Casting Weighted Flies with Accuracy
When fishing for tailing red fish, casting accuracy is more important than casting distance. Many casts to tailing fish are only 20-30 feet. But your casts need to be accurate. You should try to put the fly within twelve inches of the fish's nose in the direction he is traveling.
Many fly anglers cast with their fly rod at an angle. When you are going for distance, most anglers open their stance and move the fly rod to between a 45 and 60 degree angle. Other anglers (like me) have the habit of fishing with the rod at an angle as a result of fishing in small streams and having to make side arm casts.
Casting with the rod at an angle makes it difficult to cast accurately, particularly with a weighted fly. If you cast at an angle and if you over power the cast even slightly, when you present the fly to the fish, the fly will have a tendency to kick to the left if you are casting with your right hand or kick to the right if you are casting with your left hand. Casting with a weighted fly compounds this problem because of the inertia in the weight.
To fix this problem, try casting with the rod at a vertical angle. If you overpower the cast, the fly will simply kick down rather than to the side. Jane Wulff takes this a step further. She advocates casting with the rod in front of your face!!! Try it. It might work for you. If you start casting with the rod in a more vertical position, I guarantee you your accuracy will improve.
Jim's First Red Fish on the Fly
caught on a Purple Passion
There are several creeks that become practically dry on low tide. On these creeks, we work the red fish at the creek mouth on the low tide and chase them up the creek into the marsh as the tide comes in. This is great fun.
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August/September Fishing Report and Forecast
Finally, we are having days where the temperature does not reach 90 degrees. This is a relief for us and for the fish. In August, I saw water temperatures as high as 90+ degrees on the low tide flats. The water was consistently 83-85 degrees. While the fish are active and have to feed in these high water temperatures, hot water does not hold as much oxygen as cooler water does. As a result, the fish don't fight as hard, tire quickly during the fight and it takes longer to revive them for the release.
Now that we have had cooler temperatures, the water is in the low 80 degree range.
After the blast of cool air we will have this weekend, it will go into the high 70 degree range. I had a chance to take a busman's holiday last week and went fishing for reds. (BTW, the Purple Passion is still working.) I hooked a 6-7 lb red, and couldn't believe how hard that fish fought. Then I realized the water temperature was in the low 80's rather than the mid 90's. More oxygen for the fish means a better fight for you!!!
Fishing in August and September was excellent. The red fish on the low tide were active, and ate a well presented, properly sized fly. But the excitement is the flood tide red fish in the grass. August and September offered/offer some excellent tides for chasing red fish tailing in the spartina grass. It is not unusual to see and cast to a dozen different fish during the tide. These fish are in the grass to eat, so if you present the fly in front of them, they will eat it. This is the most exciting fishing I know. After this set of tailing tides, tailing activity will decrease as the water cools and the fiddlers become less active. We have great tailing tides from Sept 24th to October 4th. I am booked many of these days, but I still have a few open days. if you want to chase tailing red fish, give me a call.
The trout fishing has been good. We have landed some nice trout in the 17-20 inch range. These are becoming more plentiful. There are tons of short trout on the oyster rakes and in the creek mouths. You will find rat reds in these locations as well as the occasional big red fish and flounder. Last month we had several in-shore grand slams where the angler landed red fish, trout and flounder on the same trip.
The triple tail are still hanging around. I haven't seen any of the big Jacks, but there is a chance they will show up when the mullet run gets into full swing.
From now to the end of December offers some of the best fishing of the year. The water will get clearer and the fish hungrier. If you can, schedule a trip to the Golden Isles, give me a call, and let's "Hunt Fish in the Marshes of Glynn."
Sea and Sky
Too often we are too busy fishing to appreciate the beauty of the "Marshes of Glynn"
This is a recipe my family tried earlier this week. With fresh shrimp as low as $4.50 per pound now, it is time to enjoy these treats. The recipe is from Shrimp, Collards and Grits by Pat Brannon
1 lb fresh, not previously frozen, shrimp
2 tablespoons of scallions
3 tablespoons of celery
2 tablespoons of parsley
zest from half of a lemon
3 tablespoons of mayo
1 cup cornbread (I used panko bread crumbs) crumbs
1 egg, beaten
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash of Tobasco
3 Tablespoons of oil.
Boil and peel shrimp. Chop coarsley. Finely chop all herbs. Combine all ingredients. Form into patties. Saute in oil until brown. Drain on paper. Serve on soft buns with tartar sauce if desired.
We served this with broccoli slaw and chips. It was AWESOME. Sorry, but my picture of the plate didn't come out.
More Scenes from the Marshes of Glynn|
This is a photo from last fall of Morningstar/Golden Isles Marina. Foggy evenings occur when the water cools and the air is still warm.