The end of September brought the first morning tailing tides of the year. On several mornings, we had shots at over 30 tailing fish. On a normal day, we had shots at well over a dozen fish.
Clay has fished with me several times before, and we practiced casting some before we went fishing. He had shots at many, many fish, but in the grass, a number of things have to come together to connect. He caught this nice slot red fish which we tagged, photographed, revived and released to fight another day.
October afternoon flood tides were terrific. Several people has lots of shots and connections. Then the morning tides of early October were a bust. Hurricane Joaquin, the super moon and another local Nor'easter pushed way to much water onto the flats. When the water is too deep, you can't see the fish tail.
If the water stays warm enough, we may have some tailing fish later this week and into the end of October. As I write this, we are having Northeast winds of 25-30. While the tide isn't supposed to flood, the Northeast winds are pushing in enough water to flood the flats. When the wind dies down, I will be out checking for tails.
Trout Fishing is getting red hot
As the water cools, the shrimp start moving out of the creeks, and the trout fishing heats up.
Russell came for a family vacation, and spent a few days fishing. We blind cast my special chartreuse and white clouser over several oyster bars. He connected with some nice spotted sea trout.
Trout fishing will stay red hot, particularly on the neap tides until the water gets cold in late December. If you want to catch trout, now is the time of the year to do it.
Low tide Red Fishing
As Fall progresses, the red fishing on the low tide gets better and better. Like the trout, the reds turn on the feedbag with all the shrimp leaving the creeks. Henry came to St. Simons for a business meeting. He fished while the others played golf. The first day we had dirty water, wind and flat skies. On the second, we were blessed with fair skies, light wind and almost clear water. We pulled up to the second flat of the afternoon, and almost immediately saw fish pushing water. After several fly changes, he connected on this 31" 13 pound red fish. The fly that has been most consistent this fall is a realistic shrimp imitation tied with UV cured acrylic. See the photo in the column on the right.
If you are going to be in St. Simons, be sure to give me a call and work in a few hours of fly fishing.
Capt,. David Edens
308 Wild Heron Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Cell: 706-540-1276 Best