Fly Cast Charters of St. Simons Island, GA

"Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn"

Tailing Red Fish, Fall 2017–September, October, November 2017

Fall means great low tide fishng and tailing red fish in the grass.  Tailing Red Fish in the grass was as good as it gets on most trips. When the wind and weather allow, I always run a long way from the Marina. Most fishermen won’t consider running 15-20 miles for a short trip. But I run that far and reward my clients with lots of fish and little competition.

Here is a quote from a recent review left on my page on the Orvis site:
“Great Trip……best flood tide trip I have ever been on! No folks around..just me, Dave, and some of God’s best work! Oh yea……and a ton of red fish tailing, cruising through grass and fighting over crabs, snails, and what not! And this was only a half day charter. Tagged two fish for DNR. Some good memories burned in today. Off the beaten bath. Met a fist class guy today! There will be another trip in the future.”

That says it all. We saw minimum 10 tails on a trip and as many as 75 on really good days. Accurate casts were rewarded with fish from 7 to 11 pounds. But this was in September, Oct and early November.

By mid October, the fish were beginning to go into their winter pattern, and low tide fishing turned on. Here it is, mid November, and what is happening now is sight fishing red fish on the low tide. The water is clearing. On neap tides and days with low wind and bright skies, we are seeing schools of 25-50 fish. These fish are actively moving around, pushing water and hunting food in prep for winter.

Sight fishing red fish in the winter is different from tailing fish in the grass. You have to be very stealthy. Normal conversation will spook fish within 30 feet of the boat. On calm days, I will go down to a 6 or 7 weight with smaller flies and longer leaders. This combo allows delicate presentations. Fishing on low water in the winter is as technical as fishing a Spring Creek in Pennsylvania.

Speckled trout fishing is on fire. On a fly rod, a sink tip line and chartreuse and white clouser help entice these fish to bite. One of my favorite ways to catch trout is with a spinning rod, popping cork and DOA shrimp. This can be fun and exciting fishing. Many times it is a fish on every cast.

Fall and Early Winter offer some of the best fishing opportunities of the year. If you find yourself in the Golden Isles at this time of year, give me a call and lets go, “Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.” Click to go to my Contact Page.

Capt Dave
www.flycastcharters.com

 

 

Summer time fishing for red fish is as hot as the days are in South Georgia.

Low Tide Sight Fishing for Red Fish:
While we can fish the low tide at any time of day, the fishing is best when low tide is in the morning. Just as the sun comes up is a great time to look for actively feeding fish. The air is cooler so the angler is more comfortable. The water is cooler so the fish are more comfortable. At this time of year, you can see fish chasing shrimp all over the flats. Small shrimp patterns, clousers, the Prawns’ Revenge or the St. Simons Scampi are great flies. If you see a swirl or a wake, cast to it and you may be rewarded with a nice fish.
There are certain flats and edges that usually hold fish in the summer on the low tide. Sometimes the fish are where I expect them to be, other times we have to move around until I find them. Some flats fish well on the outgoing tide, some on the dead low tide and some on the incoming tide. I move around a lot to find active fish for my clients. If we are on a flat, and nothing is happening, I pack it up, put the Maverick in high gear and take off.

Flood Tide Fishing-Tailing Red Fish in the grass:
If we can fish the flood tides, I always suggest a client try for red fish. This is the classic, southern fly fishing most people think about when they think about fly fishing for reds. See this short video I made several years ago to get an idea of what this is all about. Flood Tide Fishing
Catching reds in the flooded grass flats takes skill and luck. I had a client once say: “You just have to have a lot of shots.” So many things have to come together to catch a tailing red fish. Your cast is accurate. The fly doesn’t get caught above the water on the grass. The fly finally sinks through the grass so a fish can see it. You don’t line a fish. The fish moves in the direction you think it will move. You time the retrieve so the fly comes right in front of the fish. You make a good hook set. When it all comes together, you are rewarded by catching a red fish that offers some of the most exciting, visual sight fishing on the planet.
To the right is a recipe for tying a felt crab fly. Tie some of these, have a few gold spoon flies, and tie a few Black Toads, and you will have all the flies you need for flood tide red fishing.

