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"The Southern Fishing Report"

By Ken Sturdivant

106 Hickory Ridge

770 889 2654

Cumming Georgia 30040

October 18, 2012


This Lake Lanier Bass report is from Jim Mathley Jimbo's Lake Lanier Service. 770 542 7764

Bass fishing has still been good, but has tailed off a bit in the last couple of days. The turnover is progressing in the lower lake in many areas. Active spotted bass can still be found relating to brush in 18 to 25 feet of water on points and humps, both on the main lake and in major creek mouths. There is also a contingency of fish in 25 to 40 feet in deep brush and around timber lines near key features such as points and humps. In general this week, we have been doing well on top water and swim baits. We have been running the shallower brush in 25 feet or less and pulling the fish up from the brush. The cloudy and windy days seem to be best for this pattern, as this past Sunday was off the charts. We had a 5 pound and a 6 pound spot contribute to a 20 pound plus sack that day in addition to several big stripers. We have been using a variety of swim baits to include the Sebile and the Tim Farley Bait. As far as the top water goes, we also have been using a variety of baits, but the Sammy and Gunfish have seemed to be best. In the mornings, a Davis Shaky Head with a Wackem Trick Stick in Green Pumpkin has produced some bites for us, as well as a brown jig with a twin-tail trailer. The active morning worm and jig fish seem to be a little shallower and can be found in 10 to 18 feet of water. Work a big jig or a drop shot in the deeper brush and timber lines on the sunny days, as the top water bite seems to suffer on those days. This is very atypical for Lanier, as normally the sunny days are the best for top water and moving baits. We are not sure exactly why this is happening, but it is the case for sure. As always, the Wackem plastics have been working well on the drop shot. Lanier Candy and LJ's Passion are great choices. Also look for fish to very soon start showing up in creek arms relating to bait suspended in the channel or ditch. A jerk bait or an Alabama Rig should work well on these fish when you find them. If you are looking for a largemouth bite, check the backs of creeks and throw some moving baits or top water early in the morning as well as a jig. I have the following dates left in October: 23, 26, 29, 30 and 31.

This Lake Lanier Striper report is from Captain Ken West and Captain Mike Maddalena of Big Fish On! Service 404 561 2564.

Striper fishing is fair. Lake turn over is in full swing, the fish moving and finding them is difficult. Get your free lines and planner boards out and focus on points half way back in the creeks. You can work the points with Herring and Trout on free lines and down rods, pitch Herring, or use Umbrella rigs. Your other option is to use your Lowrance electronics and graph points until you locate fish and then drop bait on them. Do not spend a lot of time on each point; use the "run and gun" technique to cover as much water as possible. The top water bite has not materialized. We are not sure one creek is better than any other but we have had luck in Chestatee Bay and the mouth of Flat in the past during turnover. There are also some fish on main lake points South of Browns Bridge. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

October 18, 2012


Bass fishing is slow as the temperatures have cooled. For numbers, move offshore the many humps and road beds with a jig, a jerk bait and drop shot rig. For your jigging spoon a ½ ounce white Hopkins spoon is working lifting it off the bottom with short hops. Use a drop shot rig and a Zoom green pumpkin Meathead on a number one hook. You will catch a lot of fish this way but do not look for size. To catch better fish use small shallow running crank baits and spinnerbaits covering a lot of water fishing any piece of wood you can find. As fish begin to pull up they are finding many of their favorite fall hotspots with less water. The key right now is finding the bait. Lake wide search as many pockets as you can look for shad schools. Once you have located bait there are many bait options that will produce depending on the conditions. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

October 18, 2012


This Lake Allatoona bass fishing report is bought to you Matt Driver

Bass fishing fair but the numbers are down. But the good news is the good quality fish 2 to 3 pound fish biting well. The best bait going is the swim bait and the spoon with an occasional fish on the spinnerbait. We still haven't seen any kind of fish migration into the creeks. We are still working the main lake areas mostly around the creek mouths. Most of the shad are still fairly deep in the main lake as well. Watch your sonar for the shad and the bass should be very close behind. We are catching them anywhere from 25 to 55 feet deep on the spoon.

