Know Fishing




The author caught this big spawning female in the shallows. The many stages of May
131 Views - Posted: May 14 at 9:00 am

Bass have a whole lot going on in the spring. Spawning, fishing pressure and rising water temperatures all contribute to when and where you can catch fish. If you think about it, it’s amazing we can catch any bass, period, with all they have going on. Luckily, we have two things going for us: one is their protective instincts, the other is good, old-fashioned hunger. †


Big bass can be caught in prespawn on a number of different baits if you present them in the proper situations. Overlooked March tactics
301 Views - Posted: March 18 at 9:00 am

When it comes to March, we all have visions of a giant bass blasting a spinnerbait or that heart-stopping lipless crankbait bite, but are there things we are missing? While the spinnerbait and lipless crankbait are superb lures under the right conditions, there are a lot of days this month when they don’t work as well as alternatives.


Bass will bite through the winter under a variety of the right conditions. Donít store your tackle
507 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! †


Making an accurate cast requires releasing the spool or bail at just the right fraction of a second. Ping pong for more bass?
529 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.†


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
395 Views - Posted: September 25, 2014 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.


A big, bulky worm like this 10-inch Culprit is a great bottom-bumping weapon for summer bass. Find current, find bass
516 Views - Posted: July 28, 2014 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.†


The post-spawn period can produce some great bass for patient fishermen who know why fish act the way they do after bedding. Donít hate the postspawn
607 Views - Posted: May 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

Many bass fishermen dread the time immediately after bass spawn, referred to as the “post-spawn period.” While there are challenges, there are several really good patterns that emerge.


March is a month when you can catch some really nice bass on both the upper and lower end of reservoirs. Time for the big move
530 Views - Posted: March 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

March can bring on one of the most-exciting and challenging times of the year to fish. Bass are no doubt on the move, the weather is all over the map and heavy rains can muddy up water in a hurry.

What to look for? In February, you have lots of fish still in wintering spots — stable areas with not much current and good clarity. These fish can still be really deep, but by March, the bulk of them have moved up.†


What do you need to buy this winter that a bass will eat? Plenty! Survey your tackle needs
1276 Views - Posted: January 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

Now that we’re almost done watching football, it’s time to tackle something more important: your tackle. Every year, we faithfully voyage to several boat and tackle shows to see the latest and greatest gear and try to stay one step ahead of the fish. Looking at new boats, rods, reels and tackle is fun. The anticipation factor of buying that new lure keeps us hopeful that our next fishing trip will be better than the last.