FLINT RIVER SHOAL BASS - CHATTAHOOCHEE STRIPERS
LARGEMOUTH BASS & BREAM LAKES - GAR & CARP
2013-14 Fishing Reports
Winter '13-14 - Weather and water flow have made striper fishing on the river tough this year, but we have managed to find a few. And even a few can make it a good day!
November 17 - Wes and Doug wanted to fish for shoal bass even though it was late in the season. It turned out to be a good idea as the shoalies were very cooperative.
May, June & July - Normally this is some of my busiest fishing time on the Flint. All the rain has made things difficult - when the river has dropped and the water clears up, the fishing has been excellent.
`Had some very good days and introduced some new anglers to the sport...
The bream have been eating good this year too. Here's a giant river shellcracker...
Even got my old friend Carl Warmouth out on the river for his first ever shoalie - about time after more than 10 years!
April 18 - It's been a good spring so far for the striped fish, even with up-and-down weather and water temps. With luck, this striper and hybrid fishing will remain strong for another couple of weeks at various spots up and down the central Chattahoochee.
April 13 - `Fished the Hooch in Columbus again today. On the water at 6 am and hooked up almost immediately. Water was running hard and these big fat hybrids continued to eat the fly (a flashtail Whistler) until almost 9:00 when the water dropped out and the sun lit the water.
The cool part of this fishery is that not only do the hybrid and stripes stack up, but this time of year the skipjack also move in on their spawning run. So when the stripes stop eating, it's time to switch off to a 3 wt rod and boat a few dozen of these miniature tarpon.
April 9 - Striper season been up and down this year with the water temperatures, but yesterday morn was like it's supposed to be. `Pulled up to the bottom of the shoals right at first light to the sight of big swirls and occasional slaps on the surface....
The Fly Fishing School
at Habersham Mill
Habersham Mill is a new mixed-use community being developed on the just south of Clarksville, Georgia on the Soque River. My long-time fishing friend Bob Cain is the architect behind the project and he has asked Jimmy Harris (Unicoi Outfitters) and I to head the fishing program.
This place is great - an amazing historic site that is being completely redesigned into a modern community. The site includes an incredible 50' falls literally beside the old mill. And the fish are big - see Jake on his first day at the mill below...
We will hold our first two-day school on March 29 and 30, 2014. The school is designed for novices or intermediate anglers, and includes some classroom and mucho fishing time.
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It's time to fish!
Though the stripers on the river have been tough this winter, the spring spawning season is fast approaching.
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