Thanks for visiting Cast Away Bait and Tackle! Cast Away Bait and Tackle is a Full Time Fully Licensed Custom Tackle Shop where my jigs are designed and tied by myself just off the shores of beautiful North Georgia's Lake Lanier. My name is Jim Farmer and I've been an avid fisherman all of my life. For the past 35 years, traveling, building tackle and catching fish has been my biggest interest. My tackle designs are drawn from a database of knowledge from a result of years of building, testing, success and failure. Whether it's bass, stripers, walleye or crappie, I'm sure there's something here on the website to help you catch fish.
All of my lead head jigs are air brush powder coated and baked for a nice smooth finish at the time the order is placed. The jigs are dipped and finished in a protective clear coating before shipping. My bass lures are airbrushed in original Cast Away designs and clear coated with a rock hard resin clear coat. My plastics are all made from a local fishing plastics company called Bait Junkys. My striper plastics are all made from heavy duty saltwater plastic and my bass plastics are made from a mixture of soft and medium plastic at the time the order is placed so you get the freshest plastics possible. My striper jig hooks are all Saltwater Eagle Claw or Mustad extra tough nickel plated. They don't get any tougher than Cast Away Tackle. All of my shipping is USPS Priority Shipping so you get your tackle as quickly as possible.
You can choose from a "Category" on the left or scroll down this page for some of my highlights and seasonal favorites. You can also take a look at my YouTube page with over 170 videos of catching hundreds of fish with Cast Away striper tackle. There is also a Cast Away Blog that can assist in learning more about fishing with a few fishing stories that may help shorten learning curve. You can find the links below. Feel free to browse around my online store and let me know if there is something I can make for you. I do a lot of custom work as well as custom colors to fit the anglers specific needs.
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What's new at Cast Away Baits......
Four Days on Lake Burton!
Lisa and I just returned from a 4 day trip to Lake Burton. Lake Burton is a small lake located 2 hours north of Atlanta, nestled in the north Georgia mountains. The lake has a great population of trout as well as largemouth and spotted bass, walleye and perch. We were using Cast Away artificials only and did pretty well for our first trip to the lake. Once again the star of the artificial show was the Sand Key deep diving crankbait trolled along a 25-35 foot contour as well as trolling deeper suspended trout. Lisa caught the biggest fish of the trip, boating a 5lb largemouth on one of my custom blueback colored topwater Sammy's. Here are a few pictures and videos of our trip.
Our First Tackle Display!
Just down the road from Cast Away Cove is a little bait and tackle shop, on the corner of Buford Dam Road and Lanier Beach South Road. They have a little bit of everything for the angler, and now they have a little more. We loaded up their wall with a few of our local favorites for bass and stripers. Each bait has a story and most have a few videos from some successful fishing trips using the bait. If you're local to lake Lanier and want to check out a few of my hand made favorites, stop by the new Bait and Tackle Store on Buford Dam Rd.
Here's a picture of the tackle on display.
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Trolling Season is upon Us
We've loaded up the big striper boat in search of some Stripers on leadcore this summer. It seems that every year around this time the stripers on Lanier show up big time for leadcore trolling with big swimbaits. Here's some videos and pictures of some of our trolling trips so far for 2014. Recently I was invited to speak to one of our local striper clubs about trolling artificials. The first video is a 40 minute presentation on trolling tactics with leadcore.
Ever have one of those days?
Last weekend Lisa and I were able to get out for a few hours and do a little striper and bass fishing. We caught a few small stripers trolling leadcore and got bored after an hour or so. We decided to troll crankbaits for a while and the crankbait bite was working well. I caught a very nice bass shortly after putting out a couple deep diving cranks. We were trolling some rip rap and Lisa caught a nice big trout and while I was removing the hooks from the trout I wound up with a treble hook buried in my thumb. Chalk up a big victory for the fish!....He was delicious! We had the camera rolling while Lisa was bringing in the trout so we decided to video the hook removal process with Lisa's cell phone.
*****WARNING*****The second video is a little graphic*****WARNING*****
Cast Away Crankbait Deadly Duo!
Last week I got out in the morning just after dawn on 6-4-2014 and 6-6-2014 and the evening of 6-7-2014. On 6-4-2014 I started early with the topwater stuff with no joy and then the ultra spin with no luck, switched over to a swimbait and they didn't want that either. I tried the Zee Shad and caught a couple of dinks and then I went to the deep diver crankbait on points and got into a pattern. I caught a few nice fish casting, but the big boys were down deeper so I switched over to trolling and loaded up on numbers, with a couple of magnums and a couple break offs. Rocky points out on the main lake in 20-30 feet of water was where they were this morning. Wind was out of the west and the surface temp was 80 degrees at 8am. On 6-6-2014 I went to the scene of the crime from the day before yesterday and started out throwing the deep crank again. On the first cast I hook a stud right next to the boat. Then I caught some dinks and moved on to the next point. Nothing but dinks there so I started jumping points in Bald Ridge and found a few more nice fish. I ended up with 2 studs for the day and an 11-12lb sack. No trolling, all casting my Sand Key deep diving crankbait. Here are a few pictures of the baits I used and some pictures from last weeks trips.
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Nice Morning Zee Shad Bass on Lanier 5-29-2014
I fished this morning, 5-29-2014 and I picked up where we left off last night using the Sand Key pattern deep diver and I also used a Zee Shad deep diver. I spent the better part of the morning using deep cranks and catching small fish before switching to a little Zee Shad medium diver and finding some nice fish. The little Zee Shad did it again. Here are a couple of pictures from my morning trip.
