Last week’s offer to send one of Albert Moody’s special lake fishing maps showing local place names generated response from 45 readers. I hope they all enjoy checking them out.
So when you see a place name mentioned on this page by one of the guides, you can go there, but it’s up to you to catch fish. The map doesn’t guarantee catches.
Gary Sonnedecker, one of the readers, was kind enough to point out that the white buoy marking the shallow hump in the mouth of Cherokee Creek is no longer in place. “You can see the clay bottom if you’re wearing Polarized sun glasses,” he wrote. The lake presently is hovering between 10 and 11 feet below normal pool, so it’s up to anyone piloting a boat to stay alert. Depthfinders are great instruments, but work only if you keep your eye on them. There are several models that have shallow depth alarms.
• Be sure to check out Tommy Dudley’s report in which he warns against using the Parksville, S.C., public boat ramp. There is nothing wrong with the ramp. It’s just that this is the time of year turkey vultures and other birds begin migrating and some have stopped over at Parksville.
Raysville Marina (Leon Buffington and Doug Pentecost), (706) 595-5582 – Jessie Dawson caught nine shellcrackers, 10 white perch, five catfish and limited out on crappies, fishing deeper water with minnows. William Hawkins caught 12 crappies fishing over brush in 15 feet of water with minnows.
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) – Water temperature is in the upper 80s, the lake is clear and continuing to fall. It’s been a great week despite the blistering hot weather and approaching full moon. We’re catching nice stripers and hybrids on live herring fishing 30 to 60 feet down. Trophy largemouth in the 4- to 6-pound class on the 24- to 30-foot humps. The areas around Parksville down to Little River, Georgia have been producing the best catches I’ve seen. The umbrella rigs as well as lures on downriggers at the appropriate depth range also have been producing fish. Breaking fish have subsided temporarily, but should start back in several days. The Boucher brothers, from Aiken – Jonah, Louis and Henry – caught a cooler full of stripers and hybrids on their first trip with me. It also was their first time to catch stripers and they had a blast. Kurt Swaylik and his sons, Brent, 10, and Karch, 13, from Grovetown, caught hybrids and stripers up to 8 pounds on an early morning trip. Both boys love to fish and it was their first striper experience. They said it would not be their last and are already planning a fall trip.
Billy Murphy, professional guide, with twins Brad and Jim (706) 733-0124 (Web site www.doubletroublefishingguides.com) – We had a great day on Wednesday trolling Capt. Mack’s 2-ounce, 9-jig umbrella rigs. The fish are stacked up in the river channels 40 to 60 feet down. So the rigs can reach that depth, I’ve added a 3-ounce sinker on the line and also using my electric trolling motor to pull the rigs at 1.5 mph in water ranging in depth from 55 to 108 feet. Ray Dowdy, of Harlem, Ga., and Larry Freeman, of Grovetown, limited out on fish 3 to 5 pounds. The bite is coming about 9 a.m.
William Sasser’s Guide Service, (Capt. William Sasser, Capt. Mark Crawford, Capt. Bradd Sasser, Capt. Andrew Tubbs, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed, full time professional guides specializing in crappies, hybrids and striped bass). (706) 589-5468 (William), (706) 373-8347 (Mark), (Bradd) (706) 267-4313, (Andrew) (803) 507-5083 – William: Early evening fishing has really turned on, starting about 4 p.m., and ending about 7. Limits of slab hybrids and 10- to 15-pound stripers are being caught downlining live herring 50 to 70 feet deep in 80 to 100 feet of water. Main channel points and the mouths of creeks are key spots. Morning fishing also remains successful with limits of larger hybrids being caught throughout Keg Creek, Georgia Little River in the Fort Gordon Recreation Area section and off underwater points in the Modoc, S.C., area. The morning fish are being caught from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., fishing live herring on the bottom in 60 to 70 feet of water. Live bait seems to be really holding up longer and producing some nice deep water fish. I believe this is partly because of the oxygenation system. Some of our clients who enjoyed catching limits of good fish this week included Britt, Liliana, Jordan and Kevin Irwin, of Martinez, with 10-year-old Kevin catching a 15-pound striper. Others were Steve Counts, of Atlanta, and Jimmy, James and Pamela Cannon, of Sylvania, Ga.
Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 – It got too hot too quick, especially when the wind died. We’re catching fish 8 to 20 pounds and the fish are coming from the deep water river channels. From what I saw this morning, the fish are scattered up and down the Savannah River channel. What might work today might not work tomorrow. Beware of the Parksville ramp. There were 50 buzzards hanging around and when I came out, my burgundy-colored truck had been bombed by buzzard poop. I’d just finished washing my truck when you called. Buzzards certainly have a place in the world, but not here. Check out my Web site: www.acestriperguide.com.
MERRY LAND BRICKYARD PONDS
Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, Gene Kirkland, (706 722-8263) – Brickyard report: Rufus Johnson caught 18 catfish and 22 bream on crickets and worms in the Expressway Pond. Wade Brown and Paul Finch caught 13 bream, 11 catfish and six crappies on minnows and worms in the Ditch. Chris Thomas and Jack Frank caught six bass, 20 crappies, seven catfish and six bream in the Ditch. They fished with worms and minnows. Linda Price and Jake Dukes caught 24 bream and seven catfish in the Shack Pond. Mel Langston and his wife, Sharon, caught 42 shellcrackers in the Garden Pond. Lock and Dam: Jason Stark caught a limit of bass, including redeyes, smallmouths and largemouths, fishing the Savannah River around Bettys Branch. He fished with Beetle Spins and Rapalas. Harry Skinner caught 30 crappies, 13 catfish and seven shellcrackers on minnows and worms. Jake Rice and Sam Shelly caught 50 mullet and 13 catfish with mullet worms and Louisiana pinks. Ben Thomas caught five stripers, the biggest 6 pounds, on live herring, and two catfish, one over 7 pounds.