Stories by Bill Baab

Thursday, April 17, 2014

More big shellcrackers are likely in Lake Havasu

An expert on Lake Havasu, Ariz., fishing says had Hector Brito's 5-pound, 11-ounce shellcracker survived to participate in this year's spawn now ongoing, the fish might have weighed 6 pounds or more.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Baab: Arizona shellcracker might be world record

Hector Brito baited his hook with a live nightcrawler in Arizona's Lake Havasu and hauled out a 5-pound, 12-ounce shellcracker. The fish is awaiting certification as a world record.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hank Williams' daughter makes most of her trip

Jett Williams, the daughter of the late Hank Williams Sr., enjoyed the outdoor life on a visit to the Augusta area.
By Bill Baab

Friday, March 28, 2014

Victory by Evans teen boosts his fishing team

The Columbia County Youth Fishing Team, just seven months old, received a welcome booster shot when 18-year-old Tyler Matthews won the Georgia Bass Federation Youth Top Six in his age division on ...
By Bill Baab

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Georgia trout streams well stocked

Georgia's seasonal trout streams open Saturday, but the Wildlife Resources Division hasn't finished with its trout stocking program.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fishing is just as popular outside of the United States

When you speak of Italy, the last thing you'd associate with the country is bass fishing.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Youth are presented reminder of their big day

Rick Quarles and members of the Clarks Hill Striper Club decided to make a special day even more memorable for the kids – Brodrickus G. and Andrew F. – by having the fish mounted.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Baab: Life as professional angler can be a grind

Many area bass fishermen, especially the younger set, dream about fishing professionally, but most haven't the slightest idea about how to get started in that direction.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Your biggest bass might be found in new Georgia pond

There now exists a pond in southwest Georgia offering an incredible population of huge largemouths.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Baab: Melting ice will cause lake to rise

Thurmond Lake always recovers from low water when it rains over a period of days, especially above the dam and beyond in the Savannah River Basin. There is yet another way the lake will rise: ...
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Keeping records just part of the game for group

Keeping records is just part of the game for the International Game Fish Association. They also publish an annual book of various fresh and saltwater fishing records.
By Bill Baab

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

'Snow fishing' is thing of the past

My friend, Jay Jennings, earlier this week asked if I was going to go fishing on snow day. “Snow way!” I told him.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

New guide, Ed Lepley, offers different fishing experience

There is a new guide on the lake. Ed Lepley, is offering anglers a different kind of guided fishing experience.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Georgia fishing regulations are easy to find

Georgia's new sport fishing regulations can be found, downloaded and printed at Or, you can pick up a copy at your favorite bait and tackle shop.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Local fishing area celebrating its 50th in 2015

The McDuffie Public Fishing Area, located in Dearing, Ga., will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2015.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

Go Fish Educational Center is worth the trip

If you and your collective family love to fish, one of your New Year's resolutions should be to visit the Go Fish Education Center adjacent to the Georgia National Fairgrounds near Perry, Ga.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Fishing club is unique group

The Old Geezer's Fishing Club is for men and women 50 and older who like to stay active.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013

Living in fisher-friendly territory a blessing

After reading about what is going on in the state of Maine, I'm glad that I live in fisher-friendly territory.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Fishermen have layers

Fishermen have layers? Who knew? But yes, it's all about taking the time to plan and wear layers of clothing on the lake at this time of year.
By Bill Baab

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

Birds beat fish to bait

It's tough to be a bait fish in Thurmond Lake. Its life expectancy this time of year has been considerably shortened by the presence of fish-eating fowl.
By Bill Baab