The trout bite has been terrific lately.  For the last two days, I have been fishing on

An Early June Trout

the North Side of St. Simons.  It is nice when you can cull the 13″ trout and bring home enough 15-16″ trout for dinner.  As an added bonus, the Flounder bite is very strong on the low incoming tide.  The trout are in the creek mouths and on the oyster rakes.  Make sure you fish clear, moving water.  The flounder will hit slowly stripped clousers along oyster banks.  Again, clear, moving water is the key.

I was disappointed with the triple tail fishing this spring.  There were only a few days when the fish were thick in front of Jekyll.  However, the Prawn’s Revenge proved to be the fly of choice for these fish.  These fish are moving to the channel markers now, and we can fish for them with either live shrimp, which is most effective or the fly rod, which is most challenging.

An awesome, sight fished 12 lb red fish

The red fishing has been good.  I am consistently able to find fish.  Sometimes they can be moody and not hit any fly you have in the box.  At other times, they seem to hit anything.  When they get moody, a well presented gulp bait will more times than not make them bite.

We have flood tides coming up this weekend.  June 12th through the 14th should bring the first good tailing tides of the year.  I was disappointed with the tailing tides in May, so I am looking forward to chasing Tailers in a few days.

Terry's sight fished red

Fishing for tailing reds is the most exciting method of fishing for these fish that I know.  Seeing the tail of a 10 lb fish waving in the air while he is grubbing for fiddlers still makes me excited.  I guess when you don’t get excited sight fishing for this worthy quarry, you should just give it up.

If you want to plan a trip to SSI to fish during the “tailing tides” here are the dates for the rest of the summer when the tides should be right for tailers.  I published these dates earlier, but here they are again:

June 11, 13, 14 and possibly 29, 30
July 10, 11, 14, 28, 29
August 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,10, 11, 25, 26. 27, 29, 31 and possibly the 9th
September 1, 2, 3. 4, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and possibly the 5th, 12th and 14th
October 1, 2, 3, 4, 26. 27. 28. 29, 30, 31 The dates in late October are very weather dependent.

Give me a call to book your trip for this exciting fishing.

Capt. David Edens