Hybrids, striped bass can be found in Raysville

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Pulling live herring beneath planer boards has been the way to catch hybrids and striped bass in the Raysville Marina area.

Fishing has been hot and cold, with Wednesday afternoon on the cooler side.

Flocks of sea gulls were flying (and sitting on the water) above Red Bank Island, but not doing much feeding, as they are wont to do this time of the year.

Germany Creek also was on the quiet side.

I don’t fish with live bait, opting to cast or troll Zoom Super Flukes on quarter-ounce jig heads.

I like the white ice coloration because of the thousands of tiny sparkles imbedded in the soft plastic body.

I had three strikes and caught one two-pound hybrid after finding birds diving on a long point opposite the mouth of Germany Creek.

The lake is nearly 11 feet down, but Albert Moody had no trouble in launching and retrieving his 20-foot pontoon boat on the center Amity ramp.

The Raysville Marina ramp is OK for small boats of the jonboat type, but the end of the ramp drops off sharply, making it difficult to retrieve larger boats. I made the run from the marina to above Red Bank Island with no mishaps, but I know where the channel runs.

Take it slow, keep one eye on the depthfinder and avoid visible trees and you should be OK.

Bear in mind that all of the stripers and hybrids aren’t in the Raysville area.

Fishing the lower lake can be rewarding, too, and there are fewer obstacles.

• Don’t tell me there’s nothing new in fishing baits. Coming back from Raysville on Wednesday evening, we spotted Cliett Crossing’s well-lighted sign proclaiming the store was selling “Cappucino Bait.” I’d like to know: Do you drink it or cast it?

• Condolences to the family of Jack Wingate, of Bainbridge, Ga., who died last week of complications from prostrate cancer.

Wingate operated Lunker Lodge on Lake Seminole for many years.

FISHING REPORT
THURMOND LAKE

Raysville Marina (Leon Buffington and Doug Pentecost), (706) 595-5582 – Jack Owens and Billy Inglett, of Grovetown, caught 47 nice crappies in the Raysville area on minnows. Debbie and Jay Percival, of Raysville, caught 20 nice crappies on jigs and minnows. Clifford Crowe and Danny Johnson, of Thomson, caught 25 crappies and Crowe caught 30 Thursday on jigs. Doug Pentecost caught 20 crappies, also on jigs.

Ralph Barbee Jr., professional guide specializing in largemouth bass. (706) 860-7373 – I fished the Lake Springs area on Wednesday. I cast the Yellow Fellow around of beds of hydrilla and caught five bass. On Thursday, I fished the same place and caught three bass on the medium-sized Pop-R. Biggest fish weighed 2 pounds. The bass were all skinny.

My new show features Capt. Dan Utley out of Hilton Head, S.C. We catch large redfish, a 100-pound bull shark and another fish that got away. Fishing with Ralph Barbee airs Saturdays at 11 a.m., and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. on Comcast Channel 21, My12TV, Knology Ch. 7, Atlantic Broadband (Aiken) Ch. 7 and Charter Ch. 9 (Fort Gordon).

William Sasser’s Guide Service, (Capt. William Sasser and Capt. Mark Crawford, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed, full time professional guides specializing in crappies, hybrids and striped bass). (706) 589-5468 (William), (706) 373-8347 (Mark) or (864) 333-2000. (Clark Hill Herring Hut) – Mark: Napoleon Robertson, Aiken; George Bush, Beech Island; Calvin Lark, Beech Island and Ernest Cummings, Aiken, caught 27 stripers and hybrids averaging 3 to 11 pounds. Jack Alfredson, Roy Smiley and John Hofman, all from McCormick, S.C., caught a nice cooler of stripers. Biggest was 15 pounds. The fish are hitting live herring fished beneath planer boards.

Check out my Web site: www.williamsasserfishing.com.

Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 – Because of family issues, I won’t be making any guided trips for awhile. I’ll let everyone know when I am able to be active again.

Check out my Web site: www.fishlakethurmond.com.

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) – The mild winter weather has kept trout active and hungry. Try fishing big nymphs deep with some extra weight, but don’t assume the fish will be hugging the bottom all day. Stimulators and Royal Wulffs will get a reaction strike on the surface during the middle part of the day. Now is a good time to fish the delayed harvest sections of north Georgia streams as the trout have seen much less pressure in recent weeks.

MERRY LAND BRICKYARD PONDS

Check-in station, 1410 Doug Barnard Parkway, Gene Kirkland and Brantley Toomer, (706 722-8263) – Willie Jones caught 68 crappies in the Ditch on minnows. Alphonzo Lewis caught 96 crappies in the Ditch on minnows. Luke Wilson and his son caught nine bass, including a 6½-pounder, in the Expressway Pond on plastic worms. Paul Stoney caught 56 big crappies in the Membership Pond on minnows Larry and Mary Jenkins caught 125 crappies on minnows in the Ditch. Jerry Archer and Claude Daley brought in 114 crappies, caught on minnows and jigs, in the Ditch. Mike Frazier caught 41 catfish and 21 bream in the Cornell Pond on minnows and worms. Jay Robinson caught 140 crappies in the Ditch on minnows and jigs. Aaron Hatfield and Earl Hudson caught 86 big crappies in the Membership Pond on minnows and jigs. Jerry Skinner and Gene Kirkland caught 55 big crappies in the Membership Pond on minnows. Several fish weighed more than 2 pounds.

SAVANNAH, GA.

Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (www.missjudycharters.com.) P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – The grouper season will close Jan. 1 and reopen May 1. The artificial reefs have been producing good mixed catches of trigger fish, flounder, blues, summer trout and sheepshead.


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