Stories by Bill Baab

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

The future of recreational fishing in Georgia and South Carolina is bright

The future of recreational fishing in Georgia and South Carolina can be seen in the faces of Mason Peace, Michael Burch, Sean Hall the younger and Kyler McKie.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015

Trollers are helping bring in the fish

While some hybrids and striped bass are being caught during the early morning bite on Thurmond Lake, the bulk of the fish being caught is coming from trolling.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015

Baab: Fall fishing tournaments see bigger bites

The heat is beginning to moderate a bit, with the fish bite alternating between hot and cold on Thurmond Lake.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Aug 6, 2015

Baab: Passing bill could help area one day

The battle between sport fishing interests and the National Park Service goes on to prevent the federal agency from closing some 10,000 acres of Biscayne Bay National Park near Miami.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Baab: Guide's advice is short and sweet

Check out the fishing report from Tony Shepherd below and you’ll find the shortest report I’ve ever received since this feature was started more than 30 years ago.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Youngster takes advantage of second chance

You never know what's going to happen on trips to catch striped bass and hybrids on Thurmond Lake. Just ask 11-year-old Benjamin Tripp.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, July 16, 2015

McDuffie Public Fishing Area to celebrate 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago next Thursday, Georgia Gov. Carl E. Sanders stood atop a concrete spillway, cast a tiny Mepps Spinner, and caught the first "official" bass from one of the ponds of the brand new ...
By Bill Baab

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Updated book is a good read

Vic Dunaway's updated book is well worth reading.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Now's the the time for salt water fishing

If you were thinking about trying your luck in salt water off the Georgia and South Carolina coasts, stop procrastinating and just go.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Baab: Oxygenation system could explain larger catches

Why are the fish getting bigger at Thurmond Lake?
By Bill Baab

Thursday, May 28, 2015

First high school All-American team announced

A few weeks ago, the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society revealed members of the first Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Teams.
By Bill Baab

Gilpin death leaves void in area bass fishing world

The Augusta area bass fishing community on Tuesday lost a stalwart when Larry Gilpin died after an extended hospital stay.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Baab: Bow fishing in need of more regulations

Bow fishing needs to regulate itself. Adults need to step up and educate younger men, who might be tempted to instinctively shoot at a fish before identifying the species.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Georgia trout streams to stay open

From now on, Georgia fishermen can try their luck in all mountain trout streams the year-around. No more seasonal streams, no more closing dates.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Baab: Kid Casters is latest youth fishing program

The newest kid fishing program is Kid Casters.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Look out for debris on lake

While everybody loves the lake to be full, there are certain negative aspects of too much water; namely, limbs, logs and other debris that have washed away from the shoreline.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Baab: Guides provide first-class experience

I sometimes get questions on what our local professional guides charge per day to take out folks who'd like to catch a few hybrids, stripers or crappies from Thurmond Lake.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Baab: Coweta County bass is fourth largest all-time

The ranks of Georgia largemouth bass fishermen were shaken up last month when Keith Watkins, of Douglasville, celebrated his 51st birthday by catching a 17-pound, 9.6-ounce fish from a private ...
By Bill Baab

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hatcheries have high quality fish

Georgia's seasonal mountain trout stream opens to the public on Saturday, with state and federal hatchery workers planning to stock more than 80,000 trout during the last full week of this month.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Clarks Hill youth team wins tournament

Members of the Clarks Hill Youth Fishing Team dominated The Bass Federation Top Six Tournament last Saturday on Lake Blackshear near Cordele, Ga.
By Bill Baab
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