Spring and Summer Fishing Report
Fishing St. Simons brought warmer temperatures and almost non-stop East winds this past Spring.  This meant very little triple tail fishing, so we hit the backwaters chasing reds in the creeks.  For some reason or another the reds were almost completely absent from the creeks last winter.  Recently, however, beginning in late Spring, they were in the creeks in good numbers.  It was really great to again see them tailing on oyster beds. Even if the water is dingy, we can get close enough to the oysters to see a foot or so into the water.  My strategy lately has been to wait 20+ feet away from the oysters and just wait until we see them come up on the edge of the bed.  If we wait quietly enough and if the cast is close enough, you will be rewarded with a nice tug.       
The redfish are back on the flats.  Our flats are so hard to fish when the wind is blowing.  Not only does the wind muddy the water, it makes it almost impossible to see slowly moving fish.  I have had a few mornings where we had perfect conditions, and we were able to pinpoint and cast to a few schools.  The numbers are not there like they were 5 years ago, but there are enough to make it interesting.
     August and early September bring scalding temperatures.  The very best time for fishing St. Simons is from sun-up to noon.  (Unless you fish evening flood tides).  If we can’t book a red fish trip in the early morning, let me suggest we chase Tarpon.  The tarpon are here in good numbers.  Capt. Michael, Carl and I are figuring out the habits of these fish.  If you want to chase tarpon, let us know. 

Triple Tail are still in front of Jekyll Island.  We saw two last week.  Luckily, the wind was right. 
Capt. Carl is catching some oversized red fish. These are mostly on bait, but with a sinking line, you can catch them on fly.

     With some exceptions, most trout being caught now are small.  August and September will bring bigger fish and a better bite.

Fall Outlook
 Undeniably, September, October, November and December are the best times to be fishing St. Simons. In September the shrimp start leaving the creeks and the fish stack up at the creek mouths to fatten up for winter. 
Red Fish: Fall is all about tailing red fish in the grass.  There is nothing more exciting than fishing St. Simons for red fish when the tail is sticking out in the water with his nose down grubbing for Fiddler Crabs.  These fish are in the grass to eat crabs.  If you put your fly in front of them, it is game on.  Fall also brings cooling and clearing water.  I truly believe November offers the best low water sight fishing St. Simons of the year.  October and November also offer the opportunity to fish for reds in the grass and then shoot Marsh Hens.  Shooting Marsh Hens is like quail hunting from a boat.   We have a few days left for tailing fish in the grass as well as a Cast and Blast.  If you want to get on one of our calendars, you need to call now.  These days will book quickly. These are links to 2 of the best flies for reds in the grass: Black Toad, Felt Crab.
Trout: This is the best time to fish for trout.  Find the fish with a DOA and popping cork (they will be at just about every creek mouth on the outgoing tide) then cast a chartreuse and white Clouser.  You will catch fish. 
Tarpon: Tarpon will be around until September.  Jacks may show up and they may not.  That’s just the way the big Jack Crevalle are..  

 If you come to the Golden Isles for a family vacation, meeting or just to get away, give me a call and let’s go:
“Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn” 
Capt. Dave Edens
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