Anglers itching to fill a bag with big largemouth bass will need to be ready for a shift come September, but with a little searching, willing fish will be ripe for the plucking on North Carolina’s Jordan Lake.
Well, if you’re only going to get one good bite in an entire day of bass fishing, at least it can be a real good bite.
That’s what angler Steve Ford of Fayetteville was thinking Tuesday when he caught a single, Jordan Lake bass at a Goodyear team tournament on the North Carolina reservoir.
Guide Freddie Sinclair won’t be hard to spot this month when he’s prowling Jordan Lake for crappie.
Sinclair’s boat feature 10 to 12 fishing rods, 14 to 16 feet long, mounted along both sides of the vessel leading to the bow of the boat where other rods are mounted.
At Jordan Lake, southwest of Raleigh, N.C., the first half of September is likely to play out in typical, summertime fashion. However, the second half is subject to the first hints of fall, triggering schools of shad to bunch up and begin a movement towards the creeks — with revitalized crappie in hot pursuit.
It’s not uncommon for anglers to blast off from the boat ramp at full throttle, skipping across the water like a flat stone to an undisclosed honey hole on the other end of the lake. In fact, a hungry bass could have been right under the boat, enjoying an easy meal.
The only question about catching crappie at Jordan Lake these days might be, “Push or pull?”
The fall crappie bite on Jordan, one of North Carolina’s most-renowned lakes for big slabs, is on — in spades. Tournament pro Kenny Allen of Brown Summit has sampled the bite twice in the last week, and he’s limited out both times: 20 fish at least 10 inches long.