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  • #16
    Originally posted by troutbum69 View Post
    It's right outside a town called "warm springs" so I don't know about that


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    Funny you mention that. I am looking for the weblink I found but it lists every major spring in Georgia. Breaks it down by region and we looked specifically at this area to look at water temps for this reason. Some of the springs on the property for Callaway were consistently mid to low 60's. Warm springs is just that, a warm spring. It stayed closer to the upper 80's. I will see if I can find that webpage so you can paruse the data.
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    • #17
      The Old NGTO Club Special

      I checked my old emails and found the last time that we fished Callaway using the "NGTO Club Special" was back in 2013. If I remember correctly, it was $300 for five to fish the day. They would provide one guide, who chaperoned the group between the different lakes and ended-up fishing with us.

      On that 2013 trip they let us bring our kayaks, instead of using those inflatable float seats with fins. It was a blast, we covered a lot of water in the kayaks. We caught dozens of those famous 14" bream/shellcrackers on Rubber Legged Dragons (RLDs) with our fly rods.

      I have also fished the stocked trout there, I believe it was $299 for two anglers and the guide rowed the drift boat for us in the different lakes.

      We fished Callaway each year from between 2009-2013 (usually with Kent Edmonds as our guide) and saw the fish and fishing decline a little bit more each year. Not sure what the deal was, I guess the way the lakes were managed.

      But what a beautiful place and what a fishery it was in it's heyday!

      The old deal was that you had to pay for your trip before the end of January and book the trip whenever you wanted before the year-end. I believe it was their way of booking some sales in the slowest part of the season. I'll try to give them a call this week and see if there is any way to bring back the old NGTO deal.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by browniez View Post
        Strawberry is also an option.

        If we are going orange it has to be Orange Crush though.
        What do you use to catch deep water Big Canoe trout, anyway?

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Aardvark View Post
          What do you use to catch deep water Big Canoe trout, anyway?
          Fish finder and your choice of bait or spoon

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          • #20
            Speaking of Callaway Gardens, where can you catch shoal bass around there?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Aardvark View Post
              What do you use to catch deep water Big Canoe trout, anyway?
              You can catch them about as many ways as you please.

              Streamers, nymphs, emerergers on a dry dropper right now, jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinners, trolling, deep diving crankbaits, hair jigs, soft plastics, trolling crankbaits, trolling spoons, vertical jigging spoons, literally any way you can think of. Shiny and moving.

              The problem is more finding them in open water than what they are willing to eat.

              I wouldn't be looking deep at the moment though. It's just tracking the depth and having an idea of the points and ambush spots.
              I like em big fat and sloppy.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by browniez View Post
                You can catch them about as many ways as you please.

                Streamers, nymphs, emerergers on a dry dropper right now, jerkbaits, crankbaits, spinners, trolling, deep diving crankbaits, hair jigs, soft plastics, trolling crankbaits, trolling spoons, vertical jigging spoons, literally any way you can think of. Shiny and moving.

                The problem is more finding them in open water than what they are willing to eat.

                I wouldn't be looking deep at the moment though. It's just tracking the depth and having an idea of the points and ambush spots.
                It sounds like you could catch a few bass at the same time. I Googled Big Canoe, and it looks like a good place to spend some vacation time. My sort of New Year's resolution is to get off of my backside and start fishing these places I keep reading about. That is a long list that just got longer.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Aardvark View Post
                  It sounds like you could catch a few bass at the same time. I Googled Big Canoe, and it looks like a good place to spend some vacation time. My sort of New Year's resolution is to get off of my backside and start fishing these places I keep reading about. That is a long list that just got longer.
                  You definitely can. The bass there are among the most difficult to catch I have ever encountered. They're big, smart, and in clear water. Really challenging, enjoyable fishing. Very similar to the California reservoir game

                  Once in my younger years I was reeling in a trout, and a bass that had to be in the 12 to 14 pound range engulfed it.

                  We only have so many days on this earth. Fish everywhere you can!
                  I like em big fat and sloppy.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by browniez View Post
                    We only have so many days on this earth. Fish everywhere you can!
                    On this note, Alex have you ever fished Seed?

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                    • #25
                      still water

                      When targeting still water trout, understand that unlike a bass, a trout constantly covers water and does not sit on structure like other lake fish. Their need for higher oxygen content keeps them moving, and thus they eat A LOT.

                      Rainbow Trout feed on a horizontal plane. They find a depth that suits them for a time period and stick to it, This is when the multitude of lake lines comes into play.

                      Brown Trout feed on a vertical or horizontal plane. They will go wherever the food goes. No comfort zone here for the most part when it comes to lake feeding.

                      I tell the DD guys to have a type 3, type, intermediate, and midge tip. This covers most scenarios, and a cassette reel is great at making line changes easy. An Aiflo sweep 5 is an awesome line for covering water and depths to get the fish figured out. This can be the difference in 3 fish in an hour or 25 fish in an hour. When you find that depth and retrieve, don't change it up. When that bite stops, you go back to searching and lock it down when you start having success.

                      Would anyone want Dead Drift to host a Stillwater fishing clinic at one of the several Free Stillwater options we have in Georgia?

                      As for Callaway I didn't see on their recent website anything on Trout for this year and I was told they were not stocking trout this year. Myself and Justin from Gink and Gasoline who guided there came down on day to find that everyone was no longer employed as far as Guides except possibly Tom but I can not confirm that. I do know that there are some serious crazy things happening to the gardens from a black chain link fence on sections of the beach for 1st class patrons, to an increase in bars and decrease in actual gardens, and subbed out contracted companies running recreation activities that cost extra after already paying a pretty high gate price. Mountain Creek Lake still fishes well.
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                      • #26
                        Those are some sad developments at Callaway. What's next? Condos and vacation homes on the grounds?

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                        • #27
                          Already happening...

                          Lot of the Camp Callaway cabins have been given to Administrative staff to live in on top of ridiculous salaries for a struggling resort. The loop road around the beach lake is cutoff because of the Executive staffs housing being on that road now. On top of that no funding for fertilizing ANY of the lakes to keep algael blooms down, no more arborists for the gardens either. Lots of logging going on too...lots!
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                          Benjamin VanDevender, ACI (Adaptive Fly Fishing Casting Instructor/TAG (Therapeutic Adaptive Guide)

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by benvan View Post
                            Lot of the Camp Callaway cabins have been given to Administrative staff to live in on top of ridiculous salaries for a struggling resort. The loop road around the beach lake is cutoff because of the Executive staffs housing being on that road now. On top of that no funding for fertilizing ANY of the lakes to keep algael blooms down, no more arborists for the gardens either. Lots of logging going on too...lots!
                            I had thought about going to see the lights next year. Maybe I should let them struggle until the resort is in better hands instead.

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                            • #29
                              I met one of Michael Waddell's boys last year(Bone Collector deer hunting tv guy from Columbus) and they supposedly bought it. I guess it might become a trophy deer hunting outfit with fishing?

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                              • #30
                                1000 dollar a net butterfly hunts. You go over the 5x5 net size and you will pay!


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