New Georgia Wildlife Resources Division website makes it easier on sportsmen

SPECIAL A quintet of Augusta fishermen had a great time catching black drum on July 4 while fishing with Miss Judy Charters of Savannah. Front row: Hunter (left) and Bo Thomas. Back row, from left: Charter Capt. Tommy Williams, Ken Sumner, Chase Maddox and Cody Canuette.

 

 

Access to the new and improved website (www.georgiawildlife.com) has made it much easier for Georgia hunters and fishermen to find updates on subjects they all need to know.

For instance, did you know the following licenses are no longer offered or are now included in the cost of a different license (Wildlife Management Area license, GORP, Alligator Hunting License, Deer-Dog License, H.I.P. license and Waterfowl Conservation license)?

An annual resident hunting or fishing license costs $15. It now allows you access to wildlife management areas and public fishing areas. Previously you had to buy a Wildlife Management Area license ($19) and that is no longer the case.

New for resident hunters ages 12 to 15 is a Youth Sportsman’s License. This is good through their 17th birthday, but they still must complete hunter safety education classes in order to hunt without supervision, or to hunt after their 16th birthday under this license.

Also new is the Waterfowl and Migratory Bird Stamp ($5 for resident and non-resident), replacing the Waterfowl Conservation License and free H.I.P. license. And, if you are hunting waterfowl on your own property, or have a Sportsman’s, Lifetime, Disability or Honorary license, there is no cost to add to it.

You’ll also find a list of links to different subjects that a simple “click” will reveal.

THURMOND LAKE

Raysville Marina, (706) 595-5582 – James Davis caught six crappies in the Holiday Park, fishing minnows over brush in six feet of water. Parker Callaway caught nine crappies on minnows in the same area on the same technique.

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) – Fishing slowed a bit this week because of the full moon. After easy times in spring and summer, we are facing a bit more challenging time. Dog Days are setting in, the water temperatures are climbing and the oxygen levels are dropping. I am thankful for the oxygenation system near Modoc maintained by the Corps of Engineers. The system keeps us from experiencing major fish kills. There are still areas of the lake where oxygen levels are low and bait fish don’t live long. I usually leave those areas since I don’t have the confidence the fish I mark will bite. I enjoyed fishing with Steve and Audrey Ware, White Plains, Ga. They brought grandsons Nathaniel and Chris. Brent Bryson, Spartanburg, S.C., and his group also had a blast catching stripers up to 10 pounds. You can check us out on Facebook at crocketrocketguide service.

Ralph Barbee Jr., professional guide specializing in largemouth bass. (706) 831-8756 – I fished by myself early last Monday in the Raysville area. The fish were schooling ion the back of Upson Creek, chasing shad, and they ate up the Pop-R. I caught two 5-pound stripers and 10 largemouths in the 3-pound range.

Billy Murphy, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed guide specializing in striped bass and hybrid bass. (706) 733-0124 – Water temperatures have moved into the high 80s and the lake is about six feet down. We are still down-lining live herring in 20 to 40 feet of water. Clients are having a ball catch fast-biting fish. One said the fish looked like the fish just wanted to jump into my boat. I told him to enjoy it now because it will get worse soon. The fish are starting to move to deeper water by mid morning. Robert Robertson and daughter Daphne Walker, Reese Perez and Ray Walter, all from Augusta, and Ronnie Walker, Loganville, Ga., limited out on hybrids and stripers. Daphne out-fished the guys. My wife, Lucy, joined me on the lake for a rare appearance. Also on board was her brother, Ricky Cleghorn, and sister-in-law Juanita as well as friends Cindy and Phil Gilley, all from Sycamore, Ga. They had eight fish in the 6-to-9-pound range among the 48 caught. Cindy landed the 9-pounder. Check our photos on Facebook and our website at www.doubletroublefishingguides.com

Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 – I had a really funny bite today. I had plenty of fish under the boat, but getting them to bite was a lot of work. We still caught a bunch of fish. Quality of fish is still fair. I am seeing a lot of surface activity and on into the mornings. I am still fishing mid lake. The bait doesn’t live as long as you hope, but just enough to catch a fish. The fishes’ stomachs are slap full of tiny threadfin shad. Jody Blackshire and son, Daniel, from Clinton, S.C., had an outstanding first striper trip, getting on some huge schools of fast-feeding hybrids. Eddie Wilson and Mike Ellis, from Edgefield, S.C., and Terry Cato, North Augusta, had a great day on the water, catching a good mix of hybrids and stripers.

Check out my website: www.acestriperguide.com.

SAVANNAH, GA.

Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (www.missjudycharters.com) P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – Live shrimp continue to be scarce at Savannah area bait shops, so if you’re skilled with a cast net, bring it with you. The brown and white shrimp are now the perfect size to use for bait.

Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, little tunny and barracuda are hanging out at our artificial reefs in 40 to 60 feet of water. But to get the best bottom bite, I suggest you fish the artificial reefs (CCA, L and J buoys) in deeper water. Please remember black sea bass have to be 13 inches tail length to keep, with a daily limit of seven per person. You may have to catch and release 25 “shorties” before catching a keeper.

Five Augusta fishermen enjoyed catching black drum while out with Miss Judy Charters’ Capt. Tommy Williamson on the Fourth of July. They were Hunter and Bo Thomas and Ken Sumner, Chase Maddox and Cody Canuette.

 

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