|Donít forget soft plastics
22 Views - Posted: November 28 at 3:00 am
Soft plastics are some of the most-overlooked baits that bass fishermen have in their tackle boxes once the leaves begin to turn in the fall. Everyone thinks about fishing plastic lizards and floating worms in the spring, during the prespawn, but after that, when summer shows up, a lot of people forget about them — except maybe for fishing a big worm in deep water.†
|Crank one up this month
134 Views - Posted: October 30 at 9:00 am
October is one of my favorite months. Like a lot of people, I love to deer hunt, and it really gets good this month. But to me, October is also one of the best months to catch bass on a crankbait.†
|Itís blueback-bass again
164 Views - Posted: September 30 at 9:00 am
I look forward to September every year, and not just for the dove hunts and the opening of deer season. In South Carolina, it’s the month when bass on lakes like Hartwell, Murray, Russell and Clarks Hill start to gang up and chase schools of blueback herring.
|It gets better in the dark
228 Views - Posted: August 30 at 9:00 am
August is the hottest month in the Carolinas, and if youíve been on the water on a windless day, you know how miserable it can be for bass fishermen. Not only do you have to put up with the heat, but the recreational boat traffic is as strong as ever. Even though gas is $4 a gallon, it seems like everybody has got enough to run around all day.
|Crank up a storm in July
320 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am
A lot of bass fishermen are anything but happy when summer arrives in South Carolina, because theyíre forced to leave shallow water to really catch good fish consistently.
|Itís bream time across SC
371 Views - Posted: June 04 at 9:00 am
I make my living catching bass, but I love to catch all kinds of fish, and nothing brings back good memories like bluegills. I know that was the first fish I caught when I was young and my dad and granddad were taking me fishing. I remember the first bass I caught like it was yesterday, but Iíd caught a lot of bluegills before I ever caught that bass, and 40 years later, I still like to catch bluegill.
|May is herring time
472 Views - Posted: May 06 at 9:00 am
May is a unique month for bass fishermen in South Carolina because of a little, oily fish that swims in a lot of our reservoirs.
|Fish your strength
400 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am
If you read this column on a regular basis, you know that I talk a lot about February and March being the best months to catch a big bass in our South Carolina lakes. Thatís true, but itís also true that April is probably the best all-around month to fish for bass. Itís a fun time to fish, moreso than any other month, because you can fish like you want to.
|Time to crank íem up
705 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Across South Carolina, March is a tremendous month to get on some really big bass, and I try to take advantage of every chance Iíve got to get on the water. Almost all of the bass in our lakes are either spawning or getting ready to spawn, and you can find some really aggressive fish.
|Big-bass time is here!
690 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
If you have read my column for a few years, you know whatís coming in February. Iíd like to talk about something else this month, but I just canít. In South Carolina, February is by far my favorite month to go out and catch a big bass.
|Turn to stripers this month
738 Views - Posted: January 09 at 9:00 am
Deer season is over, and hopefully, everybody has got plenty of venison in the freezer. Bass in South Carolina are usually lethargic this month; I usually wait until the first of February when we get a few warm fronts to start targeting them.
I get my January fill of fishing with striped bass. Theyíre a lot less lethargic than bass, and this month is my favorite time to fish for stripers. The schooling action is great; I love to catch them, I love to eat them, and it seems to me they taste better coming out of colder water.
|Hook a holiday jig fish
831 Views - Posted: December 10, 2012 at 9:00 am
I make my living bass fishing, but I love to fish for other species during my offseason, and December is probably my favorite month to fish in the offseason.
In South Carolina, we can enjoy good fishing even in December, because a lot of time, the weather is really pleasant. Some days can be in the 60s and 70s, and by December, Iíve normally gotten deer hunting out of my system, so I enjoy getting out and catching crappie or striper for a fish fry, or catching largemouth bass for fun.
|November = swimbaits
1088 Views - Posted: November 12, 2012 at 9:00 am
I won a BASS tournament last year fishing a swimbait on a Buckeye leadhead jig, but I was fishing it deep, six to 10 feet, working it like a crankbait or slow-rolling a spinnerbait.
|Time to Ďtop offí a bass
971 Views - Posted: October 08, 2012 at 9:00 am
As far as just, plain enjoyment in bass fishing, I donít know if it gets any better than topwater.
There are a lot of pros and cons about what I do, but Iíve been very blessed to have called bass fishing my job for 20 years, and fishing tournaments, I have to fish certain baits and techniques fish to catch fish and cash checks. Sometimes, thatís a drop-shot rig, but fortunately, it can be a topwater bait.
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