We’ve sure been having some low tides this past month. It can be intimidating what many refer to as puddle jumping but can also provide some good fishing as fish get locked up or stuck in the deeper depressions on the flats waiting on water to rise. Basically, when the fish become easier to find access is tricky. You can’t float even a shallow draft skiff over mostly dry ground.

The most important consideration is to respect the ground cover whether it be sea grass, oyster bottom, or any combination. Too, the bottom of your hull or prop and skeg.

If possible, I like to get on the flat I want to work while the water is still high enough to float. Then I’ll wait for it to drop out. I even like to have a change of clothes as be prepared to maybe even have to get out of the boat to push it off a shallow spot. Here, a push pole is the way to go as a trolling motor makes just too much commotion and digs up lots of mud. If possible, I like to work with the wind at my back.

For sure, this is a good time of year to learn bottom contour and structure. It’s interesting and a real eye opener what you’ll see. By far, there is no better way to learn a flat.  In fact, I’ll go out on a low tide just to see what’s on a flat that will help me at a later date. Holes and deep cuts around points are some of my favorite places to scout. Moreover, I’ve found lots of hard bottom contour like oyster bars, rocks, and even abandoned crab traps that I’d have probably never seen otherwise and could have easily run into on high but not high enough water.

This time of year, I prefer small baits or fly patterns. For  the most part, I also like to get them down in the water column. Particularly, on days when there’s a clear blue sky, the fish are reluctant to eat at the surface. A weighted fly like a deep clouser minnow are a favorite. An intermediatte sink tip helps also. Keeping the presentation near the bottom is key. Moreover, I like to cast with the wind at my back. It just makes for a better experience.

Spring is coming to the Golden Isles

With the advent of Spring, our waters begin warming.  68 to 70 degrees is the magic temperature.  The big winter schools of reds begin to break up and we are able to find them in more places.  Trout come up from the depths and gather around oyster beds and grass.  In May we expect the first "tailing" tides of the year where the reds get into the grass and tail aggressively grubbing for fiddler crabs.  Tailing redfish in the grass is classic, southern fly fishing for redfish.

In St. Simons we have an interesting fishery chasing free floating triple tail just 1-3 miles off of the beaches.  This is an unusual behavior because they are not floating close to structure.  They are simply free floating.  We look for these fish by idling around just off the beaches.  When I see one, I motor close to it and try put you in a good position for a cast.  The flies are generally lightly weighted or unweighted flies that mimic small shrimp or bait fish.  If you make a good presentation a little beyond and in front of the fish, you may come tight with a triple tail up to 20 pounds.  Triple tail are a hard fighting fish that jumps and runs.  I have said many times, if you can imagine how hard a 10 pound blue gill would pull, that is how hard a Triple Tail pulls.  This pattern runs from late March until June or July.  

At this time of year, I like to combine a red fish and Triple tail trip.  As in all sight fishing, a clear day with light wind makes for the fishing.  So, click the link below to inquire on booking a trip for a species I would bet you have never caught on fly.

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