09SepFirst Bite Guide Service. Line-side fishing is fair at best. The fish are scattered up and down in the water column out over the river channel. They are starting to bust topwater along with the white bass but — unlike the white bass which will stay up for 5-10 minutes at a time — hybrids and stripers are only staying up for seconds. Down-lining live bait is working fair off main lake points down south. Carry a lot of bait with you and change it frequently. Trolling is best for numbers. Most of the fish we caught this week came on Mack Farr umbrella rigs. Pull these rigs at 3.4 MPH 125 feet behind the boat. Have an umbrella rig retriever on board.
16JulFirst Bite Guide Service. Contact Robert by e-mail at email@example.com or call him at 770-827-6282 to catch stripers and hybrids! Linesides: Fishing this week has been outstanding. The down-line bite is in full swing and the Hybrids are just killing live bait right now. Our boats are having very good mornings right now. On most days we are seeing 20 – 50 fish per boat on half day trips. Shad is still out fishing shiners, but the shiner bite is probably the best we have seen in years. But with that being said, shad is still out-producing shiners 5 to 1. The better bite is on the south end of the lake. Stamp, Cooper Branch, Iron Hill, Red Top and Clark Creeks are all fishing well right now. There is also a bite mid-lake, but it just doesn’t compare to the bite on the south end. The trolling bite is also starting to pick up. It is hard to beat a Mack Farr 4 arm umbrella rig loaded with 9-1/2 oz jigs fished 100 feet out at 2.4 miles and hour. The topwater bite is also starting to get good early and then again right before sun down within sight of the dam. Fishing right now is as good as it gets on Lake Allatoona. Give us a call and book your family outing today.
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In The BeginningScott hit the Appalachian Trail from the southern terminus near Amicalola Falls State Park on May 27th at 5:56 AM. He hoped to run all the way to the northern end of the Trail in 43 days. One of his goals was to beat the previous “record” for speed hiking the AT, set by Jennifer Pharr Davis. Purists will insist that Jennifer Pharr Davis — the previous record holder for the fastest assisted hike — did not run the Appalachian Trail. She merely got up early every day and, with assistance from her team, walked all day and into the evening. Her final time, set in 2011, was a record for an assisted hike: 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. A few minutes over 1,115 hours, at a clip that was a fraction under two miles per walking hour. The AT was shorter back then, by seven miles or so. Most of us couldn’t walk around an air-conditioned indoor track that far that fast.
Along the WayScott wrenched his right knee and skronked his left quadrasomething while jogging the Trail somewhere in the Smoky Mountains. That slowed him down. You or I would probably still be on crutches and whining for more Diet Dr Pepper and Cheetos. Remember, Scott is not merely a person who doesn’t eat food that ever had eyes, he’s a vegan’s vegan. All his food is plant-based. I am not sure how beer fits in there … but it does. Toward the end, 50-mile days weren’t enough to guarantee he’d hit the tippy-top of Katahdin in time. He slept less — sometimes only an hour or two a night — and ran more. Beating his already slim stature and losing 20-pounds along the way. He never gave up running to finish the Trail faster than a lady who walked all the way. The doubts among Scott’s team weren’t make public, but there were many.
The End of the TrailWith thousands of Trail-happy followers watching his progress online — thanks to a nifty Delorme tracking device he wore — Scott hustled up Maine’s highest hill and kissed the sign on top just after 2 PM on Sunday, July 12, 2015. The new record? The first reports were 46 days, 8 hours and 8 minutes, but now they’re calling it 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes. Scott made the entire trip in 1,112 hours and change. He averaged a fraction under two miles per hour running the Trail.
Congratulations to Scott’s TeamScott Jurek is one of the world’s most famous insanely-long-distance and endurance runners. This jaunt was almost beyond his crazy skills. No doubt others are planning to “beat his record.” What will they lack that helped Scott reach victory? Jenny, Scott’s wife, and his amazing team. Great victories are won by great teams.
