Lake Oconee Anglers

Guides & Fishing Tips

Lake Oconee 'Professional Guides' who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the Lake Oconee Anglers!!!!!

Tony Couch at (404) 342-0194

Norris Edge, (706)319-2024 or (706)342-8625

Roger McKee 706-342-8555, ,

Mark Smith: 404 803-0741,   

Fred Goen:  706-347-0922 (Hybrids & Stripers)

Al Bassett:  706-485-1280 or 706-473-7758 (Custom Rods, Lowrance expert & Crappie guide)

How To Catch More And Bigger Fish

  1. Don't be a purist.  Use live bait. Try to match it with what the fish normally feed on.
  2. Using lighter fishing lines. The small size line can't be seen as well.
  3. In order to use those light lines, it's a must to have a good working drag on your reel.
  4. Smaller, sharper hooks work just as well as the big ones - sometimes better.
  5. Try to fish for the type of fish that maybe spawning or hitting.
  6. The way to find this out is to spend some time on the phone calling bait shops.  You could spend some time hanging out at a good one, listening and talking several days prior to when you are planning a trip, and plan accordingly.
  7. Start on the bottom and work your way to the top in stages. Once you catch a fish, try to keep your bait at that depth and just move around until you find where they are hiding.  If you aren't catching, move until you do. Keep repeating the procedure.  Bluegill, crappie, white bass, black bass, sauger, etc!! are all schooling fish. This means more than one around.  Once I find them, we usually catch a bunch.
  8. A tip on crappie - they are not like other fish.  They don't like to go down after a minnow or bait unless they are in a real feeding fit!!, so fish above them.
  9. You can catch more fish by leaving 8 inches to a foot between your hook and sinker.
  10. Whenever possible, fish dead line (no bobber) over the side of your boat or off the bank.  This will sometimes allow them to set the hook on themselves and you have better control of what you are fishing.

Stop Losing Those Fish (Six Secrets the Pro's Know)

  1. The major reason why fish are lost is poor equipment.  You as Dad may have the good stuff, but the wife and kids get your hand me down worn-out junk!!!  Now you know why they don't want to go with you.
  2. Now once good stuff has been obtained, we'll go to the second most important reason - it's maintenance.  Clean reels with smooth working drags, rods with good eyelets - they're a must to land good fish.
  3. Line!!!  New!!! Repeat, !!!New!!!  Put on new line every three trips.  What is between you and the fish once you have it on?  !!!Line!!! !!!New Line!!! What is that 30 lb. cat, 7 lb. bass or even a big crappie worth, $1.49 for a spool of line??
  4. Once you've got it on your reel and are using that new line, how about getting into the habit of checking the first three feet of it every 3 to 4 casts.  Make it a habit.  I've checked, found a nick and retied only to land a big one on the next cast.
  5. You're in pretty good shape, but we have two things left which still make a lot of difference.  One of them, is to learn one knot, learn it until you can tie it without thinking, in the dark, in the wet, in the cold with fingers' freezing.  Now make another habit of checking your knot each time you check your line - knots get weak.  Grab your bait or whatever you're using and yank hard.  I'm sure a fish will do it for you, but if you don't, and you'll lose him.
  6. I left the greatest secret until last.  Everyone knows it, but they don't do it and it costs millions of people good fish every year.  Buy a good, no several, good hook stones.  Keep them where you can see them in your boat, in your pocket if walking.  Now just as with checking your line, now start a habit of checking your hooks to see if they're sharp each time you check your line and knot.  I've lost a good fish, checked my hook and found it dull.

I didn't hit anything or pull my bait through rocks, so how did it get that way?  Your guess is as good as mine.  During the winter's long nights, go through and resharpen everything.  If it won't hang in your thumb nail surface when pulled across it at most angles, it won't hang that big one's mouth either.

You've got them, these tips.  Make and break pro's every day on tour.  They will help you get into that elusive 10% club.  I know - I'm there!!

