Fishing Charters | St. Simons Island | Jekyll Island

Fishing Charters with The Georgia Fishing Company

What is a guided fishing trip? Different people may define it in different ways, but I see it quite simply. From our first conversation, we try to make sure that you have the best fishing experience possible. This means giving you a reasonable idea of what to expect and asking you questions to help determine what will suit you best. Every season of the year has its strengths and weaknesses and it’s our job to match your goals with the best offering of that particular season. In our opinion, this is where the “guided experience” starts.

Below you will find the different types of fishing that we offer and the best times of year to experience them. Please keep in mind that reef fishing is very weather dependent. We do our best to get you out there but sometimes the seas just don’t agree. If it looks like we have some other options prior to your trip we’ll be sure to let you know and give you the option of doing that instead. Often times unexpected opportunities will present themselves while we are out on the water and we’ll certainly take advantage of that. Below is a guide to what is reliable and isn’t inclusive of every possibility.

Inshore Fishing


Inshore fishing is done primarily in the rivers and sounds using light spin tackle with live or artificial baits. Our primary targets are usually Sea Trout and we also encounter Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and Redfish. While Redfish are legal to harvest, they are catch and release only when fishing with me. All other species can be harvested in accordance with state regulations.
Best time of year
September through February
When not to book
March / April

Shark Fishing


Shark fishing trips are done between 1 and 6 miles offshore where we will primarily fish near trawling shrimp boats. The sharks are typically within the 80 to 120 pound range. On days where the water clarity and sunlight cooperate we are able to draw the sharks close to the boat and sight cast to them with natural or artificial baits. Shark fishing is catch and release only, although if time and conditions allow, we can target Whiting, Spanish Mackerel, or Tripletail for you to take home for dinner.
Best time of year
May through September
When not to book
October through April

Tarpon Fishing

st simons island fishing charters
Tarpon aren’t called Silver Kings for nothing. They are one of the most sought after game fish on the planet. They are well known for the acrobatic displays and unbreakable spirits. Most often we will target Tarpon around the inlets with live bait and medium weight tackle. Fights can be over in as little as five minutes or go on for over an hour. Tarpon fishing is catch and release only.
Best time of year
July and August
When not to book
October through May

Bull Redfish Fishing


Bull Redfish or “Bull Reds” is the name given to the oldest and largest Redfish that return to our area in the Fall and again in the Spring. These spawning fish range from 36 inches to 50 inches and are known to school together. During the Fall run it is not uncommon to catch more than 20 in a half day trip. Bull Redfish are catch and release only.
Best time of year
October – early November / Late April – early May
When not to book
Any time other than the above

Kids Fishing

ethan cheek with his shark
Kids fishing trips are 2 and 3 hours and we try to maximize the catching time as much as possible. We target anything that swims and try to keep the action as steady as possible. The kids are in charge of the fun and if they rather scoop up harmless jelly balls, play with the bait, or simply watch dolphins that’s up to them. It’s all about making sure that they have fun. Our most common targets are small Sharks, Whiting, and Stingrays. Whiting are good to eat and you are welcome to keep as many as you like for dinner.
Best time of year
March through November
When not to book
December through February

Reef Fishing

st simons fishing offshore

Reef fishing, is what we consider fishing the nearshore wrecks and reefs in the 10-15 mile range. These trips are highly weather dependent and aren’t recommended if you know you get sea sick. Reef fishing varies considerably from season to season with Sheepshead and Sea Bass being common targets in late winter and early spring and then Spanish and King Mackerel as the water warms.
Best time of year
February through June
When not to book
Book any time, but ask what’s running.

Flood Tide / Backwater

For those that want to take on a greater challenge and a more technical offering, we offer flood tide Redfish and backwater Redfish trips with Capt. Aaron aboard his Cayo skiffs. When water temperatures rise and the marshes flood it presents a unique sight fishing opportunity for tailing Redfish. While the window is short, it’s a thrilling hunt as the water rises and the fish move up to feed. For flood tide trips you’ll need to speak with Aaron for the best dates. For all other back country trips we’ll plan departures around low tide.
Best time of year
April through October
When not to book
Mid-November through March (flood tide only)

Whiting Fishing

Whiting are abundant and under-appreciated fish. They are small but delicious and easy to catch. For those they don’t care about pictures with big fish or the prestige of a rare catch and simply want to go put as many fish as possible in the cooler in the shortest amount of time, Whiting are the targets of choice. There is no possession limit for Whiting so you can keep as many as you like.
Best time of year
March /April / May
When not to book
November through February

Fishing Charter Prices

Prices cover two people. Add $50 for each additional person. Shark fishing charters, Bull Redfish charters, and kids fishing charters offer a maximum of 6 anglers. All other trips offer a maximum of 4 anglers. I recommend the smallest group possible to maximize options and opportunities.

