitted with a soft-plastic trailer is an overlooked lure that will catch bass in the fall when they're keying on threadfin shad. In the fall, follow the shad and spoon-feed the bass
895 Views - Posted: September 16 at 7:05 am

We’re approaching the fall fishing season, and many largemouth bass anglers await its coming with great anticipation. Why? Because bass do lots of the same things they do in the spring without the spawning activity. Their movements are largely triggered by the movements of threadfin shad, one of their favorite foods, and when shad head up in creeks and into shallow water, they follow.


Duke Energy said it hasn't been trying to kill aquatic grass at Shearon Harris Lake, despite the claims of a number of local bass fishermen. Duke Energy denies spraying aquatic grass at Shearon Harris
1574 Views - Posted: September 09 at 9:36 pm

Anecdotal evidence sometimes points toward the truth, and sometimes it is just, well, anecdotal. That may be the case in the tale of Duke Energy’s attempts to spray and kill the aquatic grass in Shearon Harris Lake. Despite what it might look like to some, they likely didn’t happen.


Bass may move closer to the surface in August on some lakes, but youíre more likely to have success fishing in deep water. Pay attention to details
1326 Views - Posted: August 26 at 9:00 am

August has always been a tough month for bass fishermen, because the fish start getting spread out — there aren’t nearly as many grouped up — and because you might find them anywhere from around shallow docks to 25 feet deep.


Sometimes, a Light Texas rigs are the ticket for bass at Randleman
914 Views - Posted: August 26 at 8:19 am

When the weather turns sultry, it’s critical to know which terminal tackle will get the best results when bass fishing on big reservoirs. This year, according to guide Joel Richardson of Kernersville, go light. The relatively cool summer has put a new twist on the accepted heavy-weight approach to bass fishing in deep water.


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