• Bass Fishing

    Before new regulations took effect in June, all of these Santee Cooper stripers would have been illegal to keep.

    New Santee striper regs are popular

    Anglers, guides, SCDNR feel good about changes
    October 16 at 9:00am
    Brantlee Knight poses with his first largemouth bass, a 5-pounder that he caught with a Zebco 404 and a cricket.

    Five-year-old angler catches his first 5-pound bass

    It was one of several firsts for the young outdoorsman this year
    October 10 at 6:24pm
    A stump on a rocky bottom, next to a sharp drop. What more could a bass fisherman ask for in October?

    Don’t miss October

    Bass fishing doesn’t get much better than a bunch of hungry fish in predictable places eating moving baits
    October 01 at 7:00am
    Delta Lures started mass-producing spinnerbaits  in 2011, and now their offerings are sold all over the country.

    Delta Lures’ Spinnerbait

    Available with traditional “r” bend — or in a “twisted” model
    September 29 at 9:00am
    Cooling water temperatures will push Lake Jocassee’s bass toward shallow water and the shoreline in October and November.

    Hot Lake Jocassee bass

    Fall brings fish up to hit topwater baits
    September 17 at 11:15am
    Beginning Oct. 1, anglers can keep two Albemarle Sound stripers at least 18 inches long per day.

    Albemarle Sound stripers are on tap

    Tactics change on sound, in tributaries as October progresses
    September 17 at 10:54am
    Guide Inky Davis looks for bass in September around isolated trees and vegetation.

    Santee fish are on the move

    September is big transition month on lakes
    September 16 at 9:00am
    Largemouth bass will be paying more attention to baitfish in the fall than perhaps at any other time of year.

    Follow the baitfish move

    Swimbaits, square-billed crankbaits are the ticket when bait, bass head to creeks
    September 01 at 7:00am
    Mike Cork of Benton holds a good-sized bass that bit on a Tri-Alive 6.5 Nightcrawler made by Minden-based Mister Twister.

    Mister Twister’s Nightcrawler

    Unique colors offer fish something new
    August 29 at 9:00am
    Keep a topwater plug or bucktail ready when stripers school at the surface.

    Watch for schooling fish

    August 15 at 7:00am
    The resurgence of striper fishing at Lake Wateree, credited largely to higher stocking rates, has turned the lake back into a prime striper destination.

    Striper stocking at Lake Wateree

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Huge trees that line the banks of blackwater rivers provide a lot of shade and cooler water where bass are more likely to be active and feeding.

    Shadow hunting

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Long, snake-like plastic worms can be deadly on blackwater rivers, where snakes are a regular part of a bass’s diet.

    Go big with soft plastics

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Guide Jerry Hill works bucktails in 12 to 14 feet of water this month for High Rock Lake’s stripers.

    Stripers on the prowl

    High Rock Lake fish working down main-lake areas
    August 09 at 4:01pm

    Time to double up

    Upper end of Roanoke Rapids Lake has plenty of stripers, largemouth
    August 09 at 3:57pm