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Bass fisherman Scott Emery said finding fish on Lake Keowee this month is a matter of going to temperature and depth extremes. Lake Keowee bass fishing can be "extreme-ly" productive this month
464 Views - Posted: December 19 at 12:23 pm

Lake Keowee can be one of the coldest and warmest lakes to fish during December, depending on where you choose to wet a line. Scott Emery has fished the Upstate lake for spotted bass ever since they started showing up there more than 30 years ago, and he said finding fish this month is a matter of going to extremes.

A jerkbait like an X-Rap can be a real weapon in November and December when bass suspend around schools of baitfish. Time to fish — or cut bait?
72 Views - Posted: November 30 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.

The new Arashi Wake Crank provides an alluring wobble right at the surface of the water, driving bass into biting. Arashi Wake Crank a bass magnet  Video Included
56 Views - Posted: November 27 at 9:00 am

An Idaho outdoorsman had plenty of time to talk about some keys to his success this year as an Elite Series angler as part of a four-year career that has earned him $517,632.

Brandon Palaniuk spoke highly the last week of September about techniques and patterns that have been working consistently. The season-ending Elite Series AOY in Michigan was behind him, and Palaniuk was driving to another event on Kentucky Lake before going home for the off-season in the Great Northwest.

During the call, Palaniuk eventually mentioned a recently released artificial lure that he helped design. That lure was a key to catching bass in clutch situations across the country.

The Storm Arashi Wake Crank has become one of his go-to baits.

A big, Texas-rigged worm (left) is a great lure to fish around sunken brush piles. Baits for brush piles
92 Views - Posted: November 15 at 6:00 am

So you’ve got your brush piles set up and now it’s time to reap the benefits of your labor. What are the best lures to use around brush piles? Marc Deschenes puts a lot of faith in two main lures — big plastic worms and spinnerbaits.

Mark Deschenes shows off one of the big reasons he sinks brush piles in the fall. Brush strokes for bass
165 Views - Posted: November 01 at 7:00 am

It’s no secret that largemouth bass love to hang around submerged brush piles, especially early in the year before they are ready to head for the shallow spawning grounds. While many anglers sit home during these months, others probe the shallows, hoping for some early spawners. But savvy anglers key on brush piles, understanding that locating them is a huge step in boating their limit of bass. 

A big Mop Jig is a great bait to target bass in October when they’re feeding on crawfish. October: Great jig month
261 Views - Posted: October 30 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.

Guide Wendell Wilson has been catching plenty of Lake Russell spotted bass lately, and some pretty nice fish. Spotted bass bite has been great on Lake Russell
836 Views - Posted: October 22 at 7:35 am

A hot spotted bass bite has brought the fall fishing season home to Lake Russell in a big way, with lots of spots busting multiple lures at various depths.

Guide Joe Dennis looks forward to the opening of striped bass season on the Santee Cooper lakes, finding fish suspended around baitfish. Welcome back, stripers
184 Views - Posted: October 16 at 9:00 am

The striper fishing on both Santee Cooper lakes, closed for four months, opens on Oct. 1, and many Santee Cooper fishermen celebrate it as many would any dove or deer opener.

Guide Inky Davis said the topwater bass fishing on Lake Marion has been off the charts lately. Lake Marion bass fishing is off the charts, especially topwater action
1399 Views - Posted: October 13 at 8:23 am

The fall largemouth bass fishing is on fire at Lake Marion, and bass are literally exploding in the upper half of the lake. Guide Inky Davis said the bite has been superb, and the topwater schooling activity is the best that he’s seen in a while.

A crankbait that dives to the depth bass are holding can be an effective tool to take suspended fish. September: moving month
313 Views - Posted: September 29 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.

Ott DeFoe used a Terminator Weedless Football Jig to win a Bassmaster Open earlier this year. The Terminator Weedless Football Jig
265 Views - Posted: September 25 at 9:00 am

On a hot July day in Knoxville, Tenn., Ott DeFoe was sorting and arranging his fishing tackle while preparing to go fish Bassmaster tournaments at Lake Champlain and the Deleware River.

Marc Deschenes said that some bass will relate to brush piles almost year-round, so they're a big part of his fishing strategy. Build brush, bag bass. That's strategy for Summerville fisherman
966 Views - Posted: September 11 at 7:30 am

"I just built this brush pile two days ago," said Marc Deschenes of Summerville, tossing a jig toward a clump of wax myrtle branches he had formed into fishing structure. "Let's see if there is anything..." and then he reared back and set the hook, which began a battle he quickly won against a chunky largemouth bass. Wonder why Deschenes has long been a proponent of creating your own fishing structure? 

Small topwater baits, prop- or popper-style, can be deadly on big fish in the shallows this month. A surprise topwater time
375 Views - Posted: August 29 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.

Andy Wicker uses his electronic Summer is great time to use new fish-finding technology
991 Views - Posted: August 20 at 6:42 am

New technology and developments in fish-finding systems can lead to quick and definitive location of fish-laden hot spots. And summer is an ideal time to take advantage of this technology.