Seven Tips For Carefree Boat Tailering

  1. Make sure when you are buying a boat, that you get a minimum of 13 inch wheels and a drive-on trailer.  Most people spend 10,000 bucks for their boat and 300 on their trailer.  You can't enjoy the boat when you always are having trouble transporting or loading it.  Spend at least a $1,000 for a good trailer.  Ask around - talk to people before buying.
  2. If you already have one of those trailers that's a pain to load your boat on, think about making some guide on's for it. Two 2x4's five feet long covered with carpet attached to 4 inch angle iron bent to attach to the trailer frame will cost about 50 bucks to make and install.  Make sure before mounting them that your boat is on trailer correct,  then mount them carpeted surface first flush against the side of your boat.  This way your boat will automatically center itself as you drive on the trailer.
  3. If your boat is light in weight, small tires less than 13 inches will probably do. I would carry a spare anyway, but if you have a heavy boat with small tires, care two spares.  Check your air pressure often, inflate to maximum load pressure. At any sign of abnormal wear, get them off the trailer and check for the reason.
  4. Always! Always! Put bearing buddy's on your trailer (big or small) and also install bearing buddy caps to keep the grease from being thrown all over your wheels.
  5. Always carry a set of spare wheel bearings. Frequent grease with Lubriplate-Auto/Marine-Lub 'A' - Part number 12298 (tube type).  This fits into the heavy duty 3-way lever grease gun, made by Lubrimatic Products Co., Omaha, NE 68110. Since I started using buddies with this grease, greasing about every 3 trips, I've never (knock on wood) had any trouble. I haul a bass boat several thousand miles each year.
  6. If you are using a truck type vehicle with a bumper ball to haul your boat, may I suggest having your ball welded to the bumper. Also weld your bumper to the frame of your truck. My trailer and boat kept working my ball loose.  It also kept pulling my bumper down crooked in relationship to my bronco.  So I had it welded. I also had them weld a couple large links of heavy chain to my bumper about a foot on each side of my ball sticking out from under the bumper.  This was for the safety chains I installed on trailer.  In case something broke, I would not lose the trailer.
  7. Get a bigger winch, with a strong nylon strap and replace the small one.  Trailers don't come with ones large enough to do the job right.

FREEBIE:  I extended my trailer tongue by three feet using the next size up square steel tubing. This allows me to keep my feet dry during launching and also allows me to use shallow ramps better.  Make sure you put some sticky back rubber matting on it so you won't slip.  This can be purchased at most good boat dealerships.  Remember if you extent your trailer tongue you will have to swing wider on right-hand turns!

The Professional Bass Fisherman's Secret Treatment For Fishing Lines And Reels

WD40!!  Yes, WD40!!  I used to put new lines on my reels every week, cleaned them after each trip.  I bought bulk spools of 3,000 yards of line, because I was fishing a tourney each week.  One evening before a tourney at a motel, I was at my boat doing this and a pro (a real pro) stopped by to talk.  He asked how often I did this.  I said each week because of line curl.  He laughed and said that I was the type of guy his sponsors loved.

Then he proceeded to explain, that if the line was not old, just curled, to spray it good with WD40 the night before.  I found that this application of WD40 freed up my reels also.  I carry a big can in the boat and one in the truck and even use it sometimes on my lines that I've been using all day when it starts to act up.  He said the trick is to always take off the first ten to twenty feet of line each trip and then spray it.  He says to always change lines every three trips and if it’s a super important tourney, change your line then spray!

How To Grow Fish Bait At Home With No Effort

Mealworms are easy to grow at home.  These come in two sizes - small and giant.  I like the small ones, but I have a buddy who grows the giants.  Get a new 5 gallon bucket (no lid). Buy these from your fast food places for around $1.00.  Then go to the bait shop and buy a couple of boxes of the size mealworms that you want to grow.  Do not mix them!

I started mine with a big box of Kroger Cost Cutter Oats, but Quaker Oaks will do.  I now use hog brand meal.  We buy one hundred pounds (several of us split it) for $6.00 from a farm supply place.

Now fill the bucket about 1/4 full of meal.  Dump in the worms (the more you start with the better).  I got about 1,000 from a friend.  Now slice up a potato and throw it in (you can use apples, fresh corn cobs).  What we're looking for here is something to hold moisture.  I use only potatoes.

Buy some nylon screening from the hardware store to cover the top.  You do not have to tie it in place.  The bugs do not fly.  Now the worms will turn into grubs, then black bugs, then die.  It will look like nothing's in there (wait).  Feed potatoes and meal when you think it's necessary.  I add 1 potato per week now, plus a cup or two of meal.  Leave old stuff in bucket.  The stuff that looks like powdered residue is eggs -that's your next crop.

This process takes a couple of months, but you will have worms of all sizes, black bug and grubs eventually.  I fish with the worms and grubs.