Nearly 20 young men ranging from 8 years old and above joined organizer Greg Davis and friends on a trout fishing trip to north Georgia’s mountain streams during the first week of June.
Their adventures started more than 31 years ago when Davis’ uncle, Herman Quinn, of Dalton, Ga., took out his nephew and other family members to the mountain region.
“My first cousin, Tony Quinn, joined us and later my best friend, Jeff McCoy, came along,” the Evans man remembered. “The idea was to look for cooler weather at the first of summer and the fishing naturally became a part of it.”
This time, 15 to 17 kids joined Davis and other adults and camped on Rock Creek. Most were from the Augusta area, including a pair from Wrens, Ga. They caught the bulk of their rainbow trout in that stream and also tested the waters of Coopers Creek and the Toccoa River.
Jacob Bryson was the 8-year-old in the party and, besides catching the first trout of his life, Davis and others took him on a snipe hunt. They never cut a feather of that mostly fictitious bird, but had a high time during the after-dark adventure.
Another highlight of the trip was watching an oldtime, mule-drawn wagon train en route on an annual trip from Ballground, Ga., to Blairsville, Ga.
“After I’m gone, I hope my son Gavin, 28, will keep the Davis Trout Busters trip going,” Davis said. “Certainly we’ll hold the 32nd annual trip next June.”
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) – Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s and the lake is clear. We’re seeing some early morning breaking fish and they’ve been a welcome sight. It also adds a bit of excitement for our clients, who cast Thing Poppers and Super Flukes into the breaking fish. We are still catching fish at daylight with live bait fished over 40-foot humps. Sometimes they hit pretty good and on other mornings we can just catch a few before they’re gone. This is the time of year we’re just going to have to grind it out until cool weather arrives in October. You can check us out on Facebook at crocketrocketguide service.
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). (William) (706) 589-5468, (Bradd) (706) 267-4313, (Andrew) (803) 507-5083 – Bradd: The lake level is still holding close to six feet below normal and the surface temperature is in the high 80s. The hybrid-striper bite has stayed really strong and steady. The bite starts shortly after daybreak and lasts throughout the morning. Size of the fish is really nice with some big fat hybrids and stripers being caught. The fish are still holding in the mouths of creeks and along the main channel’s edges. They stack up early in the morning on the sides of humps and ledges in 35 to 45 feet of water. Once the heat of the day sets in, they are diving deeper and are suspended along the edges. Downlines and jigging spoons have been productive, but the spoon bite is definitely best during afternoon generation. The Savannah River below the dam has started producing some nice bream and yellow perch biting worms and crickets. Check us out on Facebook for up-to-date pictures.
NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAIN STREAMS
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) – It’s full on dry fly season on north Georgia’s small trout streams. We’ve been doing really well with hoppers and other terrestrial dry flies fished in the riffles. The tailwater fishing on the Toccoa River has been surprisingly good despite the heat, especially on little May fly nymphs and during the mornings.
MERRY LAND BRICKYARD PONDS
Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, John Byars, (706) 722-8263 – Taylor Drennen reports Rod and Ethan Barnes won last Friday evening’s bass tournament, catching the big fish (2.98 pounds) and winning the tournament with the same weight. Fishing is tough.
BEAUFORT, S.C. &VICINITY
Ralph Goodison, Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530 – Steamy hot weather isn’t everyone’s favorite time of the year, but when one gets out, they are catching a few fish. So fishing is just fair for redfish and summer trout and good for whiting and black drum. Flounder have been scarce.
Most fishermen have been venturing into deeper water offshore where schools of Spanish mackerel have been surfacing. Watch for flocks of birds diving for their share of bait fish driven up by the mackerel.
Offshore fishing has been a lot better in deeper water, bottom fishing for vermillion, black sea bass, trigger fish and grouper.
Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (www.missjudycharters.com) P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – The Savannah Snapper Banks is one offshore area where bottom fishing is pretty good this time of the year. Sometimes, tidal flows can be pretty strong and the only thing to do is drop down your weighted cut squid and drift through the live bottoms. Once the bait is on the bottom, wait 10 to 15 seconds and reel up to make sure the bait is still on the hook. Be sure to check with your charter captain to see if he (or she) has a better way.