Angler shares tips for catching catfish

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One of our readers who ordered a Moody fishing map likes to fish for catfish on Thurmond Lake and wanted to get some tips on how to find them.

Albert Moody, of Clarks Hill, S.C., loves to fish for the bewhiskered creatures and shared some of his expertise.

“I found one of the best places to catch catfish at night is to locate a flat near deep water,” he said. “When I used to shoot catfish with bow and arrow, I always found them in shallow water at night, but they will move to deep water during the daylight hours. Just make sure there is no aquatic weeds of any kind on the flats, although there can be stumps. Another good area is the big long points that jut into the channel. Again, make sure there is no hydrilla or other weeds where you’re fishing.”

Albert sometimes fishes out of his pontoon boat at night and, while he’s waiting on the fish to bite, he’ll cook up a meal for himself and guests on a portable grill.

Catfish baits vary, but it’s hard to beat cut up pieces of fresh blueback herring. Rooster liver also will work.

If you’re fishing the Merry Land Brickyard Ponds, one of the best places for catfish is the so-called White Elephant Pond. Rooster liver is the bait of choice for that pond, although I am sure cut shad will work, too.

• Requests for the Moody Map featuring local place names on the lower end of Thurmond Lake now total 76.

• The Clarks Hill Striper Club will hold a tournament Saturday out of the Dorn Boating and Fishing Complex in McCormick County, S.C. Tournament hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact member Ted Boileau at (706) 833-2417 for more information.

• The North Augusta Fishing Team will hold an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, at Vinny’s Pizzeria in North Augusta. The team is open to all area sixth through 12th graders who would like to participate in bass tournament fishing. Information on tryouts and the team plan for the year will be revealed, spokeswoman Jeanine Wilson said.

• Condolences to Thurmond Lake striper guide Buddy Edge, of Edgefield, S.C., and his family. His mother died Wednesday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

• The fisherman whose dog destroyed some of his fishing rods wants to let readers know that Cabela’s, the hunting and fishing emporium, eventually came to terms when it came to rod replacement. “It was a matter of contacting the right person,” he said.

Fishing Tips


Raysville Marina (Leon Buffington and Doug Pentecost), (706) 595-5582 –
 Debbie Percival caught 20 crappies and two bass on minnows under the boats. We need water!

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 for fishing. We have found some tremendous schools that are moving around. Sometimes they can be hard to find, but when we do locate them, we can limit out in just a few minutes. Most of the fish are running 40 to 60 feet deep, but we should start seeing some surface schooling activity at any time. The area around Parksville up to Shriver Creek are producing some good catches, as are the tree lines out from Fort Gordon Recreation Area. Larry Wendt had a great morning catching a limit before daylight. Keith Courtney, from north Georgia and a trout fishing guide on South Carolina’s Lake Jocassee, also had a great time catching a limit in less than two hours. He and I had a great time sharing guide stories. Keith usually night-fishes, snatching blueback herring with weighted treble hooks or using gold hooks. One can’t use a cast net on Jocassee. Then he and his party fish until a limit of trout is caught.

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), (706) 267-4313 (Bradd), (803) 507-5083 (Andrew) – Nice limits of slab hybrids in the 4- to 7-pound range and stripers in the 8- to 12-pound class are being caught in the morning along the main Savannah River channel between Bussey Point and Hamilton Branch in 90 to 100 feet of water. We are fishing between 60 and 80 feet down, using live herring. Umbrella rigs also have been producing nice catches of hybrids later in the morning in Keg Creek, fishing the rigs 50 to 60 feet deep. Good-sized stripers are being caught in Georgia Little River, fishing live herring above the submerged tree line near Ridge Road. Trick is to make sure the herring are lively. This week, Dave, Cassandra, Sedric and Landon Beachy and Matthew and Rachel Unruh, all of Louisville, Ga., caught hybrids 3 to 7 pounds. Other groups who enjoyed quality fishing included Veronica Dale and sons Cooper and Bryson, of Lexington, S.C.; Jennifer and Jamie Cummings, of Lexington; and Doug Wilder, Sam Wilder and Kevin Alley, all of Grovetown. For recent photos of our day-to-day catches, check us out on Facebook under William Sasser Guide Service.

Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 – My fish are located from Georgia Little River to right in front of the dam. I’m in deer camp now and started hunting on Wednesday, on opening day. I’m looking forward to fly-fishing on the pond on the plantation I’m hunting. Check out my Web site at www.acestriperguide.com.

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) – Hunter: With the end of summer in sight, we’re gearing up for the private trophy streams to reopen soon. Meanwhile, we will be fishing the Toccoa River almost exclusively for the next three to four weeks. That means a lot of float trips and the chance to drift through parts of the river that hold very large trout. These areas get fished far less than trout in areas where it’s easy to wade. We’ve been catching a good number of rainbows and browns in the 16- to 20-inch range and hooking up with even bigger fish occasionally.

Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, Gene Kirkland, (706 722-8263) – If you’re in the military, or are a senior citizen, you can fish for half-price. If you’re handicapped, you can fish for free. Contact the bait and tackle shop for details.

Brickyard report: Jerry Cankey and his two sons caught 25 catfish in the Front Ditch on shad. Paul Wolf caught five bass in the Membership Pond on plastic worms. Robbie Hendrick caught four bass in the Membership Pond on plastic worms. Roy Davis caught 15 shellcrackers and 25 bream in the Garden Pond on worms and crickets. Ed Hutchinson caught 15 catfish on liver. Lock and dam: Daryl Grimes caught 25 bream and three catfish on crickets and liver. Lon Smith caught 20 mullet on worms. Roy Higgins caught 25 catfish on cut bait down river.

Ralph Goodison, Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530 – The 22nd annual Fripp Island Kingfish Invitational Tournament, featuring a $5,000 payout, will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the marina. Entry fee is $250 per boat, with $60 per each additional person.

A captain’s meeting will be held from 6-7 p.m. Aug. 30, and a representative from each boat entered must attend. For more information, call (843) 838-1551.


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