Late Winter and early Spring has been all about sight fishing Red Fish
January, February and March brought changeable conditions to the Golden Isles of Georgia. One day it was calm and 70 degrees. The next day it was blowing 20 out of the North and 50 degrees. We saw the water temperature dip as low as 47 degrees. 47 degrees is not cold enough to cold kill speckled trout, so next year's trout season should be excellent. (As an aside, the GA DNR increased the minimum legal keeper size of speckled trout to 14" as of 1-1-16. Daily limit remains at 15)
On days after the cold weather, when the water warmed up a few degrees, sight fishing was fabulous.
Troy is a local who fished with me a few days. We were rewarded with schools of reds moving up and down the banks, pushing water and chasing shrimp. With the clear water, sight fishing was terrific.
Later in Spring, the fish were cruising on the flats and eating well presented flies.
Frank was recently rewarded with this 10 lb 29" red fish, while Jack caught this 11 lb, 30" bruiser.
The one thing that is a constant in clear water fishing is the farther you can cast with accuracy, the greater chance you have of catching these spooky reds. If I have to pole you within 30-40 ft. of these red fish, they see us and spook. Also, false casting excessively spooks the school. See the tips and techniques
section for some casting tips to increase your chances.
March brings warming water. With the water temperature at 70 degrees on some days recently, the triple tail should be here soon. We have had strong east and NE winds the past few days, but as soon as the wind calms down and I can safely get into the ocean in front of Jekyll, we will begin the annual ritual of chasing free floating triple tail.
Additionally, the warmer waters means tailing red fish. If you are down here on a full or new moon, by all means call me and see if we can go out for a quick trip. Tailing red fish in the grass is the classic, Southern way to fly fish for our red fish. There aren't many things more exciting than casting to a 10 lb red in 10 inches of water with his tail waving in the air.
So here we go again. I am in my seventh year of guiding fly fishers in St. Simons. I can't believe how time has flown by. Thanks to all who have fished with me over the years. I look forward to renewing friendships and making new ones this year.
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