Well, I was born and raised in PA, moved to TX in '76 and lived just outside Houston for the next 30 years. I taught history for 32 years and retired in '03. I guided on a ;lake down there and fished as many tournaments as I could fit into my schedule. After retirement I went fulltime as a guide and tournament fisherman...BASS, Everstart/Stren, TTT etc. well as most of you know, I am sure, fishing the pro tours for most simply means you are spending dollars and making dimes.
While at Amistad this past January for Stren, I received a call from the folks at Janus Research offering me a job. Without hesitation, I took the job. I now live in Harlem, just outside Augusta and help to write the history of the Global War On Terror for the Army.
I am trying to learn Clarks Hill since it is only 15 minutes away but between unpacking boxes and painting the house I have had little time to wet a line. Guess I will jump in and fish a few tourneys around here as a co-angler and let these guys teach me the lake!
I am jealous that you live so close to Clarks Hill lol Its a 3 hour ride for me. :sad01:
On bassmasters coverage of the latest clarks hill tourney they said that Clarks Hill was one of, if not THEE, best topwater bass fishery in the country. I found that to be an interesting statement but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I think nearly everytime I have been there (a whole whopping 6 or so times LOL) we'd always end up on one of the many buoy marked humps fishing topwater.
I find this lake (Clark's Hill) interesting. The blue herring come to the surface when it is SUNNY! That is the exact opposite of shad. So the bass are near the surface when it is sunny and not as much when it is cloudy. Strange.
BTW, if anyone taped or DVDed the BASS show on Clarks Hill I would love to have a copy. I was fishing that day and my friend's wife turned it off and we missed it.
Coach...........the same holds true for Carter's Lake, which is about an hour and a half to the east of me. It's just beyond Resaca.............and since you know about the Civil War, that name should ring a bell. ;D
During the spring and summer months, you can fish a topwater a good part of the day, especially on sunny days. The herring will move up, and stripers, white bass, crappies, largemouth and spotted bass will follow them.
Not sure if you would be interested in fishing Carter's or not, but it's a great lake to fish, and it's VERY deep. The deepest part my Dad and I found was over 500 ft., due to our depth finder stopping at 500 ft.
Another slick trick to try is to throw small crankbaits under the balls of herring. You will find that the bigger fish are down there waiting for a snack. If you can use a suspending model, or if you can modify a model to suspend, then you are guaranteed to catch fish.
Another thing that Dad and I did to catch fish on Carter's was to take a Renegade jighead with the steel wire guards, and to thread on Zoom Icicle 4" Dead Ringer. Zoom doesn't make the Dead Ringer in that color. The weight of the head was 1/4 oz., by the way. At any rate, you can cast these around the rocky areas (which is a lot of the lake) and especially around the marina on Carter's, and you will tear the crappies and the spotted bass up.
So, while Clark's Hill and Carter's might be different, those are a couple of things that you might try while fishing their. Not sure if the Hill is as clear as Carter's is................on Carter's, you can see 20-25 deep when we don't have a lot of run off due to rain, etc.
"Another slick trick to try is to throw small crankbaits under the balls of herring. You will find that the bigger fish are down there waiting for a snack. If you can use a suspending model, or if you can modify a model to suspend, then you are guaranteed to catch fish."
In Texas where I was guiding that was a favorite trick of mine. While other folks were messing around with junior, I was fishing below the shad looking for big momma.
My favorite crank bait for that is the Thunder Shad. Not sure most of you ave heard of them but they are a superior balsa bait. The top water series is a killer since it creates a wake like no other bait.
Yea, I have heard of them, and I am sure that most on here have also. Since Jared confirmed what I thought to be true, the things that I mentioned above should help out when fishing Clark's Hill.
I know that Aaron Martens likes to fish Clark's Hill, due to the fact that the time they ususually hit it when the post-spawn is coming around, and it turns into a pattern fishery. He has said that he's more comfortable fishing a lake that relies on patterns that are prevalent on several areas, instead of sight fishing, etc.
I will check out the cranks at ThunderShad and remind myself of what they look like.