|Carolina rigs aren't just for bass anymore
314 Views - Posted: April 22 at 7:00 am
The Caroling rig, a bottom-dragging rig for offshore structure-fishing originally intended for largemouth bass, has become popular when used in conjunction with live or cut bait for catching big blue catfish, especially on Badin Lake.
|Take David Fritts' tips and catch more fish on a crankbait.
639 Views - Posted: April 14 at 6:55 pm
At a recent open house at Angler’s Choice in Lexington, pro fisherman David Fritts discussed how to retrieve crankbaits to get more strikes from bass. The winner of the 1993 Bassmaster Classic and 1994 BASS Angler of the Year, Fritts said there’s more to successful crankbait fishing than casting a lure and bringing it the back to the boat.
|Warm weather sends big bass into Badin Lake's shallows
1328 Views - Posted: March 22 at 9:20 pm
The first warm weather of the season has caused a tidal wave of largemouth bass to move into the shallows at Badin Lake, creating a bass bonanza for fishermen.
|Howell's new Livingston crankbait makes plenty of noise
965 Views - Posted: March 12 at 7:00 pm
Randy Howell, the former Lake Gaston bass pro and guide who now lives in Springville, Ala., won the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, and Livingston Lures has rewarded him by naming a crankbait after him: the Livingston Howeller.
|Hold onto that hard-earned money; make your own downrigger
1422 Views - Posted: February 18 at 7:14 am
With striped bass, hybrid bass, spotted bass and white bass in many North Carolina lakes, downriggers have become standard equipment to get baits down to these open-water fish, but they aren’t a poor-man’s fishing tool, with most systems costing more than $200. To fish deep without going into debt, consider a do-it-yourself downrigger that can be assembled in about 20 minutes with materials likely at hand.
|Downsize baits for better winter results on bass, stripers
1036 Views - Posted: December 18, 2014 at 7:11 am
Whether you fish for striped bass or largemouth bass during the winter, most guides and experienced anglers suggest downsizing your fishing lures for more strikes.
|Has High Rock drawdown created a perfect bass-fishing storm?
2170 Views - Posted: October 21, 2014 at 7:39 am
Two fishermen who blistered High Rock Lake’s bass earlier this month credit the drawdown for what has been a great bite over the past several weeks.
|Learn the basics before you invest heavily in hand-carved crankbaits
1431 Views - Posted: October 01, 2014 at 6:55 pm
Fishermen should be as demanding as professional baseball players in choosing their lumber for their sport. Baseball bats must meet certain standards; wooden baits should reflect skilled labor, especially at anywhere from $15 to $25 per bait. Getting your money’s worth from hand-carved baits involves selecting the right wood and scrutinizing its components.
|Black mat algae has taken over Tuckertown Lake. Is Shearon Harris next?
1763 Views - Posted: September 05, 2014 at 1:37 pm
A threatening black menace continues to encroach upon the fisheries at Tuckertown and Shearon Harris lakes. The moss-like growth cloaks shoreline cover, leaves floating deposits of itself, and stinks up the place.
|Surprise! Cooler weather returns bass to deep water at High Rock
1251 Views - Posted: August 21, 2014 at 7:04 am
Throughout a sizzling July, the offshore bite for bass at High Rock Lake was almost non-existent, much to the chagrin of crankbait and Carolina-rig fishermen, as fish snuggled tight to the piers in less than 5 feet of water, hitting jigs and plastics flipped their way. Then along came August and surprisingly cooler temperatures and the unexpected happened. The offshore bite reappeared, catching most fishermen by surprise.
|Commission goes with unusual solution to vulture problem at boat ramp
2764 Views - Posted: July 24, 2014 at 7:43 am
Fishermen using the Flat Creek boat-access area at Tuckertown Lake might just do a double-take upon their arrival. At the entrance there’s a newly constructed gazebo with a replica of a vulture hanging upside down from one of its wooden appendages. At the ramp, a single pole holds another artificial effigy of a vulture dangling upside down.
|Falls Lake supports excellent bass fishery
396 Views - Posted: July 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
Electroshocking samples of Falls of the Neuse conducted in 2009, 2011 and 2013 indicate the lake has a balanced bass fishery with an appropriate mix of age classes, including an ample number of trophy bass.