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    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
    The biggest bass are the first ones to make a big move as spawning patterns turn to post-spawn or even summertime.

    May: Time to cover lots of water for bass fishing

    Many bass fisherman do not like the month of May. Many fish are in a post-spawn funk, and fish tend to be scattered. 

    May is actually one of my favorite months, as the challenge of figuring them out becomes more difficult, thus creating a bigger reward. It is often the month of singles — not like singles night, but catching just one fish in an area. They can start schooling later in the month, but often, scattered is the name of the game.

    May 15 at 9:00am
    Dustin Wilks’ top five March bass baits are (left to right) lipless crankbaits, creature baits, spinnerbaits, bladed swim jigs and swimbaits.

    Top 5 spring bass baits

    Growing up, I read plenty of articles that asked what single bass bait you would use if you could only choose one. Actually, we have lots of choices that often makes fishing confusing but fun. 

    March 15 at 9:00am
    The author has learned to catch bass the way they want to be caught, not forcing them into a box.

    Take advantage of the bass bite

    Usually I write about seasonal approaches to bass fishing this time of year, but all too often we tend to get caught up in what the fish should be doing instead of what they are actually doing.  

    January 15 at 9:00am
    The extreme backs of creeks will give up a lot of nice bass this month.

    Fish November patterns for bass

    November in the Carolinas can provide some really good bass fishing, but it can also be a tad frustrating since fish can be doing so many things. The positives are obviously that decreased fishing pressure and cooling water have the fish much more active and moving to new areas.

    November 15, 2015 at 9:00am
    A wood-filled creek produced this nice fall bass for the author.

    Tough? Go with wood

    Fishing shallow wood is about as consistent  a pattern as you can find in September. Notoriously a tough month because fish are spread out, September can really test your angling skills.

    September 17, 2015 at 9:00am
    The author in better days, before he got into his slump.

    How to shake a slump

    I’ve had a few trips here lately that have me thinking about selling all my stuff. Then, I think about golf, and I head right back to the lake. That’ll do it every time — unless there is a pond at the golf course that I can fish. Sorry to you golfers. LOL.

    July 16, 2015 at 9:00am
    The author caught this big spawning female in the shallows.

    The many stages of May

    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.  

    May 14, 2015 at 9:00am
    Big bass can be caught in prespawn on a number of different baits if you present them in the proper situations.

    Overlooked March tactics

    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.

    March 18, 2015 at 9:00am
    Bass will bite through the winter under a variety of the right conditions.

    Don’t store your tackle

    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!  

    January 26, 2015 at 9:00am
    Making an accurate cast requires releasing the spool or bail at just the right fraction of a second.

    Ping pong for more bass?

    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. 

    November 27, 2014 at 9:00am
    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 September’s riddle

    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.

    September 25, 2014 at 9:00am
    A big, bulky worm like this 10-inch Culprit is a great bottom-bumping weapon for summer bass.

    Find current, find bass

    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. 

    July 28, 2014 at 9:00am
    The post-spawn period can produce some great bass for patient fishermen who know why fish act the way they do after bedding.

    Don’t hate the postspawn

    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.

    May 30, 2014 at 9:00am
    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

    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. 

    March 28, 2014 at 9:00am
    What do you need to buy this winter that a bass will eat? Plenty!

    Survey your tackle needs

    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.

    January 30, 2014 at 9:00am