Area guides will be more specific on hot spots

People love to see their names in the newspaper, especially in connection with a positive pastime like fishing.

There have been hundreds, perhaps thousands, of names published on the fishing page since it began nearly 30 years ago.

We will continue that tradition, but at the same time, the information on this page is designed to inform as well as entertain. So my professional guide friends have agreed to be more specific when it comes to revealing just where they’re having most of their success catching striped bass, hybrid bass and crappies.

Once the feeding patterns of the game fish are learned, no one should have trouble catching a fair share. Of course, there will be days when fishing is slow, but those days happen. That’s why they call the pastime fishing and not catching. Enjoy.



Raysville Marina (Leon Buffington and Doug Pentecost), (706) 595-5582 – Phillip Arrington caught a 17¾-pound flathead on live herring. Jesse Dawson caught 30 crappies on jigs at the marina. One weighed 2 pounds, two were 1½ pounds and another weighed 1¼ pounds. Clifford Crowe used minnows to catch 15 crappies. Mark Watson caught 10 bream and two catfish that totaled 8 pounds. The fish bit night crawlers.

Capt. David Willard, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed, fulltime professional guide specializing in hybrids, striped bass and trophy largemouth bass. (Boat phone: (706) 214-0236. (803) 637-6379 ( – Water temperature is in the mid 80s. The lake is clear and continuing to fall. Lots of shoals are starting to show up that weren’t there a week ago. Some fishermen are marking the shallows with plastic jugs, so give the area a wide berth if you see one. Fishing continues to be good despite the hot weather. We experienced a slight slowdown because of the full moon. The fish are scattered more. I’ve not seen any breaking fish. Several days we had to cancel trips due to storm damage. Clark Hill Park, Modoc Shores and Scotts Ferry are open again after storms blew down trees and blocked the roads for a few days. Dr. Bill Barfield had his boys, Ben and Mark, as well as his grandboys went on a Thursday morning trip. We found some scattered fish and caught some nice hybrids. The fish were running at 30 to 40 feet. The fish bit live herring and were caught in the channel of Owl Branch. Dr. Barfield is planning is to put on his annual fireworks show Friday night. He’s been doing it for several years and the public is invited to come to the Modoc Shores area and watch from their boats.

William Sasser’s Guide Service, (Capt. William Sasser, Capt. Mark Crawford, Capt. Bradd Sasser, Capt. Andrew Tubbs, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed, full time professional guides specializing in crappies, hybrids and striped bass). (706) 589-5468 (William), (706) 373-8347 (Mark), (Bradd) (706) 267-4313, (Andrew) (803) 507-5083 – William: We are catching 3- to 6-pound hybrids right after daylight in the lower 10 miles of the lake, whether it’s Georgia Little River or up the Savannah towards Parksville and Shriver Creek. The fish are roaming in packs 30 to 40 feet deep. We’re either catching nothing or too many. Later in the morning, they seem to disappear and the 10- to 15-pound stripers are being caught off the sides of the river channel 65 to 70 feet down on the bottom. We’re fishing along a ledge where it drops off. You’re not marking a lot of fish, but what you’re catching are nice fish. Crappies are on the sides of the channel 25 to 30 feet and around brush piles. They’re not in the creeks, but they’ll head back there come September. Glenda Bandy, Aiken; Clyde Spires, Columbia; and David Glover, Gaston, S.C., caught a limit of hybrids and striped bass. John Birdsong, Martinez; John and Mary Rhodes, McCormick, S.C.; and Tamara Price, Ohio, also caught a limit. Trey McDaniel and Ronnie and Tyler Johnson, Vidalia, Ga., landed 26 hybrids and stripers 1 to 6 pounds. Terry Blackwell, Moncks Corner, S.C.; Paul Basha and Tommy Brayton, Rock Hill, S.C., caught a limit. Stewart and Jessica Beattie, Lake Oconee, limited out as did Ed McDonnell, Kathleen McDonnell, Amanda Andrews and Stephanie Billard, all of Evans. California Carroll, Thomas Basile, Dana Lyons and Ken Johnson, all of Augusta; Luis Santiago, Hephzibah; Andy Moats, Evans; and Mark Moats, Martinez, wound up with a nice catch of hybrids and stripers.

Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 – We are catching good quality fish, but not in the numbers you expect to catch this time of the year. Most everything is 2½ to 8 pounds. Most of our fish are coming in 40 to 60 feet of water. We’re catching some fish on the bottom, but most fish are suspended 30 feet down in deeper water. I’m fishing from Plum Branch Yacht Club to the mouth of Georgia’s Little River. Most of the fish are coming off the primary ditches coming into the channel. But they’re not sticking. You can burn ’em up one day, but you can’t count on them to be there the next. Then the white perch come into the picture. I hate ’em, can’t do anything about them. We’re catching the fish before 10 a.m. because you really can’t stand the heat after that time. Laurie and party, from Spartanburg, S.C., came down on an annual outing and I helped Capt. Buddy Edge with the eight people. We didn’t limit out, but they had a great time catching 55 fish. The Seigler party, from Lexington, S.C., caught their limits of 2- to 6-pound hybrids over their two-day trip. The Capwell party from Savannah had a great day, catching limits of 2-to-10-pound fish.

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Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, Gene Kirkland and Brantley Toomer, (706) 722-8263 – Our annual free fishing day will be held today. Everybody needs to check in at the tackle shop off Doug Barnard Parkway before going fishing. Winners of last Friday’s bass tournament were Bubba and Dana Koss with 7.30 pounds. Mike Chapman and Chase Harmon with 5.92 pounds were second and third were Paul Grubbs and Marty Pearson with 3.42 pounds. Big fish was a 4.48-pounder caught by Chapman and Harmon. Brickyard report: Greg Braxton caught nine bass, two over 5 pounds, in the Expressway Pond on plastic worms. Cynthia James caught eight carp, one 15-pounder, in the Ditch on dough balls. Danny Haye caught 34 bream in the Cornell Pond on crickets. Robert Jenkins caught 26 crappies and three bass in the Ditch on minnows. Warren Miller caught 39 catfish in the White Elephant Pond on liver. David Jones Jr. caught 13 bass, one 7 pounds, in the Membership Pond on a Rat-L-Trap. Lester Harrell caught 18 bream and 13 catfish in the Stick Pond on worms. Jimmy Hendrix caught 35 bream in the Membership Pond on crickets. Lock and Dam: Darren Black caught and released nine stripers on herring. Jerry Archer limited out on bream on crickets. Lonnie Peeples caught 14 catfish, one 15½ pounds, on herring. Claude Daley caught 68 mullet on small red worms.



Ralph Goodison, Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530 – Inshore fishing in general and fishing for redfish in particular, has improved. Flounder are starting to show in many places where red are being caught. Bottom fishing is great for black sea bass, grunts and vermilion snapper. The wreck of the Betsy Ross remains the key place to fish for cobia. Wahoo and bull dolphin (mahi-mahi) are providing the Gulf Stream action. The Fripp Island Marina Fireworks Tournament will be held July 14-15. A captain’s meeting and registration will be held July 14 from 6-7 p.m., with a Lowcountry cookout. The fishing day starts July 15 at 6 a.m., with check-ins starting at 4 and weigh-ins starting at 6 p.m. Prizes and awards including a 90 percent payout for first and second largest kingfish, dolphin, wahoo and Spanish mackerel. For more information, call (843) 838-1517.



Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 ( P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – The sounds are holding some nice flounder and where you catch one, there are bound to be others. Flounder like to move when the tide is slack, love live bait such as mud minnows and shrimp. Spanish mackerel are back around the beachfronts and artificial reefs. We’ve had lots of gold grass pushed in by storms from offshore and we seem to be catching more of that than fish. I suggest you look for schools, stop outside the school and cast into it with Clark Spoons or Barracuda spoons.



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Tuesday’s results from the Futurity

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Evans boys bounce back to top Lakeside

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Tar Heels hold off Tigers