Jacks
I have not seen the big jacks in the sound this year. We have had some temperature inversions in the ocean this year which affected the bait and the Jacks. I am keeping an eye out for them. When they are here, we will certainly chase these world class fish.

Speckled Sea Trout:
Trout fishing is getting better I saw a bunch of birds diving in the sound the other day. I motored over to them, and saw shrimp jumping out of the water. Casting a lightly weighted clouser yielded a small trout on every cast. It was fun, but they were not large enough for dinner. Remember, we now have a 14″ minimum length on Speckled Sea Trout.

I am almost completely booked for morning tailing tide trips in September and October. If you are interested in any of those days, please send me and email and I will contact you if I have any cancellations. There are plenty of evening times available. So if you are in SSI third week in September, give me a call and we can go chase some tails in the evening.

Enjoy the pics from the last few months. When you are down here for vacation, work or just passing through. Give me a call and let’s go “Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn’”
Capt. Dave Edens
706.540.1276
flycastcharters@gmail.com

I can’t believe it has been four months since I have posted a sight fishing red fish report.

Seems like time flies.  There are lots of photos, so be sure to scroll all the way through.

The winter time sight fishing red fish was excellent. When we had nice weather, low wind and clear skies, we found schools of fish moving all over the flats. It never really got cold, and the huge schools never formed, however, we were able to consistently put clients on fish on the low tide in February and March.

Snook

Jim’s Snook

 

 

February’s high light was a hosted trip to Casa Viejo Chac on Ascension Bay in Punta Allen, Mexico. Ten intrepid souls traveled South of the Border for a break from sight fishing red fish for 6 days of the finest bone fishing on the planet. At the end of the first day, we had boated over 100 bonefish. After 6 days fishing, we had caught permit, jacks, snook and baby tarpon. We lost count of how many bonefish we caught. Another trip is planned from Feb 11-18, 2018. Let me know if you are interested.

Here are a few photos and a link to a Google album with more pictures. The San Kiam Preserve in Ascension bay is one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Google Album: Bonefishing Mexico

 

Sight fishing red fish through the middle of March continued good. Lots of reds, clear water and big schools. About mid March we had a very cold spell and the winds started howling. The winds of Spring seemed to blow almost constantly, making conditions for sight fishing red fish difficult. We had a few slick calm days where we caught a few fish. In late March, the triple tail started showing up, and when the wind is down, sight fishing for triple tail offers a nice change of pace from flats fishing.

May brought calmer weather and better fly fishing. The water warmed, the reds broke up into smaller groups and the triple tail continued their Spring Fling in front of Jekyll. This is continuing into early June.

 Soon we will be looking for Jacks and Tarpon to begin showing up and crashing bait. Trout fishing has picked up with some big Roe trout being caught inshore and on the beach at Cumberland.  Early Summer time sight fishing red fish is in full swing in the Golden Isles of GA.  

When you are down here for vacation, work or just passing through.  Give me a call and let’s go “Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn'”

Capt. Dave Edens
706.540.1276 cell–best

 

Sorry for the late report, but I have been on the water since right before Christmas until sight fishing red fish, so no time for computer work.

Copper colored red fish

Sight Fishing Red Fish

WOW!!! That is all I can say about the sight fishing red fish right now.  Big schools of red fish are moving all over the flats, pushing water and chasing bait and eating flies.

Winter time sight fishing red fish is all about the weather and the tides.  Low tides from late morning until mid afternoon, bright skies and calm wind spell success. We had some days sight fishing red fish when it was windy and cloudy where we had trouble getting the red fish to bite.  Some days we found them on the outgoing low tide, and on other days we found them on the incoming tide.  At this time of year you have to move around to find the fish.  My motto is, “Never Give Up.”

We have been able to find clear water even during the current full moon tide cycle.  We have have had genuine 10′ tidal changes recently.  Imagine how much water is rushing up and down the rivers and inlets for the water to change from a -1.4 ft low tide to a +8.6 ft high tide.   The amount of water moving in and out  of the  inlets, rivers and creeks is unimaginable.  However, we have been able to find clear water for sight fishing red fish

Anyway, we keep at it.  Sight fishing red fish with a fly rod.  I am just going to let the photos do the talking.

If you are in St. Simons for a meeting, conference or holiday–or simply want a winter time get a way–give me a call, and let’s go “Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.”

