|Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits’ YamaFrog
21 Views - Posted: March 26 at 9:00 am
Christmas came early for one of the most-accomplished professional bass anglers in his era.
|Big bass making big move into Santee Cooper shallows as water warms
1332 Views - Posted: March 22 at 9:32 pm
Huge largemouth bass in both prespawn and spawning modes are being taken throughout both Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie of the Santee Cooper system.
|A bait doesn’t always need a blade to buzz
72 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am
While a buzzbait denotes a specific style of bait that carries a large blade that churns across the top of the water., other baits can be “buzzed” and often achieve a similar response.
|Make March bass a must
103 Views - Posted: March 12 at 9:00 am
March kicks off the prespawn for bass across South Carolina, and regardless of whether you are a fan of largemouth, smallmouth or spotted — or perhaps all three — it’s a good time to catch them, and often big ones. Bass fishing brings its own form of March Madness when fish move shallow, followed by a lot of fishing pressure.
|Don't wait to get out and chase Lake Wateree bass this month
691 Views - Posted: March 03 at 7:38 am
March brings the promise of spring fishing, and although there are cold spells to be weathered, bass fishermen can miss some great fishing if they wait too long on Lake Wateree largemouth.
|Get a buzz on with Thurmond bass - Buzzbaits are great baits for prespawn Lake Thurmond largemouth bass
142 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Mist floated above the water as a long cast sent a big-bladed lure through the morning light. Landing with little subtlety, the lure woke up the morning as it churned and bubbled across the glassy surface of Lake Thurmond. An explosion sent it flying through the air with a strike from a largemouth bass. Two casts later, the bass exploded again, this time hooking itself on the 5/0 hook trailing the Black Angel buzzbait.
|Casey Ashley's Classic-winning bait was built in his father's shop
2272 Views - Posted: February 26 at 8:42 pm
If you followed the 2015 Bassmaster Classic held last week on Lake Hartwell, the second-hardest thing to do – behind keeping your fingers from freezing solid – was getting one of the pro fishermen to give up the identity of his lure. But when the Classic was over and South Carolina pro Casey Ashley emerged as the winner, his big secret lure being something his father build in his basement shop.
|Mop up a big jig fish now
130 Views - Posted: February 26 at 9:00 am
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.
|Adjust and catch fish
118 Views - Posted: February 16 at 9:00 am
February is an overlooked month in terms of quality fishing at Santee Cooper. Frequently changing weather causes fishing patterns to change quickly, but for anglers who adjust to cold fronts and can fish deep and shallow or adapt from a slow presentation to a fast presentation, February is a great time for quality fish.
|Don’t skip skipping docks
114 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
Brett Collins of Ridgeway, who runs the Carolina Anglers Team Trail, said that skipping lures back under docks is a good technique throughout the year, but it can be especially beneficial in February.
|Shoreline development provides homes for bass
90 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
Lake Wateree is one of the most-heavily developed lakes in South Carolina in terms of the number of houses per mile of shoreline. Many of those homes either have or once had a private boat ramp, usually made of concrete. Whether those ramps are still serviceable or are damaged beyond the point of use, they have one thing in common important to bass anglers — they attract fish as well as anything in this lake.
|Are BaitBalls the next step in "multiple baitfish" presentations?
3103 Views - Posted: February 10 at 10:50 pm
Shad, minnows and other baitfish are present in lakes, ponds, and rivers all over the Carolinas, and each spawning baitfish can lay 10s of thousands of eggs annually. According to Scott Lamprecht, a fisheries biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, only about 15 percent of the hatchlings from those eggs survive long enough to reproduce themselves. The majority fall prey to gamefish early in their life cycle, which is great news for anglers who catch bass with lures that simulate baitfish.
|Lake Murray bass fishing has been hard to beat
2840 Views - Posted: February 08 at 9:41 pm
Not even the cold of winter can cool down the hot largemouth bass fishing on Lake Murray. Andy Wicker, a largemouth bass tournament angler out of Pomaria, said that the bass fishing has been good but now is hot.
|Solve a winter bass puzzle - Follow the signs to great February bass fishing on South Carolina’s Lake Wateree
323 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
Frost is on the ground, waiting for the sunlight to warm it away; it’s a brisk 42 degrees, and the wind is whipping. Who wants to hit Lake Wateree for some bass fishing? Camden’s Dearal Rodgers does, and while he’s not alone, the number of anglers out in February is small compared to warmer times — a big reason but not the only one that he’s fond of fishing this month.