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A jerkbait, retrieved with a slow, stop-and-go cadence, probably produces more February bass than any other bait. February: For slow jerks
197 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
416 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?
423 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?
907 Views - Posted: August 05, 2013 at 9:00 am
Most years, August is a very predictable month for bass fishermen in North Carolina. Itís 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. Itís June ó fish it like May
601 Views - Posted: June 06, 2013 at 9:00 am
June is normally one of my two favorite months to catch bass. Theyíre 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
1059 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 donít like to fish for bedding bass ó itís not one of my strengths ó 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
1319 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 havenít fished in better than a month; theyíve been sitting around, maybe getting a little cabin fever, organizing all their tackle and going to boat shows to see whatís out there.

Other than a lunker bass, a fisherman canít ask for anything better for Christmas than one of Lewís new BB1N baitcasting reels. Going back to reel basics
977 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 Lewís 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 Lewís 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.

Crankbaits  are a great weapon in the fall; you can cover water, and it can be a target bait. October back to Ďnormalí
1091 Views - Posted: October 08, 2012 at 9:00 am
A lot has sure changed in a couple of months. From getting no rain, the lakes being low and figuring that weíd have shallow bass the rest of the year, weíre back to having plenty of rain and looking at a normal October and fall pattern.

Thatís fine by me, because October is one of my favorite months to fish ó probably my favorite fall month. Itís a great month to catch fish on my favorite crankbaits, and itís a great month to pattern bass by their movements back in creeks and up and down.

When deep water lacks oxygen in the hottest weather, bass will move shallow, even though the water is hot. Shallow bass in August?
1650 Views - Posted: August 06, 2012 at 10:00 am
I know this is really going to sound unusual, but if youíre going to catch bass from most of our lakes in North Carolina in August, youíd better be prepared to fish shallow.

Itís been hot all summer, we havenít had much rain, so thereís not much current, and thatís a perfect prescription for our lakes not carrying much dissolved oxygen. Bass can stand hot water, but they canít stand water that isnít carrying any oxygen, and thatís what weíre in for, unless something happens to change it ó like a tropical storm.

Bass usually donít head to deep water until July, but theyíve been a month ahead of schedule all year. So fishing deep, open water might be the ticket this June. The calendar is lying
1270 Views - Posted: June 29, 2012 at 9:45 am
I have to admit, I wait the whole year for June to arrive, because itís my favorite month to catch bass on a crankbait. And I also have to admit, Iím afraid things are going to be different this year.

Bass have spawned early everywhere, and I really wouldnít be surprised if June doesnít turn out to fish like July usually does. Weíre really going to have to watch things.

A reel with a different retrieve ratio is called for when youíre fishing different baits. One speed fits all?
1757 Views - Posted: April 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
A question I get at a lot of fishing shows where I do seminars has to do what kind of reel I choose for most of my crankbait fishing. A lot of fishermen want to know about the retrieve ratio of reels, and what ratio they should be using for what baits.

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