Warming water bring a better bite! 04/01/2023 Fishing Report

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Warming water bring a better bite! 04/01/2023 Fishing Report

We’re happy to report that as the water has been warming, the fishing has also been improving. This time of year we’re always waiting for stable water temperatures above 65 degrees. And while we’ve had temps spike to as much as 75, they’ve also plummeted back to the high 50s as a result of cold snaps. We’ll continue to see improvement not only in our year round fisheries, but our seasonal species as well.

Inshore fishing: Inshore fishing has been particularly successful, with redfish, spotted sea trout, and flounder being the most commonly caught species. Live bait, such as shrimp or mullet, has been the most effective way to catch these fish, but artificial lures have also been successful. Scheduling your trip around tides that work for your target species is imperative if you want the best results.

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Nearshore and Reef fishing: Nearshore fishing has also been productive, with anglers targeting species such as sheepshead, sea bass, and occasional cobia . Bottom fishing with live fiddler crabs has been the most effective method for catching sheepshead while jigging or live bait has been best for the other species. We’ll start to see more and more pelagic fish showing up as Spring progresses and we look forward to some fantastic mackerel fishing. Shark fishing will also begin to be a viable option and toward the end of May we’ll have some opportunities for Tarpon as well.

Offshore fishing: Offshore fishing will only get better as we make our way to summer months. While we will target some of the same fish that we find on our nearshore reefs, as we find ourselves venturing 20+ miles out we begin to find amberjack, grouper, and larger bottom fare.

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For specific information and up to the minute fishing reports, it is highly recommended that you reach out to us. Our summer calendar is filling quickly and some of our guides are already fully booked. To get the best days please reach out to us ahead of time if at all possible. We look forward to getting you out on the water soon!

The Georgia Fishing Company 

Report by Captain TJ Cheek

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