Live From The Field

This is the first in a series of member-filed Fishing Reports. Contact Joe Tyson to join the list of folks who can file these reports from their phones.

Fishing Report

3 nice large mouth bass, jumpers, lagoon 24 right of main gate on red green sparkle 6 inch worms, wacky rig, circle hook, 3pm. 5/9/16. Will get closer picture so they look bigger next time. Bob Kulp

Chuck Smith and Sons 2016 Fly Fishing Trip

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 1.54.31 PMChuck Smith, life member of CCA and director of development, volunteer coordinator and special projects director  for the Skidaway Chapter took his three sons fly fishing on the Green River below the Flaming Gorge Dam near Dutch John, Utah in late April. This is the 21st annual trip for Chuck and his sons, and … to be continued

The Invisible Threat- Article from Mar-Apr TIDE Magazine

By Chester Moore, Jr. TIDE March/April 2016

As the water warms up, be aware of the little bug with a big bite. It is the most insidious threat facing coastal anglers in the United States. With a death rate of up to 30 percent, this force is not only deadly but is invisible to the naked eye. It is Vibrio , a bacteria that thrives in saltwater and annually catches numerous anglers by surprise in terrifying fashion. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Continue reading “The Invisible Threat- Article from Mar-Apr TIDE Magazine”

Good News for Georgia Coastal Habitat

State moves to ramp up funding for marine habitat
House of Representatives approves measure to direct
new license tag funding to Georgia coast

ATLANTA, GA – A measure carried by Rep. Alex Attwood (St. Simons) to strengthen the state wildlife license tag program was approved by the House last week and now needs only the companion bill carried by Sen. Ben Watson (Savannah) to pass the Senate to open the door for additional funding of coastal habitat projects. Coastal Conservation Association Georgia is the sponsor for HB 736 and has high hopes for the potential of the legislation. “We are truly grateful to Rep. Attwood and Sen. Watson for their work on behalf of recreational angling and our marine resources. HB 736 will ensure that the wildlife license tag program will be able to grow and sustain itself far into the future,” said Brooks Binder, chairman of CCA Georgia’s Government Relations Committee. “We have a great opportunity to provide our citizens, particularly those with an interest in our coastal area, with a new wildlife tag to provide voluntary funding for marine habitat conservation, restoration, and enhancement.” HB 736 will be a simple amendment to the existing program to direct $19 of every wildlife tag to a restricted fund administered by the Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, $1 paid to the local tag-issuing authority, and $5 to the General Fund. The Marine Habitat Conservation Fund administered by CRD would be used exclusively for projects to restore and enhance marine habitats through oyster reef creation, construction of manmade reefs along the shorelines of tidal rivers and creeks, and construction of manmade reefs in the Atlantic Ocean.

In addition to providing habitat for aquatic species, these projects also provide nursery and foraging areas of many reptile, bird and mammal species. Oyster reefs also help stabilize shorelines protecting them from the effects of storm erosion. None of the restricted funds will be used for administrative, overhead or salary costs. “We believe that the marine habitat conservation tag is a great opportunity to enact smart public policy that does not require any new tax revenue or allocation of existing tax revenue from other programs,” said Binder. If all goes well and the coastal license tag becomes reality, CCA Georgia is ready with a recommendation for what the image on the tag should be. “The red drum is Georgia’s state saltwater fish and was given gamefish status by CCA Georgia efforts with the Georgia Legislature a few years ago,” said Binder. “Given the popularity of this species with anglers and its reliance of the marine habitats to be conserved by the funds generated by this tag, we think that this iconic fish would be a fantastic candidate for the first coastal tag.” ### BROOKS SCHOEN bsgofish@gmail.com 404-786-1626 M

CCA March 8th Seminar – Walter Hopkins and Chad Dubose of Rivers & Glen Trading Company

CCA – March Meeting & Seminar – March 14th – (Correction NOT March 8) 

The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Skidaway will present an introduction to fly fishing at the March meeting and seminar to be held on Monday, March 14, at St. Peter’s Church beginning at 7:00 pm.  Walter Hopkins and Chad Dubose of Rivers & Glen Trading Company will be the featured speakers.

Walter and Chad will give attendees an overview of fly-fishing knots, casting, flies for fishing for coastal gamefish and fishing the lagoons in The Landings, as well as a complete rundown of the tackle needed, such as fly rods, reels, line, tools, and accessories.

Walker Hopkins is the owner of Rivers & Glen Trading Co. with locations in downtown Savannah and Augusta, Ga.  His two passions are golf and fly fishing, having over 20 years of fly-fishing experience in the Rocky Mountains West, Patagonia, and most of the Southeast.  He truly enjoys showing others his love and passion for fishing, whether salt or freshwater.

Chad DuBose is the manager of Rivers & Glen in its Savannah location.  He has been a fly- fishing guide in Montana for the summer season, and 2016 will be his 6th year guiding in there, following a winter spent guiding in Patagonia.  Having also fished Canada and too many states in the US to count, there are not many weeks in the year Chad is not on the water.

A fly-casting rod from Rivers & Glen will be the March raffle prize for attendees.

CCA is a non-profit organization with chapters on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts.  For more information about CCA of Skidaway contact Joe Tyson, 598-8765.  For more information about CCA’s Georgia District, contact Tom Rood, 598-9753.  For information about this month’s meeting and seminar, contact Dave Devore, 330-329-6457.  Area residents are invited to attend the CCA of Skidaway meetings and seminars held on the second Monday of the month at St. Peter’s Church.

Photo:  Chad DuBose holding a Redfish (popular gamefish species in the low country) caught on a fly in shallow water at low tide this January.