Fishing Report: Waynesboro Loses Athlete Daniel

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My condolences to the family of Henry Daniel III, of Waynesboro, Georgia, who died recently. Henry was a member of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and its subsidiary, Clark Hill Bassmasters.

His main claim to fishing fame occurred on February 6, 1976, in an unnamed pond in the Ocala National Forest (Florida). While fishing with Porter Hall, a 21-year-old professional guide, Henry hooked and landed a 16.5-pound Florida bassmouth, at that time the largest bass caught in that area.

He brought the fish in a cooler to the meeting of his Bassmaster chapter, and then interviewed him in his office of Daniel Feed & Seed Co. My story was published on the open-air page The Sunday Chronicle-Herald. Another version was published later in the Bassmaster magazine, official publication of BASS.

He had the monster mounted, and was on display in his office.

A Florida bass captured in 1923 was the world record for the species. Frederick W. "Fritz" Freibel caught a 20-pound, 2-ounce fish in Big Fish Lake, near San Antonio, Florida. The record was eclipsed on June 2, 1932 when George W. Perry got a 22-pound, 4-ounce bass from Lake Montgomery in Telfair County, Georgia.

• The twelfth annual celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day in the north of the state of South Carolina in South Cove Park, on Lake Keowee, near Seneca, will include activities such as archaeological exhibits, archery, aerial rifles, camouflage games, fly tying and launching, kayaking on the lake and more All activities are free and all equipment is provided.

For instructions and more information, call the park at (864) 882-5250.

• The second annual Greenbrier High School Fishing Equipment Conservation Day will be held on Saturday, September 21 at Clarks Hill Marina, 4271 Old Lincolnton Road, Appling. The event is free for third through eighth grade students at Greenbrier, Riverside and Parkway elementary and middle schools, as well as for any third through eighth grade student in the central Savannah River area. Space is limited to 75.

The organizers said that a free cane and reel combo and a t-shirt will be given to each registered child. The Augusta Bass Club will sell raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes. Students will be taught fishing, navigation safety, knotting, throwing, rigging types and more.

To register, go to


Captain David Willard, a professional full-time fishing guide licensed by the US Coast Guard. UU. Specialized in hybrids, striped bass and black bass trophies. (Boat phone: (706) 214-0236. Residence: (803) 637-6379) – Surface temperatures have risen to the upper 80 and the lake is clear. We have had very good mornings catching marijuana, hybrids and many catfish. The oxygenation lines really help and our baits stay alive despite the hot water. Robert Oliver and his Waynesboro family had fun catching enough fish to fill a refrigerator. Matt Crosland and his family, visiting from Papua, New Guinea, enjoyed their first striped trip and the first time on the lake. They did well, fishing live herring 24 to 60 feet deep. You can consult us on Facebook at crockettrocketguideservice.

Capt. Billy Murphy, professional fishing guide licensed by the US Coast Guard UU. Specialized in crappies, hybrids and striped bass. (706) 339-4784. – We're still trolling at Captain Mack's umbrella platforms, but we've had to change a couple of things. Larger fish are deeper, so this week we have trolled a 3-ounce umbrella platform, a 2-ounce umbrella platform and the Mini Mack platform. The 2 and 3 ounce platforms caught up to five fish at a time. The water is 60 to 100 feet deep and we are fishing 40 to 60 feet deep. We still have broken hook problems. We caught 20 fish in total with a weight of 3 to 12 pounds. Fishing with me and my son, Brad, were Rick Robinson, his son, Richard, and his friend, Randy Ogletree, all from Harlem, Georgia.

Captain Eddie Mason, a full-time professional fishing guide licensed by the US Coast Guard UU. Specialized in hybrid and scratched bass. (803) 637-5395 or (706) 829-0428 (cell phone) – I have not moved from fishing from the oxygen lines to the dam, fishing herring alive 35 feet down on the humps and Main channel points. Last Friday, Bob Hegler sent some of his relatives in the area from Charleston to wait for Dorian. Clark and Olivia Hankins brought Jonathan Harter and Gaby Ramos. We limit ourselves with 40 large hybrids and markers and return to the pier at 10 a.m.

Guide service of William Sasser (Captains William Sasser, Bradd Sasser, each of the professional fishing guides licensed by the US Coast Guard specialized in crappies, hybrids and striped bass. For William: (706) 589- 5468. For Bradd: (706) 267-4313 Bradd: The hybrid striped sting has been as hot as the weather, it starts around dawn and lasts steadily throughout the morning.The fish hold humps from 35 to 40 feet deep in the canal.Good fishing has not been limited to a single area, but around Cherokee Creek to Modoc and Savannah River to Shriver Creek.The areas of South River Little River and Soap Creek have also been hot. Catfish has been absolutely amazing, while crappies are starting to move drop patterns. The best techniques are to catch glitter and pull insoles near submerged wood in 15 to 25 feet of water.


Carter and Hunter Morris, professional guides specialized in fly fishing for mountain trout, (706) 833-1083. Stephen Drane Report: Before the weekend, the Tennessee Valley Authority is expected to release more water, but specific release times will not be known until the previous day. The lack of rain has caused smaller mountain streams to become low and clear, so I think the best fishing will be in the Toccoa tail race this weekend. The showers are in the forecast. Cohutta Fishing Company in Blue Ridge, Georgia, always has the most up-to-date fishing report and can also help with fly selections.


Numerous ponds that offer good fishing for black bass, gills, nutcrackers, crappies, catfish. Fees charged. Call (706) 722-8263 for more information.


Captain Ralph Goodison Jr., Fripp Island, (843) 838-2530. – We were lucky in Fripp and, although there was some damage caused by the wind by Dorian, the storm came from the north and then from the northwest and at low tide, so we did not have the storm surge.

Not many people are fishing, but fishing is fair for red fish and trout, good for whiting and sheep and, near the coast, good for Spanish mackerel, black drum and black sea bass. No reports have been received abroad.


Miss Judy Charters, Cap. Judy Helmey, (912) 897-4921 (, P.O. Box 30771, Savannah, GA 31410-0771. – After crouching down for Dorian, I took a lifelong friend and touring musician Jefferson Fox for a quick catch session in the morning.

My log books were worth it and the fish were right where my records told me they would be. We sailed a lot of red fish, including the guardians and those who are not, and when that bite slowed, some flounder reached the refrigerator. Live shrimp was the ticket.

Jefferson was a guitar student of mine years ago and since he moved to Missouri, he has not engaged in saltwater fishing. We save Dorian's wrath, thank God.


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