Bobby Stanfill, of Greenwood, S.C. brought in a two-day, 10-bass limit weighing 33.30 pounds and squeaked past Woody Parks, of Lincolnton, Ga., to win the 47th annual Mr. Clark Hill Bass Fishing Championship last Saturday on Thurmond Lake.
It was Stanfill’s second title, having won with a record weight of 35.38 pounds in 2016. Parks’ fish weighed 33.13 pounds. In third was Brad Collins with 32.42 pounds.
Among the 188 bass fishermen in the field was defending champion Hampton Rowland, of Appling, Ga. He finished fourth with 30.71 pounds.
• In 1980, Larry Lesser opened Broadway Bait and Tackle, eventually moving to his current store on Broad Street next to the Augusta Canal. Today, the store is for sale. Bait and tackle stores are on the endangered species list because few of the stores sell worms and crickets, or offer fishing tackle repairs, or certified electric motor repair.
Lesser would prefer to sell the business and not just the building. “I’d even work on the tackle repair a few hours each week. I really hate to see Broadway close, but I am 66 and it’s time for me to sell.
Raysville Marina, Thomson, Ga. (706) 595-5582 – Kim Herndon reports Cliff Crowe caught eight crappies on Wednesday.
Capt. David Willard, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed, full-time professional fishing guide specializing in hybrids, striped bass and trophy largemouth bass (Boat phone (706) 214-0236. Residence (803) 637-6379. www.crockettrocketstriperfishing.com – Water temperatures are in the high 70s, thanks to a cool northeastern wind over the last several days. We might get a lake turnover which would be a good thing to take the fish out of the deepwater patterns. It has been a tough bite the last few weeks, at least for live bait fishermen. The bite was so light on Wednesday morning, we had to hold the rods in our hands to feel the fish hit. Once we figured it out, we started catching fish, but had a lot of misses. Once we get into the fall bite, the catch will be easier. You can check us out on Facebook at crockettrocketguideservice,
Capt. Billy Murphy, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed full-time professional fishing guide specializing in crappies, hybrids and striped bass. (706) 339-4784. – Cooler weather is turning on the fish. They are still in deep water unless they get the urge to school and chase bait fish to the surface. We’re still trolling Capt. Mack’s Umbrella Rigs and Mini Mack Rigs on lead core line, starting in 22 feet of water and eventually moving into 103 feet. Deepest we marked fish was 80 feet down. My son, Brad, and his son, Johnathan, went scouting for me this week. They left the boat ramp and prepared to troll when they found themselves surrounded by schooling fish. “Daddy, it was just like it used to be when we were kids,” he said. The fish stayed up more than an hour. They left that area and went to another to troll, but fish started to break the surface again. I asked my son, “Where were the schools?” He said he’d have to blindfold me before he’d take me to the area. The fish were schooling when we arrived and caught them on the Mini Mack rig, swim baits, lead-head Super Fluke and CC Spoons. By the way: To get the rigs down to the fish, I switched from my outboard to my trolling motor, running about 1.3 rpm and the lures are 40 to 60 feet down. Check out our photos on Facebook and our website (doubletroublefishingguides.com)
Capt. Eddie Mason, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed full-time professional fishing guide specializing in hybrid and striped bass. www.masonguideservice.com (803) 637-5395 or (cell phone) (706) 829-0428. – The lake and its environs are absolutely gorgeous this time of the year and we hope lots of people are enjoying them. Surface temperature is down just a bit at 79 degrees and the change has helped a little. On Oct. 9, old friends John and Carol Shafter and their friends, Derek and Michelle Skinner, all from Barney, Ga., joined us on the lake. Cooler water is helping keep blueback herring alive much longer and the fish are starting to gather into schools. The fish are still to be found on the humps and points near the main river channel as well as in creek mouths. We wound up with a good catch of hybrids, stripers and catfish.
Capt. Tommy Dudley, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed professional fishing guide specializing in hybrid and striped bass. (706) 833-4807. – I have seen lots of schooling activity from the Highway 378 bridge up the river. I also have been catching more catfish this year than ever before. My catch has been more than 50 percent catfish, no matter at what depth I’m fishing. I also have been seeing a lot of negative water flow, meaning the Russell Dam pumpback has been operating and sucking water out of our lake into Russell Lake. Get above the 378 bridge and watch which way the buoys are leaning. Whether that system is having a negative effect on our lake or fishing is something I don’t know. It’s been a strange year.
Carter and Hunter Morris, professional guides specializing in fly-fishing for mountain trout. www.flyfishingnorthgeorgia.com (706) 833-1083. Stephen Drane reporting – Not much has changed in the Toccoa River and elsewhere because of a lack of rain. We suggest you call the Cohutta Fishing Co., in Blue Ridge, Ga., for the latest conditions.
Numerous ponds offer good fishing for largemouth bass, bluegills, shellcrackers, crappies, catfish. Fees charged. Call (706) 722-8263 for more information.
Captain Ralph Goodison Jr., Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530 – The annual Fripp Island Inshore Fishing Tournament is this weekend and participants are likely to find their fish in a cooperative (biting) mood.. Red fish, spotted sea trout and black drum are still active. Just offshore are schools of Spanish mackerel. King mackerel remain plentiful in the Gulf Stream.
Miss Judy Charters, Capt. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (www.missjudycharters.com) P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, GA 31410-0771 – Next time you’re in Savannah to go fishing, here’s a new idea that will result in fish: Tie on a 4/0 or 5/0 wide gap fresh water worm hook, crimp on a quarter-ounce or 3/8-ounce weight just before the bend below the hook point and thread on a Z-Man 5-inch fluke in white or gold flake.
As you ease down a tidal creek, cast the lure close to the bank, let it fall, wait, twitch, reel a couple of turns, twitch and retrieve. It’s called “bank bumping.” And this natural delivery of a weedless lure really works.