FULL MOONS, MEMORIES, AND FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING We fish over 200 days a year and ultimately there will be full moons during that time. Some people want to know if we will fish during a full moon. The lunar phases do present changes and challenges in the fishing environment, but not enough to keep us away. Whereas some people may be discouraged by a full moon, we are not deterred. And, this time of year its fullness brings good news; Trout off the beach of Cumberland Island. My grandfather always said the Trout would show up off the beach..
After the winter transition the inshore bite has picked-up and the fish have stabilized in a more consistent pattern. Trout are moving into the shallow waters around rips, jetties, oyster beds and grass points. Live shrimp are their meal of choice and we are fishing through some short Trout to find the new 14” keeper size. A few Bull Reds have been caught out on the bars adjacent to the channels using cut Mullet. Triple Tail were sighted earlier in April. The weather shifted and brought in cooler temps and high winds. The few that were here moved on. We..
Lately I’ve had several people ask me if I have stopped guiding. Let’s get that answer out of the way right off the bat. No. I’m still guiding, will continue to guide, and likely will stop guiding when I stop breathing. There is a story behind why some folks might think that I walked away from the business. For years I struggled with one major focus; being at the top of the heap in the fishing guide business here in Georgia. I worked like a maniac to get there and for the last few years I’ve enjoyed the fruits of..
When I was a kid my dad would take me fishing all the time. We weren’t rich. We didn’t have a nice boat. Hell… at times when didn’t even have a boat at all. We fished in anything ranging from neighborhood ponds to rivers and creeks. We didn’t have smart phones and we didn’t bring cameras to document each and every catch in order to provide proof of a successful day. In the summer time I would always spend a couple of weeks with my grandparents at their house on Hickory Bluff where they had a dock on Field Creek.
This season has certainly been weird as nothing has really been on schedule. The Tripletail showed up a little later than normal and never really were that impressive. The Tarpon fishing was good but never got really good. The Cobia run was a dud. Bull Redfish just sort of “sputtered”. The good news is that the Trout fishing has been strong and should continue to be strong. Thanksgiving week will have some brutal tides but I expect that a few days after the flood tides we should see some of the best Trout fishing of the year. Right now we..
It’s that time of year to catch trophy Redfish, also known as Bull Reds, Old Drum, or Bulls. We’ve obviously had some crazy weather but of course the big Reds don’t mind. It’s just a matter of having a day that we can safely and comfortably get to them. The good news is that there are Redfish to be caught in the rivers. On days where it is just too much to go out front we can fish safely in the river around rips and deep holes. Typically, in the river you don’t catch the numbers that you do on..
Sometimes making predictions about fishing can leave you looking a bit silly and I hesitate to say that any particular time is going to be good. The last thing that I want is for you to go burn your gas and waste your time because I said it would be a good time to go. Well I’m glad that my prediction in my last report has proven to be true. The inshore bite has been really good! We had some big tides around the first of the month and during the last week of the month we’ll have some big..
We’ve got some of the best fishing of the year coming up and whether your intention is to book a fishing charter with us, or to head out in your own boat, it’s time to start planning for the best dates. Right now we are on the tail end of some big flood tides. Unless you have a small skiff or like to wade for tailing Redfish, that is mostly bad news. Offshore currents are likely swift and the inshore waters are muddy. However, that is about to change as the tides return to normal. Between now and the last..
Let’s get the Tarpon fishing summary knocked out first… It was good… then it wasn’t good… then it was good again… and now it’s not good again. That’s it in a nutshell but if you want the details, here we go. The wind shifted to the east and northeast a couple weeks ago and blew the bait apart which also caused the fish to scatter. We typically are able to predict where the main mass of fish are going to be on a given tide but once the bait and fish dispersed it became more of a matter of blind..
It seems that I always have to start my reports with a weather disclaimer, and this one is no different. We had a strong start to our Tarpon season this year only to get de-railed a bit recently. Every few days we’ve had a strong east or northeast wind and that really disrupts the bait and the fish. They typically spring right back, but we need a few days of good weather to really get things going again. That brings me to the first thing that I want to talk about in the report. Speaking with some of my fellow..