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.