Reflections on the Feats of Scott Jurek & Jennifer Pharr DavisThe euphoric highs are fading from those of us who followed Scott Jurek to the summit of Katahdin at 2 PM on Sunday, July 12, 2015, when he set the new fastest known time for thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Writers commenting on Scott the Ultrarunner’s victory are reaching new levels of irrational exuberance. Many are writing that Scott “shattered” the previous record, set by Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2011. As amazing as Scott is, was or ever might be … he did not shatter Jennifer’s record. He beat it. Scott hiked seven or eight additional miles than Jennifer. He won the race, if there was one.
I Hate Math But Let’s Do It AnywayThere are 24 hours in each day. Scott ran for 46 days, so that’s 1,104 hours. He then ran for eight hours more, for a total of 1,112 total hours. From one end of the Appalachian Trail to the other. Stunning, huh? Scott summited the highest peak in Maine three hours faster than Jennifer’s time of 1,115 hours or so in 2011. To figure out how many percent faster Scott ran than Jennifer walked, we divide 3 (hours) by 1,112 (hours). The answer is .0027%. Scott’s time (correct me if I am wrong, Math Majors) was 27-thousands of a percent quicker than Jennifer’s. Doesn’t mean Scott didn’t win. It does mean he didn’t come anywhere near “shattering” anything but his body trying to run the length of the Appalachian Trail.
Full DisclosureI have two adult daughters who could be anything they want to be. I have two young granddaughters who can be anything they want to be. Girls rule … at least as well as my fellow men. To me, the body-crunching sacrifices that Scott and his team endured and overcame by running the whole dang Appalachian Trail could hardly be overestimated. Scott ran all day … and many nights … to earn his place in AT history. No doubt. No exceptions. The dad and grampa in me prefer Jennifer’s accomplishment. My professional writer side is still celebrating for Scott and his team. Jennifer Pharr Davis earned the previous honor by getting up early each day, walking all day and into the evening, and getting up to do it all over again the next day. Jennifer’s endurance and her amazing team, including her husband Brew, earned their place in history too. Two separate victories. Two separate people. Two separate teams. Both exemplify what it takes to endure the Trail — at any speed. Pardon me for forgetting the source of this quote, but a fellow on Scott’s team said something like, “The Trail kicked our butts all the way.” The Trail does that. Starting with the insane stairs to the Approach Trail to Springer, or the insane climb to the top of Katahdin to begin a southbound hike. There’s room for both Jennifer’s record and for Scott’s record too. There’s room for us all on the Appalachian Trail. In my mind and heart, Scott did not break or shatter Jennifer’s record. He simply set a new mark. One that young Trail Slingers are strapping on their packs to beat as you read this. Cheers to the spouses of our heroes of the Trail: Brew and Jenny. You’re the ones I want to thank. I loved what Jennifer says about all this. Read it here. Hike your own hike. Go at your own pace. Don’t freak out if somebody hikes it differently or if someone tells you to hike differently. Hit the Trail and hike it any way you’d like, even you’re only a legend in your mind and mine.
The Tale of Two Oysters and the Pearls They ProduceTheirs is a love story, replete with tragedy, the defeat of seemingly impossible obstacles, triumphs over adversity and joyful endurance. William Stephen and Shannen Oyster melded their lives 21-years ago. They’re still together in 2015. Shannen is the muse. Bill is the artist, seeking mastery of creating (ready?) bamboo fly rods – glorious, precious pearls that fetch great prices. Their story is the stuff of fairy tales. I love it.
The Sand in the GlandEver had something fly into your eye? It’s aggravating. Trying to remove it can cause damage to a sensitive gland. Pearls, as you may know, develop when a fleck of sand aggravates the glands of an oyster. From HowStuffWorks.com:
As the oyster grows in size, its shell must also grow. The mantle is an organ that produces the oyster’s shell, using minerals from the oyster’s food. The material created by the mantle is called nacre. Nacre lines the inside of the shell. The formation of a natural pearl begins when a foreign substance slips into the oyster between the mantle and the shell, which irritates the mantle. It’s kind of like the oyster getting a splinter. The oyster’s natural reaction is to cover up that irritant to protect itself. The mantle covers the irritant with layers of the same nacre substance that is used to create the shell. This eventually forms a pearl.
