• Bass Fishing

    Matt Dale (left) and John Bitner (right), members of the UNC Chapel Hill Bass Fishing Team, know how to catch bass in cold weather.

    How to catch winter bass in Carolina lakes

    With wintertime setting in, dedicated bass anglers know that the lakes across both Carolinas can offer some of the best bass fishing of the year. And it’s some of the most peaceful fishing too, with very few pleasure boaters, skiers, or personal watercraft on the water.

    January 09 at 12:15pm
    Focus on sandbars, and you'll catch plenty of river bass in cold weather.

    Catch more river bass in cold weather with these tips

    This month, bass anglers can find plenty of fish biting in rivers, and knowing a few tips can help them catch their share. It’s generally true that the bite isn’t as aggressive this month as in other times of the year, but anglers like John Long of Columbia, S.C., know how to get their share of bites from river bass in the cold.

    January 05 at 8:09pm
    Bass pro Davy Hite has retired from the Bassmaster Elite Series for a spot in the broadcast booth for The Bassmasters and Bassmaster LIVE.

    Time for another chapter

    I have been fishing as a full-time professional for 23 years, and several weeks ago, as many of you might have heard, I decided it was time to bring that career to a close. Beginning in March, I will move from fishing to broadcasting as a color commentator for The Bassmasters television show and Bassmaster LIVE’s online show, covering the Bassmaster Elite tournaments and the Bassmaster Classic.

    January 01 at 7:00am
    The Arashi Spinbait is a finesse lure that drives suspended bass to eat.

    Storm’s Arashi Spinbait

    What looks like a topwater prop bait but isn’t because it does its work underwater to entice suspending bass?

    The answer is Storm’s Arashi Spinbait, which made its grand appearance at this year’s ICAST show.

    December 29, 2016 at 9:00am
    Deep jigging spoons is Tony Alexander’s favorite way to catch January stripers on Lake Murray.

    Spoon-feed Murray’s stripers

    Some folks call it bottom-bumping, some perch-jerking, and some just call it spooning. No matter your preference, the technique of vertically jigging a spoon is definitely something striped bass fans should be doing this month on South Carolina’s  Lake Murray.

    December 21, 2016 at 4:14pm
    Guide Jot Owens targets stripers in the Cape Fear River around Wilmington, N.C., with a variety of hard and soft baits.

    Cape Fear stripers hit the river in good numbers this month

    Once the water and weather cools, striped bass become the primary target of fishermen in the Cape Fear, Northeast Cape Fear and Brunswick rivers around Wilmington, N.C. They are a January favorite even with a moratorium on possessing them throughout the Cape Fear system, where it’s still early in the process of rebuilding stocks. But growing numbers in the three rivers and tributaries around Wilmington find fishermen playing catch-and-release.

    December 21, 2016 at 4:09pm
    Bass pro Brett Mitchell said bass fishing on the Santee Cooper lakes this month can be a real feast, especially when you can find pods of shad on which they are feeding.

    Bass feast tops a famine

    Bass fishing success on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie is always about the chow; it’s the one thing that’s predictable about largemouth bass. 

    December 16, 2016 at 9:00am
    Marc Deschenes of VIP Adventures shows off a typical cold-weather bass he targets near brush piles.

    Top 2 lures for catching cold-weather bass

    As lake temperatures cool across the Carolinas, the largemouth bass make some changes in their eating behavior, but they will still bite for anglers who know where to find them and what they are biting. For some bass anglers, this time of year is their favorite.

    December 13, 2016 at 10:05pm
    Stripers get more active in cold weather, making them perfect targets for December trips.

    Stripers, walleyes on tap

    If you’re getting tired of sitting in your deer stand or bored with football games on television, I think I might have a little something that will make your December more fun. 

    December 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    A jerkbait fished along rocky banks that get plenty of sunshine is a great tool to catch bass at Lake Hickory in December.

    Two-pronged approach to sample Lake Hickory’s December bass fishing

    Guide Andy Fox of Claremont, N.C., has a two-pronged approach to catching bass on Lake Hickory in December, and both prongs can be awfully sharp.

    November 30, 2016 at 4:02pm
    Guide Mitchell Blake said winter stripers congregate around clam beds and stump fields in North Carolina’s Albemarle Sound.

    Shell out on winter

    Striped bass are a springtime staple for anglers during their spring spawning run up North Carolina’s Roanoke River, but, that’s not the only place to catch them and not necessarily the best time, according to Mitchell Blake of Chocowinity.

    November 30, 2016 at 3:16pm
    Bass pro Andy Wicker loves to target bass in deep water this month on South Carolina’s Lake Monticello.

    Make the move to Lake Monticello

    Bass pro Andy Wicker of Pomaria, S.C., considers Lake Monticello one of his favorite lakes, and he calls December one of his favorite times to fish there.

    “Everyone is in the deer stand then, and I have the lake to myself, for the most part,” he said.

    November 30, 2016 at 2:59pm
    The 1st Annual Southeastern High School Bass Class will be held Jan. 13 - 14 in Anderson, S.C.

    High School Bass Class to be held Jan. 13, 14

    The 1st Annual Southeastern High School Bass Class will be held in Anderson, SC on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14, 2017. The High School Bass Class will be held at the Civic Center of Anderson, located at 3027 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. 

    November 16, 2016 at 3:35am
    A vibrating jig is a great tool bass fishermen should have in their tackle boxes when November rolls around.

    Take a break from deer; the bass fishing is worth it

    A lot of people are in the woods hunting deer this month, including myself, but if you’re on the water, November is one of the prettiest months for fishermen. Stripers, hybrids, white perch and crappie are all biting, and being that my passion is bass fishing, it’s a time when I want to spend a few days on the water.

    November 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    A big live bait is just the ticket for fishermen targeting striped bass on High Rock Lake this month.

    High Rock Lake stripers are on

    Fishermen who like to catch big striped bass on the Yadkin River system will have November marked down on their calendars as a month when they need to be drowning baits on High Rock Lake.

    October 31, 2016 at 2:29pm
    Bass pro Dearal Rodgers targets November largemouths around Lake Wateree’s shallow cover: rocks, grass, laydowns and docks.

    Lake Wateree bass are hungry

    November on Lake Wateree means cooler water temperatures, shorter days and hungry bass, according to pro angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden.

    “The late-fall fishing season begins in November, and the bass will gorge themselves throughout the month getting ready for winter,” he said. “Fall bass feed heavily on Wateree’s three main food sources: shad, bluegill and crawfish.”

    October 31, 2016 at 11:55am