When it came to fishing the Savannah River below New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, Bob Baurle was a gold mine of information about how, when and where.
Baurle died Saturday after an extended illness. He was 86.
He was born and raised in an area just south of the lock and dam near Bush Field. During the early 1960s, just outside the lock and dam park gates, he established Lock and Dam Bait and Tackle, which became the “go to” place for river fishermen. He operated the store for more than 50 years.
He developed his river fishing expertise during the years before construction of the lock and dam in the late 1930s.
Baurle shared his knowledge of fishing for bream, bass, catfish, redbreast, striped bass and mullet with readers of The Augusta Chronicle on its weekly fishing page for more than 25 years.
Several years ago, the Augusta-Richmond County Recreation, Parks and Facilities Department named the renovated public boat ramp below the lock and dam the Robert J. “Bob” Baurle Boat Ramp.
A few months ago, after the addition of another ramp and other amenities, the area was rededicated in his honor by the recreation department and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
After the ceremonies concluded, Baurle went fishing.