February Fishing Report |
Our winter has been mild, with only a few periods of really cold weather, but while the weather was cold, the fishing was hot.
The red fish are still in their big winter time schools. Last week, I saw a school that had to have over 100 fish in it. It was between 40 and 50 yards across and at least 25 yards deep as the school marched down the creek. We managed to take two nice fish (both released) from the school as they swam past the boat. This is one of the largest schools of red fish I have ever seen in St. Simons.
There are several big schools of fish scattered in and around St. Simons. As I am writing this, I can think of exactly where 8-10 schools should be hanging out right now, and a half dozen other places where I have a general idea where the fish are.
That is the good and the bad of winter time fishing. The good is, if the fish are where they are supposed to be, you get lot's of shots at them. If they are not where they are supposed to be, you have to go looking for them. The fish are so bunched up right now, to be successful, you have to locate the schools.
Larry and his wife joined me for an early morning trip fishing on one of the coldest mornings of the year in February. We had shots at dozens of fish, and Larry was able to bring a few to the boat. These weren't big fish, but they were his first on a fly rod, which is always special.
My friend and client Tim has fished with me several times during the summer months. He came to the Marshes of Glynn to experience some of our winter fishing and was rewarded with a nice red fish on about his fifth cast.
Tim is an accomplished fly tier, and he caught this fish on his version of an ultra shrimp. He has me so fired up about this, I have ordered some of the UV cure acrylic to try my hand at these flies.
Rich also had some success in the Marshes of Glynn and is going to give it a try again in early March
The weather is supposed to turn colder the first few days of March, so maybe this winter time pattern will continue for several more weeks. It is great fun seeing these big schools of red fish marching down the creeks and sounds around St. Simons.
Give me a call, and come, "Hunt Fish in the Marshes of Glynn."
Until next time,
Tight Lines, strip strike and practice the Double Haul
Capt. David Edens