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The great move begins

Iíll be the first to admit it; I get fired up when I think about September arriving. In the South, we have to struggle through the dog days of summer, and I look forward to September ó and not just because football season will be here.Read More...
September 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

Summerís ĎBlack Opsí

I make a living fishing tournaments, but I still love to get out and just fish for fun when I can, taking a friend with me or taking one of my boys fishing.

August is a month when Iím not fishing many tournaments, but itís also a tough month to fish on most of our lakes in South Carolina. For one thing, itís hot ó no way around it. If you like to roast out in 95-degree mid-day heat, itís your time. For another, August is a big month for water skiers and jet skiers; all the recreational boaters will be on the lake cooling off, doing their thing.Read More...
August 06, 2012 at 10:00 am

Put the ĎHammerí down

I talk a lot during the year about baits I like to throw, like a Mop Jig ó and Iíve always got one tied on ó but a bait thatís very effective during the summer, especially when it comes to catching big fish, is a big worm.Read More...
July 01, 2012 at 8:56 am

The Attraction of June

I look forward to bass fishing whenever I can get on the water, but June is one of my favorite months. Itís a great month to fish on many of our South Carolina lakes, and itís easy to describe how to catch them: topwater in the morning, crankbaits in the afternoon.Read More...
June 01, 2012 at 9:37 am

Mining the herring spawn

May has always been a very special month for me, and not just because I was born in May. Throughout my fishing career, Iíve done well and have won more tournaments in May than any other month, largely because itís a very diverse month. There are a lot of things going on and a lot of ways to catch fish.Read More...
May 01, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Floating or Ďflutteringí

In April across South Carolina, a lot of bass have just spawned, there are still a few fish spawning, and you can even catch a few prespawn bass.

When fish are in a prespawn mood, you can use a jig or a spinnerbait and catch a lot of big bass, but in April, I start fishing soft-plastic baits, varieties of worms and different kinds of rigs.Read More...
April 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Be sharp with your blades

I grew up on the upper end of Lake Murray and spent most of my time fishing up there, because the little johnboat I had didnít give me the capability of fishing the entire lake.

So I got used to fishing stained water, because you get more runoff on that end of most of our lakes in South Carolina, and fishing stained water, I relied an awful lot on a spinnerbait, and I still do, especially in the spring. Itís one of my favorite lures to use when youíve got stained water. If the water gets really dirty, Iíd rather throw a spinnerbait than even a jig because of the vibration of the blades. Iíll definitely have one rigged on a rod thatís on the front deck of my boat.Read More...
March 01, 2012 at 3:32 pm


I do a lot of seminars at fishing shows and boat shows around the country, and itís hard to teach people a lot in just 30 minutes, but the one thing I try to get across to bass fishermen is that the most important thing to having success on the water is to understand the seasonal patterns of bass.Read More...
February 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

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