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Smoke ’em with Tuckertown cigars

Cigar-shaped soft-plastic lures, with their slow, tantalizing spiral fall are deadly for smoking out spawning and post-spawn bass on North Carolina’s Tuckertown Lake in May. 

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May 02 at 11:37 am
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Bass buffet?

April offers a piscatorial smorgasbord at North Carolina’s Fontana Lake for bass, with anglers having a chance to catch smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass. It’s commonplace to catch one species while fishing for another, as they often mix together.

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March 27 at 3:43 pm
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It's big-bass time on Hickory

Andy Fox of Fishers of Men Guide Service changes tactics during April as largemouth bass transition from staging areas to their spawning grounds on North Carolina’s Lake Hickory. In either phase, Fox (828-312-8711) said plenty of bass from 4 to 7 pounds will be caught this month.

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March 27 at 3:28 pm
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Badin Lake angler catches 12-pound, 6-ounce bass

During a recent meeting at the Concord Bass Pro Shops, anglers were passing around a cell phone with a photo of a 12-pound, 6-ounce largemouth bass caught at Badin Lake by an angler they only knew as “Bennett.”

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March 06 at 9:32 pm
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Give bass a Trap

The underwater world at Kerr Lake, aka Buggs Island, becomes a stage for largemouth bass when warming weather this month pushes the water temperature into the 40s and 50s. The change prompts fish to move to shallow, staging areas where they’ll wait for another warming trend that triggers their spawning instinct.

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February 23 at 2:10 pm
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Two tactics for Lake Wylie slabs

Jerry Neeley of Jerry’s Fishing Guide Service uses a two-pronged attack to catch staging crappie at Lake Wylie this month.

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February 23 at 1:27 pm
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These are the keys to catching High Rock stripers in winter

Guide Maynard Edwards of Lexington, N.C., targets stripers that follow baitfish into Abbotts, Flat Swamp and Second creeks at High Rock Lake during February’s cold weather. 

“The stripers are in the major parts of the creeks,” said Edwards (336-249-6782). “They favor points and humps and can be found in 5 to 20 feet of water. Sometimes it’s amazing how shallow they’ll be.”

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February 20 at 3:51 pm
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Run Tillery’s river for big blue catfish in dead of winter

When Kevin Custer of the N.C. Catfish Tournament Association Series was asked to name a productive lake for big blue catfish in the winter, he didn’t say Lake Norman or Badin Lake as many people might expect. Instead, he chose Lake Tillery, one of the smaller impoundments of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River system.

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January 26 at 3:53 pm
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