Oddly enough, a fish’s bite can be really strong just before the system comes. Cold fronts don’t affect all fishing or all fish. Bradd Sasser told me earlier this week that charter captain Mark Crawford took out a party on Monday and caught a limit of mostly good-sized striped bass, fishing live herring on down lines. A friend took a guest fishing on the Savannah River at Betty’s Branch and only the capture of a few jacks (chain pickerel) saved the trip from being a washout.
He and the friend also fished “striper alley” down the Savannah River and never had the first strike on artificials and big minnows. Then they went to Thurmond Lake on Wednesday afternoon, only to be confronted by strong winds and whitecaps. They never saw a breaking fish in the mouth of Keg Creek.
There are some days when it’s best to stay home and read a good book. At the same time, most fishermen I know just enjoy being outdoors, fish or no fish. So it’s just a matter of choice.
• One of the fishing regulations passed jointly earlier this year by Georgia and South Carolina agencies noted that the daily limit of striped bass and hybrid bass or a combination of both remains at 10 for Thurmond and Hartwell lakes. But only three can be over 26 inches in length. The limit for trout is five and the white bass limit is 10. South Carolina’s new fishing laws for crappies and bream are different from Georgia’s. Anglers should get copies of each state’s fishing regulations and carefully read them to avoid embarrassment in the future.