|Wylieís wandering whoppers - Learn how to fish both Marches for Lake Wylie bass
114 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Gastonia’s Mike Stone was casting a jerkbait across a point near Lake Wylie’s Buster Boyd Bridge; he gave the bait another twitch, let it settle, then a smile spread across his face as he set the hook and began to reel in a 3 1/2-pound bass.
“This month is, by far, my favorite month to catch bass on Lake Wylie. March is when the most fish, as well as the biggest fish, bite throughout the month,” Stone said. “But it’s a bit of a strange month and probably the biggest transition month of the year on this lake.
|Broad River bronzebacks putting on quite a show
569 Views - Posted: March 01 at 6:01 am
Water levels and temperatures have fluctuated greatly on the Broad River for the past few weeks, but the smallmouth bass are still biting, and adventurous anglers are having success reeling in good numbers of bronzebacks and some big ones, too.
|Time to tie on crankbaits
69 Views - Posted: February 28 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.
|You canít beat crawfish
32 Views - Posted: February 25 at 9:00 am
A Louisiana bass fishing pro getting ready for his fifth season on the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament trail said there’s no question about one of the artificial lures he’ll nearly always be throwing when the bass and the money are on the line in 2014.
“I mean, everybody pretty much knows it’s going to be a crawfish,” Dennis Tietje said.
Tietje had just returned from his deer-hunting camp during the holidays and obliged a question about one of the favorite artificial lures in his tacklebox, a confidence bait.
“I’m going to keep three baits on no matter what — a small crankbait (red KVD Square Bill), a (Strike King) Rage Craw and a small (Strike King) spinnerbait,” the angler from Roanoke said. “Even though I may not rely (full-time) on the soft plastic, I tend to throw some type of crawfish bait 60- to 70-percent of the time.”
|Big female bass ready to move shallow at Lake Marion
627 Views - Posted: February 14 at 10:55 am
Despite the recent icy, cold weather, the season for big largemouth bass is upon anglers at Lake Marion. Guide Chris Heinning said, ready or not, February produces big bass, and they were already on the move just before the latest ice storm.
|Month-long Black Friday?
157 Views - Posted: January 30 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.†
|Bass fishing has stayed good in Wateree River
393 Views - Posted: January 30 at 6:00 am
|Lake Monticello's bass, largemouth and smallmouth, are on the feed
1000 Views - Posted: January 27 at 8:10 am
Lake Monticello is unique in many ways, one being that it’s a pump-back type reservoir that puts warm water into the lake during cold weather. It’s also unique because it’s one of the few lakes in South Carolina that consistently produce quality smallmouth bass. George Buckner and Greg Darr, both from Aiken, have been making excellent catches of both smallmouth and largemouth at Lake Monticello recently. In addition, they have been doing it in relatively shallow water using crankbaits.
|Take aim at stripers
209 Views - Posted: December 31, 2013 at 9:00 am
Even though I make my living fishing bass tournaments, I’m like a lot of other fishermen; I love to fish for all different species of fish. And it seems like, in South Carolina, the month of December and striped bass go hand-in-hand.
|Don't give up on winter bass, Summerville guide said
728 Views - Posted: December 23, 2013 at 6:46 am
Marc Deschenes does most of his fishing and guiding these days on the six ponds at his VIP Adventures in Summerville, but he feels like the techniques that work for winter bass in his smaller waters can transfer to much-bigger reservoirs across South Carolina.
|Donít forget soft plastics
248 Views - Posted: November 28, 2013 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.†
|Creek mouths producing great catches of bass on Hartwell, Greenwood
661 Views - Posted: November 27, 2013 at 6:01 am
A stopover earlier this week at Port-Tronics Fishing World in Greenville found manager Justin Holder holding court with several of his regular bass-fishing customers over which Upstate lake was the best place to catch bass right now. Several lakes are producing good catches of both spotted and largemouth bass, but the discussion †centered on Lake Greenwood and Lake Hartwell.
|Lake Wateree's 2-for-1 special: stripers and largemouths
734 Views - Posted: November 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm
There's a 2-for-1 special right now at Lake Wateree, with excellent fishing for largemouth bass along with the opportunity to catch bonus hefty stripers.
|Know your limits
201 Views - Posted: November 15, 2013 at 6:00 am
Fishermen who are interested in keeping a limit of spotted bass for the table and fish a number of Upstate lakes may find it useful to carry a scorecard to keep up with what’s legal to keep based on what body of water you’re on.
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