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    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
    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 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
    Bass move back into creeks in the fall, and they begin to feed heavily to build up reserves as winter approaches.

    Is October best month?

    October is a month I have circled on the calendar every year; it can be the best month for the kind of fishing I do, and there are plenty of other bass fishermen think the same thing, no matter what kinds of baits they like to throw. Fish are moving back in creeks, and they’re moving up, feeding heavily, and they become easier to catch.

    October 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    A square-billed crankbait will cover shallow areas well, so bass pro Davy Hite loves to tie one on in the fall when bass are headed to the bank as the water cools.

    Three-pronged approach - Square-bill, jig and spinnerbait are fall staples

    September is the first month when bass fishermen across the Carolinas get the chance to target fish that are moving back into shallow water, and I can’t wait. Because I’m normally fishing shallow this month, I am always going to have three different baits tied on: a square-billed crankbait, a jig and a spinnerbait.

    September 01, 2016 at 9:00am
    A 7-inch Senko fished on a Texas rig is a great bait for deep summer bass.

    Don’t forget Senkos

    August is the dog days of summer, bass fishing can really get tough, and that can be frustrating. First off, you have to understand that you aren’t going to catch the big weights you did back early in the spring. I often tell people that March is my favorite month because you can catch a lot of fish, and the fish weigh as much as they’re going to all year.

    August 29, 2016 at 9:00am
    Bass pro David Fritts has gotten the 3 1/2-inch 25.5 Dredger hung up at almost 25 feet deep.

    Get to those deep bass

    August is usually a month when fishermen across North Carolina find bass so deep that the number of lures with which they can reach them is cut in half.

    August 15, 2016 at 9:00am
    A VMC Swimming Rugby Head jig and Flappin’ Hog trailer is a great combination for fishing deep water during the summer.

    Go early and go deep

    Alot of bass fishermen find good reasons to stay off our lakes during the peak of the summer, with the heat and recreational boat traffic chief among them.

    July 29, 2016 at 9:00am
    A crankbait can help you cover more water and find concentrations of bass once they move offshore.

    Get out, start cranking

    Summer arrives across South Carolina this month, and when I think about June, I immediately think about starting to fish offshore in most of our lakes. I believe June is the best month to catch fish on a crankbait. Fish are schooling, and you can catch quality fish and good numbers of fish — sometimes on just one or two spots.

    June 29, 2016 at 9:00am
    Crankbaits are a great tool when bass move out on offshore structure, especially when they’re ganged up like they often are in June.

    June is worth the wait - Hungry bass can make your day all-month long

    Since I became a bass fishermen so many years ago, there’s one thing I came to believe, and I’ve never taken it back. There is no better month to fish on our North Carolina lakes and rivers than June. I think it is absolutely the best month to fish, because bass are everywhere, hitting just about anything you want to throw at them.

    June 15, 2016 at 9:00am
    Frog baits can be fished at a variety of retrieve speeds, around different kinds of shallow cover.

    A great time to be on top - You can’t beat May for topwater bass action

    May is a great bass-fishing month around South Carolina, and it’s special to me because it’s one of my favorite times to fish a lot of topwater baits. The two months when I catch a lot of fish on topwater are May and September — May because you have a lot of postspawn fish and September because they’re moving up as the water cools.

    May 29, 2016 at 9:00am
    Bass pro Davy Hite searches for spring bass with Senkos, crankbaits or spinnerbaits, but once he’s located a concentration of nice fish, he’ll slow down and fish an area thoroughly.

    April is an angler’s bass fishing heaven

    April is probably my favorite month to fish in South Carolina, because there’s so much going on. The crappie are still biting, the bluegills are biting, the stripers will still be active, and you can catch bass most any way you want. You will have prespawn fish, spawning fish and postspawn fish on all of our lakes this month, so you can fish the way you like to and catch fish. It really would be nice to get out and turkey hunt for a couple of hours, then spend the rest of the day on the water.

    April 29, 2016 at 9:00am
    Baits designed to catch bass are made in a rainbow of colors, but you only need six or eight different color combinations you have confidence in to meet most fishing needs.

    Time to talk about the best colors for catching bass

    I did a few seminars at fishing and outdoor shows this winter, and one question that I heard quite a few times was, “What are the best colors for crankbaits?”

    April 15, 2016 at 9:00am
    A big Mop Jig will produce a lot of big prespawn bass, but not until you’ve found them with a search bait like a crankbait.

    Not all the lake’s a stage

    March means prespawn bass fishing across South Carolina, with maybe a few fish spawning late in the month, but it’s the best prespawn month and big-fish month. And it’s not only great for big fish, but for good numbers of fish, too, because you can often find fish ganged up in staging areas.

    March 29, 2016 at 9:00am
    A small, soft-plastic bait fished weedless or nose-hooked on a drop-shot rig is a great late-winter technique.

    Time to spoon-feed them - A jigging spoon is a great tool to catch bass

    A lot of fishermen seem to get spring fever pretty early in the year, and this is the time it hits. Deer season has been over for a while, and everybody is raring to go, with spring on the way and tournaments getting started late in February. 

    February 29, 2016 at 9:00am
    Fishing clear water in the winter is important because most bass are going to be looking up, toward the surface, and they’ll come out of deep water to strike lures.

    Clear, deep and steep - For winter bass, remember those three words

    When you start talking about where to look for the first bass that begin biting late in the winter, three words should immediately come to mind: clear, deep, steep.

    February 15, 2016 at 9:00am