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    A crankbait can help you cover more water and find concentrations of bass once they move offshore.

    Get out, start cranking

    Summer arrives across South Carolina this month, and when I think about June, I immediately think about starting to fish offshore in most of our lakes. I believe June is the best month to catch fish on a crankbait. Fish are schooling, and you can catch quality fish and good numbers of fish — sometimes on just one or two spots.

    Yesterday at 9:00am
    Frog baits can be fished at a variety of retrieve speeds, around different kinds of shallow cover.

    A great time to be on top - You can’t beat May for topwater bass action

    May is a great bass-fishing month around South Carolina, and it’s special to me because it’s one of my favorite times to fish a lot of topwater baits. The two months when I catch a lot of fish on topwater are May and September — May because you have a lot of postspawn fish and September because they’re moving up as the water cools.

    May 29 at 9:00am
    Bass pro Davy Hite searches for spring bass with Senkos, crankbaits or spinnerbaits, but once he’s located a concentration of nice fish, he’ll slow down and fish an area thoroughly.

    April is an angler’s bass fishing heaven

    April is probably my favorite month to fish in South Carolina, because there’s so much going on. The crappie are still biting, the bluegills are biting, the stripers will still be active, and you can catch bass most any way you want. You will have prespawn fish, spawning fish and postspawn fish on all of our lakes this month, so you can fish the way you like to and catch fish. It really would be nice to get out and turkey hunt for a couple of hours, then spend the rest of the day on the water.

    April 29 at 9:00am
    A big Mop Jig will produce a lot of big prespawn bass, but not until you’ve found them with a search bait like a crankbait.

    Not all the lake’s a stage

    March means prespawn bass fishing across South Carolina, with maybe a few fish spawning late in the month, but it’s the best prespawn month and big-fish month. And it’s not only great for big fish, but for good numbers of fish, too, because you can often find fish ganged up in staging areas.

    March 29 at 9:00am
    A small, soft-plastic bait fished weedless or nose-hooked on a drop-shot rig is a great late-winter technique.

    Time to spoon-feed them - A jigging spoon is a great tool to catch bass

    A lot of fishermen seem to get spring fever pretty early in the year, and this is the time it hits. Deer season has been over for a while, and everybody is raring to go, with spring on the way and tournaments getting started late in February. 

    February 29 at 9:00am
    When he’s fishing a deep-diving crankbait, Davy Hite prefers a reel with a slow retrieve speed.

    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.

    January 29 at 9:00am
    Stripers remain active in cold weather, making them a perfect offseason target for bass fishermen.

    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.

    December 29, 2015 at 9:00am
    November bass can be tough, even for pro fishermen like Davy Hite.

    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.

    November 29, 2015 at 9:00am
    Bass are much more active during the fall when temperatures are dropping than in early spring.

    Jerk a knot in him – 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.

    October 27, 2015 at 9:00am
    Davy Hite is justifiably proud of this big largemouth, caught out of Lake Greenwood earlier this year on a Mini-Mop Jig.

    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.

    October 04, 2015 at 6:45am
    A VMC swimming rugby jighead and a soft-plastic crawfish trailer or creature bait will provide the smaller profile that’s often needed to catch fall bass.

    It’s 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. 

    September 28, 2015 at 9:00am
    Fish a frog bait around shallow grass first thing in the morning to target bass that have moved up and are roaming the shallows, hunting for food.

    Don’t 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.

    August 27, 2015 at 9:00am
    A crankbait is a great tool to use when fishing for summer bass that have moved out to deep water.

    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.

    July 29, 2015 at 9:00am
    Bream can be a great target for any fisherman, but knowing their habits can help catch more summer bass.

    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. 

    June 25, 2015 at 9:00am
    The blueback herring spawn is a great time to catch bass on a variety of topwater plugs.

    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.

    May 28, 2015 at 9:00am