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January: inventory time

January is tackle month around my home in Ninety Six. Deer season has ended, there aren’t any tournaments to fish for another month or so, and boat shows and fishing shows are getting cranked up. All that combines to make it inventory time for me and my tackle.

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January 29 at 9:00 am
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Bass offseason = stripers

December is sort of like vacation time for me, because it’s the offseason for bass tournaments; I’m not traveling, and I don’t have to do boat and fishing shows until January.

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December 29, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Me, fish a shaky head?

Some of you who really know how I like to fish or who have read my column for a long time are going to stunned to find out this one is about fishing shaky heads. I know; it’s not the kind of power fishing that I’m known for, but sometimes, you do what you have to do to catch bass, and in November, those big green fish can be tough.

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November 29, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Jerk a knot in him Ė follow this expert's tips on jerkbait fishing in the fall

When you talk to bass fishermen about fishing a jerkbait, they talk about the early spring, prespawn period when the water is cold. But not very many of those same fishermen will even think about fishing a jerkbait in the fall, and that’s their loss.

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October 27, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Compact jig is great for mopping up South Carolina's fall bass

With so much fishing pressure on our lakes these days, lots of bass fishermen regularly downsize their baits; it’s become an accepted way to catch finicky fish. The same goes with clear-water situations. Clear water and small baits just go together.

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October 04, 2015 at 6:45 am
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Itís football (jig) season!

To a lot of people across the Southeast, the arrival of September means high school and college football, and you can count me in that number. I am a football fanatic. As it turns out, I’m a fan of footballs that never see the gridiron; in the fall, I love to fish football-style jigs for bass.†

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September 28, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Donít be caught sleeping

There’s a lot about dawn to like. It’s a quiet time of day, there are not too many things moving around, the world is just waking up.

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August 27, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Time to crank one up

I have written a lot in the past about fishing crankbaits, but mostly at other times of year, in early prespawn or during the fall when bass are in particularly good patterns to catch them with diving plugs.

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July 29, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Take a bream bass fishing

Almost every fisherman got his start on the banks of a pond somewhere, dangling a worm or a cricket under a cork, catching bream or shellcrackers. I love to catch bluegills; I’ve fished for them my whole life, and I’ve caught a lot of them to eat. I took my boys bream fishing a lot when they were young, and even though they’re grown, I still love to go out to my pond and catch them.†

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June 25, 2015 at 9:00 am
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A great time to feel blue

In terms of fishing opportunities, South Carolina is a unique state for a number of reasons, and the presence of blueback herring in a lot of our major reservoirs is a big one. When these baitfish are in a lake in good numbers, they make the bass and stripers and hybrids act differently.

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May 28, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Sink a Senko this month

April might not be the No. 1 month to head out in search of a lunker largemouth bass in South Carolina’s reservoirs; that’s probably how I look at March. But I think April and May are months when it’s just fun to go fishing, even if you’re not a pro.

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April 29, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Dial up a C-rig for March

It’s sort of old fashioned, and it doesn’t nearly have the appeal of the latest hot fishing fad, but even if your tackle box is filled with Alabama rigs, you’d better know how to tie and fish a Carolina rig.

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March 31, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Mop up a big jig fish now

I don’t make any bones about what and how I like to fish in February. I am going to tie on a big Mop Jig, because February — and March — are the two best months here in South Carolina to catch a big bass. I think a big Mop Jig is the No. 1 bait, because with a soft-plastic trailer, it’s about the best way to imitate a crawfish that we have.

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February 26, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Down time is for tackle

No matter whether you’re a full-time professional fishermen like I am or a weekend fishermen like I was at one time — I figure most of you fit into this category — it’s a good idea to set aside at least some time every year to take a day and organize all of our fishing tackle and lures.

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January 29, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Be a December fish scout

When it comes to deer hunting, none of us mind spending a few days in the woods before the season, doing our scouting, setting up trail cameras, getting a bead on where that big buck might show up.

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December 30, 2014 at 9:00 am
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For November bass anglers, it's time to fish, or cut bait

November is a month of choice for bass fishermen around South Carolina. Things can go one of two ways. You can either plan to fish through the rest of the fall and into the winter, or you can put your tackle away and concentrate on deer hunting until New Year’s, and maybe duck hunting for a month after that.

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November 30, 2014 at 9:00 am
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