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A spinnerbait primer

For many fishermen, spinnerbaits have taken a back seat to a lot of new lures and trends in fishing: swimbaits, umbrella rigs, vibrating jigs and swim jigs. All are excellent lures and have replaced a spinnerbait for many fishermen. 

November 27, 2013 at 3:00 am

Playing the jig game

One of the benefits to filming a television show and working with professional fishermen is you get to learn their secrets. Dave Wolak and I started a show called “Carolina’s Perfect Cast” that airs on the Pursuit Channel at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays.

September 26, 2013 at 9:00 am

How to fish? The fun way

When I was a youngster growing up in Raleigh, surrounded by arguably the best lakes in the country — Falls, Jordan, and Harris — I was influenced by all kinds of professional fishermen. I wanted to flip like Denny Brauer, crank like David Fritts, and be able to read water like Rick Clunn. The one thing I never wanted to do is scream like Ike ... but that’s another story. Maybe I could attach, “Bless your heart” which in North Carolina you can attach to any insult and make it all better.Read More...
July 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Why fish slime matters

Afew months ago, I accidentally dropped a bass in the bottom of a dirty old johnboat at my favorite pond. I felt bad, as it was covered in sand when I let it go. Two months later, I took a friend and his son back to the same pond. Every fish we caught was beautiful — except one my friend’s son caught. It had sores all over it. I think it was the fish I dropped in the bottom of the boat. Read More...
May 08, 2013 at 9:00 am

March is tough to beat

March is when most of the big bass are caught in North Carolina. One reason, I think, is because it’s when most people start fishing. For whatever the reason, it doesn’t get much better for bass fishermen in North Carolina. Bass are on the move this month, and you should be, too.Read More...
March 08, 2013 at 9:00 am

Keep it simple in winter

With all the fancy fishing items we have available today, sometimes it is best to get back to basics for winter fishing.

During the coldest months, fish can actually get quite predictable, since fishing pressure does not dictate their locations. Locating fish and catching them are two different things, since their metabolisms are slower and need for food is less.Read More...
January 07, 2013 at 9:00 am

Magic fall number is 60

Bass fishing has really gotten into its comeback from the slowdown of August and September as the water is cooling down. If you are a regular reader, you might remember an article a couple of years ago called “National Buzzbait Week” — a coin termed by my friend and next-door neighbor, Steve. He is retired now, but he once told his boss he was going to take off the last week of October because of National Buzzbait Week. You should be excited about that week, but it does, like everything in fishing, depend on the conditions.Read More...
November 12, 2012 at 9:00 am

Cut down on your junk

All fishermen have great hopes of finding the next great lure; companies are always searching for the same thing. So what happens? We end up with so much tackle that we are confused and overwhelmed when we hit the water.Read More...
September 24, 2012 at 10:00 am