Evans teen Tyler Matthews ready for his next fishing adventure

Tyler Matthews (center) accepts a check from the Clark Hill Committeeto help defray expenses for a tournament this weekend on Lake Wateree.

Tyler Matthews’ next great bass fishing adventure takes place this week on South Carolina’s Lake Wateree.


The Columbia County Youth Fishing Team’s Tyler, 18, an Evans High junior, joins Harrison Norman, of the Junior Bassmasters from the Conyers, Ga., area, in the Forrest L. Wood Cup. Each won his age division in the Georgia Bass Federation Youth Top Six on West Point Lake last March.

The Clark Hill Committee, composed of Augusta area bass club representatives, last Thursday presented Matthews and his father, David, a $500 check to help defray the youth’s expenses. Making the presentation were Keri Bentley representing youth bass fishing, David Whyte of Augusta Marine, and committeemen Barry Frazier and Larry Gilpin.

• Tony Shepherd, 45, owner of Little River Guide Service, joins the fishing report this week.

The Athens, Ga., native and 22-year veteran paratrooper and cavalry scout was hooked on striped bass fishing below Russell Dam while a teenager. He’s pursued stripers all over the country while in the Army, learning different techniques used to catch the fish.

In his fourth year as a guide, he was joined by O.G. Penner and Ted Boileau. All are licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard. Rates and contact information can be found at his Web site at www.littleriverguideservice.net.

Fishing Report



Raysville Marina, (706) 595-5582 – Larry Young and friends caught seven crappies, seven shellcrackers and three large catfish in the fish house. Don Ginder, of Indiana, caught a 7-pound bass.

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 (www.crockettrocket striperfishing.com) – Water temperature is in the mid 80s and the lake is clear. Fishing continues to be good. Even the super moon couldn’t slow these fish down. I fished from Shriver Creek to the oxygenation buoys and Fort Gordon and caught fish everywhere we stopped. Larry McKenzie and his group from Charlotte had 40 fish faster than you could say “Pass the peas.” Brad Taylor and his group from Greenville, S.C., caught 60 fish in 90 minutes. Jamie Stewart and his son, Joshua, from Savannah, Ga., caught a limit
of nice fish around the aerators. All our fish were caught on live herring 30 to 40 feet down.

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) – Bradd: Surface temperatures are back in the mid to high 80s and hybrid fishing is still exceptional, especially in the early morning. The fishes’ patterns have not changed. They are still holding on humps and points along the mid to lower lake areas and also out Georgia’s Little River. They can be found stacked up in hungry groups 35 to 40 feet deep in the mornings and a big deeper from 40 to 50 feet in the afternoons. We are seeing more schooling activity, but for now it is coming during the afternoons in the mid lake areas. Biggest key to fishing success is to keep fresh bait on the hook. This time of the year, herring don’t live long and once the bait fish are no longer lively, the fish lose interest. Some quality fish are being caught trolling umbrella rigs and bucktails around points and the mouths of creeks. Fishing with us this week were Marvin Williams, Robert Rhodes, Mike and Matt Watson, John Hall, Taylor Prince, all of Augusta; Jamal Reynolds, Bill Reynolds, James Wilson, all of Aiken; Jim Somme, Evans, and Phil Lindale, Gene and Jill Maxwell, all of Edgefield, S.C.

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Little River Guide Service, Tony Shepherd, U.S. Coast Guard licensed guide specializing in stripers and hybrids (with Captains O.G. Penner and Ted Boileau) (706) 210-3474 – Surface temperatures are hovering around 84 degrees and the dropping water level has slowed. We fished through the super moon this week and were blessed with spectacular views while cruising to the fishing grounds. We caught limits each day with the average 2-pound hybrid being found as shallow as 24 feet on top of humps and 7- to 9-pound hybrids on the sides in 35 feet. The oxygen lines are starting to produce fish as well as Parksville and Horseshoe Island. If you don’t use live bait, do as Capt. Penner does: troll umbrella rigs in Keg Creek. Others like to use lead-core line with double bucktail rigs eight colors out. Fishing with us this week were Jonathan Bullard and his Bullard Dental staff from Augusta; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rivers, Augusta;’ Jimmy West and five friends from Crawford, Ga.; Alvin Mills and crew, Grovetown, and Melrose Smith and friends, Spartanburg, S.C.

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Carter and Hunter Morris, licensed professional guides specializing in fly fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout. (706) 833-1083 (www.flyfishingnorthgeorgia.com) (facebook.com/flyfishingnorthgeorgia) Hunter – The Generator at Blue Ridge Dam is under repair again and the latest reports indicate it may be another month or more before repairs are completed. The fishing on the Toccoa River has remained really good, but at the current rate the Tennessee Valley Authority is releasing the water (500 to 600 cubic feet per second), it is much safer to make float trips. It’s too high to wade.




Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, John Byars, (706) 722-8263 – Our bass tournament continues tonight. Hours are 6-10. Entry fee is $20 per man. Last Friday’s results saw Preston Crews and Raymond Klaus win with 5.86 pounds and the big fish of 3.66 pounds. The tournament was cut short because of lightning.



Ralph Goodison, Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530 – The 24th annual Fripp Island Kingfish Tournament will highlight the Labor Day weekend, with $5,000 in cash prizes. Beneficiary is the charity Fripp for a Cure. The tournament will start Aug. 28, with registration and a captain’s meeting at 6 p.m., followed by a Lowcountry cookout. Fishing days start Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 at 6 a.m., with a 5 p.m. weigh-in each day. First-place kingfish is worth $2,000 and runner-up $1,000. First-place Spanish mackerel earns $750 and second-place fish $550. For more information, call Fripp Island Marina at (843) 838-1518.