I have never been shy about how much I love bass fishing in October. For a guy who loves to tie a crankbait on the end of his line, I can’t imagine a better time to be on a lake than the weeks leading up to Halloween.
People who know me well understand that June is probably my favorite month to be on the water, trying to put big bass in my boat. I think it’s just about everybody’s favorite time, because it’s a month when you can catch fish many different ways. They’re really chewing, and you can catch a lot of fish.
Most people who know bass fishing understand that I feel most comfortable when I’ve got a crankbait tied on. So when bass go really shallow in the spring, that makes things tough on me, but anyone who likes fishing crankbaits can still catch plenty of fish.
A lot of fishermen approach February as a good month to go to boat shows and look at all the newest boats and fishing tackle, but some years, you miss out on a lot of good fishing by staying off the lake.
I do a lot of deer hunting in December, and there’s plenty to do around Christmas, but I always make time for a couple of days in the bass boat, because it’s the one month when I can catch several different species of fish, the way I like to fish, without having to run all over the lake.
June is a month I really look forward to. In most lakes in the Carolinas, you’re going to be able to catch bass a bunch of different ways, because 85 percent of them have finished spawning, moved out and are feeding again. You might have a few late spawners at Buggs Island or Lake Gaston up on the Virginia border, but most fish are over the spawn and ready to eat.