North Augusta students compete in bass fishing team

There’s a group of 13 middle school and high school students in North Augusta calling themselves the North Augusta Outdoors Fishing Team.


Eight of them competed in a Savannah River tournament last Sunday, with Sean Hall catching four fish totaling 6.17 pounds to win it. Runner-up was Chris Moore with two fish and 1.93 pounds. Third went to Forrest Thaxton with a 1.83-pound fish and Brad Wilson was fourth with a fish just under a pound.

Mrs. Jeanine Wilson is the “Team Mom” and booster club secretary. She said the team promotes the sport of bass fishing and resource conservation.

“Our boys are all beginner or intermediate fishermen and seem passionate about the sport,” she said. “They also are learning just how expensive a sport it can be and so we’re asking for community support.”

Here is a worthwhile project for one of our area’s bass clubs. Mrs. Wilson can be reached at (803) 278-5502.

It would be great to have similar clubs formed at all of our area high and middle schools.

• Planer board fishing allows the boat to stay in deep water while the boards can be adjusted to move into shallow water without spooking the game fish. Pro guides William Sasser and Mark Crawford have taken the technique a bit farther. Their clients this week caught fish on planer boards fished in 40 and 55 feet of water, respectively. “It’s a great way to catch suspended fish that won’t hit herring fished on downlines,” Sasser said. “We rig the bait on a hook below a three-foot leader below a barrel swivel. We slide on a quarter-ounce egg sinker above the swivel, let out as much line as needed to reach the suspended fish and then attach the planer board. We slow-troll the rig. This method is effective for catching fish suspended over trees lining a creek channel.”


Raysville Marina (Leon Buffington and Doug Pentecost), (706) 595-5582 – Jack Owens and Billy Englett, of Grovetown, caught 26 crappies on minnows and jigs.

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. (Clark Hill Herring Hut) – Mark: Jeff McIntosh, Ed Herman and Jim Singletary caught a nice catch of stripers and hybrids. Jerome Rouse, Roosevelt Pough, of Savannah, and Roosevelt Pough II, of Grovetown, caught 13 hybrids and stripers 3 to 9 pounds. William: Aaron Jones, of Evans, caught an 8-pound striper and a lot of hybrids, fishing live herring pulled beneath planer boards in 40 feet of water.

Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 – Because of family issues, I won’t be making any guided trips for awhile. I’ll let everyone know when I am able to be active again. Check out my Web site:


Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, Gene Kirkland and Brantley Toomer, (706) 722-8263 – Corey and Justin Martin and Jocelyn Ivey caught 12 bass, two over 4.5 pounds each, in the Expressway Pond on plastic worms. Roy Barker caught 48 big crappies in the Ditch on minnows and jigs. John Cherrie caught 39 crappies, all over a pound each, in the Membership Pond on minnows. Zack and Sue Woods caught 72 bream and catfish in the White Elephant Pond on liver and worms. Jay Robinson and Brandy Ito caught 56 big crappies in the Ditch. Justin Westen caught 49 crappies in the Ditch. Rick Thompson caught 23 crappies over 1.5-pounds each in the Ditch. Brian Bowers caught 43 crappies in the Membership Pond. Here’s a report from the Lock and Dam: David Castle caught four stripers on a bucktail casting off the wall. Lee Miller caught 50 yellow perch on minnows. Henry Wong caught four bass, one over 5 pounds, on plastic worms. We’ll have live herring for sale at our store today.



Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 ( P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – The Inshore Fishing Association Redfish Tour will hold its boat division tournament out of Coffee Bluff Marina. Near Savannah on March 24 and its kayak division event on March 25. Anyone interested in participating must pre-register at the group’s Web site at Winner of the Savannah event will win a $30,000 Ranger boat. Contact Capt. Ray Golden at Coffee Bluff Marina for more information at (912) 925-7474.

Sheepshead fishing is still going strong, with Capt. Golden and his friend, Dr. Jerry Case, lucked up. They were drifting in the Intercoastal Waterway when they neared a derelict piling with barnacles on it. They caught three sheepshead 5 to 6 pounds.