Michael Murphy


Pro's Pointers, January Jerkbaiting

Monday, January 26, 2015

The number one thing anglers struggle with when fishing jerkbaits in cold water is getting the setup rod right. "Having a rod that is designed perfectly for your technique is more important in the winter than it is any other time of the year. It's already cold, your hands may not work as well, and you're likely wearing a bunch of gear. If you're frustrated from fighting with backlashes or missing and losing fish (which are all things that happen with jerkbaits when you don't have the right rod), you're not going to be successful or have fun." To Read More...

Lake Murray December Fishing Report

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

For the most part, fishing in the month of November was pretty slow. However, fishing should pick up in December as the water temperatures have pretty well cooled off. The length of day will be at its shortest; the lake will have recovered from turnover; and fish will be well into their fall areas and moving into their winter areas. To Read More...

5 Tips for Fishing Walking Topwater Lures in Open Water

Monday, September 15, 2014

It’s hard to find an angler who doesn’t love topwater fishing—there’s something about seeing a giant bass explode at the water’s surface that never gets old. Although it may not be an ideal technique throughout the entire year, you’re in luck right now. As the shad begin making their annual shallow water migration, this is a perfect time to cover water quickly with your favorite walking topwater lure. To Read More...

Understanding Crawfish Color Transitions in Bass Fishing

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Late Summer Dock Fishing

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Weedless Approach to Prop Bait Fishing

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

With all of the topwater lures in today’s bass fishing world, it’s easy to overlook the effectiveness of prop baits. As boiling water temperatures continue to wreak havoc on bass fishing opportunities throughout the country, these oft forgotten lures can elicit violent strikes when others fall short. To Read More...

BassFan In The Boat – The Kahara KJ Crank with Michael Murphy

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lake Murray August Fishing Report

Friday, August 1, 2014

In the month of August, the water temperatures are pretty warm ranging in temperature from the mid to upper 80-degree range and cooling to about 80 degrees or so by the end of the month. This time of year, the fish are suspending much more, and many of the fish are feeding more at night. To Read More...

Michael Murphy on the move

Monday, May 26, 2014

South Carolina’s Michael Murphy has packed two lifetimes of bass fishing into his 33 years. He currently competes in the Southern and Northern Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens with the goal of qualifying for the Elite Series. To Read More...

Lake Murray May Fishing Report

Thursday, May 1, 2014

On Lake Murray, May is the month when bass are finishing spawning, and shad will start to spawn. Fish in the upper reaches will be finishing up spawn, but many of the fish will still be spawning on the lower end of the lake, with the shad spawn starting lake wide. Look for largemouth to be strong in the shallows and moving to secondary points out in front of spawning bays feeding on shad and blueback herring by the end of the month. To Read More...

Lake Murray April Fishing Report

Saturday, March 30, 2014

April on Murray is the month of spawn. It is typically when the biggest waves of fish come to the banks for their yearly ritual and will be roaming the banks and in the shallows. Fishing techniques for largemouth bass will be different for both ends of the lake. Look for largemouth lake-wide to be staging on secondary points or deeper banks outside of spawning areas, as well as moved up into spawning coves with sand or hard bottoms. To Read More...

Murphy and Rikard take first in Fishers of Men on Santee Cooper with 28.93

Monday, March 15, 2014

Leading the way was the team of Michael Murphy and Greg Rikard who dropped a bag on the scales that weighed 28.93 included in their bag was an 8.84 beauty which on most days would take Big fish. To Read More...

Lake Murray March Fishing Report

Monday, March 10, 2014

In the month of March, the water temperatures on Lake Murray will begin to warm, climbing above 60 degrees by the end of the month. Fish will be in full swing of pre-spawn, typically beginning to spawn by the end of the month, roaming the banks and into the shallows. Fishing techniques for largemouth bass will differ depending on which end of the lake you are fishing. Lake wide, look for largemouth to be staging on secondary points or deeper banks outside of spawning areas, as well as to be moved into spawning coves with sand, rock or hard bottoms. To Read More...

Murphy finishes 3rd at BASS Southern Open on Smith Lake

Saturday, March 8, 2014

South Carolina's Michael Murphy culled through 30 bass Saturday to bring 14 pounds, 3 ounces to the scales. It moved him up one spot to third place with a total of 47 pounds, 15 ounces. To Read More...

Michael Murphy flipping a Reins TG Slip Sinker and the New Reins Ring Craw

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lake Murray February Fishing Report

Monday, February 3, 2014

Although still cold, the water temperatures on Lake Murray will begin to warm by the end of February. Fish will begin to move from their winter patterns into their pre-spawn patterns, and the lake level will continue to rise to full pool, bringing the fish closer to the banks and into the shallows. Focus should be on the main flow areas of the lake, around the mouths of creek arms and on both primary and secondary points, as well as steep banks, focusing on rock and hard-bottom areas. To Read More...

Faculty of Fishing: Species Specific Michael Murphy Topwater Course Now Available!

Wednesday, January 2, 2014

Looking to become a better topwater angler? Learn from the very best, Michael Murphy, and how he approachings topwater fishing. When it works, strategies and how to be the most efficient topwater angler. Sign Up Here!

