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Paul Wells tailors his jigs and soft-plastic trailers around the prevalent color of crawfish. Customize jigs for best results
16 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Bass fisherman Paul Wells of Union prefers jigs, but not just any jigs. He makes his own at home and brings accessories to the lake to customize the lures when fishing.


Don Wells changes blades and trailers for his spinnerbaits to match water and weather conditions. Tinker with spinner baits to match conditions
15 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Don Wells of Ridgeway is a classic spinner bait fisherman who said an important part of his success is tinkering with lures to match the prevailing conditions at Lake Wateree.


Chris Heinning likes shakey head worms when female bass get around docks and older kinds of shallow cover. Is shakey head go-to bait at Wateree?
20 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Guide Chris Heinning said he’ll use a wide variety of lures this month, but one staple he relies on throughout April is the shakeyhead.


Bass pro Brian Latimer of Anderson is catching plenty of spotted and largemouth bass spawning or feeding on spawning herring in the same areas of Lake Hartwell. Late-spawning and postspawn bass, spawning herring are in same areas on Lake Hartwell
907 Views - Posted: April 09 at 7:47 am

In what appears to be a reoccurring trend on Lake Hartwell, bass pro Brian Latimer of Anderson said bass anglers can both fish for spawning fish and capitalize on the herring spawn. He said the first wave of largemouth has completed spawning, but there are plenty of fish still on the beds and the postspawn fish aren’t leaving either.


Don Wells of Ridgeway believes the bass fishing on Lake Wateree was at its highest level ever last spring, especially in terms of big fish. Wateree’s bass KA-BOOM! - Lake Wateree bass fishermen on cusp of an April explosion
98 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

Lake Wateree has long been respected as a great place to catch hefty largemouth bass and good numbers of chunky fish. In 2014, the stars aligned and the spring fishing exploded with bigger fish. 


Bass-fishing capital of the world? It’s SC!
69 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

For the next several months, at the very least, South Carolina will be the bass-fishing capital of the world. Anthony Gagliardi poured in the first load of cement last summer, and Casey Ashley set the cornerstone among the all the snow and ice of February. 


A Rat-L-Trap Pro Trap has a detached treble hook that keeps fish from using leverage to throw the bait. Three tips to keep those bass hooked up
426 Views - Posted: March 31 at 4:45 pm

Bass anglers know what a thrill it is to hook a good fish after making an accurate cast and working their lure properly, but they also know the agony of seeing that fish leap from the water, shake its head and throw the lure free. Sometimes it can’t be helped, but on many occasions, the fisherman can lessen a bass’s chance to free itself with a leaping head shake.


A Carolina rig can be very effective with almost any kind of soft-plastic bait. Dial up a C-rig for March
199 Views - Posted: March 31 at 9:00 am

It’s sort of old fashioned, and it doesn’t nearly have the appeal of the latest hot fishing fad, but even if your tackle box is filled with Alabama rigs, you’d better know how to tie and fish a Carolina rig.


Tom Mann Jr. of Florida holds a 9-pound bass he caught in mid-December on a YamaFrog by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits’ YamaFrog
49 Views - Posted: March 26 at 9:00 am

Christmas came early for one of the most-accomplished professional bass anglers in his era.


Guide Inky Davis said that plenty of big largemouth bass are moving toward the shallows in Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion. Big bass making big move into Santee Cooper shallows as water warms
1604 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.


Soft-plastic frogs can be “buzzed” over and through thick vegetation to catch bass. A bait doesn’t always need a blade to buzz
96 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.


Shallow waters and areas that don’t see much pressure or are hard for a larger boat to access are prime kayak bass fishing spots. Make March bass a must
129 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.  


Guide Chris Heining said that bass fishing on Lake Wateree can be great this month and not to wait too long to get started. Don't wait to get out and chase Lake Wateree bass this month
723 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.


Chase Simmemon of Fair Play is one South Carolina angler who makes Lake Thurmond a regular stop in the spring. Get a buzz on with Thurmond bass - Buzzbaits are great baits for prespawn Lake Thurmond largemouth bass
263 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. 


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