• Bass Fishing

    Rapala’s Shadow Rap Shad

    Rapala’s Shadow Rap Shad

    Rapala, one of the most-recognizable and respected brands in the artificial lure manufacturing business, introduced a jerkbait at the 2015 Bassmaster Classiic.

    This spring, the company followed up with another jerkbait in the series that stands out from any others: Bass haven’t seen an artificial lure move like the Shadow Rap Shad.

    August 22 at 9:00am
    Bass pro David Fritts has gotten the 3 1/2-inch 25.5 Dredger hung up at almost 25 feet deep.

    Get to those deep bass

    August is usually a month when fishermen across North Carolina find bass so deep that the number of lures with which they can reach them is cut in half.

    August 15 at 9:00am
    Nice largemouths, like this chunky specimen landed by Lee Lanier, are becoming more plentiful in the Neuse River.<br />

    Crayfish bloom blows up Neuse River bass

    Hurricanes have affected largemouth bass in many North Carolina rivers, especially the Neuse River near Kinston.

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Mike McSwain shows off the type of bass that is typical along the Devils Elbow stretch of the Lumber River.

    Catch more Lumber River bass with these tips

    Just below Fair Bluff, N.C., and above Nichols, S.C., a place known as Devils Elbow sits on the Lumber River. This series of sharp turns on the river has the Lumber running parallel to itself, and the flow of the water here offers fish an abundance of what they’re looking for in a place to make their home. And when fish congregate, anglers will find success if they’re willing to put in the time.

    August 14 at 9:50pm
    The Oak Hollow Fishing Trail teaches anglers the seasonal patterns of largemouth bass, and how to catch them in each season.

    Oak Hollow Fishing Trail teaches anglers how to pattern bass during different seasons

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with N.C. B.A.S.S. and the City of High Point, recently opened an educational fishing trail on Oak Hollow Reservoir to teach anglers how to catch largemouth bass and other sport fish during different times of the year.

    August 02 at 4:46pm
    Zodias rods

    Shimano Zodias bass rods

    Shimano has expanded its Zodias (ZDS) bass rod line-up with three new models that are constructed for specific lure and situation use and feature Shimano’s unique CI4+ reel seat. The 7-foot ZDS 170M-G and 7-foot-6 inch ZDS 176M-G crankbait rods have longer reargrips for long-casting leverage, and include glass composite Hi-Power X blanks to give the rods the needed softer action when using crankbaits. The heavy power, 7-foot-5-inch ZDS 175H is ideal for braided line applications, especially when launching frogs into heavy grass.

    August 01 at 7:00am
    Snow Hill’s Lee Lanier loves to fish the Neuse River for chunky largemouth bass like this one that hit a spinnerbait.

    Rollercoaster river bass - Neuse River bass go on a feast when the water is the least

    The water gauge on the US 70 bridge over the Neuse River in Kinston ends about a foot below the guardrail. Just above that 27-foot mark, someone painted a vertical arrow and one word: “Floyd.”

    Eastern North Carolina’s most-destructive hurricane submerged the bridge when it spread flood waters across hundreds of square miles, causing 57 fatalities and $6.9 billion in property damage. Those figures from 1987 didn’t include the destruction of natural resources, especially to the Neuse’s bass population.

    August 01 at 7:00am
    Guide Tim Biesecker said the summer bass bite on Roanoke Rapids Lake is directly related to how much current is running through the lake.

    Current = catches

    Guide Tim Biesecker said that Roanoke Rapids Lake fishes more like a river system than a lake, and fishermen who understand the difference are a good bit of the way toward successful trips, especially in August.

    July 29 at 4:19pm
    Bass angler Brad Staley of Pleasant Garden dredged up this nice Randleman Lake bass from offshore structure.

    Randleman is rocking

    Randleman Lake, a 3,007-acre reservoir on the Deep River between Guilford and Randleman counties, has lived up to its promise as a stellar bass factory since its opening March 2010. In 2007, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission stocked the lake with 150,000 bass fingerlings, enhancing its potential. Today, the lake is chock-full of 3- to 5-pound bass.

    July 29 at 4:07pm
    Setting the hook at the right time will help you land more topwater bass like these from Marc Deschenes and Ray Walsh.

    1 secret to hooking more bass on topwater lures

    The fog is lifting off the surface of the calm lake, and the sun still hasn’t peaked above the tree line. These are perfect conditions for working a topwater plug near the shore for bass. Nothing is more exciting than calling a bass up to smash a lure on the surface.

    July 27 at 6:26pm
    Delta Lures’ Thunder Blade is taking off because of the vibrating jig’s quality components and fish-catching abilities.

    Thunder Jigs - Buddies started Delta Lures to recreate their favorite baits

    LaPlace is the home of Delta Lures and the Thunder Jig, among other artificial lures being made by two serious bass fishermen.

    July 22 at 9:00am
    Dylan Fulk said hollow body frogs are his go-to lure all summer long.

    Top tips for bass fishing with hollow body frogs

    Bass fishermen have a lot of different lures to choose as their go-to baits at different times of year and under different fishing situations.

    It’s a good bet that there aren’t many like bass pro Dylan Fulk of Concord, N.C., who reach for a soft-plastic frog.

    July 21 at 10:08am
    Durham County's Sevin Carter landed this lunker at Durham's Little River Lake.

    4 tips to catching quality bass on urban fishing holes

    Urban fishing holes are some of the most overlooked waters, but they can give up plenty of quality bass. One of the best things about these locales is that they are often conveniently located near homes and businesses, which means anglers in the area can enjoy an hour or two of fishing before or after work.

    July 19 at 2:12pm
    These steps will help catch-and-release anglers keep their catch alive and healthy.

    Simple steps to keep bass alive during summer heat

    Largemouth bass anglers who practice catch-and-release fishing this summer can follow a few simple steps to ensure the fish they catch today will survive to bite another lure tomorrow. 

    July 18 at 3:57pm
    Dennis Pridgen caught these two nice bass at night.

    How to catch more bass in the dark

    During the hottest part of the year, it is often best to stick with the air conditioning,  watch fishing shows and ready your gear for the fall, but when the urge hits you and you just gotta go, one great option is to fish at night.

    July 15 at 9:00am
    Catch more bass in surface weeds with these 3 tips from a seasoned bass angler.

    Top 3 tips for catching bass in heavy vegetation

    Noah Tackett lives near the border town of Play Card, South Carolina, and his job as an advertising salesman takes him all over North and South Carolina. He pulls his bass boat right behind him everywhere he goes. This time of year, his favorite type of fishing is bass fishing with hollow body frogs in thick surface weeds, and he’s got some tips to help you catch your share of bass on these lures.

    July 06 at 5:07pm