Lake Murray January Fishing Report

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In January, the water temperatures on Lake Murray are usually at their coldest, and fish should be strong in their winter patterns. With the lake down this year, unlike the past few years, fish have congregated, and tournament weights have been strong resulting in fish over 7 pounds being caught on a regular basis. Focus should be on the main flow areas of the lake, around the mouths of creek arms and on both primary and secondary points, as well as steep banks, primarily on rock and hard-bottom areas. To Read More...

The Reins Advantage

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tungsten weights are the same across the board, right? So why should you hunt down the ones from Reins, which may not yet be as easy to find as some of the “major” brands, and might even cost a few pennies more? To Read More...

Lake Murray December Fishing Report

Thursday, December 5, 2013

By December, the water temperatures are pretty well cooled off. Fishing has been slow, and the water has been slow to cool down this year, making migration a couple weeks behind schedule. However, that doesn’t mean fishing is bad. Typically, this is the time of year when fishing will pick up after being in a lull the past couple months. To Read More...

Winter change over: What to expect

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tournament angler Michael Murphy has and education in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, which you can imagine can come in handy when the specifics of fishing come into play; such as turnover. Rahfish.com asked Murphy what his take on the winter change over is and to elaborate on what we can expect this time of year. To Read More...

A Review: Denali Michael Murphy Jerkbait Rod

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

I have been using the Denali Michael Murphy Jerkbait rod all year long and am ready to give my full review, I put it to the test and it held up well during a long season. I started fishing it in March and used it throughout the year with jerkbaits of different sizes and also experimented with different applications. To Read More...

Michael Murphy's Fall Fishing Locations

October, 2013

South Carolina’s Michael Murphy has a history as a top level tournament angler and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences from Purdue University. This combination of tournament experience and scientific knowledge gives him a unique outlook on the changing seasons and their effects on the locations of bass during the different seasons. Here he shares his knowledge on bass locations during the fall, both from a biologist’s perspective as well as fisherman’s point of view. To Read More...

How to switch a MinnKota Fortrex with a Terrova iPilot Link using a quick release bracket

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Check out how easy it is to use both a Fortrex and a Terrova iPilot Link with a MinnKota Quick Release bracket.

Don’t Retire Your Flits in the Summer

Friday, July 5, 2013

Many bass anglers elect to put away their jerkbaits once the cold-water bite for prespawn bass has concluded. That’s a mistake, says South Carolina pro Michael Murphy. The natural baitfish profile that these minnow imitators provide can be deadly well into the summer months if worked properly. Actually, they’re effective year-round. He worked hard with the IMA engineers to create various sizes of the Flit, as well as the newer Floating Flit, to ensure that these baits are not one-season wonders – as long as you tailor your approach to the season. To Read More...

Understanding the swimbait with Michael Murphy

Friday, June 14, 2013

For a lot of anglers, the swimbait seem scary. It’s somewhat of a new technique that you haven’t really given a valid chance at, so you steer clear..fair enough. With that said, even though you may not have spent a lot of time figuring out the swimbait, fact is, you may know more about them than you think. To Read More...

Dealing with Internal Fishing Pressure

Monday, April 15, 2013

Anger management courses withstanding, most common folks don't deal well with pressure, myself included. Most folks manifest their own pressure causing an unnecessary amount of stress, even in activities as simple as fishing. Fishing pressure no doubt affects how we fish and more importantly whether we catch or not. To Read More...

Sanders, Murphy win big Santee tournament

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Targeting cypress trees along drains in Lake Marion, Gilbert's Kevin Sanders and Michael Murphy of Lexington beat out 168 other teams to win the Santee-Cooper leg of the Carolinas Bass Challenge on March 30. To Read More...

Murphy glad to be back fishing in Southern Open on Douglas Lake

Thursday, April 4, 2013

With his recovery from shoulder surgery on track, maybe even a little ahead of schedule, Michael Murphy is glad to be back on the water fishing and he is making the most of it. To Read More...

Applying crayfish seasonal behavioral to your fishing with Michael Murphy

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Changes in feeding behavior of the bass we target is due to time of year and weather conditions, but mainly due to the migration of baitfish, crayfish and other types of forage. Anglers strive to figure out what presentation to use and when, as they hope to increase their catch ratios. Rahfish.com caught up with tournament angler Michael Murphy and having an education in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, we asked Murphy to give us some scientific insight to the crayfish migration and when to switch to a crayfish style presentation. To Read More...

Navionics launches SonarCharts™ and Freshest Data update capabilities.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Navionics continues to improve their products by adding Freshest Data and SonarCharts™ updates and downloads to their website. Check out this how to video on how easy it is to use.

Lew's Signs Murray and Murphy

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Although they live on almost exactly the same latitudinal line but nearly 2,000 miles apart, professional bass anglers John Murray of Phoenix, Ariz., and Michael Murphy of Lexington, S.C., have a lot more in common than just the map reference and their fishing careers. Both anglers have recently inked new sponsorship deals with Lew's, a 60-year-old rod and reel name that has launched itself from a faded presence of a few years back to now being one of the hottest brands in the industry again. To Read More...

Ima Bone Flit 120 Floating

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The lighter, more buoyant plastic lets you wake it or use it as a super shallow jerkbait, perfect for tempting sluggish bass that are holding shallow. To Read More...

"Murphy's 2013 Optimum Choice"

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Murphy talks about 2013, his position with Optimum Bait Company, and his upcoming season. To Read More...

Ima Flit

Friday, April 2, 2010

Watch Michael Murphy's Signature Flit 120 in action. From the ima Lures 2010 Spring Newsletter.

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