It’s Bull Red Time.

TJ Cheek Fishing Reports, Redfish, Trout 1 Comment

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 the beach side but what you do find are some monsters.

Expect the bulls to be here until early to mid November and make sure that you book soon as we are running out of days in October.

If you are planning on fishing for Bull Reds yourself and you aren’t quite sure where to start, here are some tips.

  • Use 80 pound monofilament leaders between 18 and 24 inches in length.
  • Use 3 to 4 ounce sinkers attached directly to the leader so they don’t slide up the mainline.
  • Use large circle hooks in the 8/0 to 12/0 range depending on brand.
  • For bait: Cut mullet, bluefish, whiting, trout heads, or squid.
  • Make sure your bait is hooked so that it doesn’t spin in the current.
  • Fish areas around the breakers in 3 to 12 feet of water or on deep holes and rips in the rivers.
  • Don’t hold the fish with Boga grips. Support the belly and hold them horizontally.
  • When you’re around the breakers, pay attention to birds, bait, and watch for slicks.

As for inshore fishing, you would expect it to be totally trashed with all of the tides we had during the super moon coupled with quite a bit of rain and wind. It’s actually not all that bad. Right now I would prefer to fish the lower tides but as the water begins to clean up it will be game on throughout the tide cycle.

The best inshore fishing of the year will occur over the next several weeks and will usually last through January. I know it’s football season, hunting season, and jacket season, but if you want to see Georgia fishing at it’s best… the choice is yours.

In tournament news, I was fortunate enough to win the Fernandina IFA event along with my tournament partner Chris Rosengarten on September 26th. We fought through some hard luck, including an electrical issue that forced us to fish without a trolling motor for most of the day. In the end it all came together and we pounded the Redfish to win the event with 14.09 lbs over second place with 13.15. With 80 boats in the competition it was a great feeling to cap the regular season off with a win. I’ll be leaving on the 11th to go back to Louisiana for the championship so be sure to follow along on Facebook.



This week’s fishing report, as always, is sponsored by Mossy Oak Properties Coastal Land & Real Estate. Please check out this weekend getaway in Charlton County on 33 +/- acres.

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Comments 1

  1. Thank you so much for your fishing report. This will be our first time attempting to fish at Jekyll Island and had no idea what we needed until we found your site. Thank you so much for giving great advice. I hope it helps us to catch some large fish!

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