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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
90 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
108 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
633 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
1390 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
1008 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
760 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.


Guide Jeffrey Thomas has had a productive August catching schooling bass on top at Shearon Harris Lake, and catching an occasional big fish on a jig in deep water. Consistent topwater bass bite has been good at Shearon Harris
815 Views - Posted: August 24 at 9:35 pm

The lake with the most-consistent largemouth bass bite in the Raleigh-Durham area should be no surprise – Shearon Harris Lake.


H. R. White took advantage of the return of a deep bite in High Rock's Flat Swamp Creek. Surprise! Cooler weather returns bass to deep water at High Rock
820 Views - Posted: August 21 at 7:04 am

Throughout a sizzling July, the offshore bite for bass at High Rock Lake was almost non-existent, much to the chagrin of crankbait and Carolina-rig fishermen, as fish snuggled tight to the piers in less than 5 feet of water, hitting jigs and plastics flipped their way. Then along came August and surprisingly cooler temperatures and the unexpected happened. The offshore bite reappeared, catching most fishermen by surprise.


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
816 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
256 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
1116 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
556 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.


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