Hello Friends and Sponsors – Happy Independence Day!! A BIG thank you to all of our service men and women who fight to keep our country free!! Let’s all remember them today as we celebrate this country’s Independence and remain cognizant of what it took to get here. A lot of selfless sacrifice is the bottom line. Thank you! It has been a little while since my last report. My apologies! I was very busy with trips through last week and then I got a nasty para flu virus this week that I am still fighting. (Got it from my kids – thanks girls!! LOL) Thanks to Phil Johnson for covering my guide trips this week – he did a great job with my customers and I certainly appreciate his support. Today, I finally feel well enough to get out a report and share some of the awesome pictures of the fish my customers have been catching out on Lanier! We have stayed with the topwater and swimbait bite as long as it would last. When its on, we have been using: spooks, gunfish, chug bugs, poppers, Farley Baits, Sebiles, and the Bull Shad. Often, we are placing a front runner on our topwater rig. The topwater is still there, but the bite has transitioned where that is not the best bite going every day. Some days it still is, however, on other days it has been something different. In addition to the topwater, we have been doing well on: drop-shotting Wackem Hand Pours and minnow imitations, the Sworming Hornet Little Dude tipped with a Fluke Jr., a PB&J jig tipped with a twin-tail trailer, as well as a 3/16 Davis Shakey Head tipped with a variety of different soft plastics. We have fished very shallow to very deep water each day and caught fish everywhere in between. When we are fishing brush, we have focused on the 15-30 foot range, but I sense things are changing and feel some of the big girls may be getting out even deeper. While there are a great many fun stories to tell regarding all the pictures attached, I am only going to highlight one as my energy levels are starting to wane again already as I type. Young Noah P and his father, Steve, have been out with me a couple of times already with more to come. Noah is an aspiring young angler with an extremely supportive father who is committed to getting his son up to speed in the sport of bass fishing. Noah is a quick study, and during our trip last week, we focused on the drop shot. Noah picked it up quickly, and I do mean quickly, as he caught a fish on his first drop! After that, he went on to catch several more and really cement the technique in his arsenal. Reports from Steve indicate that he has also been able to apply the technique to recent trips on his own and has done well. Congratulations Noah – great work brother! I am already looking forward to our next trip! You can see pictures of Noah on the BHFP 742012 slide attached. I still have some dates open next week – Wed, Thur, and Fri – July 11, 12, and 13th. Give me a call or drop me a note if you would like to get out there and have some fun! I am also running spot-tail trips as well if anyone is interested in learning/enjoying that technique. In addition, I would like to note that I have been promoted to a National Monthly Contributor for the Coastal Angler Magazine. My articles, which always focus on some aspect of Lake Lanier, will now be published nationally (530,000 copies) around the country. Make sure to check out the publication and my July submission online at: http://coastalanglermag.com/blog/category/fishing/ Enjoy and thanks to John!! I have also added some great new sponsors in the recent weeks and months and I want to take a moment to recognize the new additions as well as all of my existing sponsors and partners. The current list is below – please check out their websites as I have hot-linked all of their sites to the listings below. Thank you to all of these great people and companies for your support!! I am working to get my website updated with all this information very soon! For fishing reports on other GA Lakes, please check out: www.havefunfishing.com Thanks to all – enjoy the holiday and be safe!! God Bless – Jimbo — Jim “JIMBO” Mathley Spotted Bass Fishing Guide – Lake Lanier [email protected] Mobile – 770-542-7764 www.jimboonlanier.com Proudly Sponored By: St. Croix – Best Rods on Earth Lowrance Sworming Hornet Lures (The Original Fish Head Spin) Wackem Crazy Baits Seaguar – Always the Best Solar Bat Sunglasses JJ’s Magic Attractant Hammond’s Fishing Line and Lure Davis Bait Company LanierMAPPED.com