Children's fishing tournament is scheduled for late September

Bonnie and David Annis, of Evans, are two of the most caring people in the world. Each year, they have volunteered to serve as the official weighmasters of the Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans of America bass tournament.


For the past 12, they have thrown their support behind the Rufus Sawyer Memorial Children’s Fishing Tournament for the students at John de la Howe School located near McCormick, S.C.

The 13th annual tournament will be held Sept. 28 at the Dorn Boating and Fishing Complex on Thurmond Lake.

The Annisses contact many of their fishing friends to bring their boats and take out kids aged 12 to 16 years, both boys and girls.

“We’d like to have enough boats to take out at least 30 children,” David Annis said. “And any boat taking out girl students must have female chaperones on board.”

The school makes background checks on all volunteers and boat captains so those folks need to register no later than noon on Sept. 6.

If you want to join the fun this year, contact David at (706) 481-9336 or Event sponsors include JDLH Alumni Association, Clark Hill Striper Club, Southern Anglers Challenge, Southeastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, Honda Marine and Augusta Marine.

• Tryouts for the inaugural Columbia County Youth Fishing Team attracted 10 children to Wildwood Park last Saturday. Organizer Rosie DeAnnuntis said the next step is for the kids to take a boating safety course this Saturday. She has a problem.

“I need five boats and I have only two volunteers,” she said.

DeAnnuntis is hoping to get help from local bass clubs. She can be contacted at (803) 624-0463 or e-mail


Raysville Marina (Leon Buffington), (706) 595-5582 – William Hawkins caught four catfish, five crappies and 15 shellcrackers on worms and minnows. Newt Parker caught 15 nice bluegills on worms.

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 and the lake is clear on the lower end. We’ve been chasing schooling fish and doing fairly well on small stripers and hybrids. Occasionally we’ll catch one of 3½ or 4 pounds. The Thing Poppers work, but we’re mostly using ice flies behind the popping float. We’re still catching some nicer stripers right at daylight. It’s been tough to catch bigger fish after 9 a.m. The Taylor family – Jimmy, Brad and Kevin – from Greenville, S.C., had a good morning. They caught some deep fish earlier, then chased schoolies and caught them on ice flies until 11:20. They didn’t want to keep any fish, so we threw back those that were lip-hooked. I took home the deeply hooked fish and my family enjoyed fresh fish for supper.

Ralph Barbee Jr., professional guide specializing in largemouth bass. (706) 831-8756 – Bob Vernoy and I fished last Monday in the Chigoe Creek area. We tried trolling deep-diving crank baits and when that didn’t work, I fished a small Yellow Fellow (with brown back) around hydrilla. I caught seven bass including a 6-pounder and six little ones. He fished a fire tiger (green with a black back) crank bait and caught one yellow perch. “It’s just not my day,” he said, learning a bit later someone had run into his boat trailer and smashed the tail light.

Fishing with Ralph Barbee airs Saturdays at 11 a.m., and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 21, WRDW-My12, WOW! Ch. 7, Atlantic Broadband (Aiken) Ch. 7 and Charter Ch. 9 (Fort Gordon).

Capt. Billy Murphy, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide, with twins Brad and Jim (706) 733-0124 (Web site – Surface temperature is in the low 80s and we have plenty of water in the lake. We’re doing a lot of fishing, but our catching has slowed. The fish are not stacking up like they usually do at this time of the year. All the fish we’re catching have been striped bass, but no hybrids. Last Wednesday, Jeff Coleman, of Augusta, ventured out. We fished downlines 40 feet down in 80 to 100 feet of water. Jeff caught six stripers including an 8-pounder. The others weighed 5 to 6 pounds each. Ricky Cleghorn, of Sycamore, Ga., fished with me last Friday and Saturday. He caught 18 stripers over that period, including an 11-pounder and two 10-pounders. Those fish also came from 40 feet down in 80 to 100 feet of water.

William Sasser’s Guide Service, (Capt. William Sasser, 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) 267-4313 (Bradd), (803) 507-5083 (Andrew) – Our friend, Joe Burg, reports a good mid-morning bite was this week’s fishing pattern. Clients caught good numbers of nice fish on live herring. We fished the sides of shoals and on humps in 40 to 60 feet of water. Surface temperatures ranged in the low 80s. Catching fish with us were Rod, James and Jerome Williams, Greenville, S.C.; Phil and Sandra Cockman and Page and Oscar Watts, all from Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Julie Miller, Augusta; Bill and Steve Regan, Columbia, and Tom and Thomas Tatham, Canton, N.C.

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Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 – We’re in the September slump, even though we haven’t reached that month. We were catching quality fish and now most of them are the smaller ones. I fished last Sunday and managed to catch just 10 fish. You’ve really got to work for the fish. I am trying to soft-pedal until the pattern changes for the better.

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Carter and Hunter Morris, licensed professional guides specializing in fly fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout. (706) 833-1083 ( ( – Big trout are looking up. Last week, we reported catching some big trout on terrestrial dry flies. Now the terrestrial fishing is red hot. In smaller streams, fish a big Turks Tarantula in riffles in the center of the creek, or against the bank in the bends. On bigger rivers, fish a PMX or Chernobyl Ant closer to the banks and in any medium speed riffles.



Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, Gene Kirkland, (706) 722-8263 – Plans are being made to hold a bowfishing tournament on the ponds on Sept. 7 from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sept. 8. More information can be obtained from Gene Kirkland. Carp, gar, catfish and mudfish can be shot legally with bow and arrow. Kirkland said the daily fee to fish will be lowered from $8 to $5 as of Saturday.

Brickyard report: Keith and Darlene Bass caught 70 catfish in the Ditch on liver. Robbie Henderson and Paul Wolfe caught 11 bass in the Membership pond on lures Biggest weighed 4 pounds. Dale Williams caught 30 bream on crickets in the Garden Pond. John and Sandy Jones caught 50 bream on worms and crickets in the Stick Pond. Jim and Betty Smith caught 10 crappies, 20 bream and four bass on minnows and crickets in the Expressway Pond. J.C. and Aaron Skinner caught 20 bream, 13 crappies, 21 catfish and three bass on worms, crickets and minnows in the Cornell Pond. James Blunt caught 40 bream in the Expressway Pond on crickets and worms.

Lock & Dam report: J.C. Skinner caught 30 bream, 22 catfish and a bass on crickets and worms. Allen Proctor and Wayne Troop caught 10 catfish and 48 bream, on crickets and worms. Ed and Jane Riner caught 10 crappies, 21 bream and six catfish on minnows and worms.


Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 ( P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – The St. Joseph’s/Candler Leukemia Cup Series starts Sept. 13-14. Targets are redfish, spotted sea trout and flounder. For more information, call Mike Smith at (912) 658-8261. The black sea bass is strong around the artificial reefs in more than 50 feet of water. Small pieces of fish or squid work, but they also can be caught on small artificial jigs or ¾-ounce Hopkins Spoons. The Spanish mackerel bite is on just off the beaches and sounds.

Take along some quality field glasses and look for flocks of diving sea birds.