November in North Carolina can provide some really good bass fishing, but it can also 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.
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.
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. †
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.
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! †
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.†
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.
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.†
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.