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Could you give me a couple tips on possible fishin' locations at the Stick Marsh?

Jim, Hi, Name is Bob.

I went to the Stick Marsh over the weekend. First time, beautiful place. Anyhow, wonder if you could give me a couple tips on possible fishin' locations, without of course, giving out any major secrets. Have a son coming down in latter June and all he talks about is fishing the Stick Marsh. Myself I fish Lake Marion over Kenansville. Oh, primary baits of choice for us will be worms, and maybe some shiner fishing. I tend to favor Zoom, on a Carolina rig or with a 1/8 oz. bullet weight. What seems to be the worm of choice for those fine bass.

Thanks and I like your site. The maps helped a lot.

Bob


Dear Bob,

Glad you asked! Never go fishing blind. It is frustrating.

Be sure to print the map on my web site and refer to the coordinates. Here we go.

The best place for a month or so has been the north end of the farm, specifically the submerged canals. The canal at coordinates F6 through F7 has been great on a Zoom pumpkinseed lizard (reason is in the last fishing report on my web site; read it). A worm works OK, but falls INTO the grass; ergo the lizard. A shallow crank plug that runs about 2 feet down will get you pulled from your boat seat at times. Read the last 3 fishing reports, starting with my last guide trip of (I think it was) 5 May. I have been in NC for 3 weeks and came back last Wed. Since then, I have been out 4 times. That F6-7 is still good. The water is up some and may make the trace of the canal hard to see. Use your depth finder, find the canal and then ride on top of one of the levees along it. Fish both levees. The E/W canal from C4 to B4 and from F4 to E4 have also been good. The canal intersections along that E/W Farm side canal are always prime to have a school on them (approx. F4, D4, and B4). The stump field in the Nursery B2 and 3 is prime for topwater and worm. In the Stick Marsh side, the inside of the palm tree line from B13 to F13 was good this week on a swimming worm and to some degree a Texas rig. Lots of 2.5 to 3 lb fish along the palm trees and up close. Who knows if they will stay. Always check the gates at G4 and G1 to see if they are running. Bass gather in front of them if they are. If you fish only a Carolina rig, you will be fine. But, I would also have a Texas rig handy and a topwater of sorts for breakers you may run into. When fishing the submerged canals, ALWAYS key to the submerged levees along each side. When fishing the intersections of the canals, work the corners and across the middle. Use a Rat-L-Trap first to get active fish and then the worm.

Good luck,
Jim



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