December heralds the arrival of winter time red fishing. As the water cools, red fish gather in large schools on mud flats adjoining deep channels, oysters and grass. On sunny days, particularly with a mid-day low tide, the tide recedes, and the sun warms the exposed oysters and mud. When the tide starts coming back in, the water warms and the fish follow. You may see schools of 25-100 on the flats. They are there to eat and warm up. On good days, when the wind is down and the fish active, you can see them push water from 100 yards away. If you are stealthy and put a well placed fly in front of them before they know you are there, hold on because your drag will start to scream. An excellent fly for winter time red fishing is the Prawn’s Revenge. Click on the link for video instructions

Check out this video taken several years ago of winter time fishing for red fish.

The other way to sight fish big schools of winter time red fish is to look for them in the back of creeks. These fish seek shallow water to warm up and to stay away from their primary predator in the winter, the Bottled Nose Dolphin. Again, if you pole quietly up a creek, you may find big schools of winter time red fish quietly finning or tailing in shallow water.

Trout fishing has been good on the higher tides. Thanks to the DNR increasing the minimum size limit to 14″ a few years ago, we are catching many more 16-20″ trout. There is nothing better than catching some of these fish and then taking them to a local restaurant for them to prepare them for you. Our local favorites that offer a, “Bring Your Own Fish” are Tramici and Catch 228. Call ahead to let them know you are bringing your catch.

As always, Fly Cast Charters is strictly catch and release on red fish. While our population has increased the last few years, the numbers are still way below what they were 10 years ago.

Here are a few photos of some clients from the last few months. If you are in St. Simons, Jekyll, or Sea Island this winter, give me a call, and let’s go, Hunt Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.”

Al's winter time red fish.
Al’s first “Back of Creek” Red Fish
winter time red fishing in the back of creeks yields big fish for Clair.
Clair’s first red fish
Out of the boat and back of the creek winter time redfishing
Michael chasing red fish on foot.
winter time redfishing Ron's big multi spotted red fish
Ron’s multi-spot red fish
Live well of trout
Live well full of trout about to be dinner
Sean and winter time red fish
Sean’s winter time red fish
Winter time red fish
Another beautiful winter time red fish