Capt Dave Edens
www.flycastcharters.com
706.540.1276 cell–best
912.289.1061  home

Sight fished red fish

Red Fish never Smile

Puppy Drum

Tim’s Puppy Drum

sight fishing red fish

Copper Colored Red Fish

Matt'a Red Fish

Matt’s big red. Look over Matt’s left shoulder. The nervous water is a school of red fish. Love winter time fishing

Matt's first red

Matt’s first red fish of the day

Scott's Puppy Drum

Scott found several of these slot red fish in the back of creeks

red fish

Carter’s sight fished red fish

red fish

Carter’s Big Red Fish

close up red fish

Red Fish never smile

12 lb red

12 lb red fish on a 6 weight fly rod

puppy drum

They are not all big

Low tide red

Troy’s nice red fish

Tagged Red Fish

Even I had a chance to fish. Tagged and released for the DNR

August and September were all about tailing Red Fish  in the flooded grass.  Flood tide season as we call it.
The fishing:
When the tides exceed 8′, the water covers the hard marsh and the tailing red fish invade the flooded grass to munch on fiddler crabs.  On some days, they were so anxious to get into the grass, the tailing red fish were crawling on their bellies with their backs out of the water to get to these delectable red fish snacks.  Once in the grass, they grub aggressively for these little crabs.  Their tails stick out of the water, they splash water 2 feet into the air and run all over the flats with the feedbag on.  The sight of a 10 pound tailing red fish in water so shallow it barely covers their back will make even a seasoned angler have a bad case of knock knees.


Casting distances:
Even though these fish are aggressively feeding, they are very spooky.  Your casts to tailing red fish don’t have to be big booming 80′ casts, 40′ is a much more common distance, but they have to be accurate.  These tailing red fish have to have the fly so close to their face, they can’t turn down the opportunity for a quick snack.  Once hooked, they will try to run through cover back to deeper water, dragging your line and leader through heavy marsh grass.  Fishing for tailing red fish is not delicate.  7 1/2′ t0 9′ leaders tapered to no less than 20 lbs are needed to keep from breaking these big fish off.
The flies:
My favorite fly is a black toad.(click for tying instructions)  I have fished this fly for years, and year after year it continues to produce.  It is a good imitation of a fiddler crab.  If I only had one fly to fish in the Golden Isles of Georgia, it would be the black toad.  At the suggestion of another guide, I tied some in purple with a blue tail.  They work as well.  Another good option is a gold spoon.
We have one or two more sessions of tailing red fish in October.  Don’t miss it.  Go out and enjoy the best time of the year.

If you can’t be here for tailing red fish, look for the fish on low tide.  They are on the low tide flats chasing shrimp and eating flies.  September to December is a magical time for fishing in St. Simons.

PS:  Trout fishing in clear water is on fire, too.

Give me a call to enjoy some of the finest fishing for red fish on the east coast.

Capt. Dave Edens
706.540.1276

Excuse the lack of and poor sizing of photos. I am having trouble with the site. I will fix it asap. Come back soon for some really good fish pornt.

Wide open is the only way to describe fishing Red Fish, Jacks, Tarpon, Trout in St. Simons right now.
Red Fish are

15.5 pound red fish hog

15.5 pound red fish hog

crawling around on the low tide flats.  The best summer fishing Red Fish on low tide is when the low tide is early in the morning.  The water is cooler, usually it is slick calm and you can see the fish pushing around in water that barely covers their back.  These fish are very spooky and a slow, stealthy approach is needed.  If you can put your fly in front of them before they know you are there, you will be rewarded with an explosive strike in inches of water.  If the water is clear, use a small natural looking fly.  If the water is murky, you have to use a fly they can see:  Big, flashy and dark. Try “The Mop” if you are looking for an effective dirty water fly.

On the New Moon tides the water floods the grass and the Red Fish invade it to grub for fiddler crabs with their tails waving in the air.  This is classic, Southern fly fishing for Red Fish.  Watch the tide levels and when they are higher than 7.8 to 7.9 feet, make sure you go out and give it a try.  The only fly you need is the Black Toad.