This Lake Allatoona Fishing Guides Report has been brought to you exclusively by Robert Eidson of First Bite Guide Service. 770 827 628, 2

Line side fishing is fair and the northerner end of the lake has almost completed turnover. But the fish are not biting yet. The live bait bite is very slow and is better in the late afternoon. Jig spooning is catching decent numbers of white bass with a few Flatheads in the mix and maybe the most consisted Trolling the umbrella rig bite is probably the best over all bite if your looking for Hybrids and Stripers.. But look for these fish to be on the smaller size. This week we have been pulling our rigs 75 to 80 feet behind the boat on a 16 to 20 bottom. These fish are on the move. So make sure you cover a lot of water. We have caught fish as far north as the S-turns this week all the way south to the dam. The top water bite is dead. We have seen very limited amount of top water action this week. Most of this action are spotted bass. Look for the top water bite to pick up after the lake finishes turning over. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

October 18, 2012


Bass fishing is fair. A variety of baits are being used to catch fish. Try the Number Five Glass Shad Rap off any main lake rocky point. Also try the Ito Vision 110 along a drop off. The bigger bass are tight to wood cover that is near deep water. Look for lay downs that may still be in the water and use either a 1/4 to 3/8 ounce jig. Zoom lizards in either green pumpkin or watermelon color on a short Carolina rig will work. Add a little chartreuse to color up the tail and rig it weed less with a 1/8 ounce bullet weight. Be sure to check your line for frays or nicks often. Small one inch size shad can be seen along the rocky banks as the smaller bass and bluegills chase them up. Look for any heavy wood in these areas and fish it slow. Several casts from different angles might be necessary to trigger a strike. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

October 18, 2012


Bass fishing is fair and the 3/8 ounce white double leaf Stanley spinner bait and a good top water bait like a Thunder Dog or Skitter Walk will work. Have the Rattlin' Raps in both the 3/8 and 1/2 ounce size will be necessary. If the water is stained, use a Red Fire Crawdad color or the chartreuse shiner color. In clear water, the shad and blue shad are good choices. Wind blown points are still good producers mid lake. Ditches that run on the outer edges of the submerged grass are still holding fish as well. Jigs, worms and lizards along with Carolina Rigs or Texas rigs will work while picking apart the wood cover up in the rivers and even out on the main lake. Don't rely on one pattern to hold up all day long or for two days in a row. Versatility will be a must this week. Switching up baits and patterns will be important all day as the weather changes. On the cloudy days the fish will become more active. Fish the wind blown banks and points with Glass Shad Raps, DT6's and Rattlin' Raps. Find the rock and the bass will be close by. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

October 18, 2012


Bass fishing is fair and the nights are getting cooler and the water temperature is slowly dropping. Spotted bass are beginning to roam the banks and points a little more and chasing the small schools of Shad right up at the waters edge. Most of these bass are small in size and the shad are only about an inch to an inch and a half long. Top water baits are working really early in the morning and just before sunset and nothing in between. Tie on a Pop R in the shad or silver color. Cast it on the flats and on the sides of points for the best results. Carolina rigs with a small green pumpkin lizard on the points and around the ledges and submerged stumps are also working throughout the day. No reports of spinner baits yet this week. Other good baits to take along are Husky Jerks, DT10's and 6's and a variety of six inch plastic worms. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

October 18, 2012


Bass fishing is still barely fair and look off the main lake for the fish. In the heavy grass, use the Rattle Back black and blue or all black 1/2 ounce jig and a larger Pro Pork Trailer by Uncle Josh. Culprit red shad worms on a Texas rig is always a good lure on this lake. Use a larger Texas rigged worm on the grass beds. The faster moving baits will be best on the main river and Fat Free Shad in bright colors is the best bet. Fishing is better later each day as the water warms. After mid day, head to the river and use a spinner bait in the 1/2 ounce size and hit every stump in the shallow waters. Make a lot of short casts. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

