Fall River Bass

Fall River Bass When the days get shorter, the leaves explode into fall color and the temperatures begin to cool from the summer swelter, the Tar River's largemouth bass become aggressive and abundant, especially in the river's upper branch from Tarboro to Falkland.

Bass can be found lurking in large numbers all along shallows of the tree- and brush-lined banks, and particularly from October to February the fishing alone can keep you warm on chilly days. Primarily casting crankbaits and swimbaits at the river's natural structures, fish of all sizes can be expected, with fish in 5- to 6-pound class or bigger not uncommon. Fifty-fish days between two anglers are also possible when the conditions are prime.

October and November are generally the hottest months for bass fishing the Tar, and it is also possible to catch striped bass.

For seasoned anglers, this is an opportunity to learn and perfect new moving-water fishing techniques from a native North Carolina guide who has fished across the globe. There are countless techniques to be used to find fish in this environment, even top water in some cases. For beginners, it is the chance to experience the thrill of catching quality fish in numbers, and on a uniquely picturesque stage.

The usual plan is to motor a few miles upstream and slowly drift and fish back down the river, and often there will be no other boats on the water.

Autumn days like these spent on the Tar bear witness to the falling leaves, and as the Spanish moss-draped trees become barren, it becomes much easier to spot bald eagles either prowling the skies above or spying down on the river from the highest treetops.

The ancient oaks, sycamores and cypress towering over the Tar are also teeming with other wildlife, including ospreys, hawks and multiple species of ducks. Barred wood owls call out from in the deep woods, bright blue kingfishers dip and dash in front of the boat as it goes and cranes and great blue herons wade the shallows and share the sandy banks and murky water with deer, otters and beavers.

When water conditions allow, the trip offers a rare chance to leave the boat and wade into the river and some of its hundreds of feeder creeks to stalk fish on foot.

All rods and tackle are provided and are river-ready. Book a bass fishing trip now by calling (907) 575-6428 or emailing fishingwithcbgs@gmail.com.


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