Bass Fishing Articles

Fishing is expected to be outstanding for the Tom's Marine Team Trail tournament on Cherokee Lake Saturday – for numbers, but not necessarily for size, according to Richard McMaster, tournament director.

Between Memorial Day Weekend boat traffic and the bass being in a post-spawn sulk fishing is likely to be pretty tough for the Anglers Choice Marine Team Trail North Carolina Division tournament on High Rock Lake Saturday.

Bradley Rhodes and Chris Dorian caught 16.64 lbs to win on Hartwell May 10Bradley Rhodes and Chris Dorian caught 16.64 lbs to win on Hartwell May 10

Although he lives less than half an hour from Lake Hickory and actually works in sight of the lake, David Williams has not had a chance to practice recently for the Carolinas Bass Challenge North Carolina Division tournament there this Saturday.

Whoever wins the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Lake Dardanelle this week had better be very versatile, said one of the most versatile pros on the B.A.S.S. circuit.

Catching five quality bass a day should prove to be no problem for the 40 or so teams of collegiate anglers in the Carhartt Western B.A.S.S. College Conference Regional tournament on California's famous Clear Lake this week.

Fishing during the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork May 9-11 should be phenomenal, according to FLW Tour pro Matt Arey of Shelby, N.C., who will be fishing in his first competition on the fabled Texas lake.

“The only time I have fished it was when I went over there and spent a couple of days on the water after the Sam Rayburn tournament (in late March),” Arey said. Arey finished 38th at Rayburn, but followed that with a win on Beaver Lake April 10 and is now ranked 16th in the FLW Tour AOY standings.

The Virginia Division of the Anglers Choice Team Trail started off in late February in a snowstorm so some anglers could not safely travel to Smith Lake to fish, but now it's springtime and the tournament Saturday on Smith Lake is lining up to be a big one, both in terms of the number of anglers fishing it and the fishing being outstanding.

Flooding in the Alabama River from heavy rains in the storm system that rolled across the South at the end of April is subsiding and levels should be back to normal by the time anglers begin practice this week for the Alabama Bass Trail South Division tournament near Camden, Ala., Saturday.

The really neat thing about the Oakley Big Bass Tournament Trail is that the big bite in a tournament can come at any time – in the last few minutes of fishing, or, in the case of Louie Hull of Casar, N.C., first thing in the morning.

In 2013 the Texas Team Trail averaged 185 boats per tournament, but in this the third year of the popular series, the trail is averaging 220 boats at each tournament.