Broken Bones ~ Broken DreamsBack in the early 1990s, Bill lived in Athens, GA. He was a professional bicycle racer in pursuit of a place on the American Olympic team in 1996. He had the skills, talent and perseverance to attain that lofty goal … until a piece of sand embedded itself in the eye of Bill’s hopes and dreams. Shannen described it to me as a wreck on a mountain bike that “broke the left side of [Bill’s] body.” Gone were the dreams of Olympic competition and the quest for gold in a sport and career where Bill sacrificially invested so much of his life. There was no yellow brick road back to racing bikes.
The Pearl Begins to FormBill’s therapy for unbreaking the left side of his body included physical movement and relaxation. To heal, Bill began fishing with a fly rod. The pearl in Mister Oyster began to form. Fly fishing, according to Wikipedia, is
an angling method in which an artificial “fly” is used to catch fish. The fly is casted using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or “lure” requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting.Fly fishing is an art. For some gentlemen, it is perceived as a skill that cannot be purchased, inherited, granted by dignitaries or won by lottery. Man against bamboo … and wily fish. Bill taught himself to fly fish. After that, he used the same tenacity to delve into the art of creating bamboo fly rods. Fly rods can be prohibitively expensive. Bill decided to make his own. His skills flourished in what Shannen calls “a guarded art,” one where the secrets of the trade were not shared openly or freely.
That was then, this is now.Stories of olden trials are so common our eyes roll when we hear one coming. Losers define themselves by ancient defeats and writhe in the self-inflicted pain of self-pity, a worse fate than most troubles. Others shake them off, wave goodbye to the past and trek into the future. The path taken by The Oysters. How much of his previous travails did Bill regale in our time together? None, until someone else broached the subject. Bill quickly reentered the present, with an eye on the future.
Jewels from OystersToday, Bill is renowned for creating some of the most magnificent pearls of fishing: the Oyster Bamboo Fly Rod. Even that wasn’t enough for Bill. So, he became a student of elaborate engraving, to especially personalize his finest work. My dad used to tell me “if you have to ask how much something costs, you can’t afford it.” That’s the truth, in lieu of the trap of credit, but I asked anyway. How much are Bill’s works of art? Right. You and I cannot afford them. Bill Oyster has a Plan B for those who desire an exquisitely functional fly rod: allow him to teach you to make your own! Classes are held at their shop in truly beautiful Blue Ridge, Georgia. Need a place to stay nearby? How about upstairs from their intriguing shop. Wondering where to test your gear? Guides to world-class trout streams are on call. How popular are these six-day Make Your Own Rod workshops? As of June 2015, the next openings are in eight months; April of 2016 is full, and May has three spots left. The cost? Just under $1,800, subject to change, for:
- Six days of instruction by Bill Oyster
- Students choose any length or line weight they desire
- Students customize all cosmetic options from reel seat, to thread wraps and cane tone.
- All tools, components, hardware, and materials provided
- No experience necessary
- Rod bag and tube included
- Take home a complete bamboo rod you made yourself!
The Risk of Visiting the OystersVisit Bill and Shannen at your own risk. Not only might you find a new hobby or art, you might not even go home again. If you don’t believe me, just ask the shop manager at Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods. He was like you, once upon a time. Riley Gudakunst and his dad traveled from Michigan in 2009 to learn from the Oysters and study a new craft. Blue Ridge has been Riley’s home ever since. He didn’t just drink the Oyster Kool-Aid, he mixes batches for new generations of followers who, like him, took a simple sip and got hooked on making fly rods. The best fly rods. Works of art that work artfully.
Lessons from The OystersShannen Oyster’s passion for their venture is only matched by Bill’s artistry. They began the business “to be together.” Their love for one another and their passion for their mutual mission is a lustrous pearl best appreciated in person.
Visit The Oysters.Watch them work. Delight yourself in their passion. Listen to Shannen preach about how your personal path to expressing your art, no matter the obstacles, is “do able!” Please don’t let your eyes roll as she encourages artists to do what they love, trusting the money will follow. As it did for them. The tasteful brochures used to reel customers in to Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods have quotes from world leaders and references to former presidents who own Oyster rods. Very impressive, indeed. Another quote comes to mind, one from King Solomon, the most wise man ever: “Do you see a man who is skilled in his work? He will stand before kings, he will not stand before obscure men.” Enjoy meeting the Oysters and take home one of their pearls. Or simply be inspired to tackle your own dreams and see where life and hard work will take you, if you can make lemonade out of life’s lemons or pearls out of broken bones. Just don’t be surprised if you don’t make it home in time for dinner … or Christmas.
Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods Contact InfoAddress: 494 E. Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Phone: 706-374-4239
Then!!! Following the event, riders and fans will head over to Downtown Acworth for the Wakeboard Block Party from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m for even more live music, great food, and fun! Yes, Pro Wakeboarders will be present signing autographs and participating in all the festivities. There will be limited parking available at Dallas Landing Park during the event, however, free shuttles will be running from Downtown Acworth save you from walking a bazillion miles. We’re grateful to the Acworth Tourism Bureau Authority, the Acworth Downtown Development Authority and the City of Acworth for presenting such fabulous events to the Lake Allatoona community.
05Maytrout season never ends! Beginning April 21, 2015, state trout streams will remain open all year long, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “The Board of Natural Resources recently approved the lifting of seasonal restrictions on approximately 1,600 miles of trout waters,” said Fisheries Section Chief of the Wildlife Resources Division John Biagi. He continued, “This decision, which initiated as something that anglers had been requesting for many years, comes after many months of research and analysis and extensive public outreach and we anticipate that trout anglers will eagerly welcome this additional time on the water.” This change in trout fishing regulations only eliminates the dates of what was known as trout season. “We are grateful for all the feedback received during the public outreach process. We sought input from anglers through public meetings and surveys and worked closely with trout conservation groups to ensure that we had support of this decision,” said Biagi. “We feel confident that this change will not negatively impact trout populations, but given the fact that our agency is charged with conserving and managing the wild trout resources of Georgia, we will continue to monitor wild trout stream populations as we have for decades and will respond accordingly to any changes.” Anglers are reminded to respect private property rights along streams flowing through private lands and to obtain permission before fishing on private property. The daily limit is eight trout on general regulation trout waters. Anglers must possess a current Georgia fishing license and a trout license to fish in designated trout waters and to fish for or possess trout. Anglers must also possess a wildlife management area license or Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass (GORP) in order to fish on certain WMAs.
23AprFirst Bite Guide Service. Contact Robert by e-mail at email@example.com or call him at 770-827-6282 to catch stripers and hybrids! Lines-sides fishing is Good, despite the rising water from the recent rains. The lake is stained on both ends. Debris is a real concern all over the lake right now so please be careful. The good news is the fish are biting and can be caught almost anywhere on the lake right now. The Hybrids have started their spawn runs up both the Etowah and Little River. It has slowed down due to the recent rains. However, it should get much better as the water starts to clear. Most of the fish that are being caught are already spawn out. The river bite should stay decent into the middle of May. The main lake is also fishing well. The fish that are returning out of the rivers are starting to school up from the Little River Bridge up to the delta, and from the S-Turns to Kelloggs Creek. There is also a decent south end bite going on right now from Iron Hill to the bay out in from of 3rd Army. The fish on the main lake are up in the water column and are very hard to mark on 2 D sonar. If you have a Lowrance with side-scan, you can locate these fish by running your side scan setting on 60 feet on both sides. These have been working Great for me on my Lowrance 12 in Touch. If you don’t have side scan, the best way to find these fish is to put out a spread of planer boards and free lines and pull the banks and open water until you get bit. Planner boards and freeing live shad on the main lake has been our best bite. That’s accounting for at least 95% of our catch on both Lake Allatoona and Carters Lake. Small- to middle-size gizzard shad and thread fins have been the ticket. If throwing the net isn’t your cup of tea, Striper Soup Bait and Tackle in Acworth has plenty on hand. I was in there earlier this week and the amount of bait in their tanks where very impressive. Trolling has been decent but should get really good once the water temperature hits 70 degrees and the lake starts to clear. Over all the bite on Allatoona is very good for almost the entire lake. Spring is and awesome time to be on the water. Grab the kids give us a call at 770 827-6282 and let’s go fishing.
