05-31-2002, 07:34 AM
Well, after making a few posts I suppose I should formally say 'Hello' to everyone and tell those interested a little about myself. I grew up for the most part in Utah and Southern New Jersey, though I've lived in Brazil, Indiana, South Carolina and Georgia (presently) as well. Lived on a small (10 acre) private lake in Marlton, NJ during my teens and totally fell in love with fishing, catching chain pickerel and largemouth every day on Heddon Torpedos and Johnson's weedless spoons, as well as poppers tossed on my cheap fly rod combo; this is nothing to speak of trips to the shore chasing bluefish and stripers in the surf. I became such a fisherman and naturalist that I ended up attending Coastal Carolina U. in Myrtle Beach for Marine Science, graduated and got a job in Atlanta working as such and eventually became head of R & D for our company. We're currently working on developing a line of boating and fishing products, so I'm set to spend a lot of time in the Keys (where we'll eventually move management). So, even though the trout fishing in Northern Georgia is reputed to be quite good in area, I'm really a saltwater fly rodder by heart. Can't wait to get back to the ocean to live! Anyone ever wants to drop me a line, please do so!
05-31-2002, 09:20 AM
I've enjoyed your posts, keep up the good input.
05-31-2002, 01:06 PM
I grew up in Northern NJ and also started fishing with Tiny Torprdoes and Johnson Spoons on NJ and NYS lakes. Then started at fly fishing NJ and NY trout streams at 12 years old. Now I am 54 years old in the mid west (Chicago area) since 1979.
Miss the Jersey shore and saltwater, my family is still in NJ have to get back there soon it has been two years since I was at the NJ beaches, Lavallette and IBSP in 2000. Mostly great lakes steelhead and salmon now due to the great fishery out here. Some trout and smallmouth once in a while also.
I saw a show last weekend which had some great looking trout streams in North Georgia near the SC border. Must be near the Augusta area. Have you tried those ?
06-01-2002, 08:46 AM
... you know it's funny, there's nothing quite like the rush of a pickerel, pike, or musky just under the surface from 20' away to smash a topwater lure; I still remember it vividly. Anyone that hasn't had a chance to go for one of these fish, give it a try, as they're practivally the freshwater equivalent of barracuda.
There are quite a few good streams up in the North Georgia area, around Hiawassee and Helen, and from what I understand many of the trout are still wild and are therefore pretty skittish. It's kind of funny, I had never really spent any time in Georgia before moving here two years ago (aside from the occassional layover in Atlanta when flying somewhere), and I always had this vision that it was a bare place, full of scrub brush. It's actually really pretty, even around Atlanta, with rolling hills, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and lots of greenery. I haven't made any time to fish the streams or the Chatahoochee River, for that matter, for trout but I hope to do so this Summer. Heading up to a local lake (Carter's Lake) tomorrow to do some casting for stripers, walleye, smallmouth and the like. It's a beautiful lake created when the Army Corp built a dam on a river moving through a mountain valley; as such, it's like "fishing in the mountains", and the lake is very deep in places (up to 300'), perfect for many species of gamefish. I'll let everyone know how it goes. My fishin' partner has an old reconditioned Thompson; all wood. He tells me I can cast from the top of the bow (it's a cuddy cabin), but I sure hope I don't fall through!
I must also say that although I'm a recent member, I have found many of the threads I've read and contributed to to be very informative, and they've really helped me make some good decisions about tackle. Thanks to all!
06-01-2002, 02:26 PM
I fished a long time ago up at Lake Sidney Lanier beautiful area in Northern Georgia which is a part or the start of the Chatoochee river which I hear has very good fishing. Yes there is some good trout and bass fishing there for sure.