Bass Fishing Articles

Dearal Rodgers with a nice fish at ChickamaugaDearal Rodgers with a nice fish at Chickamauga

With a 15th place finish on Lake Hartwell two weeks ago, Dearal Rodgers took a big step towards his goal of qualifying for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup on South Carolina's Lake Murray this August.

It was a classic case of you can't be in two – or in this particular case, three – places at one time.

Jerame Edwards & Butch McMurray won the VA Division opener on Smith MountainJerame Edwards & Butch McMurray won the VA Division opener on Smith Mountain

Two weeks ago Chris Lucas did not know what to expect for the first Anglers Choice Marine Team Tournament of the year on Virginia's Smith Mountain Lake. A brutal winter storm hit the day before and there was a real question of how many teams would even be able to get to the lake.

Spring finally arrived in the Carolinas Thursday, bringing sunshine and warmer temperatures – a welcome relief from the winter chill, dark skies and precipitation that have prevailed for months.

Very low water levels means the Alabama Bass Trail North Division tournament on Pickwick Lake Saturday likely will be a largemouth bass tournament, according to veteran tournament angler Rex Chambers.

The St. John's River is a special place for B.A.S.S. Elite angler Davy Hite. He carried his new bride, Natalie, there on their honeymoon 27 years ago.

Six weeks ago, in announcing the launch of the Alabama Bass Trail, Program Director Kay Donaldson proudly reported a full field of 200 boats in the Northern Division and expressed hope the Southern Division would field at least 150 boats.

Bobby Chambers and Justin McClain won the 2013 ClassicBobby Chambers and Justin McClain won the 2013 Classic

With the economy improving slightly, anticipation is high that fishermen will be able to fish more tournaments and that means that the already highly successful Tom's Marine Team Trial in Eastern Tennessee will grow even more, said Tournament director Richard McMaster.

In late January Todd Auten of Lake Wylie, S.C., led the first day of the Bassmaster Southern Open on Florida's Lake Tohopekaliga, but he zeroed the second day and finished 28th. He had a winning pattern figured out on Toho until a cold wind blew out of the North and his fish acquired a sudden case of lockjaw.

Shane Lineberger and Hank Cherry won the tournament in 2010Shane Lineberger and Hank Cherry won the tournament in 2010

Anglers from many states around the Southeast love to fish the Jim Ledbetter Memorial Team Bass Tournament on so much that the annual event on Lake Norman is closing in on the Million Dollar mark for cancer research.