|Mop up a big jig fish now
9 Views - Posted: 14 hours ago
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.
|Down time is for tackle
86 Views - Posted: January 29 at 9:00 am
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.
|Be a December fish scout
260 Views - Posted: December 30, 2014 at 9:00 am
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.
|Time to fish — or cut bait?
314 Views - Posted: November 30, 2014 at 9:00 am
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.
|October: Great jig month
377 Views - Posted: October 30, 2014 at 9:00 am
I know that lots of sportsmen turn their attention this time of year to deer hunting, and I’m probably one of them. But I keep in mind that bass fishing in October on a beautiful South Carolina like is about as good as it gets. First, the recreational boating traffic is, for the most part, gone. Second, I don’t have any Bassmaster tournaments to fish this late in the year. Third, a lot of guys are in their tree stands. Fourth, the weather has cooled off and the fish are biting. It’s just one of the best times of year to go out and try to catch a big fish.
|September: moving month
373 Views - Posted: September 29, 2014 at 9:00 am
Golfers on the pro tour call Saturday “moving day” because it’s the day you’d better make a move if you want to contend for the tournament title. Down here in South Carolina, September is the “moving month” when baitfish and bass start to move from summer to fall.
|A surprise topwater time
438 Views - Posted: August 29, 2014 at 9:00 am
August is not a month that most bass fishermen associate with a topwater bite, but a lot of our lakes in South Carolina have a pretty good one this month.
|Do the mayfly dance
418 Views - Posted: July 31, 2014 at 9:00 am
I love to fish for bass at night this month, but when I do fish during the daytime, there’s one thing I really look for and pay attention to, and that’s mayflies. They’re aquatic insects that live most of their lives underwater, but it’s the few hours or maybe a day that they mature and live on or just above the surface of the water that makes them important to fishermen.
|Crank ‘em up in June
423 Views - Posted: June 30, 2014 at 9:00 am
Like most bass fishermen, I like to fish shallow in the spring, and there’s no question that in March, April and May, the fishing is good, but you have to sort of grind it out and catch one here and one there for a good limit.
|Time for a herring high
474 Views - Posted: May 30, 2014 at 9:00 am
We have had a cold winter and a very up-and-down spring, but there’s one thing that South Carolina bass fishermen can count on this month: May is the month of the herring bite.
|Topping out in April
431 Views - Posted: April 29, 2014 at 9:00 am
Alot of people love to fish in April, and it’s easy to understand why. The weather has warmed up and settled, it’s a joy to spend a day on the water when it’s that pretty — and the fish will be biting.
|It’s March bass madness
448 Views - Posted: March 28, 2014 at 9:00 am
I look forward to March like no other month on the calendar, and it has very little to do with college basketball tournaments. As a bass fisherman, it’s the month I wait for all year, because here in South Carolina, it’s the best time of the year to catch a big fish. You can catch the fish of your lifetime almost any time during March.
First off, the fish are prespawn. A few fish will spawn in March on many of our lakes, but the biggest part of the spawn is the first two weeks of April. So for most of March, bass are in a prespawn mode; they’re the biggest they’re going to get all year, the water is warming up, and they’re feeding aggressively. It’s a great opportunity to catch a big fish, and I’ll have my big-fish baits tied on: a crankbait and a Mop Jig.
|Time to tie on crankbaits
729 Views - Posted: February 28, 2014 at 9:00 am
Because of all the rain we’ve had across South Carolina early in the winter, February is lining up for the kind of late-winter fishing I really love. Most all of our lakes are higher, and the water has plenty of color.
That’s the perfect equation for some great cold-weather crankbait fishing.
I love to fish a crankbait this time of year. If the water is clear, I’ll fish a jerkbait, but stained water is most suited to a crankbait, because they can’t see it coming as far away. It’s right on them. You can catch a really big bass on a crankbait in February.
|Month-long Black Friday?
552 Views - Posted: January 30, 2014 at 9:00 am
For fishermen and hunters, the best way to describe January is that it’s kind of like Black Friday — but spread out over a month or two.