Stories by Bill Baab

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fish return to spawn, attract bass

Some anglers believed the blueback herring spawning was all over for Thurmond Lake, but what's all the commotion near the shore this week?
By Bill Baab

Fishing tournaments

Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flier or information to The Augusta Chronicle.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Gunfish lure a personal favorite

I am not a big fan of casting multiple-hooked lures, but since my friend Craig Johnson introduced me to the Gunfish a few years ago, it has become one of my go-to baits.
By Bill Baab

Friday, April 30, 2010

Magretto sparked interest in drag boats

Rick Magretto, 68, who died Wednesday after an extended illness, is the person responsible for the drag boat races that are held each summer on the Savannah River.
By Bill Baab

Friday, April 23, 2010

'Chronicle’ has long outdoors history

This year, The Augusta Chronicle is celebrating its 225th year of existence, and I wondered about how many outdoor writers worked for the newspaper during that time.
By Bill Baab

Friday, April 16, 2010

'Killer' spinner bait helps Evans man win tournament

Keith Hutto, of Evans, won a North Carolina Division Bass Fishing League tournament last weekend and gave all the credit to a spinner bait being manufactured locally.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fishing tournament offers contest for kids

The Fish for Life bass tournament on Thurmond Lake on May 15 will benefit the American Cancer Society, but it also will offer Augusta-area children a chance for glory, too.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Finding the right technique can be exasperating

Fishing can be fun, fast and frustrating.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cold waters good for trout fishing

The chief complaint about Thurmond Lake is that water temperatures have been too cold to produce a consistent fish bite, but that's about to change.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Largemouths are coming

This weekend's predicted warmer temperatures ought to kick Ol' Man Winter out of our area ... and it's about time.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010

Live bait striper anglers doing well

Fishing is beginning to pick up in spurts on Thurmond Lake, with live bait striper fishermen doing fairly well, depending upon weather conditions.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010

Days of cabin fever might soon be over for anglers

Temperatures are supposed to rise next week, with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010

Fish are still biting despite cold weather streak

I have lived in Augusta since 1940 and can't recall it ever staying so cold for so long.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010

Cold weather forces anglers ashore

There are folks out there who have been braving the elements and going fishing, but my personal feeling is that I like to be comfortable while I am trying to catch fish.
By Bill Baab

Friday, Jan. 29, 2010

Fishing tournaments

There is no fee to enter the Southern Anglers Challenge tournament out of Little River Park, but there is an optional $10 big fish pot fee.
By Bill Baab

Friday, Jan. 22, 2010

Ethanol-gas blend can harm outboard motors

Today's gasoline at many service stations contains a 10 percent blend of ethanol and 90 percent of gasoline. There are many negative aspects of using the ethanol-gasoline blend in your outboard ...
By Bill Baab

Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Coastal fish feel effect of big chill

The subfreezing temperatures all of us have felt over the past week to 10 days have had a negative effect on coastal fish and shrimp populations, but not to the extent of the populations' ...
By Bill Baab

Friday, Jan. 8, 2010

Don 't forget to winterize your boat

You're not going to go fishing until water and air temperatures grow warmer, so do you just park your boat and forget it for the rest of the winter? Not if you're smart.
By Bill Baab

Friday, Jan. 1, 2010

Cold weather hasn't hurt action on Thurmond Lake

I go online each week to check the extended weather forecasts for precipitation and temperature ranges, and I didn't like what I saw this time around. Lows all next week are forecast to be in the ...
By Bill Baab

Friday, Dec. 25, 2009

Catch at creek is for everyone, even the birds

While fishing for stripers and hybrids Wednesday afternoon in Big Hart Creek above Raysville Bridge, I accidentally overheard a conversation between two gulls, Claude and Maude.
By Bill Baab
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