27 lb Jack Crevalle on Orvis H2 11 weight

27 lb Jack Crevalle on Orvis H2 11 weight

The huge Jack Crevalle have invaded our area again.   We find these fish by idling around looking either for them busting bait or swimming high in the water with their fins breaking the surface.  We motor close, then put down the trolling motor to get within casting distance.  If you can put the big Pogie pattern close to or withing the school, strip fast, you will be rewarded by several huge Jacks chasing your fly.  Then you are in for a forty minute to over an  hour fight where you will think you have been hooked to a Mac truck.  This is a great fishery that is often overlooked.

Tarpon Release

Tarpon Release

Tarpon are here in great numbers this summer.  I am not the best Tarpon fisherman, but we managed to get hooked up the first of July on heavy spinning tackle.  We found the tarpon feeding.  Bobby made a great cast to a fish, and was hooked up to a 100+ pound fish.  We are always looking for the Silver King.  When an opportunity presents, we go for it. Check out the video of Bobby fighting this huge fish. Silver King Video

Trout are still being caught on the beach in Cumberland and on oyster drops in shore.  Trout fishing will only get better as summer turns to fall.  Remember the new size limit is a minimum of 14″.  Please put the 13″ trout we used to keep back so they can pack on a little more weight.

Lots of photos on this report.  Sorry it has been so long since I have updated it.  Summer is a busy time.  After a day in the sun, it is hard to sit down at the computer.  More to come.  If you have plans on coming to the Golden Isles of Georgia this summer or fall, give me a call and let’s go, “Hunt Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.

Tight lines, remember to strip strike and practice the double haul,

Capt. Dave Edens

Richard's big red

Richard’s big red

Nice red fish

Nice red fish

Early morning bent rod

Early morning bent rod

Family fun

Family fun

Can I make this look bigger?

Can I make this look bigger?

27 lb Jack Crevalle on Orvis H2 11 weight

27 lb Jack Crevalle on Orvis H2 11 weight

Evening tailing red fish

Evening tailing red fish

Tailing red fish

Tailing red fish

Early morning Red Fish

Early morning Red Fish

15.5 pound red fish hog

15.5 pound red fish hog

Tarpon Release

Tarpon Release

Late Winter/Early Spring Report

January, February and March offered off the wall sight fishing for big red fish.  Clear Water, bright skies and light winds came together on several days and the big red fish responded.  We had pods of fish moving up and down the flats, pushing water, chasing shrimp and eating flies.  Here are a few of them below.  There is more fish porn available, but that is enough for right now.  Remember, winter can offer some of the best fishing of the year for big red fish.  You need to try it.

Spring forecast:
Red Fish:
The reds are in smaller schools now, but they are active and moving around.  Spring always brings changeable weather, but if you get a day with calm winds, shots at 50+ fish are possible.

High winds make the water muddy and hard for big red fish to see the fly.  I have come up with a big red fish fly that seems to work well in stained, muddy water.  I call it The Mop, because it looks like a mop and mops up the big red fish.  Check it out on my web site:  The Mop.

Triple Tail:  Triple Tail are in front of Jekyll.  These fish will eat a fly.  On most trips through June, I try to combine a red fish and triple tail trip.  These fish free float in front of Jekyll.  I idle around until we see one, then lower the trolling motor to get within fly casting distance.  If you get the fly in front of them, sometime they eat and other times it looks like they are just smelling it.  Triple Tail are strange fish, but when you hook up, they pull drag, run and jump.

Speckled Trout: Trout fishing is turning on.  Some of the big Roe trout are showing up.  The full moon in May should have them spawning on the beach off of Cumberland.  Other places to fish are regular oyster drops, but you need to move around.  Find clear water, and you will probably find the trout.

Enjoy the Big Red Fish Porn from this winter.  Check out this shared album on Google Photos for more Late Winter/Early Spring Fish Porn.

If you are in the area, give me a call and let’s go,
“Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.

Tight line, remember to strip strike, and practice the double haul.

Capt. Dave Edens

Red Fish

Big Red Fish

red fish

Troy’s Red Fish

Two friends and a fish

High tide red fish

Bent Fly Rod

Fighting a fish

Huge Red Fish

Jack’s Big Red

Winter time red

Nice Red Fish

Red that ate a fly

Cerise Passion Fly

Winter time red fishing is on fire in St. Simons.  Even with the muddy water from a flooding Altamaha, we have been able to find big schools of reds in clear water.  Winter time red fishing means big schools of red moving up and down the shallow water flats.  If you put a fly in front of them, they eat.

