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Frigid Temps Could Spell Shad Kills In Area Lakes|
By Daryl Kirby
Originally published January 2014 in OnlineAthens
The unusually cold temperatures we’ve been experiencing could impact fishing this month and also into the spring. A major die-off of shad—the small baitfish that are the primary forage for bass, stripers and other predatory fish anglers love to catch—could make catching fish tough over the short-term because there’s so much natural food readily available to fish. However, a shad kill in the winter typically makes springtime fishing very good, simply because there’s less natural food available...[read more]
The May striper and hybrid bite will wear you out before 10 a.m.
By Joe DiPietro
Originally published in the May 2012 issue of GON
Any lineside fisherman looking to experience what might be some of the most consistent and exciting action available in the state right now needs to look no further than Lake Allatoona.
Just north of Atlanta, the beautiful lake is a wonderful pick for a day full of tough-fighting stripers and hybrids.
“The action this time of year is hot and furious,” said veteran striper guide Robert Eidson, owner of First Bite Guide Service. “Allatoona is better than any other lake in Georgia as far as the action goes. You’re not going to come out and catch a 20-pounder, but you can have 15- to 50-fish days almost anytime.”
There’s perhaps no striper fisherman on Allatoona who knows the lake and the lineside fishery better than Robert. He’s caught the first fish of his life from the lake 48 years ago, while fishing with his grandpa...[read more]
Instead of fishing crowded rivers this month, look for stripers and hybrids to run up creeks off main-lake runs. Allatoona, West Point and Bartletts are great examples.
By Don Baldwin
Originally published in the April 2007 issue of GON
In the world of sports the NCAA basketball tournament dominates the month of March. This tournament, tagged “March Madness” steals virtually all of the sporting news and provides basketball zealots with a great deal to talk about.
Well, that is all behind us for another year, but the month of April is upon us with its own brand of madness for a select group of Georgia anglers. “Linesiders,” those hardy individuals who chase the stocked stripers and their cousin hybrids in our local reservoirs, anticipate April with as many high expectations as the basketball world does March. During April, these avid anglers risk hull gouges, broken props and damaged lower units as they push their rigs up the rivers that form the reservoirs, going as far as they can go chasing linesides on their spring spawning run...[read more]
You say you haven't been to Allatoona in a while?
By Roy Kellett
Originally published in the February 2005 issue of GON
Like many Georgians, I have been fishing as long as I can remember. Heck, my grandfather was king of the pay-lake catfishermen as far as I knew. I have been blessed with good friends and an experimental streak of my own, allowing me to discover the joys of catching everything from redbreasts to redfish with any kind of tackle from an ultralight fly rod to heavy saltwater trolling rigs.
With the exception of fishing live shrimp under a Cajun Thunder float for reds or trout on the coast, or trolling for crappie, I have never been a big fan of just pulling bait. If the fish ain’t biting, the monotony of it can be maddening to someone as fidgety as me.
All that changed on an unseasonably warm day in January when I hit Lake Allatoona with two of the best lineside fishermen in that neck of the woods. There wasn’t a whole lot of time for boredom on the boat when the stripers and hybrids went on a feeding frenzy. As soon as we got one fish to hand, another one would make a violent strike...[read more]
Pulling Bait for a "White Fish" Mixed Bag of Striper and Hybrids
By Daryl Kirby
Originally published in the May 2004 issue of GON
Have you seen The Perfect Storm? I did. Not the movie, the real thing. It hit the Allatoona Creek arm of Lake Allatoona on April 14.
The irony of the weather that day was almost as surprising as the sustained winds and how low the temperatures got. It was about as bad a January day as you can get on the water — and it was mid April.
My partner in pain that day was guide and striper tournament pro Robert Eidson, who had the line of the day when he said, “If I could have gotten one of my rods to bend like the trees were, we’d have a new lake record!”...[read more]
After assisting in a drowning-victim effort, lineside guide Robert Eidson spearheaded an effort to put a high-quality depthfinder on DNR’s Lake Allatoona patrol boat.
By GON Staff
DNR now has a high-tech depthfinder to assist in drowning cases. The unit was given during a press day last week. Some attendees of that event were (from left) DNR Law Enforcement Sgt. Mike Barr, Allatoona fishing guide Robert Eidson, Nancy Ayers, the mother of drowning victim Dorian Royster, and DNR RFC Byron Young.”...[read more (PDF)]