All of us have our pet peeves, whether on land or on water. One of mine is seeing trash such as beverage cans, bait cups and empty ice bags on the surface of Thurmond Lake.
I always stop my boat and scoop up the trash with my landing net. I carry a trash bag in which to place such stuff. I feel I would be just as bad as the litterbugs if I left it in the water. I'll recycle the aluminum cans, plastic and Styrofoam containers and deposit the rest in my garbage can back home.
Too bad everybody can't do that.
Cathy Hayes at Hayes Marine on the lake points out that National Make a Difference Day is Saturday, and the RSVP, a Senior Corps program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, will join the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta in collecting trash from the lake's shoreline.
Volunteers will meet at Mistletoe State Park's assembly shelter and divide into teams. Awards will be presented to those who pick up the most trash, the oldest trash, the most unusual trash and the biggest trash. More information is available from Marilyn Grau, the Senior Corps project director, at (706) 868-0120.
Raysville Marina (Leon Buffington and Doug Pentecost), (706) 595-5582 -- Jerry Moye, of Thomson, caught a limit of crappies on green glitter jigs. Leonard and Tony McZilkey, of Belvedere, S.C., and Bobby Matthews, of Lawrenceville, Ga., caught 40 crappies in our fish house on minnows. Douglas and Tina Pentecost, of Thomson, caught 17 crappies, one weighing 21/4 pounds, in the Raysville area.
Capt. David Willard, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed full-time professional fishing guide specializing in hybrids and stripers and trophy largemouth bass. Boat phone: (706) 214-0236. (803) 637-6379 (www.crockettrocketstriper fishing.com) -- Water temperature is 74 degrees and the lake is clear. The lake must be in the process of the fall turnover as the fish have really scattered. We're having to peck away at them, catching one or two at each spot, but ending up with a nice cooler full of fish at the end of the day. Larry Wendt, his son Kevin, daughter-in-law Naomi and grandson Tanner had a great time earlier this week catching stripers and hybrids. Larry's been out with me several times and most of the time we were limited out within a few hours. That day, we had to work for them. The fish were caught 40 feet on live herring.
William Sasser's Guide Service (Capt. William Sasser and Capt. Mark Crawford, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed, full-time professional guides specializing in crappies, hybrids and striped bass), (706) 589-5468 (William), (706) 373-8347 (Mark) or (864) 333-2000 -- William: Joe Hollie, of Evans; Mike Johnson, of Augusta; and Mike Beard, of Calhoun, Ga., made their annual trip with me. We blistered the fish in an hour. Ray Walker, of Augusta, and Ronald Walker and R.R. Walker, of Loganville, Ga., caught 23 hybrids and stripers. John Anderson, of Augusta; James Barber, of Evans; and Don Lord, of Aiken, caught a bunch of largemouth bass on lures on top. Then I spotted fish 60 feet down beneath the schooling bass and dropped down some live blueback herring. They caught hybrids and stripers, none less than 10 pounds. Mark: Henry Johnson and Joshua Boykin, both of Gainesville, Ga., caught a limit of stripers 2 to 5 pounds. Larry Beeson, Danny Singleton and Larry Hodgkins, all of Atlanta, caught 27 stripers and hybrids 11/2 to 4 pounds. Check out my Web site at www.william sasserfishing.com.
Donna Sasser, Clark Hill Herring Hut, Clarks Hill, S.C. (864) 333-2000 -- Fred McNatt, of North Augusta, and Tony Polson, of Augusta, caught a limit of huge hybrids and stripers, fishing live herring in the mouths of main river creeks. Sam Bagwell, of Wagener, S.C., and David Clark, of Graniteville, caught 35 bream, fishing with Louisiana pinks.
NEW SAVANNAH BLUFF LOCK & DAM
Lock and Dam Bait and Tackle (Bob Baurle), (706) 798-3252 -- Brady Droddy, 11, caught three bream fishing with red worms and bread from the bank. He was so excited.
MERRY LAND BRICKYARD PONDS
Harrison Sears, (706) 722-8263, www.brickyardponds.com -- J.C. Dicks' 5.63-pound bass is still leading the big fish of the month contest. Paul Wolfe caught 12 catfish and 75 crappies in the Membership Pond on minnows. Mike Grubbs caught three bass on a spinnerbait in the Membership Pond. Jeff Richards caught seven crappies and six catfish in the White Elephant Pond. Crappies bite best in the early morning or late evening.
Carter and Hunter Morris, licensed professional guides specializing in fly fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout. (706) 833-1083, www.flyfishingnorthgeorgia.com -- Carter: Low and crystal-clear water in the mountain streams has made trout fishing a very stealthy process. I have been wearing camouflage and using small dry flies and a 7X tippet in an attempt not to spook the wary trout. I fished Noontootla Creek and caught nine beautifully colored rainbows on small Black Ant flies. I also fished the Amicalola River for bream and shoal bass (redeyes), using top-water poppers, and had two outstanding days. Danny Waldrop, of Canton, Ga., joined me for one of the trips. We caught 25 shoal bass and 10 bream in about an hour of fishing. I went back the next day and caught 15 shoal bass in 30 minutes. This section of the river is only 25 yards long, but shoal bass are stacked up and very hungry. Leaves are turning and the air is clean and crisp so come on up.
Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921, www.missjudycharters.com, P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, GA 31410-0771 -- High tides have been muddying up the coastal waters, so what do you do? You look for clear water. The best bite has come two hours before low tide, followed by the "lull bite," which happens while the tide is turning to incoming. This lasts about an hour. Once the incoming tide is in, there is a solid bite for about three hours.
Big bull redfish are being caught in the surf on live finger mullet or cut mullet, or large shrimp. You can purchase shrimp at your neighborhood grocery store, so what you don't use as bait you can eat. Let the shrimp you are going to use as bait "ripen" a bit, but don't do that to the shrimp you plan on eating.
Surf fishing also will produce nice black drum and big sheepshead, with purple-backed fiddler crabs the best bait for the latter. Don't forget a landing net.