Anglers list a variety of lures as their all-time favorites

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A few weeks ago, I asked readers to tell me about their all-time favorite lure and why.

Carl Bogo e-mailed that he fishes the Savannah River more than Thurmond Lake and loves to fish the Beetle-Spin.

“I’ve caught bream, perch, bass, catfish and what the river is famous for – eel. Yep, I once caught one about two feet long.”

Larry Johnson, who likes to fish the Merry Land Brickyard Ponds, said one of his favorite lures was the (Heddon) Crazy Crawler. This is a lure that sported metal “wings” on both sides of its head.

“When I was a little boy, I would go fishing with my daddy and grandfather at the brickyard, We would fish it around bulrushes and willow trees. In the spring, the red-wing blackbirds would build their nests around that cover and we would cast the lure around them. When the baby birds took flight, they’d hit the water a few times.

“As you know, the Crazy Crawler looks like a baby bird wobbling across the water. The big sow bass would lie around and wait. When the lure started to move, its two ‘wings’ flapping, the bass would ‘destroy’ it.”

Rocky Stewart, of Wadley, Ga., said that “without a doubt, the best bass-catching lure I have is a 30-year-old bullfrog-colored Devil Horse.

“I use it first when I get on a pond early in the morning and last if I fish in the evening. On still water, nothing beats the anticipation of a strike of a largemouth bass on a Horse.

Bass have hit it as soon as it lands in the water after a few twitches, or even while being reeled in next to the boat. I have found it works well when the wind gets up a little and the water gets a little choppy, no matter what time of day.”

• The late Jack Wingate, of Bainbridge, Ga.; depth finder guru Carl Lowrance, of Tulsa, Okla., and west coast tournament fisherman Mike Folkestad, of Orange, Calif., were inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame last Friday. Legendary guide Wingate operated Lunker Lodge on Lake Seminole for many years.

Fishing Report

THURMOND LAKE

William Sasser’s Guide Service, (Capt. William Sasser, 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), (Bradd) (706) 267-4313, (Andrew) (803) 507-5083 – We were able to get in just a couple of trips in between inclement weather fronts last week. The lake has moved up, breaking the 321-foot mark (9 feet down) and water temperatures are hovering in the mid 50s. Plenty of downline hybrids are being caught at the 40-foot level off main channel points from Parksville to the dam on both Georgia and South Carolina sides. The most aggressive fish bite has come from daylight until 10 a.m., and then a steady bite continues throughout the day. The aggressive bite picks up again from 4 p.m. to shortly after dark. Some really nice stripers are being caught in Soap Creek and in South Carolina’s Little River, hitting gizzard shad and herring fished behind planer boards. Crappie fishing remains good, but depths vary from 15 feet to 30 feet down, depending upon how warm the day is. Expect them to get shallower as surface water temperatures heat up. Anglers enjoying their outings with us included Larry and Jane Trimble, of Aiken; Andy Kitchens, of North Augusta, and Jonathan and Tammy Burg, of Waynesboro, Ga.

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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/flyfishingnorth georgia) – Due to heavy rainfall this week, the better trout fishing has been on some of the high elevation creeks. Pink and red San Juan Worms are usually productive when rain has stained the water and this week was no exception. It’s also an excellent time to strip streamers from upstream and by doing so, it provides an opportunity to go after the bigger trout hiding under cut banks and logs.

MERRY LAND

BRICKYARD PONDS

Check-in station, 1408 Doug Barnard Parkway, Gene Kirkland, (706) 722-8263 – Plans are being made to hold a bowfishing tournament on the ponds. Anyone who has the knowledge of how to operate such an event is asked to call Gene Kirkland. Last Saturday’s bass tournament was postponed, but it will be held this week. The tournament runs from 7 to 11 a.m. Memberships are still available. See Gene for details.

Brickyard report: Paul Wolf caught 20 bass in two days in the Membership Pond on crank baits. Gene Simms caught 36 crappies and four bass in the Garden Pond on minnows and jigs. Brandon Prickett caught eight bass on plastic lizards and spinnerbaits in the White Elephant Pond. Helen and Kim Palmetto caught eight crappies, 12 catfish and one bass on minnows and worms in the Ditch.

Gil Murray caught 16 crappies, five catfish and three shellcrackers in the Expressway Pond on minnows and worms. Dale Shepard caught 48 crappies and two bass on minnows and jigs in the Cornell Pond. James Knight caught 16 catfish, three shellcrackers and a bass on worms and liver in the Expressway Pond. Roland Kirkland caught 53 crappies, one bass and three catfish on minnows in the Stick Pond.

Lock and Dam (Savannah River) report: Tyrone Davis caught three channel catfish – the biggest 12 pounds – on nightcrawlers. Claude Dailey caught eight shellcrackers, six crappies and two catfish on worms and minnows. Richard Curls caught two bass and a striper on spinnerbaits. Cecil and Debbie Lewis caught six bream, three shellcrackers and four crappies on minnows and worms. Sarah Johnson caught nine bream, two catfish and five shellcrackers on wax worms and liver.


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