Bass Fishing Articles

In his 22nd year on the B.A.S.S. trail and planning to celebrate the big 5-0 in just a few weeks, Davy Hite shows no signs of slowing down as a professional angler. Even when it entails towing a bass boat almost 3,000 miles over four very long days just to fish a Bassmaster Elite tournament.

Confidence is one of the greatest assets a fisherman can have. And the University of South Carolina's bass fishing team members are brimming with confidence right now after two of them won the FLW College Fishing Series National Championship last week on Lake Murray.

You have to be a good poker player to do well in an Oakley Big Bass Tournament, according to Chris Lucas, who knows a thing or two about bass tournaments since he directs the highly successful Anglers Choice Tournament Trail.

Bass fishermen love charity tournaments because they can help a good cause while trying to win some money and enjoy catching fish at the same time. That is the big reason the MSKP Kyle Page Tournament on Lake Murray will hold its 19th edition of the tournament helping families with special needs children Saturday out of Dreher Island State Park.

The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors Charity Bass Tournament on the St. John's River is growing to the point that parking and transportation for the fishermen has become a problem – but that's a good thing, said Mike Oglesby, the OGS Tournament Trail Tournament Director who runs the tournament.

Patrick Walters and Gettys Brannon will be fishing for the FLW College Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray this weekend. Photo Credit: Leiding WaltersPatrick Walters and Gettys Brannon will be fishing for the FLW College Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray this weekend. Photo Credit: Leiding Walters

Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, S.C., won the Forrest Wood Cup on South Carolina's Lake Murray last August. Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., won the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell which lies on the South Carolina-Georgia border in February.

Kerr reservoir is primed for some of the best bass fishing of the season just in time for the Angler Choice Invitational Team Trail double-header tournament this weekend, said tournament director Chris Lucas.

B.A.S.S. pro Todd Auten of Lake Wylie, S.C., spent the first half of this week “feeling my way around” the Alabama River out of Cooter's Pond in preparation for the second Bassmaster Southern Open which starts Thursday.

“There are not a whole lot of maps available for this place so I am basically eliminating water and trying to find some areas that I think will hold enough fish to last a couple of days,” Auten said. “You run into the little coves and there are a lot of stumps so I am kind of feeling my way around.” Insider Rob Digh of Denver, Insider Rob Digh of Denver, NC

If a bass fisherman died and went to heaven, Sam Rayburn Lake in Texas is what heaven would look like, said Rob Digh, veteran tournament angler from Denver, N.C.

You can expect to see some hefty bags brought to the weigh-in of the Carolinas Bass Challenge – S.C. Division – tournament on the Santee Cooper Lakes Saturday, said an angler who is known for bringing hefty bags to weigh-ins on the lakes.