One of the best things about the job that we get to do is knowing that no two days will be the same. At the same time, that is the one thing that can make this job tough! The bite changes, the clients change, and the weather changes. We have to constantly remain fluid and be willing to adapt to all of these changes. I recently had a customer that really put my ability to adapt to the test. We had an inshore trip scheduled to fish for Trout, Redfish, etc. and I had an arsenal of light tackle in..
The past few months of leisure fishing and unseasonably warm weather have been very enjoyable. We have been able to fish several times a month at a slower pace. December through February is generally our down time. It gives us a chance to catch our breath from the non-stop summer and fall fishing season. It is a chance to catch up on family time. Our bodies also appreciate the break from 4:30 AM wake up calls, daily boat washings, and the sun-up to sundown go-go-go. However, when March comes in like a lion and begins its exit as a lamb..
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..
October was a phenomenal month for both inshore fishing and Bull Reds. Hurricane Matthew slowed us down just before kissing the shores of the Golden Isles at the beginning of the month. After it passed through, we had to wait for the marina to restore power and obtain bait before we were able to get back on the water. Although Matthew caused significant damage to the marina and St. Simons Island, the fish were laughing and thumbing their fins in his face. The Bull Red’s had our clients excited, happy and quickly worn out as they provided that addictive..
July was an incredibly busy and productive month. The weather was very cooperative for which we are thankful. The inshore bite remained steady in spite of flood tides and extreme heat. As previously reported, the Shark bite was crazy good and the Tarpon are offering just as much adventure. August will be prime for Shark/Tarpon so call soon to reserve your trip. When reserving your Tarpon trip, remember you will need a minimum of 6 hours. This will give you adequate time to find and catch the live bait, then move on to the Tarpon hunt. We received a..
June was a CRAZY good month for Shark and expect July to be the same if not better. The Shark bite offered big adventures for families and adrenaline junkies alike. Grown men were begging for mercy as the big boys put some drag on the reels they won’t soon forget. Tarpon have been spotted and should be here in full force by mid-July. Some have already been hooked and gone airborne in their pre-season show of acrobatics. Trout have been steady and during the first part of June we had to cull through some shorts. But by the end of..
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.