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A Few on the Crankbaits 5-28-2014
Lisa and I fished this evening, 5-28-2014. We caught a few smaller fish but we were also able to find a few bigger fish. I used a Sand Key pattern deep diver and Lisa was using a Zee Shad medium diver. Here are a couple of nice ones caught on the crankbaits this evening.
Big Texas Stripers on Cast Away Bucktail Trollers
Our friends out in Texas, Fletcher and Michelle have been catching some very nice pre-spawn stripers using leadcore and downriggers with 1-2 ounce Cast Away Bucktail Trollers. For the past few years Fletcher has been using Cast Away trollers to target these staging stripers and I'd say they've got it down to a science. The record striper is around 20lbs and Fletcher and company are getting very close to a lake record. Here's a few pictures Fletcher sent from this years spawning run:
More Zebra Shad Jerkbait Fishing on 5-17-2014
Lisa and I got out on the lake lake on the morning and evening of 5-17-2014. We were both using the Zebra Shad Jerkbait, hitting points and grassy shoreline. Our little jerkbait is still working well and we found plenty of fish willing to hit it. You can scroll down to see more pictures and videos of the Zebra Shad Jerkbait, as well as a quick link to purchase the Zebra Shad Jerkbait. Here's a video of some of our fish for the day on the Zebra Shad:
Lake Lanier Spots and Crappie on the Zebra Shad Jerkbait
I got out in the creek with Lisa on the evening of 5-3-2014 and the morning of 5-4-2014. Here's a quick video of a couple of fish on the Zebra Shad Jerkbait.
Clarks Hill Largemouth on the Zebra Shad Jerkbait
Fishing was good on Clarks Hill Lake and the LMB's loved the new Zebra Shad pattern. All you had to do was find the bottom with the bait and work it with a steady retrieve, just scraping the bottom and pausing. Points were the key to our success. This is a special price for my new Zebra Shad Jerkbait with #6 Eagle Claw 375 Nickel Trebles. For a quick link to the Zebra Shad Jerkbait
Here's a few pictures of the new Zebra Shad and a few bass we caught on 26 and 27 April at Clarks Hill. This little jerkbait is a great pattern for us this spring:
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Cast Away Planer Boards On Sale!
Guys, it's just about that time when the big stripers start cruising the shorelines looking for shallow bait along the warmer edges of the lake. This is one of my favorite times to pull planer boards along the shore with big blueback herring as bait. We've got a lot of planer board stock built up and each board has the original "Dreaming Fisherman" decal, plus when you buy a set of our boards you get a free 6 inch commemorative decal all in a heavy duty ziplock bag to store your boards. To find the boards in our store Click Here.
Nice Striper on a Cast Away Planer Board!
Here's a good one I caught in the early afternoon on 12-20-2013. I caught him pulling planer boards with a rainbow trout as bait. This is one of my biggest from 2013. Here's a video:
Here's a video about Cast Away planer boards and how to use them.
Here's a video from my good friend Doug Nelms and "Big Fish Heads" Guide Service. Doug made a trip up to the Cumberland River with some Cast Away Planer Boards in search of big stripers. I'd say they found them! To find out more about Doug, Lake Oconee and "Big Fish Heads" Guide Service Click Here.
Catch my Fishing Forecast and Tackle Recommendations in the latest edition of Angler Magazine
You can now read my monthly fishing forcast and tackle recommendations in the latest edition of Angler Magazine. Look for "The Southern Tackle Box" column in the "Local Lakes and Forecast" section of our local Angler Magazine or check it out on line by Clicking Here.
Sink your hooks into "Lanier's Predictable Summertime Stripers" with Cast Away Baits in the Georgia Outdoor News Magazine
Early last summer my son Derek and his family came home to visit while he was on leave from the Army. He had just returned from his 3rd combat tour in Iraq and wanted to do a little fishing while on leave. While Derek was here we hosted freelance writer and photographer Don Baldwin from Georgia Outdoor News (GON) for a morning of trolling using Cast Away tackle and Cast Away trolling tactics. Our goal was to introduce more folks to fishing Lake Lanier during the summer months and trolling with artificials. It's a great way to target deep water stripers in the summer months and another tactic to add to your arsenal of striper fishing. You can read the article at Georgia Outdoor News Trolling Article. I'd like to thank Georgia Outdoor News and Don Baldwin for making it all happen. It was one of the most memorable fishing trips Derek and I have been on. Here's a couple of pictures from our trip.
Recommended Area Guides
Jeff Blair, owner of Lake Lanier Striper Charters on Lake Lanier, has been using my tackle for a few years now. Jeff and I have competed against each other in several tournaments and Jeff and his crew are very worthy opponents. Jeff knows the lake, works very hard, doesn't disappoint and has fished Lanier his whole life. Give Jeff a shout at: 678-542-4176 and tell him Jim sent you!
Here's a video with myself, Robert Edison from First Bite Guide Service, Doug Nelms and Dustin Pate with Jeff Blair aboard Lake Lanier Striper Charters with some red hot summer striper action. Enjoy!
A few years back, Captain Bill Plumley called me to chat about fishing and planer boards. I liked chatting with Bill and he wound up buying and using my planer boards. Captain Bill loves them and uses them with his charter service daily. Captain Bill ia a licenced USCG Captain and a certified guide on Lake Hartwell. I'd recommend Bill to all of my clients looking for a great guide. Give Bill a shout at: 864-287-2120 or 864-230-7363 and tell him Jim sent you!
I've known Eric Crowley of Lake and Stream Guide service for quite some time now and I know that Eric works his butt off for his clients. His specialty is live bait on Carters Lake up in the north Georgia mountains. Eric uses Cast Away Planer Boards for his fishing up there and he knows his stuff. If you are looking for a great guide, give Eric a call at 706-669-4973 and tell him Jim sent you!