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15AprFirst Bite Guide Service. Contact Robert by e-mail at email@example.com or call him at 770-827-6282 to catch stripers and hybrids! Spring has arrived and the bite is starting to get good! The rivers are really starting to show signs of life. The white bass are at the end of their run and the Hybrids and Stripers are starting their spawn migration run up both rivers. The lake is still fishing well, there is still a lot of fish in the main lake. For people like me that do feel comfortable in skinning water this is great news. Please Note: According to our friend Captain Eidson “skinning water” — the shallow headwaters of the river where it’s only 2-3 feet deep, for example – “eats fiberglass” on boats. Thread Fin shad has been the bait of choice both on the rivers and on the main lake. Planer boards and Freelines are working best on the main lake fished in the mouth of the creeks, along with small pockets off the main lake. The river bite is basically the same. But add a couple of cut bait lines with your spread. Fishing should hit its peak in the next week. Grab the kids and hit the water. Call me and we’ll catch you some fish! This week’s Lake Allatoona Fishing Report is brought to you by Robert Eidson’s First Bite Guide Service.
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Best Places for Catching Striped Bass
- Lake Lanier: Right now, anglers should concentrate on the upper half of the reservoir and creek arms scattered around the entire lake. The points in Flat and Balus Creeks, Thompson and Wahoo Creeks as well as main lake points in the Chattahoochee River from Laurel Park to Clarks Bridge are seasonal favorites. Anglers should target stained (muddy) water on the north end of the lake which offer slightly warmer water temperatures that trigger striped bass feeding activity on shad and blueback herring. If water temperatures are below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, stripers go after smaller baitfish so anglers should switch to lighter line (8-pound line), smaller hooks and smaller bait when down-lining and free-lining.
- Clarks Hill Lake: Clarks Hill is annually stocked and has an abundant baitfish population, including threadfin shad, gizzard shad and blueback herring. Target the Little River arm or major points in the lower third of the lake.
- Lake Oconee: Target major creek arms, such as Lick, Sugar and Richland creeks, and then the deeper water near Wallace Dam.
- Lake Richard B Russell: Anglers should target large creek arms, such as Beaverdam Creek, the upper reaches of the Savannah River and the deeper water around the dam.
- Bartlett’s Ferry Lake: Striped bass have been annually stocked in this lake since 1992 to support the Gulf-strain striped bass recovery in the Apalachicola River System. Anglers should target the dam during winter, and during periods of power generation at West Point Lake and the Crow Hop/Riverview Dam area. Favorite baits include spoons, bucktail jigs and popping corks with trailing jigs.
- West Point Lake: Fishing with live shad is the most effective way of catching line sides on this lake. Jigs and spoons also work well. Concentrate efforts around the dam and deep channels during the cool months.
- Lake Juliette: Many anglers concentrate efforts near the pump discharge located just above the dam. Successful methods include trolling creek channels during the cooler months, and drifting or fishing on the bottom with live or cut shad.
- Chattahoochee and Flint rivers (Early, Dougherty and Worth counties): Anglers should try the Chattahoochee River just below Columbia Dam in Early County and on the Flint River below Lake Worth near Albany and Lake Blackshear where fish tend to be more active during hydroelectric operations from Warwick Dam.
- Coosa River: Spawning-run stripers will pour into the river over the next few months on their annual migration from Lake Weiss. Live, cut or artificial baits can entice 5-30 pound stripers from the river’s murky waters. The Lock and Dam Park and downtown Rome areas of the river are typical hot spots.
14MarWMA Hunting Opportunities Georgia offers excellent turkey hunting on several wildlife management areas. Through the WMA system, resident hunters have access to nearly one million acres of prime hunting land for just $19 a year. These WMAs have traditionally higher turkey season success rates:
- Northwest: Berry College and Paulding Forest WMAs
- Northeast: Lake Russell and Dawson Forest WMAs
- West Central: Clybel and Rum Creek WMAs
- East Central: Di-Lane and Tuckahoe WMAs
- Southeast: Griffin Ridge and Sansavilla WMAs
- Middle: Moody Forest and Horse Creek WMAs
- Southwest: River Creek and Chickasawhatchee WMAs