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Fishermen on the French Broad River have been catching plenty of smallmouth bass this summer, including a few like this trophy. French Broad smallmouth fishing producing good numbers
523 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:34 am

Where can anglers find all-day action in a comfortable setting in North Carolina, pass through wonderful scenery and make frequent stops to enjoy a cooling dip? Try the French Broad River as it flows from Asheville toward the Tennessee border.

A big, bulky worm like this 10-inch Culprit is a great bottom-bumping weapon for summer bass. Find current, find bass
184 Views - Posted: July 28 at 9:00 am

July is not the time to “camp out” on a spot hoping fish will bite. You need to be fishing were they are biting, and that means moving water. 

Thread a toothpick through a soft-plastic jig trailer, break the ends off, then thread the jig hook through the trailer below the toothpick and you won't have the trailer pulled down as much as often happens. Stick with a 'pick for rigging soft plastics for bass
899 Views - Posted: July 24 at 12:58 pm

One of the best tools a bass fisherman can have, especially during the summer  when fish live largely in deep, cool, oxygenated water, are toothpicks – and not to clean peanut butter from an angler’s teeth.

When Bassmaster Elite Series phenom Brandon Palaniuk needs a lure that crashes into cover and provokes reaction strikes, he turns to the Arashi Rattling Square line of lures. Storm Arashi Rattling Square 3 and Square 5
284 Views - Posted: July 24 at 9:00 am

After a day of prefishing in late May for a Bassmaster Open on Tennessee’s Douglas Lake, one of the tour’s up-and-coming bass pros was eager to talk about a crankbait he used on his way to finishing 14th this year in this year’s Bassmaster Classic.

Joel Richardson has been having a fine time at Lake Gaston finding bass near mayfly hatches. Match the hatch? Big Lake Gaston bass gorging on mayflies
824 Views - Posted: July 18 at 9:36 am

Think only fly-rodders who fish skinny-water mountain streams for trout like insect hatches? Don’t tell it to Joel Richardson, a long-time bass guide from Kernersville. Last week, he had two of the best days he’s ever had at Lake Gaston, taking advantage of the mayfly hatch.

After dark is a great time to fish for summer largemouth bass -- if you know which lures are the most productive. Try these top "after-dark" lures for North Carolina bass
1322 Views - Posted: July 17 at 3:21 pm

If the blistering sun has you running for cover, then bass fishing after dark is for you. William Small, who organizes night tournaments at Falls of the Neuse Lake, targets bass as they transition to the more shallow water from the points and ledges where they spend the daylight hours. When he’s fishing at night, he has three lures he won’t leave the dock without.

Fishermen make more than a half-million trips to Falls of Neuse Lake in any given year — many of them for largemouth bass. Economic clout of Falls of the Neuse
132 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

When Falls of the Neuse was completed in 1981, the 28-mile long reservoir not only provided drinking water for surrounding communities, aided with flood control and created wildlife habitat, it also offered outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, that had a significant economic impact upon the area.

Guide Joel Munday shows off the kind of quality largemouth bass that Falls of Neuse Lake is capable of producing. Falls Lake supports excellent bass fishery
156 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Electroshocking samples of Falls of the Neuse conducted in 2009, 2011 and 2013 indicate the lake has a balanced bass fishery with an appropriate mix of age classes, including an ample number of trophy bass.

The tailrace below Tuckertown Dam is a great summer spot to catch largemouth bass, striped baass and white bass. A ‘dam good’ shallow summer bass spot
205 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Almost all summer fishing for bass is done in deep water, but one of guide Maynard Edwards’ favorite areas at Badin Lake is only 6 feet deep — if that.

A white buzzbait fished in the first hour of daylight can “call up” bass from Badin Lake’s deep water. The Badin bomber: an urban legend?
177 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Apparently some North Carolina lakes of considerable depth generate as many legendary tales as they do fish tales.

Don’t worry about going out on a ledge; that’s where you catch summer bass at Falls of Neuse Lake. Out on a ledge - Head offshore for great summer bass fishing at Falls of Neuse Lake
329 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

When the largemouth bass spawn is complete and the shallow bite fades at  Falls of the Neuse Lake, guide Joel Munday goes out on a ledge.

When guide Maynard Edwards wants to target big bass during the summer, Badin Lake is his first choice. Badin’s burning bass bite - Cooler, clearer, deeper water makes Badin Lake a top summer bass-fishing destination
522 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

Every bass fisherman knows that in a large lake, impounded by a dam, the most-active bite usually occurs when water moves through a dam.