|Three tips to keep those bass hooked up
794 Views - Posted: March 31 at 4:56 pm
Bass anglers know what a thrill it is to hook a good fish after making an accurate cast and working their lure properly, but they also know the agony of seeing that fish leap from the water, shake its head and throw the lure free. Sometimes it can’t be helped, but on many occasions, the fisherman can lessen a bass’s chance to free itself with a leaping head shake.
|Knightdale angler has another state record in his pocket
2436 Views - Posted: May 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm
|Riprap is big key at Wylie
422 Views - Posted: March 15, 2014 at 8:00 am
The large rocks that line much of Lake Wylie’s shoreline are called riprap, and plenty of it is submerged below the surface. Marc Deschenes said this creates a food chain that anglers can take advantage of.
“Crayfish love to hide in the crevices, and algae grows along the rocks, attracting baitfish, which attract bigger fish,” said Deschenes, who targets bass around these rocks with a jig and crawdad chunk trailer. The trailer adds size to the jig, aids the lure’s buoyancy and helps it flutter slowly to the bottom like a real crawdad or injured fish would.
|High water is an angler’s friend
396 Views - Posted: March 15, 2014 at 8:00 am
March is typically a rainy month, and as part of the Catawba River system, Lake Wylie gets local rain as well as rain and melting snow from the waterways well upstream, which means anglers will get to fish their share of high water this month.
For fishermen like Mike Stephens of Charlotte, that’s a blessing.
“When I fish Lake Wylie in March, I want it to be high water,” said Stephens, who won a Carolinas Bass Classic event on Wylie last March during a period of high water. “These bass have spawning on their minds, and a lot of them are shallow, just waiting for the right water temperature to spawn. Some are at different depths and random locations in or just outside of the creeks.
|Go over to the dark side
498 Views - Posted: March 15, 2014 at 8:00 am
For many anglers, night time is the right time for catching bass, and March is a great time to doing it in the dark on Wylie.
“Some fish are already shallow, and a lot of fish that are suspending on secondary points will come in and cruise the shallows at dusk, and they all seem to let their guard down a little bit once the sun goes down,” said Mike Stone, who fishes Lake Wylie more than a hundred days a year.
The lake is also less crowded at night, as most anglers prefer to leave while it’s still light out. Stone said they are missing out on some of the best fishing Wylie has to offer, and some of the best bass fishing —day or night — in the Carolinas.
|Wylie’s wandering whoppers - Learn how to fish both Marches for Lake Wylie bass
1596 Views - Posted: March 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
Gastonia’s Mike Stone was casting a jerkbait across a point near Lake Wylie’s Buster Boyd Bridge; he gave the bait another twitch, let it settle, then a smile spread across his face as he set the hook and began to reel in a 3 1/2-pound bass.
“This month is, by far, my favorite month to catch bass on Lake Wylie. March is when the most fish, as well as the biggest fish, bite throughout the month,” Stone said. “But it’s a bit of a strange month and probably the biggest transition month of the year on this lake.
|Mapping out success
747 Views - Posted: October 15, 2013 at 7:00 am
Capt. Davie Tilley of the Continental Shelf understands that many anglers opt to fish out of their own private vessels, but he is still willing to help them out through a service he offers called “Fish Here Maps.”
|The right tools for the job
607 Views - Posted: October 15, 2013 at 7:00 am
As with any job, anglers need the right tools for bottom-fishing, especially when fish like amberjack and grouper are likely to bite. And on extended trips, where depths can reach the 600-foot range, you don’t want to be caught with undersized gear.
|Get ready for the long haul
855 Views - Posted: October 15, 2013 at 7:00 am
Fishing on extended trips, whether from a head boat like the Continental Shelf or from a smaller private vessel, is fun and cooler-filling, but doesn’t come without its challenges.
|Get to the bottom of it - Extended bottom-fishing trips out of Morehead City mean more fish for more fishermen
1576 Views - Posted: October 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
“Okay gentlemen, drop it down, drop it down, drop it down. All the way to the bottom. If you’re not on the bottom, you can’t catch these fish.”
|Mecklenburg County parks full of fishing opportunities
4112 Views - Posted: August 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Numerous fishing spots dot the landscape of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, offering urban anglers a chance to wet a line without having to set aside a whole day for it.
|Knightdale man’s catch certified as North Carolina’s first state-record scamp grouper.
3189 Views - Posted: January 16, 2013 at 9:00 am
When Toby Grantham of Knightdale held up a scamp grouper he’d just caught last Sept. 25, Dave Tilley, the captain of the Continental Shelf, exclaimed, “That’s a potential state record!”
Tilley was correct.
On Jan. 14, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries certified the 27.6-pound fish as its first state-record scamp grouper.