Southeastern PVA sets annual bass tournament

SPECIAL Jerry Woods, of Appling, fishing for white perch in Thurmond Lake on a recent trip with neighbor William Hooker, was reeling in a perch when a 6-pound bass tried to take it away. She wasn’t having any of it and Hooker was able to net the biggest bass of her life.

 

 

The Southeastern Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans Association of Augusta will hold its annual bass fishing tournament on Thurmond Lake on Oct. 13-15 and volunteer boat captains are needed once again.

Previously, Augusta area bass fishermen have generously volunteered themselves and their bass boats for the tournament, which attracts mobility impaired military veterans from throughout the United States.

“We are going to need 11 boat captains and six non-boat captains,” said Jennifer Windham, executive director of the PVA’s Southeastern Chapter. To volunteer, contact her at (706) 796-6301.

Registration will be held at Cabela’s of Augusta on Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The tournament will take place Oct. 14-15 at Wildwood Park.

Congratulations to Megan and Bradd Sasser, of Appling, who are expecting an imminent arrival of twins whenever the stork finds time to visit. The girl will be named Finnleigh Rae Sasser, while the boy will be Luke William. The father is a longtime contributor to The Chronicle fishing page.

Greenbrier High School Fishing Team’s Tanner Hadden and Cy Casey placed 11th in the Georgia BASS Nation High School Tournament last Sunday on Lake Sinclair. They qualified for the Georgia BASS Nation High School State Classic next June.

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THURMOND 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) – Temperatures are in the low 80s and the lake is clear. The schooling fish have come on strong, typical September. Areas around Modoc and Parksville. We are still catching some fish in 40 to 50 feet on live herring, but the bite is slow. Once the fish start breaking we take off after them. We’re throwing the ice fly, The Thing Popper and the pearl-colored Super Fluke. We should be over the hump until the lake turns over later.

Billy Murphy, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed guide specializing in striped bass and hybrid bass. (706) 339-4784 – We have been fishing schooling fish, but they’re up and down so fast we can hardly cast into them. So we’re trolling lead-head Super Flukes and small lead-head swim baits that run about a foot beneath the surface. Glenn Grayt, of Evans, and Larry Freeman, of Grovetown, had a ball catching limits of fish on our trip last week.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–Surface temperatures have cooled into the high 70s and some low 80s during the afternoons. The lake is still some seven feet below full pool. The oxygenation system has been cut off until next year, but the water quality and temperatures have changed for the better. Fall schooling season is upon us, with fish breaking during mid morning, with some lasting longer than others. There also is a good schooling fish bite near sunset. Some of the bigger schools are coming up near Parksville and then up the river to Shriver Creek. Still more are surfacing near Little River Bridge. Fish are being caught on live herring fished on down lines to free lines to casting white ice-colored Super Flukes. The breaking fish are in the 1- to 2-pound range, but larger fish from 4 to 6 pounds can be caught below the schools. There are still plenty of catfish being caught off humps in 40 to 50 feet of water. The crappie bite around brush piles and submerged timber has started early this year, with small minnows and jigs accounting for good catches. The yellow perch bite on the river below the dam has started early, with small minnows and jigs the baits to use. Bream fishing is good along the river, too.

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Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807– We did pretty good last weekend despite boat traffic that shut down the schooling activity. Schooling is sort of hot and.cold. Key to good schooling activity is the water flow. There was no current on Thursday. The surface temperature has warmed back to the low 80s. I am catching most of my fish in the main (Savannah) river, fishing 20 to 40 feet down. I am having to move around a lot. The area from Soap Creek to the Highway 378 bridge also has seen lots of schooling.

Check out my web site: www.acestriperguide.com.

MERRY LAND BRICKYARD PONDS

Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, John Byars, (706 722-8263) – There are multiple ponds offering good fishing for largemouth bass, bream and shellcracker, crappies and catfish.

BEAUFORT, S.C. &VICINITY

Ralph Goodison, Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530 – Inshore fishing around Fripp is red-hot. The Trenchard’s Inlet area around Port Royal Sound also is producing some good fish, with redfish galore, some trout and whiting as well as black drum. Few are fishing offshore because of the hurricanes.

SAVANNAH, GA.

Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (www.missjudycharters.com.) P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – My post Irma report has turned out to be a good one, now that things have settled down. Redfish to spotted sea trout to flounder to black drum to sheepshead to other biters. Fall is in the air and our fish know it.

Artificial reefs are still holding schools of Spanish mackerel and king mackerel. Bottom fishing is picking up at the Savannah Snapper Banks.

 

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