Bass Fishing Articles

The “Polar Vortex” that swept down out of the Arctic bringing sub-freezing temperatures all the way to Florida this week probably means that anglers in the Rayovac Southeast FLW Series opener on Lake Okeechobee will have to entice the bass with reaction baits, said veteran tournament pro JT Kenney of nearby Palm Bay, Fla.

A lot of factors are in play for the ABA Weekend Bass Series South Carolina Division opening season tournament on lake Murray next weekend, said tournament angler Andy Wicker of Pomaria.

Although a massive winter cold front this week sent temperatures plunging below freezing even down into Florida, things should warm up enough to have fishing back to normal by the launch Saturday of the 2014 Toho Marine Elite One Man Tour tournament on Lake Tohopekaliga, said tournament director Bob McDaniel.

There are just four tournaments left in the Denver Marine Monster Bass Invitational Winter Trail on Lake Norman and Saturday's tournament is a double-point event which makes for an interesting situation with the top 10 places all within about 40 points of each other.

The Walmart BFL Gator Division will kick off the FLW Bass Fishing League year Saturday on Lake Okeechobee with a full field of 200 boats and predictions of a 6-pound or better average to take first place.

Fishing has been pretty tough on Lake Istokpoga in advance of the American Bass Anglers South Division 28 tournament Saturday, but that's probably par for the course this time of year, and if history is any indication it won't take long for things to heat up in the famous Florida bass waters.

Florida's Lake Okeechobee has a reputation as a bass factory, but it can be fickle like this time of year when cold fronts moving through can give the largemouths lockjaw.

South Carolina's Lake Wateree is noted for excellent bass fishing, but it can also produce some really big bass, especially in January – and often numbers of bass – according to veteran tournament angler and guide Dearal Rodgers who grew up near the lake.

Once the grind of the bass tournament season is over, what does a pro angler do with his time? For Blacksburg, S.C., pro Andy Montgomery it's time to go – rabbit hunting.

The highly successful Carolina Anglers Team Trail is returning in 2014 with a new schedule that includes one tournament in each trail that is sure to be a big hit with anglers because of the huge increase in prize money.