October 18, 2012


Bass fishing is fair and start out in the backs of the creeks up lake early. Later each day on rocky points use crank baits in blues and shad colors. Add the old winter time lure the jig and pig combinations and head into the backs of the major creeks. It's worth it to find any warm water flowing into the creeks. The Bill Norman Little N is working in a stop and go retrieve and don't hesitate to cast this lure right into the trees blown over in the lake. Work this lure through the trees as slowly as possible and tick the lures off the tree limbs. the larger Stanley jigs in the 1/2 ounce sizes with brown, dark blue and black combinations. Add the larger Uncle Josh Pro pork trailer and work every limb with this lure as well. If there are any docks close by, be sure and work them very well. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

October 18, 2012


Bass fishing is good and a lot of bass have moved shallow to secondary points and humps and docks and some rip rap banks, some bass are showing up in the back of the coves and bays also. Crank baits and Carolina rigged soft plastics are catching fish. Spotted Bass are mostly on the points and humps, and most Large Mouth are being caught under docks and on rip rap banks on jigs and tube baits.

Striper fishing is fair and the smaller stripers and white bass are feeding on the surface in the flats all over the lake in the afternoons. They can be caught on small top water baits, small spoons, jigs and Tiny Traps or a Rooster Tail spinner.

Crappie fishing is great and the crappie are really starting to bite, stringers of 40-50 keepers are being brought in, with a lot of under size fish being caught also. The Crappie will only get better over the next few weeks. The Crappie are on creek and river channel ledges and in the flats in 12 to 16 feet of water on brush and stumps. Spider rigging with live minnows is the way to catch these Crappie. A few Crappie are being caught shooting docks with jigs. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

October 18, 2012


Bass fishing is fair and bass are being caught in Rocky Creek and Island Creek on Bitsy Flip Jigs black and blue with any small trailer. Target the grass beds on the south end of the lake with a Scrounger head Swimming jig with a Zoom Flute Jr. for both numbers and a good kicker fish or two. Main lake points from Little River Marina are holding fish that can be caught on a variety of crank baits, a few are #5 and #7 Shad Raps, Bomber flat A's, Suddeth Little Earls, and Bandit 200's. If your crank baits are not bouncing off something, like stumps, rocks, or the bottom, you won't get much action. Look for the jigging spoon bite to pick up usually after the Thanksgiving holiday on humps, road beds, and ledges on the south end of Sinclair. Be safe and environmentally conscious while on the water. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

October 18, 2012


Bass fishing is good. The lake is full and 71 to 75 degrees. The main lake is clear, lightly stained up the rivers. Start the day fishing a white Old Nelly buzz bait from the middle of the creeks and coves working your way to the back. After the sun gets up change over to a small crank bait. A number 7 shad rap in a shad pattern or a Rat L Trap in the same pattern fished around docks or any structure in these creeks or coves. A white Ol Nelly spinner bait fished in the same area will also draw a strike. Green pumpkin seed Zoom worms fished on a shaky head under docks in the back of the major creeks is working when Georgia Power is pulling water.

Lake Oconee Line Side report brought to you by Mark Smith at Reel Time Guide Service. 404-803-0741.

Line side fishing is fair to good. Use your Lowrance to locate school of Hybrids rooming the middle of the lake. When you find them drop a live bait down to them. Make sure to keep your live bait fresh to draw more strikes. Start your search in the river bend area of the lake. Some fish are showing up in the mouth of double branches. Trolling a Captain Mac's umbrella rig is another way to locate these schools.

Crappie fishing is very good. The crappie are staging in the mouths of the major creeks. Long lining and spider rigging are working well. Use your Lowrance to locate the schools in water from 10 to 30 feet deep. The fish are holding in water from 10 to 15 feet. Minnows, jigs, and jigs tipped with minnows are all working. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

October 18, 2012


Bass fishing is fair. At the dam try fishing the steeper banks with jigs and slow moving dark colored u-tale worms. White spinnerbaits are catching a few when thrown right up next to the bank and slow rolling it back. Up in the rivers, spinnerbaits and Rat L Traps thrown real close to deep water banks and utilizing a slow retrieve will be a good choice. Black or any dark color jigs worked close to cover is also producing a few good bites. Some or most of the bass are spots and small. Stay with the jig and work heavy cover in shallow water slow and good. Several casts might be necessary before the bass strike. Add a little scent every 6 to 10 casts. This always seems to work better in the heavy stained water. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

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