A severe head cold, inclement weather and high winds have conspired to keep this writer at home since the Saturday before Christmas. Many other fishermen haven't been active for some of the same reasons. The current warming trend ought to improve conditions, if strong winds ever stop blowing. If you can't go fishing, the next best thing is to clean out your tackle boxes, clean and grease your fishing reels and check your fishing rods for worn guides. Spend a few hours sharpening hooks on your favorite lures.
Fishermen who were wishing winter would hurry up and get here are saying "Enough already!" It's not the super-cold temperatures, but the high winds that have been making life miserable for fishermen on area lakes. The chill factor - net result of high winds plus subfreezing temperatures - doesn't make for fun trips to the lake. Surely, spring is just around the corner!
Fishing opportunities in Augusta are almost as plentiful as air. Thurmond Lake, with 70,000 acres of water and 1,200 miles of meandering, public shoreline, offers some of the region's best fishing for hybrid and striped bass. The reservoir also has flathead catfish that can top 40 pounds; excellent winter crappie fishing around deep structure and rip-rap; bluegill fishing in the shallows and coves; and of course the ever-popular largemouth.