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A big jigging spoon is a great bait to rip off the bottom when bass are holding on deep structure. The ripping technique
73 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

The technique of “ripping” a spoon requires energy and stamina and has been used by several legendary fishermen to generate reaction bites from bass.

Add Suspendots and SuspenStrips to deep-diving crankbaits to get a little more depth on your casts and retrieves. Weighting crankbaits
176 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

When fishing offshore structure, bass pro Tim Grein often needs his deep-diving crankbaits to break the 20-foot barrier. While many manufacturers proclaim their deep-divers reach such depths right out of the box, Grein gives his baits, if need be, a little assistance by adding weight.

Deep-diving crankbaits and spoons are the top weapons fishermen use to target Lake Wylie’s summer bass. Give a rip - Summer bass at Lake Wylie are deep, and you’ve got to reach down and get them
215 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:00 am

When polarized glasses become an option rather than a necessity and topwater baits and flipping lures get stowed deep in the recesses of tackle boxes, then shallow-water fishing for bass has given way to offshore structure fishing.

Some anglers use armbands to relieve pressure on their elbow tendons caused by the repetitive nature of flipping hundreds of boat docks in a day’s fishing. Flipping can lead to fishing elbow
207 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

Flipping may be the most-effective way to fish piers and reach their hard-to-reach inner recesses, but its practitioners risk an injury known as “fishing elbow,” which can result in surgery.

Fishing the piers in an area thoroughly will allow fishermen to finds and hone in on areas that are holding a lot of bass. Fish upriver: the alternative to piers
179 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

With the deep-water bite vanishing at High Rock, pounding piers is shallow water has become the norm at the lake. On any given day, a parade of fishermen marches along, flipping piers and docks along the shoreline.

Brad Staley of Pleasant Garden, a confirmed shallow-water fishermen, has taken advantage of the change in High Rock Lake’s bass fishery from an offshore paradise to boat-dock heaven. Stack the dock at High Rock
310 Views - Posted: June 01 at 7:00 am

High Rock Lake, once known for its offshore structure and the 20-pound stringers that came from its deep-water haunts, has changed dramatically as a largemouth bass fishery. Crankbait specialists no longer dominate tournaments. 

Badin Lake fishermen have been relying on Carolina rigs to catch big blue catfish. Carolina rigs aren't just for bass anymore
999 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.

Bass pro David Fritts said that long casts and a steady retrieve will make a crankbait a more-effective bass-fishing tool. Take David Fritts' tips and catch more fish on a crankbait.
1124 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. 

Justin Goodyear of Thomasville caught this 8.11-pound largemouth bass last weekend at Badin Lake. Warm weather sends big bass into Badin Lake's shallows
1574 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.

Randy Howell, the 2014 Bassmaster Classic champion, shows off his Howell's new Livingston crankbait makes plenty of noise
1250 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.

Most fishermen have all they need to build a homemade downrigger in their tackle box or shop. Hold onto that hard-earned money; make your own downrigger
2877 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. 

Downsizing to much smaller lures is often a key to catching more winter bass and stripers. Downsize baits for better winter results on bass, stripers
1205 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.