We have been seeing school after school of BIG Red fish.  Last week we boated one a hare over 14 lbs, three over ten pounds and a bunch of six to nine pound fish.  This is the time to fish for reds on a fly.

It looks like the weather will moderate over the next few weeks.   Enjoy the photos, call me to get in on some of this great sight fishing.

Capt. Dave
706-540-1276 cell (best)

Fighting a red fish

Troy on tight with a big red

Troy's first red

28″ red fish

Huge Red fish

13 lbs, 33

9 lb red fish

29″ red fish

Huge red fish

14+ lb Red Fish, 34+ inches long

I am going to let the photos tell the story of Winter Time Fishing this time.  A great speckled trout bite.  Lots of trout on a fly rod.

Late Fall and Winter time fishing for red fish can be off the charts.  The water is clear, the schools are big and the fish are hungry.  Delicately put a fly in front of one, and it is off to the races.

Drop me a line or call today to book your winter time fishing trip.  Click here for my contact page: Contact

Check out the photos below. (No, we don’t have Permit in St. Simons.  The photo is a teaser for a hosted trip coming in April to Ascension Bay, Mexico)

Jack Crevalle

Big Jack Crevalle

Jeff from New Jersey was in St. Simons for a business meeting in mid-October. While everyone else played golf, Jeff enjoyed the fall fishing St. Simons.  I knew the Jacks were around.  After 30 minutes of looking, and almost giving up, we got lucky and ran into several schools of huge Jack Crevalle.  One hour and fifteen minutes after hooking up, Jeff brought this 27 pound Jack to the boat.  We sight fish these fish by finding the school, getting close with the outboard motor and then getting within casting distance with the trolling motor.  I will have video up soon I took during the fight.

    You never know when these fish will show up.  They move and migrate, so when they are here, you better go get them.  They won’t be around long. 
Flood Tide Report: 
Fishing for Tailing Red Fish
October afternoon flood tides were terrific.  Several people has lots of shots and connections.  Then themorning tides of early October were a bust.  Hurricane Joaquin, the super moon and another local Nor’easter pushed way to much water onto the flats.  When the water is too deep, you can’t see the fish tail.  So the Fall fishing St. Simons for tailing red fish has been just OK this year.   However, the fiddlers are still active.  If the water stays warm enough, we may have some tailing fish later this week and into the First of November.     The King Tide (Full Moon Tide of Late October), along with two week of Easterly winds and lots of rain caused super high tides the last week of October.  Some are saying these are the highest tides in 40 years.  These huge tides are great for Marsh Hen hunters, but not so good for tailing red fish and fall fishingSt. Simons.  The water gets too deep, and you can’t see the fish.  As the tides recede, we may have a few more days for tailing fish.
Trout Fishing is getting red hot
​As the water cools, the shrimp start moving out of the creeks, and the fall fishing St. Simons for trout really  heats up.
Russell came for a family vacation, and spent a few days fishing.  We blind cast my special chartreuse and white clouser over several oyster bars.  He connected with some nice spotted sea trout.
Trout fishing will stay red hot, particularly on the neap tides until the water gets cold in late December.  If you want to catch trout, now is the time of the year to do it.
Low tide Red Fishing
As Fall progresses, the red fishing on the low tide gets better and better.  Like the trout, the reds turn on the feedbag with all the shrimp leaving the creeks.  Henry came to St. Simons for a business meeting. He enjoyed the Fall fishing St. Simons while the others played golf.  The first day we had dirty water, wind and flat skies.  On the second, we were blessed with fair skies, light wind and almost clear water.   We pulled up to the second flat of the afternoon,  and almost immediately saw fish pushing water.  After several fly changes, he connected on this 31″ 13 pound red fish.
Fishing will continue to improve as the tides recede and the water cools.  We should have some great sight fishing for red fish the first week of November.
People ask how’s the fishing.  I always say, “You never know unless you go.”  So go!!!
Tight lines, strip strike and practice the double haul
Capt. Dave Edens
flycastcharters@gmail.com
706-540-1276