Raysville Marina (Leon Buffington and Doug Pentecost), (706) 595-5582 – Mark Watson, of Thomson, Ga., a caught a 4½-pound catfish. William Hawkins and Greg Reeves caught 22 bass weighing 3 to 5 pounds on Zoom trick worms. Capt. Greg Edge and his clients, Ed and Mark Horne, of Rincon, Ga., caught limits of crappies on minnows. Cliff Crowe, of Raysville, caught 15 shellcrackers and two white perch on red wigglers.
Capt. David Willard, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed, fulltime professional guide specializing in hybrids and striped bass and trophy largemouth bass. (Boat phone: (706) 214-0236. (803) 637-6379 (www.crockettrocketstriperfishing.com) – Water temperature is in the mid to upper 60s and the lake is clear. The fish really turned on this week. We’ve had some great mornings free-lining herring in the shallows. Barry Holden, from Washington, Ga., brought a group of fish killers for a morning trip. They caught limits of nice stripers 8 to 12 pounds and slab hybrids 3 to 6 pounds.
At one point, we had an acre of fish on top all around us and we were in the middle of them. It’s the first time I’d seen that this year. We’ve been fishing for scattered fish, but the fish have schooled up the last few days. We’re looking forward to a good Masters Week on the lake.
Ralph Barbee Jr., professional guide specializing in largemouth bass. (706) 860-7373 – John Holden and I fished on Wednesday. We fished the Big Branch area across from Wildwood Park. I caught two bass, one 5 pounds and one 4½. John fished a Yellow Fellow in Chigoe Creek and caught two 4-pounders. All were in the mouths of ditches. I caught two more of 4-pounds-plus on the Bandit. I ended up with one non keeper and four bass.
My new show features The Bassmasters. 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, G-Force (Aiken) Ch. 7 and Northland 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 and William: Hasting and Betty Proctor, Warrenville, S.C., and Roger Young, of Augusta, caught nine hybrids and stripers 2 to 7 pounds. Doug Teagarden and Kyle Teagarden, of Evans, caught limits of hybrids and stripers. Scott Madaus, Evans; Janice Uwen, of Germany; Tony Fournier and Luke Fournier, both of Martinez, caught a nice cooler of stripers and hybrids 3 to 6 pounds.
Chase Richardson, Dale Richardson, John Dobbs, Matt Dobbs and Johnny Dobbs, all of Grovetown, and Daniel Jackson, Evans; Quinn Jackson, Evans, and Michael Halkinberry, Martinez, had a nice catch of hybrids and stripers. Phillip Costello and Nicklaus Costello, Appling, Ga., and Ann and Keith Powell, Evans; Karen Smith, Patti Dye, Evans, and Lee Daniels, Evans, caught 18 hybrids and stripers 3 to 8 pounds. Scott Davis, Hartwell, Ga.; Allan Hodgkins, Grovetown, and Robert Jonqura, Grovetown, caught 15 hybrids and stripers.
Karen Horne, Charlotte, N.C; Angela Pelletier, Martinez, and Joe Johnson, Evans, caught 22 hybrids and stripers. Jim Linton, Jeff Linton and William Linton, all of McCormick, caught 26 stripers and hybrids. Robert White, Evans; Barry Wells, North Augusta; Ian Richardson, Evans, and Kelly Fox, North Augusta, caught 25 hybrids and stripers. Brooks Shaw, Inman, S.C.; Tyler Deal, Spartanburg, S.C.; Graham Deal, Spartanburg; Ron Taylor, Boiling Springs, S.C.; Stephen Sprouse, South Carolina, caught 25 hybrids and stripers. Jeff Bybee and Drake Bybee, Snellville, Ga., Jessie Adams, Gainesville, Ga., and Nathan Wade, Monticello, Ga., caught a nice catch of hybrids and stripers. The fish are being caught on live herring fished behind planer boards and also on dowlines.
Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 – We were doing really well last Thursday and Friday, but the weather front shut down my fish. Finding the fish is not the problem. Getting them to bite is. We’re not catching many, but they are all nice fish. The Mark Wilson party, of Harlem, went out in two boats – mine and my friend, Buddy Edge’s. We struggled to catch eight to 10 fish each day, but Buddy’s party caught fish in the 10-15-pound class and one of a good 20-pounds-plus.
Danny Newton, of Hiltonia, Ga., and Terry Cato, of North Augusta, had great action. The fish were aggressive that day. They’d blow up on the surface so you could hear the strike and you didn’t have to watch the rods.
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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) (facebook.com/flyfishingnorthgeorgia) – Mountain trout season opens Saturday, and all of the public streams will be heavily stocked by the Georgia DNR. More than a million trout will be stocked by the state and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the end of this year.
Come on up with the family and enjoy some early season fishing. Best spots include Wildcat Creek at Lake Burton and Rocky Creek at the federal fish hatchery. The Toccoa River and the West Fork of the Chattooga River also are good spots.
Don’t forget: Anglers must have a valid state fishing license and a trout license. Daily limit is eight trout.
For more specific information, visit www.gofishgeorgia.com.
MERRY LAND BRICKYARD PONDS
Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, Gene Kirkland and Brantley Toomer, (706) 722-8263 – Bubba and Dana Koss won last Friday night’s bass tournament with 14.74 pounds. Mike Chapman and Chase Harmon were second with 13.36 pounds. Mike and Greg Leaptrotte were third with 5.7 pounds. Big fish weighed 3.60 pounds and was caught by the Kosses. Brickyards: Paul Wolfe and Michael Grubbs caught 12 bass on plastic worms in the Membership Pond. Oscar Frazier caught 41 crappies on minnows in the Ditch. John Cherrie caught 38 crappies of a pound or better in the Ditch on minnows. Jerry Skinner caught 39 crappies on minnows in the Membership Pond. Sammy Hogan caught 20 bass in the Membership Pond on plastic worms. Kevin Sizemore caught 14 carp, one of 13 pounds, in the Ditch on dough balls. Tommy and Sally Field caught 42 catfish on liver in the White Elephant Pond. William Browne caught 35 bream in the Shack Pond on worms. Lock and Dam: Michael, Stephen and Carson Simmons, 15, 10 and 7 years old, each caught three hybrids over 5 pounds up river. Michael Eastilette caught 17 catfish averaging 10 pounds on herring below the dam. Elana Mayberry 11, caught a limit of shad on Sabiki Rigs. Jesse and Jared Poston and Autumn caught and released 50 shad in two hours on pink grubs down river. Leonard Hutchinson caught eight stripers, one 20 pounds, down river on herring.
Ralph Goodison, Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530 – The big news is offshore, especially the Gulf Stream. We had a number of Fripp skippers take their boats out and come back with glowing reports of catching bull dolphin, wahoo and tuna. The redfish and sheepshead bites are still strong inshore.