Raysville Marina (Leon Buffington), (706) 595-5582 – Tina Torkkola, of Appling, Ga., caught 13¼ pounds of crappies and one catfish, all coming on minnows in our fish house. Pievre Lamkin, of Thomson, caught 30 crappies and 15 bream in the fish house on minnows and a white jig. William Hawkins and Greg Reeves, from Raysville, limited out on crappies on minnows.
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 – Water temperature is in the low 80s and the lake is clear on the lower end and muddy on the upper end. I had to reschedule many parties because of the rain, but the days we were able to get out we had some good trips. Jerry Shaffer, his son, Chris, and granddaughter Emma Jean, had a great morning catching stripers, hybrids, largemouths, flathead catfish and channel catfish. All of our fish were caught on live herring in the Parksville area 24 feet down.
Capt. Billy Murphy, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide, with twins Brad and Jim (706) 733-0124 (Web site www.doubletroublefishingguides.com) – It’s great to see the lake up to full pool, but inclement weather has kept us off the lake for most of the week. Since the water came up, I am having to move around to find the fish, which are scattered. They are moving off the humps into deeper water. Fishing with me last Saturday were Wayne Bland, of Augusta, and Ernie Thompson, from Watkinsville, Ga. Wayne caught the big fish of 8 pounds and a total of eight were caught, fishing live herring over deep points behind planer boards and free lines.
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), (706) 267-4313 (Bradd), (803) 507-5083 (Andrew) – Downline hybrids are finally the norm, meaning we can (almost) retire planer boards for a while. Surface temperatures have risen into the low 80s. Fishing from early morning until 10 a.m., has resulted in great catches of hybrids. Main channel points in 35 to 45 feet of water in the lower end of the lake are where to be. With temperatures rising so quickly, start looking for nice stripers and hybrids to be caught in 50 to 60 feet of water in the main channels. The evening bite has been picking up in Little River, Georgia from the mouth to Cherokee Creek in 45 to 50 feet of water along channel edges. Large stripers are coming from the upper end of the lake, being caught on live herring pulled behind planer boards in Russell and Pistol creeks. The crappie bite is staying strong from trees in 20 to 25 feet of water, fishing small shiners about 10 feet down. We enjoyed the company of the following anglers this past week: Richard Fender, Jordan Fender, Jarrod Fender, all of Evans; Lacey Autrey, Emily Massey, Bobby Massey, John Brendall and Nancy Autrey, all of Clover, S.C.; Mike Corry, Augusta; Trip Derryberry, Evans; Mark Stevens, Augusta; Solon Kao, Evans; Henry Ferguson, Haney Enam, Patrick Walker, Jeremy Haxson, all of Augusta, and William Klein, Evans. Check out our Facebook page for up-to-date pictures.
Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 – We had a group of 10 Armed Forces folks from Fort Gordon come out on an annual trip. Weather conditions were awful and I had second thoughts, but it was one of those times when the group got together, they had to go then. They braved all that wind, rain and tough conditions. We finally got over a bunch of fish, catching 46 big slab hybrids 4 to 8 pounds each and stripers 6 to 12 pounds. It was one of the best catches I’ve seen from this lake in a long time. Thanks to my friend, Capt. Buddy Edge, for providing his boat and self for the trip. Another trip later in the week featured kids. It’s also a lot of fun seeing little kids catching 10-pound stripers. That makes the trip worth going. The bigger fish and groups are coming out of ditches in 40 to 50 feet of water.
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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. Another bass tournament will be held on the ponds on Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m., under the direction of Gene Moyer (803 270-1580).
Brickyard report: Brad Senter caught six bass (6½) in the King Pond on a mystery lure. Tim Gagner caught seven bass (7½) in the Ditch on plastic worms. Joyce Moye caught seven crappies, eight bluegills and 14 catfish on worms and minnows in the Stick Pond. Bruce Hutto caught four bass on a spinnerbait in the Farm Pond. Jim and Cathy Lacey caught 14 shellcrackers, six bluegills and seven catfish on worms in the Mims Ponds. Lock and dam report: Bill and Sarah James caught 16 shellcrackers, 11 bream, one jack and two bass on worms and crickets. Jimmy Pitts and Jack Jones caught 28 mullet on mullet worms. James and Debra Tucker caught seven bream, four channel catfish and 16 mullet on pinks and mullet worms.
BEAUFORT, S.C. & VICINITY
Ralph Goodison, Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530 – Fishing has slowed because of an influx of many gallons of fresh water from Tropical Storm Andrea. Once the weather jells, look for good catches of redfish, whiting and flounder inshore. Offshore, the black sea bass season has opened, while fishing is on the upswing for blues, Spanish mackerel and cobia. Offshore in deep water, there is continued good fishing for dolphin, with kings and wahoo showing. Conditions this weekend look good.