Stick Marsh & Farm 13
Capt. George Welcome
November 3, 2005
Stick Marsh-Farm 13 - Freshwater Fishing Report
Wilma came and blew, but with no damage other than power outages we
pretty much functioned as normal. Not having electricity makes it very difficult
to keep the refrigerator cold, the batteries in the boat charged, and it makes
it downright impossible to post fishing reports. However, with limited power
from a generator we were able to keep the refrigerator cold, the boat charged
up, and get out to do some fishing.
Scott's reports for the last week:
10/30/2005: I meet Daniel True and
Corey Poirier, both local fishermen, at the ramp for a ½ day afternoon trip.
We headed to the Spillway and tied of on the pole. With the strong winds the
current was screaming so we had to move up to 1oz weights on our Carolina
rigs. Right around 2:45pm St. Johns came down and lowered the gate to three
feet which reduced the current significantly. Switching back to1/2oz weights
kept the bass biting. We headed back to the ramp at 3:00pm after catching
around 30 bass up to 6 pounds.
10/31/2005: I meet Don Willis at
the ramp at 6:00am and we headed to the Spillway. Tying to the pole we started
catching bass immediately. We noticed bass chasing shad but unfortunately they
were just out of reach. We did manage to convince a few bass to chase our chug
bugs. The bite started out with a bang but slowed as quickly as it started. We
were able to catch 33 bass including two bass over 7 pounds by the time we
called it a day at 2:30pm. All bass where caught on Carolina rigs, and swim
11/1/2005: I meet Don Willis for
another day of what we hoped would be an outstanding bass catching. Like
the day before the bass started biting right away and slowed down. The only
difference today was they just did not turn back on for us. By the time we
called it a day at 12:00pm we caught 15 bass with the largest bass weighing 5+
pounds. All bass where caught on Carolina rigged Senkos and 10” worms. I did
manage to catch a few on swim baits.
My trips for the last week:
Ron Buchwald and Dave Goyer are regulars and when they
come they do it a week at a time. They travel all the way from Oregon for the
big bass of the Marsh and this years trek turned into quite an adventure. Due
to arrive at the scheduled arrival of Wilma they changed their flight and trip
dates, but Wilma proved quite fickle and they arrived in Atlanta the day Wilma
knocked on our door. Once in Atlanta they found themselves stranded with no
guarantee of any flight out for the next few days. They were able to find a
car to rent, but luggage proved not as easy. Eventually they did get some
assistance and the luggage was found intact. The drive down was uneventful and
they called upon arrival ready to go fishing.
The first day out things were messy on the Marsh. The
spillway was loaded with grass and debris coming in and the rest of the lake
was chocolate brown. Eight hours of fishing proved difficult to say the least,
but we didn't go off skunked as six bass did cooperate.
The next day proved quite a bit better with the water in
the spillway a lot cleaner and the bass partaking of the Carolina rigged
Senkos. Ron managed a nice eight pound fish which was part of an excellent day
Subsequent days were repeats with both Ron and Dave
catching bass fairly regularly and adding some nice fish to remember until
their next trip. Carolina rigs and Senkos proved to be the best bait, for both
size and numbers
Their final day was, weather wise, projected to be the best. The forecast
called for chances of rain and thunderstorms. Skies were overcast, the wind
was light, but the bass were not advised of the conditions. The morning
started off excellent but as the hours passed the bite died. Unfortunately it
did not turn back on, so the last of the seven day trip proved to be the
second worse day of their quest.
Think upcoming spawn and you can see the potential for some real dynamic
fishing in the upcoming weeks. The water will clean up, the south end will
come alive, and the fish caught will be fat and healthy.
See you on the water. Say hi if you pass by.
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