Famed fisherman Bob Baurle dies at 86

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When it came to fishing the Savannah River below New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, Bob Baurle was a gold mine of information about how, when and where.

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Bob Baurle (left) established Lock and Dam Bait and Tackle, which became the "go to" place for river fishermen. He operated it for more than 50 years.  File/Staff
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Bob Baurle (left) established Lock and Dam Bait and Tackle, which became the "go to" place for river fishermen. He operated it for more than 50 years.

Baurle died Saturday after an extended illness. He was 86.

He was born and raised in an area just south of the lock and dam near Bush Field. During the early 1960s, just outside the lock and dam park gates, he established Lock and Dam Bait and Tackle, which became the “go to” place for river fishermen. He operated the store for more than 50 years.

He developed his river fishing expertise during the years before construction of the lock and dam in the late 1930s.

Baurle shared his knowledge of fishing for bream, bass, catfish, redbreast, striped bass and mullet with readers of The Augusta Chron­icle on its weekly fishing page for more than 25 years.

Several years ago, the Au­gusta-Richmond County Rec­reation, Parks and Facilities De­part­ment named the ren­o­vated public boat ramp be­low the lock and dam the Robert J. “Bob” Baurle Boat Ramp.

A few months ago, after the addition of another ramp and other amenities, the area was rededicated in his honor by the recreation department and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

After the ceremonies concluded, Baurle went fishing.

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Taylor B
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Taylor B 12/11/11 - 07:47 pm
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Wait, AC has a fishing

Wait, AC has a fishing editor? Prayers to the family.

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 12/12/11 - 08:03 am
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Bill has been the the fishing

Bill has been the the fishing editor for years. He is some what retired. RIP Bob save us some fish up there.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/12/11 - 08:19 am
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I wish I could have met him.

I wish I could have met him.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 12/12/11 - 11:37 pm
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Rest in Peace Bob we'll never

Rest in Peace Bob we'll never be able to replace even one of your era. But ol Bob might not want that ramp named after him because of the 4 ft gulley at the end of the ramp underwater where it goes ten ft to the bottom. When someone puts in a pontoon or bigger boat in there the trailer wheels fall down into the hole and nothing short of my turbo diesel Cummins in tractor gear can paw it out.

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 12/12/11 - 11:42 pm
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I knew he had been in ill
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I knew he had been in ill health for some time. Taylor, he was not editor, he contributed to the fishing report as does a handful of others who guide and are knowledgeable about conditions and fishing patterns in the local waters.

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