Want to teach fishing? Try Tackle for Educators

Special Bill McCarson (left) and Tommy Lindley set a Clarks Hill Striper Club record during a recent tournament at Thurmond Lake. Their three-fish limit weighed a total of 74.06 pounds. McCarson and Lindley get help from youths Cody and Wyatt Davenport in showing off their catch.

Someone once said, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” I just received an e-mail disproving that statement.


The Future Fisherman Foundation, with an assist from tackle manufacturer Zebco, now makes it easy for school groups or clubs running one-day fishing derbies to obtain tackle packages geared to those events.

It’s called the “Tackle for Educators” program and it is designed to make access to tackle easier and simpler for those groups that include aquatic educators.

Ordering is made simple by going to the futurefisherman.org site and clicking on the Tackle for Educators tab. Or, contact Mark Gintert, the executive director, at (330) 993-0014.

The Future Fisherman Foundation was established in 1986. It helps unite the sportfishing industry and a nationwide network of state outdoor educators, national conservation groups, youth organizations and other educators dedicated to introducing America’s youth to angling, conservation and the outdoors lifestyle.

Professional guide Billy Murphy, of Augusta, and his party on Tuesday counted 12 dead striped bass on Thurmond Lake’s Savannah River arm. He said there were more than that number floating from Horseshoe Island (Parksville, S.C.) to the Church Cove just above the dam. He said the fish were of good size, the smallest weighing about 7 pounds.

South Carolina DNR fisheries biologist Dan Rankin and Ed Bettross, his Georgia counterpart, believe it is an isolated incident, perhaps caused by fishermen practicing catch and release. The problem is the fish are being caught 40 to 60 feet down where dissolved oxygen levels are good and releasing them where oxygen levels are nonexistent.

Biologists will continue to monitor that section of the lake.


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 80s and the lake is clear. We are catching nice stripers and hybrids, fishing live herring 40 to 50 feet down. Areas around the oxygenation system near Modoc are producing well down to the mouth of Georgia’s Little River. We got into some schooling fish around Horseshoe Island. I understand the evenings are good there, but I have been fishing mainly in the morning. I hear they’re small but fun.

Billy Murphy, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed guide specializing in striped bass and hybrid bass. (706) 733-0124 – Water temperatures continue to hold in the mid 80s and the lake is clear. We are seeing schooling fish, but they are up and down so fast you can’t get to them. We have been trolling umbrella rigs over submerged trees and catching some good fish, but the bite was tough the last few times out. So we’ve moved away from the trees and trolling in deeper water, marking fish 40 to 80 feet down. Ray Dowdy, Harlem, Ga., and Larry Freeman, Grovetown, enjoyed a great trip with me, winding up with 21 stripers and hybrids. Larry was later joined by Grovetown resident Jerry Olson and caught 15 good fish. Jim Thouvenot, Evans, and Freeman caught seven stripers and hybrids and then the bite grew tough. Check our photos on Facebook and our web site at www.doubletroublefishingguides.com

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 is very clear and nearly seven feet below full pool. Temperatures are still in the mid to upper 80s. The hybrid-striper bite has been hotter than the weather, starting just after daybreak and peaking around 8:30 to 9 a.m., and then starting back around 5 or 6 p.m. The fish are holding in deeper water along the main channel edges on both the lower and upper ends of the lake. Recently, they have been found in the mouths of every main creek and also in the ditches. Smaller fish are being caught 25 to 30 feet down and the quality fish are in 50 to 80 feet. Most important key this time of the year has been keeping your bait alive and fresh on the hook, checking it every minute or so. Umbrella rigs and spoons are producing some fish, with the best bite coming during generation. Several people are trolling live herring behind planer boards with heavier weights along channel edges and catching some nice fish. The catfish bite also has turned on, with almost every point or hump in 40 to 50 feet of water producing some nice channel catfish and flatheads.

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Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 – I fished just two days, once from Soap Creek up. There are tons of fish and a good bunch of schooling fish. I also fished the bottom end of the lake, but found bigger fish. It’s a funny bite, fish are deeper and not easy to catch. The fish are in the Savannah River channel. Just find some bait schools and start fishing. The bait doesn’t really live much better, depending upon the depth.

Check out my web site: www.acestriperguide.com Little River Guide Service.


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) – The fall fishing season is just around the corner. Many of the trout streams that are a little farther south will start to fish much better in a few weeks and this includes many of the private trophy streams on the Soque River. For the next few weeks, we still recommend early morning fishing on either tailwaters or smaller, high altitude creeks..


Ralph Goodison, Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530 – Few folks are fishing, but the bite is good for whiting and black drum, with improving conditions for spotted sea trout and redfish. There are plenty of Spanish mackerel schools just offshore, but not many are fishing for them. Bottom fishing is good for black sea bass, trigger fish and fair for vermillion and grouper. Trolling for king mackerel is just fair.

Coming over the Labor Day weekend is the 26th annual Fripp Island Kingfish Tournament with a $5,000 purse. Beneficiary is the Keyserling Cancer Center. Registration and a captains’ meeting will be held Aug. 31 from 6 p.m., to 7 p.m., followed by a Low Country cookout. A representative of each boat entered must attend the meeting. Fishing days are Sept. 1 and 2, with weigh-ins from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., each day at Fripp Island Marina. If inclement weather forces cancelation of the first Fishing Day, only fish weighed in on the second day will count. If the tournament is canceled, entry fees will be refunded. Reservations to stay on Fripp at tournament rates can be obtained by calling (843) 838-1551. More information: the marina at (843) 838-1517.


Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (www.missjudycharters.com.) P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – I thought the eclipse might cause a quick bite, but folks fishing offshore during that phenomenon report the bottom fishing was terrible!

The inshore bite continues to be a surprise because water temperatures are pretty warm. Our captains are having to pull out all their fishing secrets. One is to place two live shrimp on the hook and not just one. Why two? They really get the attention from the fish. You can bring your cast net and catch your own bait at this time of the year.

You don’t have to venture far offshore to catch Spanish mackerel, which are to be found in the shipping channel known as “Tybee Roads.” Those fish are feeding from the No. 12 red buoy all the way to the end of the channel.



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