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Alright folks, I have fished for largemouth bass since I was a youngin', but my knowledge of fishing for them is pretty limited to pond and lake fishing. I use trick worms primarily, but have used Johnson beetle spins pretty extensively as well, along with sinko's/culprit worms/rooster tails etc.

Recently, I had the realization that these ponds are stocked and are kind of an artificial environment. I want to catch some bass in bigger, naturally occurring waters. It seems like more of a challenge. I've caught one TINY bass in black creek before on a mr crappie jig, but don't know where to begin to look for largemouth on the cape fear/Neuse rivers. Any advice y'all can provide will be put to good use!

Jacob P
 

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In river fishing current will have an effect on where the fish are. In a pond there is no current and in a reservoir, it usually isnt signifcant. On a tidal river, fish will feed and position depending on the tides rising and falling. Look for areas that provide a current break or slack water, also funnels where forage might be forced into a smaller are where the bass are waiting. Fishing in feeder creeks off of the main river can also be good.
 

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You'll probably find river fishing easier as far as the catching goes. Bass are much more aggressive in rivers vs. lakes generally. Access and logistics not as easy though. Your trick worm is a good bait in local rivers, try a black one texas rigged.
 
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