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Have you been fishing in the last week or so? What’s the bite like? I’m still wanting to get with you soon on a trip
Buckeye Mike Buckeye Mike we went with Matt this past Saturday. We killed it! 80-100 hybrids between 2-4 lbs. We used all 110 of his Shad and were reusing mangled ones at the end. I have a thread in fishing section. Give him a go!
 

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Buckeye Mike Buckeye Mike we went with Matt this past Saturday. We killed it! 80-100 hybrids between 2-4 lbs. We used all 110 of his Shad and were reusing mangled ones at the end. I have a thread in fishing section. Give him a go!
I saw your thread. I need to figure out a week day to go soon. I’m busy chasing turkeys on the weekends 🤣
 

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Only way I ever eat them is filet and fry fish and chips style same day. Pretty good but I don't eat them Hooch fish!
Allot of my clients say the same thing about the hooch Fish. And that is ok, I much prefer to catch and release.

I joke that if soda bottles and basketballs gave you cancer, I would agree about the hooch, but they don't. The DNR fish consumption guidelines say the hooch is better than allot of the rivers in GA.

As pretty as the lower Etowah is those fish are full of PCB's from GE and the carpet industries. Allot of those beautiful mountain trout streams are full of mercury from the gold rush. There are parts of lake Hartwell that are "Do not eat zones."

Then there is the treated waste water discharges. First of all the fish love them! The scientist say that from St. Louis to New Orleans, ever drop of the Mississippi has been through a waste water facility, 5-7 times. You don't hear anyone down there in the Mississippi delta asking if the trout and redfish are safe to eat. (maybe they should)

The Hooch is cleaner today than is has been in probably a 100 years. It's ok to keep a few and enjoy your dinner!
 

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Allot of my clients say the same thing about the hooch Fish. And that is ok, I much prefer to catch and release.

I joke that if soda bottles and basketballs gave you cancer, I would agree about the hooch, but they don't. The DNR fish consumption guidelines say the hooch is better than allot of the rivers in GA.

As pretty as the lower Etowah is those fish are full of PCB's from GE and the carpet industries. Allot of those beautiful mountain trout streams are full of mercury from the gold rush. There are parts of lake Hartwell that are "Do not eat zones."

Then there is the treated waste water discharges. First of all the fish love them! The scientist say that from St. Louis to New Orleans, ever drop of the Mississippi has been through a waste water facility, 5-7 times. You don't hear anyone down there in the Mississippi delta asking if the trout and redfish are safe to eat. (maybe they should)

The Hooch is cleaner today than is has been in probably a 100 years. It's ok to keep a few and enjoy your dinner!
When in need of basket balls, footballs, soccer balls...etc. Look no further than the Hooch! True story!
 

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Here is an old report, Sorry I didn't post it earlier. I took Farmer Dude from here on the ODT.

The fishing continues to be fantastic.
I fished Monday the 4th, I had two fathers and sons. The kid named River was turning 10 y.o. the next day. It was a surprise birthday present for him. The fishing in the morning was good, One of the kids wasn't feeling well, so we dropped him and his father off. And went back out with the birthday boy and his dad. We knew what to expect at the spot we had been fishing, they were game to switch it up and try some new areas. I fished a section of river I hadn't before and caught about 15. I thought if the fish were there they might be really stacked up in another hole, and they were. We caught a fish every cast until we ran out of bait. The birthday boy had a lucky shad that he caught 4 fish on. Probably had over 70 fish for the day.

The father told me about a cool thing that I am sad and ashamed I didn't know about before. Georgia gives "Angler Awards" And more importantly, youth angler awards. They give you a t-shirt and up to three hats embroidered with the Name and fish. We were able to document five eligible species for the birthday boy. We had a shoal bass, Hybrid bass, Striped bass, channel catfish, and a blue catfish that were all over the required length.
https://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/anglerawards

M.R. River Fishing
Matthew Robinson
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