The big schools of red fish are sticking together, even with the wildly swinging air and water temperatures.  Since the first of January the water temp has ranged from 61 degrees to 52 degrees.  Some days the fish think it is Spring, and some days the fish think it is Fall.  These wildly swinging temperatures have made the fish hard to find at times.  The fish that typically hang out in the St. Simons Sound have been very hard to find.  As a result, I have been ranging farther from home finding new schools.  In December, we were lucky a few times and put clients on fish up toward the Northern End of St. Simons.  These are quality fish.  The frustrating thing is sometimes these fish will eat, and other times they will not eat a thing.  These are fish from North of St. Simons.

We found big schools of red fish up the creeks around St. Simons.  We have had trouble getting the fish to eat on the dead low tide.  It seems that these fish eat as the tide is coming in and flooding the marshes or when the tide is  just starting to flow out of the marshes.  At least that was the way it was last week.  It could change this week.  But that is fishing for red fish.  Nevertheless, we have had a great few weeks of sight fishing for big reds in clear, shallow water.  I had a chance to go fishing with fellow guide, Scott Griffin.  We had a great day.  I landed my third biggest red fish on the fly, 11 lbs., 31 inches.

I have heard the trout bite is still strong, but all my time has been spent chasing red fish with a fly rod.  Black Drum and lots of Sheepshead are also being caught.  The long range forecast is for the mild weather to continue.  Plan a mid winter break and come join me, “Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.”  When you come, plan on bringing your A casting game.  These fish are spooky in the clear shallow water.  Getting much closer than 40-50 ft. of them will usually spook them.  Once they know you are there, they are REALLY hard to catch.

Capt. David Edens