The fishing around Boca Grande has been pretty good so far this summer. With it’s proximity to the Gulf passes, Boca Grande and Little Gasparilla, the more oxygenated water flowing in from the outside really helps. Working shorelines anywhere around the intracoastal waterway is beneficial. Snook and redfish are holding on shorelines along both sides of the intracoastal anywhere from Placida at the top of Gasparilla Sound down to Three Sisters Island. Across Gasparilla Sound over to Bull and Turtle Bay provides lots of opportunity. Spotted sea trout can be found throughout all this area in two to four feet wherever you find turtle grass. They definitely eat better early before things heat up. Although the migrating tarpon have moved on, there are still some resident juvenile fish around the shorelines of Bull and Turtle Bay. First thing in the morning, keep an eye out in  the deeper water, five feet or more, in Gasparilla Sound for rolling fish. Sharks are scattered throughout the area and look for blacktip and bulls to move up on the flats during high water, particularly the Turtle Bay bar.

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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