• Bass Fishing

    A plastic worm on a drop-shot rig produces plenty of nice spotted bass for guide Jerry Kotal, especially in the fall when spots are schooling.

    Double-timing bass

    November 15 at 6:00am
    Hard-plastic jerkbaits are deadly on bass any time baitfish are shallow in fairly clear water. Most anglers think of February and March, but those are common late-fall conditions.

    Jerkbaits: not just for spring

    Long, skinny hard baits will fool bass in clear water from October through March
    November 01 at 7:00am
    November brings some of the best fishing for spotted bass of the year to South Carolina’s Lake Russell.

    Spot on - South Carolina’s Lake Russell is a bass-fishing hot spot

    November brings great bass fishing to Lake Russell, with big spotted bass schooling up and feeding up. Here’s how to find and catch them.
    November 01 at 7:00am
    These two fish combined for a total weight of 17.95 pounds and won the 2018 SRS Ultimate Fishing Challenge for First Responders on Par Pond.

    Two bass totaling 17.95 pounds wins SRS Ultimate Fishing Challenge

    Multiple 7+ pound bass caught during tournament at Par Pond
    October 27 at 6:44pm
    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
    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
    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