Search Results

By August, bass in many lakes are actually in crankbait range after spending July in extremely deep water. Don’t let the heat win
323 Views - Posted: August 17 at 9:00 am

When it’s as hot as it has been this summer, and August has taken over from July, most fishermen think about limiting their trips to the first few hours in the morning and the hours around sundown.

Recovered from the spawn, bass will get their appetites back in June. It doesn’t get any better
1016 Views - Posted: June 15 at 9:00 am

Across North Carolina, I think June is the best month to fish for bass. When you wake up in the morning this month, you need to take all the vacation time you’ve got and go to the lake.

A crankbait is often overlooked during the spring when fish are hitting so many different baits, but it can be a key bass-fishing lure. Spring is crankbait time
736 Views - Posted: April 16 at 9:00 am

Alot of fishermen don’t think about fishing a crankbait in the spring, but except for the time when they’re on the bed, bass will hit a crankbait about as good as anything — if you know how to fish them. If you fish anywhere in the South, it’s one of the tools that you have to have in your tackle box.

Bass are keying on crawdads in February, so go with baits in crawdad colors: reds, browns and golds. Go slow, don’t stay home
1050 Views - Posted: February 23 at 9:00 am

Lots of bass fishermen shy away from fishing in February, and that’s a big mistake. The fishing can be tremendous if you can get a little warming trend. You’ll need to break out your crankbaits, your jerkbaits and your jigs — and an Alabama rig, you can’t leave that out.

When water temperatures get down to 50 degrees or below, a jig can be your best bet for winter bass. Be a weather watcher
803 Views - Posted: December 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

There are a lot of good reasons to fish in December, chief among them, most everybody else is deer hunting, and you’ve pretty much got the lake to yourself.

A crankbait is the No. 1 tool to catch plenty of October bass. Crank up an October bass
988 Views - Posted: October 27, 2014 at 9:00 am

If you love to bass fish, especially if you love to throw a crankbait like I do, you can’t get enough of October. It is probably the best month of the year to have a big, diving plug tied on to the end of your line if you’re a North Carolina fisherman.

Bass may move closer to the surface in August on some lakes, but you’re more likely to have success fishing in deep water. Pay attention to details
1883 Views - Posted: August 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

August has always been a tough month for bass fishermen, because the fish start getting spread out — there aren’t nearly as many grouped up — and because you might find them anywhere from around shallow docks to 25 feet deep.

On North Carolina lakes, June is a fantastic month to catch largemouth bass because they’re hungry and they’re not particular about the baits they’ll bite. June can be best month
1126 Views - Posted: June 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

June has always been one of my favorite months to fish for bass in North Carolina, and not just because there’s usually a great crankbait bite. It’s a time when no matter how you like to fish, you can catch fish that way, and almost anywhere you go. You can catch fish shallow, at mid-depths and deeper. You can catch fish on topwater in the mornings, on soft-plastic baits, on spinnerbaits, on crankbaits. Nobody has a big advantage; it’s just a matter of what stage the bigger fish are in.

Small crankbaits will likely play a big role in bass fishing this April, thanks to what appears to be a delayed spring. I might enjoy this April
787 Views - Posted: April 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

I have made no bones about having trouble catching bass in April, because I’m a crankbait fisherman and it’s probably the worst month in North Carolina to fish a crankbait.

A jerkbait, retrieved with a slow, stop-and-go cadence, probably produces more February bass than any other bait. February: For slow jerks
976 Views - Posted: February 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

Not too many bass fishermen think about February as being a great month to get on the water, but if you’ve finished the boat shows and got all your tackle in order, you can catch some fish if you understand the problems involved.

Fishing is better in the winter on certain lakes, lakes with clear water like Norman, Badin, Tillery or Buggs Island. The main thing is, in clear water, fish seem to be a little more aggressive than they are in colder, muddy water; you’ve almost got to hit the fish in the head when it’s like that.

You can fish lakes that have hot holes like Norman and Wylie, where the water temperature around them can be seven, eight or 10 degrees warmer than anywhere else on those lakes. And at Norman, you’ve got spotted bass; they are more active, more aggressive in cold water, than largemouths. 

Fishermen can handle an awfully big striped bass on the same tackle they use to fish crankbaits for largemouth bass. Take time out for stripers
1212 Views - Posted: December 27, 2013 at 9:00 am

As long as I’ve been fishing bass tournaments, December has been one of just a couple of months when there really wasn’t much on the schedule, even on the local level. That’s one reason that I’ve spent a lot of my December days on the water fishing for striped bass.

With lake levels higher and the water cooler than normal, will bass go all the way back in creeks this month? Maybe. What will October hold?
943 Views - Posted: October 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

October is one of my favorite months to catch bass on a crankbait in reservoirs around North Carolina. The fish are moving back into creeks, following baitfish, they relate to creek channels and they’ll get ganged up, so if you find a good spot, you can get well in a hurry.