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 sound of screaming drags as the monster Reds ripped the line off of the reel.
The Trout, Flounder and Redfish ignored the mandatory evacuation order and stuck around to entertain anglers returning to the water. As we enter November, the bite remains strong and optimistic for a productive month.
September saw a slowdown in the summer’s Shark bite. They were still here but not as impressively as they were during June, July and August.
July and August is prime Tarpon Season. These guys showed up early and stuck around into early September. But I have to be honest with you, this year they kicked my butt! We found bait, found the Tarpon and watch them roll past our bait and over to the boat near us to take their bait and give us a distant show of their aerial acrobatics. Or, they would snatch our bait and pull the hook after a quick battle of wit and strength. Admittedly, this season I was humbled by this mighty fish. I reflected on the previous Tarpon season and the pounding of my chest as an unstoppable warrior, while licking my open wounds of this season’s battles.
As much as I hate losing a battle, it is all part of what I do for a living and what causes my heart to pound and sometimes skip a beat when this formidable opponent enters the arena to match wit, strength and cunning to see who claims the honor as champion of the fight. We are constantly learning and adapting to what nature has to throw at us, and even while inspecting our battle scars, we press forward to what lies ahead.
According to our calendar, it looks like people are wanting to put fish on the Thanksgiving table instead of turkey. Although Thanksgiving week is booking quickly, we still have some openings in November. If you have already made reservations, Thank You! If not, please contact us here or feel free to give Beth a call and reserve a date: (912) 617-5577.