February/March Fishing Report and Spring Forecast
We have just finished the winter that never was. January and early February fishing was off the charts. Go to myYou tube channel to view the video of late January fishing if you haven't seen it: Two Guides Take a Holiday
. It shows the big schools of red fish we have in St. Simons duringthe winter.
January came and went, and the first part of February fished similarly. Then the WINDS started to blow. It seemed the winds of March came early this year. Fly fishing in 20 knot winds is not fun.
I try to help anyone I can get into fly fishing for red fish. I get a lot of calls about how to fish, where to fish and what to use. I try to supply enough information for someone new to this sport to be successful. Will called me, asked me what to look for, we talked and he set out on his own to give it a try. He sent me an email which pretty much summarizes the fishing in most of February and early March. Here is a copy of it:
"Good morning David! Saturday was a long and grueling day of fighting the wind and cold. Fished from 9 - 4:30 and only managed one fish but being my first it was well worth it! Thought I would share and say thanks for all of the advice you have so willingly shared!"
Will was successful that day, but his comments summarize the fishing in late February and early March.
By mid-March stable weather returned to SSI. We have had highs in the 80's and the water is already up to 70 degrees. Our spring/summer patterns typically have light winds from the SW in the morning, which become still until the Southeast Sea Breeze kicks in. This means great fishing in the morning! I love early morning and mid day low tides. The water can be glassy smooth, and you can see the red fish moving from fifty yards away. On the neap tides, the water is fairly clear and the sight fishing can be great.
I had the opportunity to fish with another family team last week. Howard is an experienced salt water angler. His son Joey had never been salt water fly fishing, but he is a good caster. I was excited to have them on board. The first day we faced stiff winds and only managed three small trout. On the second day, the red fish gods smiled.
|Howard's big Red|
|Joey's First Red Fish Ever|
We found these fish in less than twelve inches of water. You could see them finning and tailing from 50 yards away. They were soooo spooky. I bet we had almost 100 shots at fish. We actually had more success when we found a school in slightly murky water and cast to the school. Regardless, a Father and Son sharing a few days of fishing is about as good as it gets.
As we go into April and May, the Triple Tail will be floating off of Jekyll. (I have heard they are in, but haven't had a chance to go see for myself.)
A great trip this time of year is combining red fishing on the low tide and chasing Triple Tail before or after the tide. Triple Tail fishing is sight fishing at its best.
Trout fishing is picking up and the Trout are showing up off Cumberland and up the rivers. A few of these make a wonderful meal.
Since the water is so warm so early this year, I expect we will have tailing fish in the grass by mid April. I will keep you all posted on when this exciting fishing begins.
If you want to experience a unique fishing trip for Triple Tail and red fish, give me a call today to book a trip during April and May, enjoy our mild weather and come "Hunt Fish in The Marshes of Glynn."
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