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Bass are keying on crawdads in February, so go with baits in crawdad colors: reds, browns and golds. Go slow, donít stay home
289 Views - Posted: February 23 at 9:00 am

Lots of bass fishermen shy away from fishing in February, and that’s a big mistake. The fishing can be tremendous if you can get a little warming trend. You’ll need to break out your crankbaits, your jerkbaits and your jigs — and an Alabama rig, you can’t leave that out.

Badin Lake has always had a reputation for producing plenty of nice bass early in the season. Start early for Badin Bass - Winter is no time to stay inside if youíre within driving distance of Badin Lakeís largemouth bass
470 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

It is so easy to sit inside and watch fishing shows on television during the frosty days of February. Armchair anglers can relax in warm living rooms and dream of warmer days on the water to come.†

Bass will bite through the winter under a variety of the right conditions. Donít store your tackle
378 Views - Posted: January 26 at 9:00 am

If this January proves to be like last year, maybe we all need to get some 2-foot, ice-fishing poles and some lessons from our northern friends. Wow, what a brutal January 2014 was. I still remember the sting of opening that utility bill to the tune of 600 bucks — Ouch! †

Pour Mountain Dew down the throat of a bass thatís bleeding, and it will often help the fish survive. Dew will do to aid bleeding bass
413 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Bass anglers who use soft-plastic worms or lizards, often see fish suck down hooks that cause deep wounds and blood loss.

The tilapia crankbait is an anglersí favorite to catch Hyco Lakeís winter bass. Tilapia lures effective for Hyco bass
792 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Lure selection sometimes is critical when bass-fishing during the winter.

Barry Joyce seines Hyco Lake for plenty  of quality largemouth bass, taking advantage of the lakeís warm-water discharge and its population of tilapia. Cool runnings - North Carolinaís out-of-the-way Hyco Lake is a winter paradise, thanks to hot water
928 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

Among outdoors and non-outdoors people, bass anglers are considered, well, a little off kilter.

Bassmaster Elite Series pro and reigning Bassmaster Classic champ Randy Howell canít wait to put the Kut Tail Worm to the test this year. The 7ĺ-inch Kut Tail Worm
298 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

Alabama pro bass angler Randy Howell got what he wanted and more in 2014.

Bass pro Dave Wolak limits his winter bass-fishing lures to a handful of baits that have special powers over cold, deep largemouths. Dave Wolak's five favorite winter bass baits
1825 Views - Posted: December 31, 2014 at 8:45 am

Many bass fishermen lead double lives, torn between their bass boats and tree stands. But as the door slams shut on deer season, the choice for cold-water bass fishing becomes clear. According to bass pro Dave Wolak of Wake Forest, the key to success is locating deeper fish and using just a handful of lures.

When water temperatures get down to 50 degrees or below, a jig can be your best bet for winter bass. Be a weather watcher
574 Views - Posted: December 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

There are a lot of good reasons to fish in December, chief among them, most everybody else is deer hunting, and you’ve pretty much got the lake to yourself.

Winston Michel of Pierre Part caught this bass on a Mister Twister Pocíit Hawg Raiser while fishing out of Doironís Landing in the Atchafalaya Basin. Mister Twister Pocíit Hawg Raiser
311 Views - Posted: December 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

A Texas bass angler’s bid to get back to the Bassmaster Classic depended heavily on a soft-plastic creature bait that few, if any, others had in their arsenal when they fished the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Nov. 6-8 on the Ouachita River.

Jordan Lake's bass have moved into the backs of feeder creeks as the water level has risen and the water temperature has fallen. Rising water level moves Jordan Lake bass to backs of creeks
849 Views - Posted: December 08, 2014 at 7:48 am

Fluctuating water levels are challenging Jordan Lake anglers, especially after rains in the last 10 days put shad on the move towards the backs of creeks.

Making an accurate cast requires releasing the spool or bail at just the right fraction of a second. Ping pong for more bass?
462 Views - Posted: November 27, 2014 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.†