"Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn"


Early Fall Newsletter, September and October 2014

Fishing in St. Simons

Capt David Edens is an Orvis Endorsed
Fly Fishing Guide, a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers Professional Guide Association.
This assures you of a quality trip, by a professional and experienced guide as well as quality
casting instruction.  These credentials have been earned by honesty, integrity, commitment to
customer service and decades of fly fishing experience.
Winter Time Fishin' Forecast for St. Simons
November,  December, January and February offer some of the best sight fishing of the year.  By November, the water has cleared, and the red fish are beginning to form their huge winter schools.  The weather is not cold in early winter in the Golden Isles; and on the right day, the sight/fly fishing can be off the charts.  It is not unusual to see schools of 50-100 fish, get shots at multiple fish, and to hook up multiple times.  Be sure to give me a call or email for information about some of the best days for fishing this winter.  
Capt. David Edens
706-540-1276 cell (best)
912-289-1061 home
Click to Email Capt. Dave at Fly Cast Charters

Batter Fried Speckled Sea Trout or Flounder
Fall is the best time of the year to fish for Speckled Sea Trout. The shrimp are moving out of the creeks, and the trout are there waiting for them.  They feed heavily during this time of the year and are typically fat and healthy.  They 
are always delicious.
I always advocate catch and release on red fish, but I encourage clients to keep a few trout, and flounder for dinner. 
A favorite way to cook them is by deep frying.  Most people simply bread the fillets in flour and cornmeal.  Last year I started batter frying them.  My family and guests love them prepared this way.
Here is my batter recipe:
For  6-8 trout (12-16 fillets)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 eggs beaten
2 cups beer
1/2 cup salad oil
Combine all ingredients. Beat until smooth.  Dip fillets in batter, and let excess drip off. Deep fry in peanut oil at 375 until golden brown.
Batter fried sea trout and hush puppies.  A southern tradition.
Kids get so excited when they catch a fish.  Mom's or Dad's, bring your son or daughter, let's pull out the spinning equipment and catch a bunch of sea trout this fall.
Rich Products
Cystic Fibrosis

Every October, Rich Products sponsors the Cystic Fibrosis Red/Trout fishing tournament. Over the last 13 years this tournament has raised more than $1,000,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Normally the tournament has approximately 20 boats.  This year there were 33 boats. Before the tournament started, the organizers already had raised in excess of their $92,000 goal.
This year I fished with a team from Texas.  Sean shared the boat for two days, and Pat and Amanda traded off days. We fished for two days from 7:30 until 3:30. While we didn't catch a lot of fish, Amanda won the Big Trout Award with a 20" fish that was her first ever Speckled Sea Trout.
Way to go Amanda!!!.
Capt. David Edens
St. Simons Island, GA
706-540-1276 cell, best
Amanda's 20" Sea Trout 
Peter's 33" 13 lb bull red fish
Flood Tide Fishing Report

September and October brought some great tailing red fishing to the Golden Isles.  September 6-13 and October 3-10 brought the biggest tides so far this year.  

In earlier newsletters, I said to be alert for unforecasted flood tides. During the last full week of September, we had an unusual Nor'easter settle in over South Georgia and North Florida.  This system produced strong NE winds that pushed water into our sounds and marshes and produced outstanding flood tides during the day.  Tides for these days were at least 1 1/2 to 2 feet above forecast. The reds used this opportunity to hit the spartina grass flats and gorge on fiddler crabs.  Since these tides cannot be forcasted in advance, I was not booked.  I managed to sneak out on Sunday, 9/28 to a flat I had not fished in several years.  Long story short, I saw over a dozen tailing red fish,  cast to 5, spooked 2, missed the strike on 1, and landed 2. The first fish was 21 1/2" and the second was a red hot 29", 10 lb+ fish that took me to my backing. 

My long time client, Clay, booked this prime time September trip last Spring. He and his friend Richard came for an evening and then a morning trip.  Both of them had lots of shots at happy tailing red fish, and Richard closed the deal on this fat 28" fish
Jim and Walt traveled down from Savannah to partake in some or our tailing red fishing.  Jim brought his 11', 8 wt. Helios switch rod.  I didn't think that type of rod was a good choice for this type of fishing.  I was surprised how quickly and how much line you can lay out with a single back cast with this type of rod.  This red was surprised too. There might be a switch rod in my future.
It is always great to get a Dad/Son, or any parent/sibling team on the boat.  The Parents get so excited when their kids connect with a good fish.  After a frustrating day in the grass flats, we found a high tide flooded mud flat with water so clear you would swear you were in the Gulf.  This nice red fish came swimming along, and greedily gobbled up a black toad. 
Matthew was visiting the Golden Isles, and took a few hours to "Hunt Fish in the Marshes of Glynn"  We found lots of tailing fish, and he connected with this one, which we promptly tagged for the DNR and quickly released to fight another day.

There were lots of other fish caught during the Flood Tide Season. Unfortunately the new moon tides in October are not forecasted to be high enough to flood the flats.  If the weather stays warm, we may have another good round of tailing fish the first week of November.  Please contact me if you are interested in reserving any of those dates.  If the water gets too cool before then, I will let you know and we can cancel or change to a low tide trip if you desire.
Capt. David Edens
706-540-1276 cell best
912-289-1061 home
Click to Email Capt. Dave at Fly Cast Charters
Speckled Sea Trout on a fly rod:  When you are out, remember to take a lighter fly rod along for the Speckled Sea Trout.  At this time of year, you can find them schooled up in clear moving water along oyster banks, points and marsh islands. Use any of the ultra realistic shrimp patterns covered in my previous email newsletters (Past newsletters) or the Chartreuse and white clouser tied with Farrar's flash blend with red flash.  Tan and orange or pink and green clousers also work well.  Slowly strip the fly along close to the bottom, vary the speed of the retrieve, and when you feel a tap, tap, tap; set the hook. Don't forget to try a Gurgler in low light.
St. Simons Outfitters, the Orvis Store in St. Simons, located at 3405 Frederica Rd., just North of the Sea Island Causeway.   The shop has some good values on 8 wt outfits, exactly what you need for red fish. The shop has recently received a new shipment of custom tied flies, including the black toad.  They are the only distributor in the area of the classic, English outerwear, Barbour.  Give Ellen a call at 912-638-5454 to see what is new. Or visit their web site: St. Simons Outfitters
I will be spending some time in the shop  when I am not on the water.  If I am there, feel free to ask for some impromptu casting or fly tying instruction.  I am always ready to teach and talk fly fishing.
This is the back window of my silver Toyota Tacoma.  If you see me around St. Simons or anywhere, stop me, introduce yourself and let's talk fly fishing

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Capt. David Edens

Endorsed Orvis Fly Fishing Guide
Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor
Federation of Fly Fishers Professional Guide Association
Fly Cast Charters
308 Wild Heron Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA  31522
706-540-1276 cell (best), 912-289-1061 home