Lunker Lines


A crankbait is the No. 1 tool to catch plenty of October bass. Crank up an October bass
613 Views - Posted: October 27 at 9:00 am

If you love to bass fish, especially if you love to throw a crankbait like I do, you can’t get enough of October. It is probably the best month of the year to have a big, diving plug tied on to the end of your line if you’re a North Carolina fisherman.

Bass may move closer to the surface in August on some lakes, but you’re more likely to have success fishing in deep water. Pay attention to details
1470 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.

On North Carolina lakes, June is a fantastic month to catch largemouth bass because they’re hungry and they’re not particular about the baits they’ll bite. June can be best month
780 Views - Posted: June 26 at 9:00 am

June has always been one of my favorite months to fish for bass in North Carolina, and not just because there’s usually a great crankbait bite. It’s a time when no matter how you like to fish, you can catch fish that way, and almost anywhere you go. You can catch fish shallow, at mid-depths and deeper. You can catch fish on topwater in the mornings, on soft-plastic baits, on spinnerbaits, on crankbaits. Nobody has a big advantage; it’s just a matter of what stage the bigger fish are in.

Small crankbaits will likely play a big role in bass fishing this April, thanks to what appears to be a delayed spring. I might enjoy this April
492 Views - Posted: April 29 at 9:00 am

I have made no bones about having trouble catching bass in April, because I’m a crankbait fisherman and it’s probably the worst month in North Carolina to fish a crankbait.

A jerkbait, retrieved with a slow, stop-and-go cadence, probably produces more February bass than any other bait. February: For slow jerks
588 Views - Posted: February 28 at 9:00 am

Not too many bass fishermen think about February as being a great month to get on the water, but if you’ve finished the boat shows and got all your tackle in order, you can catch some fish if you understand the problems involved.

Fishing is better in the winter on certain lakes, lakes with clear water like Norman, Badin, Tillery or Buggs Island. The main thing is, in clear water, fish seem to be a little more aggressive than they are in colder, muddy water; you’ve almost got to hit the fish in the head when it’s like that.

You can fish lakes that have hot holes like Norman and Wylie, where the water temperature around them can be seven, eight or 10 degrees warmer than anywhere else on those lakes. And at Norman, you’ve got spotted bass; they are more active, more aggressive in cold water, than largemouths. 

Fishermen can handle an awfully big striped bass on the same tackle they use to fish crankbaits for largemouth bass. Take time out for stripers
880 Views - Posted: December 27, 2013 at 9:00 am

As long as I’ve been fishing bass tournaments, December has been one of just a couple of months when there really wasn’t much on the schedule, even on the local level. That’s one reason that I’ve spent a lot of my December days on the water fishing for striped bass.

With lake levels higher and the water cooler than normal, will bass go all the way back in creeks this month? Maybe. What will October hold?
757 Views - Posted: October 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

October is one of my favorite months to catch bass on a crankbait in reservoirs around North Carolina. The fish are moving back into creeks, following baitfish, they relate to creek channels and they’ll get ganged up, so if you find a good spot, you can get well in a hurry.

A big, bulky, Texas-rigged plastic worm is a great bait when bass move into extremely deep water. Will August be different?
1197 Views - Posted: August 05, 2013 at 9:00 am
Most years, August is a very predictable month for bass fishermen in North Carolina. It’s hot, the water is at its hottest levels, and bass can be hard to catch.

Shad-colored crankbaits are hard to beat when bass recover from the spawn and feed again. It’s June — fish it like May
880 Views - Posted: June 06, 2013 at 9:00 am
June is normally one of my two favorite months to catch bass. They’re finished with the spawn, have moved back toward deep water and are fattening up after going without for a couple of weeks.

April means big bass in the shallows, looking to spawn. Look to pattern April fish
1464 Views - Posted: April 08, 2013 at 9:00 am
April is the month that bass spawn in most lakes around North Carolina, but when that happens exactly depends a lot on the weather and some other factors. Because I don’t like to fish for bedding bass — it’s not one of my strengths — I spend most of my time on the water looking for prespawn fish.

A long, slender jerkbait is one of the best lures around to catch winter bass. Try a jerkbait this month
1781 Views - Posted: February 06, 2013 at 9:00 am
A lot of bass fishermen really want to get out on the water in February. A lot of them haven’t fished in better than a month; they’ve been sitting around, maybe getting a little cabin fever, organizing all their tackle and going to boat shows to see what’s out there.

Other than a lunker bass, a fisherman can’t ask for anything better for Christmas than one of Lew’s new BB1N baitcasting reels. Going back to reel basics
1239 Views - Posted: December 10, 2012 at 9:00 am
More than 25 years ago, when I started to get the reputation for catching a few fish on crankbaits, one of the tools I carried with me wherever I fished was a Lew’s BB1N baitcasting reel. To me, it was the perfect reel for fishing crankbaits: you could cast a mile with it; you could fish crankbaits with it all day without your arms and wrists cramping from the workout, and it was a great reel once you hooked a fish because the gearing made winching a big bass to the surface an easier task than it should have been.

I fished Lew’s reels until they went out of production a few years ago, after Browning took them over and then Bass Pro Shops. At one point, I was so taken with those reels that when Bass Pro Shops priced them at $49.95 for some Midnight Madness sale, I bought 50 of them.