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From the Editor 25 February, 2006

What's Been Goin' on Here at GRF?

How 'bout a 6 pound, 7 ounce shoal bass?!? Shoalieman strikes again! This monster was released unharmed.

     Happy belated New Year everybody! I hope you like the new look of the website! I've attempted to streamline things a bit, and hopefully everyone will be able to get around a little easier. There are a bunch of pictures and articles that aren't over here yet, but I'll get pretty much everything that was on the old site over here as soon as I can.

    Despite the cold weather and reduced fishing time in the winter months, Georgia River Fishing has been anything but dormant. As a matter of fact, we had a crew of 30 or so folks ring in the New Year together on the banks of the Ocmulgee River on January 1st. We mainly ate burgers and dawgs (big thanks to Moxdawg!) and shot the breeze, but there were a few nice fish caught between all the socializing.

January 1, 2006 at the Ocmulgee River

     GRF was also present at many of the fishing-related expositions that pop up around the state this time of year. BasserDrew represented GRF at the Shallow Water Fishing Expo at The Outside World's booth and helped introduce a load of people to the art of kayak fishing in rivers. Too bad he can't teach all of us how to lay a spinnerbait within an inch of a downed tree at 30 yards the way he does.

Tricky, Billres, Sparky, and Blackwater Bill talk fishin' with some folks at the Perry Fisharama

    The Atlanta and Perry Fisharama's were next in early February, and thanks to the dozen or so GRFers who helped out with this. It was a hoot telling folks about a type of fishing many had never really thought about, but I was also amazed at the number of folks out there who have already found GRF on their own. Both of the Fisharamas were a lot of fun and I can't get over how willing GRFers are to give up their time to help promote river fishing. This is a truly special bunch of people.

    With the debut of American River Fishing and the new sites in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee, I hope that river anglers in other states will soon be able to enjoy something similar to what we have here at GRF.

Sparky catches a GRF record 7 pound, 12 ounce largemouth in late February. Released unharmed.

    Of course, GRF has been active on the water as well. Since we have been keeping records on these things, the first two months of 2006 have seen GRF records broken for largemouth, spotted, and shoal bass! If the year were to end right now, it might go down as one of the best in GRF's short history. Luckily for us, the fishing season is just getting started. Thousands of people will find GRF for the first time, and hopefully we can continue to show more and more people how to fall in love with our rivers.

Fishing Addict and Spotzilla! A 5 pound, 15 ounce spotted bass. Released unharmed 

 

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