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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 Tilleryís 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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Belewsí drop-shot bass donít know itís really winter

While fishermen may shiver because of winter weather, the largemouth and spotted bass in Belews Lake think it’s spring. The hot-water discharge from the Belews Creek Steam Station keeps the water temperature in the 60s and 70s, which makes the bass bite better.

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December 21, 2016 at 4:22 pm
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Lake Norman slabs are deep

Quality crappie can be caught in bitter, cold weather at Lake Norman with the use of visual aids.

“The fish will be in 25 feet of water or deeper,” said guide Gus Gustafson. “The most-effective way to find them and catch them is with side-scan and down-scan electronic units. Without these visual aids, opportunities are limited.”

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December 21, 2016 at 2:43 pm
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Jordan Lake slabs are on

Guide Freddie Sinclair won’t be hard to spot this month when he’s prowling Jordan Lake for crappie.†

Sinclair’s boat feature 10 to 12 fishing rods, 14 to 16 feet long, mounted along both sides of the vessel leading to the bow of the boat where other rods are mounted.

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November 30, 2016 at 3:45 pm
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