Prime Tarpon Time at St. Simons Island

Summer vacation might be coming to a close but the Tarpon fishing is just getting warmed up. We know that it’s time for the kids to head back to school but we’re thankful for a summer that brought us some great customers, decent weather, and some amazing fishing opportunities. Now that summer vacation is almost over, we’re setting our sights on one of our favorite times of year; Tarpon season. It’s time to get out there early, catch some Pogies, and put some giant silver dinosaurs in the air. You’ll never see a bunch of fishing guides happier to get..

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What to Book For Guide by Month

St. Simons Redfish Guide

So I’ve been getting a lot of calls from folks looking to book trips for this year. A common questions is “What will be biting for the time I’m here?” This isn’t always easy to answer as the fish do their own thing a lot of times and all we can do is base a guess off of what we have seen in years past. I’ll do my best to give you a guide for the best fish to target this year while you are staying at St. Simons Island or Jekyll Island. Since January is almost over, I’ll start..

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The Fish Are On Notice – Bring On 2016!

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..

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What Have We Become?

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.

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Hunter Banks Fly Fishing Asheville, NC Review

Fishing with Hunter Banks of Asheville North Carolina On Tuesday November 26th, 2014 my wife and I had the pleasure of fishing with Jason of Hunter Banks Fly Fishing Outfitters in Asheville North Carolina. We were on vacation for our 5 year anniversary and about 3 weeks prior to our trip we started the booking process with another guide from the area. After trying to secure a day of fishing with the first guide and some “spotty” communication at best, we still had not gotten any confirmation for our trip. We were really looking forward to doing some fly fishing..

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Fishing and Guarantees – Everything Requires Sacrifice

“The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive, but attainable. A perpetual series of occasions for hope.” What is it about fishing that makes us love it? Is it really that much fun to feel an animal fighting with everything that it has in the hopes of preserving its own life? Is it that we just love eating fish? I think that for those of us that have a true passion for the sport, it goes far deeper than that. It’s a game of chess between you and the fish. It’s your preparation and..

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Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) Closes It’s Doors

After several tough years in the saltwater fishing tournament world, the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) closes it’s doors. With escalating costs and dwindling participation and sponsorships, it comes as no surprise. In the good ol’ days, you could put 200 gallons of gas in your offshore boats for $300 or less. You could afford to spend another $240 on live Blue Runners and Goggle Eyes and it was still affordable for a team of average Joes to compete. Now with 200 gallons of marine fuel costing $1,000 or more, it’s not feasible for those of us that aren’t making a..

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Warm Weather, Happy Fish, Calm Seas, Old Friends

Jekyll Island Fishing

My good buddy Will Wyatt. It was a record in my book my friend! That is exactly what is on my mind lately. While right now the fishing is very, very good (just two days ago we put 30+ Trout in the boat in 45 minutes) I am just ready for the return of warm weather, happy fish, calm seas, and old friends and clients. Every year fishing guides go through phases and I am no exception. Winter brings a time when we simply don’t have a lot of business even though the fishing is stellar. It is a real..

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Bull Reds Still On Fire – Trout Getting Better Every Day

Over the past week or so since my last blog I have mostly been fishing for Bull Redfish with my clients but I have had the opportunity on a couple of days to do some light tackle fishing for Trout and Redfish. Obviously the hot ticket right now is the big Reds, but the Trout fishing has been picking up steadily. We did have some big tides over the weekend that made Trout fishing a bit difficult but in spite of that we found some solid fish. One day in particular we were on a steady Trout bite around high..

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St. Mary’s Georgia, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Fishing Report

As published in the Tribune and Georgian: Coastal Georgia Fishing Report September Report / October Forecast Capt. TJ Cheek – Coastal Georgia Fishing Guide – St. Simons Island Lately the fishing has been interesting to say the least. The non-stop rain hasn’t given us any relief as far as the fresh water run-off goes, but I can’t say that the fishing has been bad. The Redfish bite has been excellent and the Bull Redfish have moved in. The Trout fishing has been pretty awful for the most part but it’s a lot easier to live with when you have such..

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