Greenbrier High School’s Cy Casey and Tanner Hadden became the first youth bass fishing team to post three victories in the same season when they won the Georgia Bass Nation High School Tournament on Lake Lanier last Saturday.
They also won on Thurmond Lake and Lake Lanier.
In last weekend’s event, they weighed in a five-fish limit totaling 17.21 pounds. Their boat captain was D.J. Hadden.
What’s next? The pair currently stand second in the Angler-of-the-Year standings with the Lake Blackshear tournament on May 6 the final event. Angler-of-the-Year awards will be presented at this year’s state championship, June 10-11 at Lake Chatuge.
Five other Greenbrier teams also qualified for the state championship, marking the most teams Greenbrier has had to qualify, according to coach Shawn Hackett. They are Andrew Hackett and Jake Blumling (boat captain Mark Blumling), Jacob Hodge and Josh Ortt (Jeff Wilkey), Coleman Johnson and Hayden Morrison (Rob Johnson), Kyle Merritt and Matt Frey (Jeremy Hudson), and Caleb Hudson and Jacob Snyder (Paul Casey).
I hadn’t heard from the North Augusta Fishing Team in quite a while, so I asked coach Sean Hall (via e-mail) to bring me up to date.
“Kyler McKie and Michael Burch were invited to fish the high school tournament held during the Bassmaster Classic and wound up in sixth place. Then they won the Bassmaster S.C, State Championship,” Hall said. That was held on Lake Murray.
It was close. The winners weighed in 16.42 pounds of bass, the runners-up 16.37 pounds and the third-place team 16.36 pounds. The win qualified the North Augusta pair to compete in the national championships on Kentucky Lake in June. Kyler attends Fox Creek High School, while Michael is at North Augusta High.
Congratulations to William Hooker Jr., of Appling, who won a drawing for a lifetime license for the month of March in the #CoyoteChallenge. He wrote to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division: “Thank you so much for recognizing that Georgia has a problem with coyotes and bringing attention to it through this Coyote Challenge.”
Raysville Marina, (706) 595-5582 –- William Hawkins and Clifford Crowe caught 35 crappies on minnows. Mr. Bill, of Thomson, Ga., caught 20 crappies and a 4-pound channel catfish. He caught 25 more on Wednesday.
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.crockettrocketstriperfishing.com) – Surface temperatures are in the low 70s and the lake is clear. We’ve had a great spring despite some crazy weather, with up and down temperatures and high winds, not to mention adverse effects from the full moon. Fishing this week has been great with fish blowing upon the herring that are spawning in the shallows. My clients have had a blast running from school of breaking fish to distant schools of breaking fish. Tim Kennedy and his team of fish killers: Leon, Jermaine and Marvin are good examples. Marvin caught a big flathead as well as a bunch of stripers, Jermaine caught the most fish and Leon the biggest. You can check us out on Facebook at crocketrocketguide service.
Ralph Barbee Jr., professional guide specializing in largemouth bass. (706) 831-8756 – Danny Sheehan and I fished on Monday and found conditions pretty tough. We wound up with four bass, largest about 2 pounds. Danny caught a 3-pound striper on the Yellow Fellow. The fish have spawned and backed out of the shallows. The fish hit around points, with most coming on Pop-Rs and floating worms..
Billy Murphy, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed guide specializing in striped bass and hybrid bass. (706) 733-0124 – Water level remains about eight feet below normal and temperatures are in the 70s. Clients sometimes want to fish for stripers, then switch to crappies and back again to stripers. Fishing with me last week for crappies were 5-year-old Breck Lacombe, of Evans, and his grandfather, Andrew Hutchins, from Martinez. Breck wound up with the day’s biggest fish at 1-1/4 pounds and the pair took home enough fish for a fish fry. Jim Thouvenot, Evans, and Larry Freeman, Grovetown, limited out on hybrids and stripers weighing 3 to 10 pounds. Each caught 10-pounders. Ricky Cleghorn, Sycamore, Ga., and Alex Cleghorn, Youngsville, N.C., limited out on stripers and hybrids, the big fish of 7 pounds, caught by Ricky.
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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), (Bradd) (706) 267-4313, (Andrew) (803) 507-5083 – Bradd: Water temperatures are holding in the low to mid 70s and the water is mostly clear. Hybrids and stripers are aggressively feeding on spawning herring, chasing the bait fish into the shallows off points and shoals. The early morning bite is coming on down lines in 10 to 20 feet of water. As the day moves on, the fish are breaking up into smaller schools and scattering and then we must switch to planer boards. But don’t stray far from where you started. The fish are still in the vicinity but in smaller groups. The bite at the dam has stayed really good in the evenings and will get only better during the herring spawn. The crappies have moved out to the treees and are holding about 10 feet of water around brush.
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Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 – Fishing has been really good over the last week. We’re catching quality fish – 5-8-pound hybrids and a few 10- to 12-pound stripers. We are still having to pull boards and that’s a lot of work. My best bite has been coming between 10 a.m. and noon. I am finding some down line fish in 20 to 30 feet.
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MERRY LAND BRICKYARD PONDS
Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, John Byars, (706 722-8263) —- Our bass tournament finish last Friday was pretty close. Ricky Johnson and Rick Fralix won with 11.96 pounds. J.C. Dicks and George Williams were second with 11.30 pounds and third were Brett Milligan and Allen Smoot with 10.96 pounds. Kendrick Kelly weighed in the big fish of 4.78 pounds.
BEAUFORT, S.C. &VICINITY
Ralph Goodison, Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530 – Fishing is on the upswing with the summer trout bite good and the redfish bite just fair. Big sheepshead and black sea bass are biting around near-shore wrecks, while the Gulf Stream is producing some good black fin tuna, wahoo, king mackerel and dolphin. Some anglers are hooking swordfish, but not catching them. Deep water areas are producing king mackerel, larger black sea bass and trigger fish.
Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (www.missjudycharters.com.) P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 - Spanish mackerel have arrived in waters off the artificial reefs. They don’t school this time of the year – that will come during the hot weather months – but they are there. Trolling Drone spoons behind downriggers is one way to catch them, but most anglers prefer to let flocks of sea birds show them the schools chasing menhaden to the surface. Overall, fishing for most species is good.