August is the dog days of summer, bass fishing can really get tough, and that can be frustrating. First off, you have to understand that you aren’t going to catch the big weights you did back early in the spring. I often tell people that March is my favorite month because you can catch a lot of fish, and the fish weigh as much as they’re going to all year.
While some people visit the Lake Greenwood area for the nightlife on the shoreline, Brian McDade from the city of Greenwood prefers the nightlife on the lower end of the lake. He’s one of a number of local anglers who regularly fish night bass tournaments there.
This past spring, fishing guide Paul Gettys’ extensive knowledge of sonar technology was enlisted by enforcement officers with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to try to locate a missing fisherman. After several days, his search turned up a car and remains of a different man — who had been missing for nearly 16 years — off the end of a boat ramp.
Changing line needn’t be a hassle; you simply have to control the situation. Line-stripping tools facilitate removal, but if you use the hand-wrapping method, keep your wrapped fingers spread, as relaxing them allows you to easily remove all that old line you’ve bundled.
Just below Fair Bluff, N.C., and above Nichols, S.C., a place known as Devils Elbow sits on the Lumber River. This series of sharp turns on the river has the Lumber running parallel to itself, and the flow of the water here offers fish an abundance of what they’re looking for in a place to make their home. And when fish congregate, anglers will find success if they’re willing to put in the time.
Shimano has expanded its Zodias (ZDS) bass rod line-up with three new models that are constructed for specific lure and situation use and feature Shimano’s unique CI4+ reel seat. The 7-foot ZDS 170M-G and 7-foot-6 inch ZDS 176M-G crankbait rods have longer reargrips for long-casting leverage, and include glass composite Hi-Power X blanks to give the rods the needed softer action when using crankbaits. The heavy power, 7-foot-5-inch ZDS 175H is ideal for braided line applications, especially when launching frogs into heavy grass.
Many of the die-hard bass fishermen who call Lake Greenwood home or rank it among their top lakes would likely classify August as their least-favorite month to fish. It’s hot, and the recreational boat traffic reaches a crescendo in the last month of summer vacation.