When you think of baits that bass fishermen turn to in the fall, you think of moving baits like crankbaits and spinnerbaits. A lot of people overlook a hard jerkbait, because everybody thinks about fishing them in late winter and early spring. If you think about it, late October, November and December can fish a lot like late winter and early spring, with baitfish relatively shallow and the water relatively clear.
One thing I can count on in September — in addition to college football and deer season getting cranked up, is that baitfish will start moving off the main bodies of reservoirs in the Carolinas and into the tributary creeks.
I am a Taurus bull, so I really love to get on the water in May and chase bass. It is a great fishing month, because there are a lot of fish on the bank that are easy to catch. We’ve finally got stable weather across the Carolinas, and even though some of the months earlier in the year might be better for catching your personal biggest fish, May is probably the most fun for me to go fishing.
Across the Carolinas, March is the best month, in my opinion, to catch a trophy largemouth bass. I know you can catch one in January, February or April, but everything points to having your best chance this month.
January begins show season around the Southeast, whether it be boat shows, tackle shows or outdoor trade shows. I have worked a lot of these shows in the past, and quite often, I go to ones I’m not working, because I’m ready to fill in holes in my tackle box, and a show is an easy place to do that.
I wait all summer for September, because in my opinion, that’s when bass fishing gets back to being good. You have shorter days, cooling air and water temperatures, and you finally get some relief from the summer heat — you can actually be more comfortable on the water.
An awful lot of bass fishermen, including me, like to fish shallow, even during the peak of the summer heat. There’s a good topwater bite early and late, and face it, some bass are always shallow; they live there year-round. But they don’t make up a big percentage of the population, and with all of us looking for them in July, they get hammered on almost every day.
I have said many times before that as far as the chance to catch big bass across the Carolinas, March is probably the best month. But I’m just as sure that, overall, the best month to just go out and catch bass is May.
March is my favorite month to catch big bass in the Carolinas, because fish are stirring after largely shutting down for the winter, and they’re hungry, stoking up for the spawn and getting as big as they’ll ever be.