Check out the smile on the face of that young lady on the photograph with this report.
Her grandfather took her fishing on Thurmond Lake and the white perch she caught was not just her first fish, it also was her largest. Any time a white perch exceeds a pound, it leads to lots of smiles on lots of fishermen’s faces, no matter how old (or young).
Families who fish together stay together.
Kids under the age of 16 don’t need a license to fish, but adults who take out kids must make sure they enjoy the trip safely. That means making sure there is a child-sized life preserver on board for each kid and making sure it’s worn.
Keep the trip simple. Watch for signs of fatigue, especially if they are under 10. Take along something to drink. Bottled water is best. Soft drinks only make for more thirst.
- There will be a bass tournament Saturday at Merry Land Brickyard Ponds for the benefit of the family whose son died while duck hunting in Phinizy Swamp. Tournament entry fee is $20 plus the $8 brickyard permit. Please visit the brickyard’s Facebook page for more information. Tournament hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.crockettrocketstriperfishingcom) – Water temperatures are in the low 60s, lake is clear and continuing to fall. The fishing is absolutely great with fewer places to hide. We are having some trouble with some of the ramps. We’re limiting out within 2 of 2½ hours and everybody has been thrilled. We’re catching our fish in 30 to 40-foot range. Striper fishing is red hot. Cole Bryson, from Charlotte, and his group came down and fished on their own and didn’t have much luck. So they decided to come out with me and learn how to do it. I told them I’d have to double my rates (and I was just kidding). They caught 40 fish in two hours and they were tickled.
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 Sasser – Water temperatures are hovering between 60 and 62 degrees and the lake level has stayed around the 321-foot mark, or about nine feet below normal. Cooler weather has caused the fish to push back into the creeks, but the bite remains hot. We are experiencing a great morning bite that’s just as fast as the time it takes to drop a bait-laden hook into the water. We are fishing down lines off humps and the sides of ditches in 15 to 25 feet of water back in the creeks. It slows a bit afterward, but stays constant throughout the day. After that first action, continue with down lines, but try free lines and planer boards, too. The bite in the river below the dam has stayed hot as well with yellow perch, bream, crappies and shellcrackers loading up anglers’ coolers.
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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.
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Ralph Goodison, Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530 – The 20th annual Fripp Island Kids Fishing Tournament attracted 109 kids, a number down a bit from previous years, but catches were great for the 3-to-15-year-olds. Winners: Sam Graham, 4.95-pound red drum; 2nd, Linda Lupold, 2.10-pound red rum; Forrest Sutcliff, 3.20-pound spotted sea trout; Leah Tangalos, 11.65-pound flounder; David DiBenito, 3.10-pound sheepshead. The Fripp Island Yacht Club, Sea Island Marine, J&R Ice Cream and Fripp Island Men’s Golf Association were thanked for their support.
Fishing report for this week: Red drum, trout, black drum, whiting and a few flounder are being caught. Offshore: black sea bass, trigger fish bites good. Gulf Stream: black fin tuna, wahoo, kingfish.
Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (www.missjudycharters.com.) P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – Spotted sea trout continue to dominate inshore catches in tidal creeks, with redfish and a few other species active. Late fall and early winter are good times to fish for trout around oyster rakes on an incoming tide. Live shrimp remain the best baits.