Schools of large hybrids and striped bass have been surfacing in Keg Creek from below the power lines almost to the Highway 104 bridge.
The main action is during the afternoon hours and the pearl white Zoom Super Fluke fished weightless is one of the key lures. The fish also are schooling in Big Branch at Wildwood Park.
- Charles Calkins of Hephzibah was fishing Thurmond Lake out of the Lake Springs boat ramp earlier this month when a spinal cord injury from his military days flared up. "I was slipping on a pair of boots when my back went out and paralyzed me," he said. "I was able to holler and toot my truck's horn and some people nearby came to my assistance. They stretched me out on the boat ramp, called my friend, Bob Pitt, and an ambulance, and stayed with me. They also put my boat on the trailer and my equipment into the truck. I gave them the fish I'd caught. Bob took my boat and truck to Augusta Marine Superstore where they were kind enough to store it inside until I could collect it. I don't know who those fellows at Lake Springs were, but just wanted to convey my thanks to them. This is an injury that's recurred several times over the last 20 years."
- Friends of David Whyte, owner of Augusta Marine Superstore, are wishing him a speedy recovery from a recent illness.
STROM THURMOND LAKE
Raysville Marina, near Thomson, Ga. (Doug Pentecost, Leon Buffington) (706) 595-5582 - Mike Arrington of Lincolnton, Ga., and Junior Crowe of Raysville caught a limit of crappies on minnows. They're fishing the minnows about 15 feet down over deeper brush.
Capt. David Willard, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed full-time professional fishing guide specializing in hybrids and stripers and trophy largemouth bass. 410 Sprouse Road, Clarks Hill, SC 29821 (803) 637-6379 (crockettrocketstriperfishing .com) - Fall striper fishing has really been great this week, with water temperatures in the low 70s. Fish have been active from the surface to 40 feet. We've also caught white perch, largemouths and crappies. Wayne Peloquin gave his son, Gary, and friend, Skip Peterson, a fishing lesson. They kept 22 fish. Patrick and Teanna Williams brought their daughter, Erica, 12, son, Sean, 13, and Teanna's mother, Annie Price, 87, striper fishing. This was a special birthday present for Erica. It was her first time on the lake, but I'm sure it won't be the last as they enjoyed their trip and Erica caught her first striper five minutes after being on the water. Her favorite part, however, was driving the boat. Tommy Norris fished with son Chandler, friend Allen Knox and Westminster basketball coach Mark Tebbs and his son, Matt. We had a strong northwest wind and the fish were finicky, but they caught more than a dozen.
Ralph Barbee, professional guide specializing in hybrids, stripers and largemouth bass, (706) 860-7373, 957 Windmill Lane, Evans, GA. 30809 (Check out my web site at www.fishingwithralphbarbee.com) - I fished Wednesday morning and caught three bass. I fished a r-ounce Buckeye buzz bait with silver blade and clacker. I Super Glued on a pearl Super Fluke. I caught one fish on the Pencil Popper. My TV show features Capt. David Willard, Capt. William Sasser and I trolling umbrella rigs and using downriggers on the lake. We're showing techniques of trolling those rigs. The show airs each Saturday at 11 a.m., and each Sunday at 2 p.m. on My12TV, including Knology Ch. 7, Comcast Ch. 21, Charter Ch. 9 (Fort Gordon), G Force (Aiken) Ch. 7, Northland (Burke County, Statesboro, Swainsboro) Ch. 9.
Craig Johnson, professional guide specializing in largemouth bass, hybrid bass, striped bass. (706) 364-6437 - The early morning bass bite for me has been coming on a r-ounce Buckeye DH2 buzz bait fished around shallow grass (hydrilla). The key is to fish the lure slowly. After 10 a.m., main lake points are holding bass with a clear plastic Gunfish 95 or a clear plastic Zara Puppy among the top baits. I'm also catching nice fish on the No. 9 Risto Rap in the plum color on main lake rocky humps. The bite gets better in the afternoon. The spinnerbait bite has been off and on, mainly because of the wind. If it's calm, the top-water bite is best. If it's windy, stick with the Buckeye 2-ounce "Firecracker" spinnerbait. My Web site is www.professionalangler .com/CraigJohnson.htm.
Capt. William Sasser, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in crappies, hybrids and striped bass. (706) 589-5468 - This week, Bill Shaw of Grovetown, and John Williams and Donald Shaw of Jacksonville, N.C., fished with me in the backs of Lloyds and Grays creeks. The day was cold, but the fishing hot. We caught 30 crappies fishing minnows 20 feet down in 30 feet of water. Biggest fish caught by Donald weighed about 3 pounds. My VHF radio handle is Crappie Master and I can be reached on the lake on Channel 68.
Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional guide specializing in stripers and hybrids. (706) 833-4807 - I've had a very good week. Fish have been biting from Hawe Creek to Hickory Knob. I'm pulling blueback herring beneath planer boards back in the creek channels. John and Ruth Rogers of West Columbia, fished with me. She'd never caught a striper and her first fish was a 14-pounder. We caught 19 fish altogether. My VHF radio handle is Boat Racer and I can be reached on Channel 68. My Web site is www.fishlakethurmond.com.
New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam
Lock and Dam Bait and Tackle (Bob Baurle), (706) 793-8053 - A few fish are being caught here and there, bream, crappies and yellow perch. Mullet are still biting, too. Our river level is really low and sure wish we'd get some rain. They're catching some nice shellcrackers upriver. Crickets and red worms are top baits, with medium shiners the best bet for crappies and bass.
Harrison Sears (706) 722-8263 (www.brickyardponds.com) - Walter Whitehead caught 50 bream on worms in the Ditch. Jeff Bridges caught 16 crappies on minnows in the Ditch. J.C. Dicks and J.J. Dixon 5.83 pounds. Gene Moyer and Mike Craig had big fish of 4.10 pounds. Eight boats were in the field. Our weekly bass tournament will be held Saturday from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Cost is $20 per person.