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Simpsonville's J.D. Desrosiers shows off one of about 80 bass he and two friends caught on a kayak trip down the South Pacolet River last week. South Pacolet gives up more than 80 bass to three anglers on 15-mile float
1139 Views - Posted: August 28 at 11:11 pm

Bass anglers who are mourning the loss of fish in their livewells need to trade their bass rockets for a kayak and hit one of the Upstate’s big rivers. Last week, J.D. Desrosiers of Simpsonville, his buddy, Kris Moran, and Moran’s son, C.J.., landed more than 80 smallmouth, largemouth and rock bass on a 15-mile float trip down the South Pacolet River.


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
40 Views - Posted: August 27 at 9:00 am

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.


Fisheries biologists in both North Carolina and South Carolina are planting water willow in reservoirs to stabilize shorelines and add to fisheries habitat. Biologists adding aquatic plants to Carolina lakes
55 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

If you are noticing more aquatic plants in your favorite lake, don’t be alarmed. Biologists in North Carolina and South Carolina may have planted them to control erosion and improve fisheries. 


Summer condition pushes bass shallow Summer condition pushes bass shallow
59 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Bass are attracted to aquatic plants that grow in shallow water, including water willow, because of the food and cover they provide. But during the hottest summer days, an environmental condition makes them even more inviting.


Don’t be afraid to fish the thickest patches of water willow when the summer sun is high in the sky. Grass means bass
78 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:00 am

Brett Collins lives in Ridgeway, S.C., a small town of about 300 just west of Lake Wateree where he’s fished since the 1960s. He’s watched the lake change through the years and said it has become a different fishery since the early 1990s, about the time the water willow arrived.


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
163 Views - Posted: July 29 at 9:00 am

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.


Replacing the rear treble on a popping bait with a hook-and-feather can add to its attraction for bass. Accessorize for appeal
81 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Topwater baits inherently rely on impersonating a wounded, disoriented or otherwise vulnerable baitfish for their bass appeal. However, a little accessorizing can further advance the interest, and bass pros are quick to change the baits from their out-of-the-box look.


A Fluke-type bait can be rigged as a single lure or a double-rig when targeting bass that are feeding on blueback herring. Blueback blues
126 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Blueback herring, those high-strung gypsies known for their notoriously unpredictable ways, can be the boon or the bane of Lake Murray fishing. No doubt, their schooling activity can produce periods of incredible opportunity; but chasing these super-charged baitfish can also become a lesson in frustration.


Where's the best place in the country to catch a bass? According to Bassmaster, it's Toledo Bend Reservoir, but six bodies of water in South Carolina are among the magazine's top 100 for 2015. Six SC bodies of water are in Bassmaster's Top 100 for 2015
2174 Views - Posted: July 02 at 5:13 pm

Six bodies of water in South Carolina have been included in Bassmaster magazine’s list of the top 100 bass-fishing destinations in the United States in its July/August edition.


Fishing Fluke-style lures proved to be a great summer tactic on Lake Murray when anglers could find bass crashing schools of bait. Hit Murray’s summer bass lottery - Variety is the spice of life and the way to catch Lake Murray’s summer bass
168 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

It’s known as “The Jewel of South Carolina” and Lake Murray indeed shines with many facets. Located west of Columbia, the lake created in the late 1920s offers tremendous diversity, and as bass pros demonstrated during last year’s Forrest Wood Cup in July, Murray indulges a variety of fishing styles.


Andy Wicker caught these two big largemouth bass on an overcast summer day on Lake Monticello. Go deep for Lake Monticello's summer largemouths
1197 Views - Posted: June 30 at 7:00 am

The bass bite is on at Lake Monticello and the largemouths are being caught throughout the lake in deep water. Tournament fisherman Andy Wicker said the fishing has been very good and should remain so for the next few weeks.


Bream can be a great target for any fisherman, but knowing their habits can help catch more summer bass. Take a bream bass fishing
433 Views - Posted: June 25 at 9:00 am

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. 


Guide Mike McSwain shows off the kind of smallmouth bass that has anglers flocking to the Broad River. Broad River smallmouth bass locked in on productive summer pattern
1299 Views - Posted: June 23 at 11:43 am

The smallmouth bass in the Broad River are in their summertime pattern, and that means anglers can have a field day as long as they concentrate on the coolest water they can find and use three main lures. Rat-L-Traps, in-line spinners like Mepps Black Fury and Aglias, and small, soft-plastics like Zoom's Ultravibe Speed Craw are all productive lures, especially so when fished in deeper pockets and eddies behind boulders.


Zell Rowland holds up a bass caught on the YUM Sharp Shooter. YUM’s Kill Shot, Warning Shot and Sharp Shooter
278 Views - Posted: June 22 at 9:00 am

Take it from a Bassmaster Elite pro bass fisherman who is serious about his drop-shot and finesse worm fishing: three soft plastics introduced by YUM Baits at the 2014 ICast are going to be deadly tantalizing to bass from California to his home state of Florida.


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