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Atlanta Athletic Club Electroshock Recap

electroshocking big bass

Many moons ago the 18th hole pond was legendary at the Atlanta Athletic Club. It was notorious for producing huge bass and lots of them. Unfortunately time has not been kind to her. Just as humans get some aches and pains as they age the pond began to show her age. This degradation is an all to common theme we see in our managed lakes. People see great results the first few years and assume the lake is clicking along. Often times they forget to keep managing the lake. Even when a lake is producing well bass still need to be harvested, habitat spiced up, and fertilizer applied etc.

Steeped in history the Atlanta Athletic Club is ranked in the top 10 of athletic clubs in the United states. The club was formed in 1898. Boosting two championship golf course among the many other amenities it comes as no surprise why the PGA host tournaments here.
Dave Copeland, an AES sales rep, netting the first big fish of the morning.
There are still a few legends swimming around in this lake.
We always like having kids on the boat. It’s one thing to read about science but seeing and touching it takes it to another level.
Capt. Matt always on the hunt for prop busters.
Dave is great at explaining lake metrics. At AES we take pride in being able to make science understandable to all. We know everyone isn’t as excited as us about bass recruitment variables and macroinvertebrates.┬á
These small 8-12″ will ruin a fishery. Too many mouths to feed and not enough forage. Lucas doing his part to get the AAC back on track.
Just as the early summer heat and humidity was rolling in we wrapped up shocking. Shocking in the heat is not our favorite. The warm water holds less oxygen thus stressing the fish more.

At the conclusion of the shock it became obvious that the lake has become out of balance over time. There were plenty of 5-7” bluegill but only a handful of 3-5″ bluegill. Those 8-12″ bass are becoming stunted because there isn’t enough 3-5” bluegill to keep fueling growth. The bigger bluegill are reproducing great but there is little habitat for the small bluegill to hide so the bass pick them off before they get any size. With a little time, money, and effort we are sure to get this lake back to her glory days.

If you talk about your lake’s glory days then give us a call to make it things right!