4 hours: $500

6 hours: $650

8 hours: $800

Kids Fishing Charter Prices

Prices cover first 3 anglers. Add $25 for each additional angler. 6 anglers maximum,

2 hours: $300

3 hours: $400

What is provided?

  • Rods and Reels
  • Tackle
  • Bait
  • Licenses
  • Drink Cooler with Ice and Bottled Water
  • Fish Cleaning

What should you bring?

  • Your Drinks and Snacks
  • Sun Protective Clothing
  • Sunscreen (Coppertone and spray sunscreen will turn my boat orange. Please avoid)
  • Polarized sunglasses (Even cheap ones from a gas station are better than non-polarized glasses)
  • If you have a life jacket that fits your child just right, I recommend bringing it. My life jackets are meant to fit “most” but may not be a comfortable fit for your child.

What time do we depart?

Usually at 8 AM for morning trips although sometimes we will push departure back to 8:30 or 9:00 or forward to a daylight departure according to tides or the type of fish we are targeting. We’ll firm the time up the night before your trip.

How do I book a trip?

Just give us a call or fill out the form on the contact page. We’ll discuss your options and decide on the best type of trip and the best date. Once you’ve decided on a date and trip we’ll need a few things to reserve your date.

We’ll need:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Number of Anglers In Your Group
  • Credit Card Number

Do you charge my card before the trip?

No. It is held on file in lieu of a deposit. That way if we need to cancel for weather there is no need to issue a refund. If you want to use your card to pay for the trip just bring it with you and we will settle up at the end of your trip.

What is your cancellation policy?

We retain your credit card information instead of requiring a deposit. This is for your convenience and we are able to do this because for years it has not been a major issue. However, it is our policy that if you cancel within 7 days of your scheduled trip, your card will be charged 50% of the price of your trip. If we are able to re-book that day we will gladly refund the charge.

Sometimes people call and ask to be “penciled in” or ask questions as if they might change their mind. Please keep in mind that once we lose a day of pay our guides can never get it back. This is how we earn our living and each day is very valuable to us. We cannot pencil anyone in and we hope that you will respect our time and the livelihoods of our guides and their families enough to keep your word once you schedule a trip.

In the event of foul weather the captain will make the final call. If it looks like it will be unsafe or the weather will affect the fishing to the point that it isn’t feasible, they will contact you as soon as they possibly can to let you know. We will do our best to give you the most notice we possibly can if the weather won’t allow us to fish.  The guide makes the final call in regards to weather, but we assure you we have your best interest at heart.

How far ahead should I book my trip?

Of course, the sooner you book the higher the chances are of your date being available. In the peak season from April through Labor Day we book up quickly but with multiple boats we almost always have an option for you. If you have limited days that you can fish I would try to book at least 2 months ahead. If you are flexible we can usually fit you in within a week or two. Please give us a call anyway even if it is last minute. Sometimes days just don’t book for some reason and sometimes there are cancellations. If we don’t have an open day we are always happy to help you find a qualified guide.

What kind of boat do you have?

Capt. TJ runs a 24 foot Everglades center console equipped with a 300 Yamaha motor, 36 volt trolling motor, Simrad electronics, T-top, and top of the line tackle.

Capt. Tim runs a 22 Pathfinder bay boat powered by a 150 Yamaha and a 24 volt trolling motor. This boat is light and nimble in order to get in the backwater where many larger boats can’t go.

Capt. Jeff runs a 23 foot Pathfinder bay boat powered by a 250 Yamaha SHO and equipped with iPilot trolling motor, Power Pole, and Garmin electronics.

Capt. Aaron runs an 18 ft Cayo skiff, specially designed for quietly stalking Redfish in the shallowest of backwaters. Our Cayo skiff is powered by a 60 Mercury and equipped with a Stiffy push pole, removable trolling motor, and Power Pole.

What about tipping?

While a tip is just that, something extra beyond the agreed upon price, it is a major portion of how guides make a living. We have spent decades finding ways to exceed your expectations. We burn a little extra gas to find something that is actually worth paying for. We take extra bait because we anticipate success. That is why tips are appreciated, because we give them right back to our customers by spending them on gas, better equipment, and extra bait. Customary tips are 10-20%.

Ready to FISH or have a few questions?

Call 912-617-5577

What else do you need to know?

We’ve tried to give you the most important information on this page. However, there are some older pages that have additional information on them. If you’d like to keep reading, try the following pages or check out our fishing reports.

Old charter info page

Old FAQ page

Inshore Fishing

Kids Fishing

Shark and Tarpon Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing

Reef Fishing