Latest stocking was needed to replenish area around pond

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Fisheries biologists from the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division Thomson office on Thursday stocked 8,000 bluegill and 2,000 shellcracker fry into the Gordon Highway pond on the right as one heads out of Augusta. This is the pond offering easy access to fishermen along New Savannah Road.

The panfish joined 1,000 channel catfish stocked earlier. Next April, 1,000 largemouth bass will be stocked, according to East Central Georgia regional fisheries biologist Ed Bettross.

The fish are coming from the McDuffie Public Fishing Area hatchery near Dearing.

The stockings were necessary because a population survey on the pond a few months ago netted one 4-pound bass, a smallish catfish and little else.

Water quality on the pond on the left of the highway was poor, plus fishermen’s access to it isn’t easy. Be that as it may, sea gulls were seen diving into that pond earlier this week, while American egrets lined the banks. Nevertheless, there are no plans to restock that pond at the present time.

Fishermen need to be patient and give the little fish a chance to grow. Spring of 2014 ought to be the time to try your luck.

THURMOND LAKE

Raysville Marina (Leon Buffington and Doug Pentecost), (706) 595-5582 – Douglas Pentecost, Thomson, caught 10 crappies on jigs. Don Ginder, Raysville, caught a catfish and four crappies.

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 high 60s, the lake is clear and continuing to drop. I’ve had to reschedule several parties due to high winds, but good weather is predicted for this weekend. It is traditional for us to follow the fish up Little River towards Raysville this time of the year, with that area peaking around Thanksgiving. That may be difficult this year because there are a lot of trees sticking out of the water, the danger in those just beneath the surface you can’t see. We’re catching some nice hybrids and stripers in the 24- to 30-foot range, then moving into the shallows just before dark and catching some free-lining. Fishing should be good for the next couple of months.

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 – On Thursday, Susan and Tony Axson, their son Nathan, 6, and daughter Charlotte, 3, of Carlsbad, Calif., caught 32 fish. It was a Make a Wish Foundation trip set up by Mississippian George Taylor. “This is something I’ve been involved with over the years,” William Sasser said. “We took a group of 20 Doc Savage employees out on Saturday,” said Bradd Sasser. “We caught a nice mess of hybrids on the bottom in 30 to 35 feet up around South Carolina Little River.” Mark Crawford took out a group of Boral Brick employees and caught 11 stripers and hybrids in the backs of creek, fishing live herring beneath planer boards.

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Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 – I was in the deer woods when my friend, Buddy Edge, of Edgefield called and asked me to help with a party from the Charlotte, N.C., area. We found fish and caught the 2- to 4-pounders using live herring on downlines 20-24 feet. Danny and Joey Hopper and Allen Green had a great time on their trip. Check out my website at www.acestriperguide.com.

MERRY LAND

BRICKYARD PONDS

Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, Gene Kirkland, (706) 722-8263 – Military personnel and senior citizens can fish for half-price. If you’re handicapped, you can fish for free. Anyone fishing on Mondays and Tuesdays can fish for half-price. Contact the bait and tackle shop for details.

Brickyard report: Gary Edge and Mel Langston caught eight crappies and two catfish on minnows in the Membership Pond. Brandon Prickett and Josh Baggerly caught a bass, 48 crappies and one catfish in the Ditch on minnows. Joe Lewis caught six bass (7¾ pounds the biggest) in the Farm Pond on crank baits. Brandon and Adam Hutton caught 16 shellcrackers, seven crappies and three catfish in the Expressway Pond on crayfish, minnows and worms. Joseph Lopez caught three carp on dough balls in the Ditch. Biggest fish weighed more than 13 pounds.

Lock and dam: No report.

SAVANNAH, GA.

Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (www.missjudycharters.com.) P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, Ga. 31410-0771 – Trolling red-headed jigs rigged with green or white and chartreuse screwtail grubs in the tidal creeks resulted in a fine catch of spotted sea trout for one individual earlier this week. The redfish bite is red hot, too.


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