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With most Lake Monticello bass in deep water during the winter, knowing how to locate them on your boat’s electronics is of paramount importance. Plug in to the latest in marine electronics
59 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Being a civil engineer for the S.C. Department of Transportation has more than a work impact on Andy Wicker. He loves technology, so the use of modern fish-finding electronics is not only a big part of his success, it puts even more fun in his fishing.

This fish has the distinctive markings of a redeye — white tips on the fins and lower tail fin and white half moon in the eye — but it likely is a redeye/spotted bass hybrid. How “citizen science” is eradicating redeye bass
81 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

On April 4, 2001, Randy Dickson of Westminster caught a 5-pound, 2.5-ounce redeye bass from Lake Jocassee that stands as the state record for the species and has been recognized by the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as the world record.

Relatively low numbers of bass and lots of blueback herring contribute to an equation that makes for trophy bass like this one. How do bass grow so big in Jocassee?
85 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Although it is the most-infertile of all the major reservoirs in South Carolina, Lake Jocassee in the Upstate mountains has produced the state records for three of the four black bass species recognized by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

Greg Darr and George Buckner catch plenty of nice smallmouth and largemouth bass on winter trips to Lake Monticello. Making winter water warm
73 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 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. 

Andy Wicker’s go-to bait for Lake Monticello’s winter bass is a drop-shot rig with a Zoom trick worm. Get the drop on bass with a drop-shot rig
65 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

Andy Wicker said that his go-to lure when conditions are tough on Lake Monticello in January is a drop-shot rig with a green-pumpkin Zoom trick worm.

A big, broke-back swimbait is often the best lure with which to target Lake Jocassee’s lunker bass. Tactics for Jocassee bass
47 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am

The 11-pound, 2-ounce largemouth that Rob McComas caught in November 2008 fell for a big swimbait, a lure he believes is key to landing trophy bass in Lake Jocassee.

Lake Monticello is one hot, cold-weather bass fishery in South Carolina. Don’t forget Monticello for great winter bass-fishing
199 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

According to plenty of fishermen across South Carolina, one of the better — and often overlooked — winter bass fisheries in the state is Lake Monticello. Their reasons may vary, but a consistent one is the opportunity to catch both largemouths and smallmouths on the same trip.

Guide Rob McComas hoists a 9 1/2-pound Lake Jocassee largemouth bass that  hit a big swimbait. Solving Jocassee’s mystery - South Carolina’s Lake Jocassee shouldn’t produce big bass, but it does -- and plenty of them.
653 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

The big swimbait sailed through the air and landed like a dead — or at least stunned — trout on the surface of Lake Jocassee. It lay there motionless for a few seconds while Rob McComas shrugged his shoulders to loosen up and focused on the water around the lure. Then, he began working the swimbait back to the boat, reeling slowly, stopping occasionally to give the line a couple of sharp twitches.

Split the screen on your depth finder when doing winter preseason scouting to get a better idea of what you’re idling over. Be a December fish scout
97 Views - Posted: December 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

When it comes to deer hunting, none of us mind spending a few days in the woods before the season, doing our scouting, setting up trail cameras, getting a bead on where that big buck might show up.

Winston Michel of Pierre Part caught this bass on a Mister Twister Poc’it Hawg Raiser while fishing out of Doiron’s Landing in the Atchafalaya Basin. Mister Twister Poc’it Hawg Raiser
88 Views - Posted: December 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

A Texas bass angler’s bid to get back to the Bassmaster Classic depended heavily on a soft-plastic creature bait that few, if any, others had in their arsenal when they fished the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Nov. 6-8 on the Ouachita River.

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
843 Views - Posted: December 19, 2014 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?
240 Views - Posted: November 30, 2014 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
191 Views - Posted: November 27, 2014 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
136 Views - Posted: November 15, 2014 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.