Already grouping up as their spawn progresses, redfish have been keying on local creek mouths taking advantage of the recent rain. Glass minnows that call these brackish nurseries home have been flushing out with the tide keeping redfish close by.  Out of Ponce Park in Punta Gorda, the entire shoreline and adjacent sandbar south to Alligator Creek is worth keeping an eye on as multiple groups of fish have been moving up and down the shoreline between about half a dozen separate creek systems. They have been most active on moving water and the earlier you catch the tide the better. Basically, they feed better at the beginning of the tide stage. Both incoming and outgoing are fine. To match the glass minnows, I’ve been throwing small baitfish patterns on a seven or eight weight rigged with a weight forward floating line.  As always, I like a # 1 or 1/0 Puglisi finger mullet but I’ve also been throwing a locally tied pattern, the Kwan.  On a spinning rod, a small top water plug like the Mirrolure top pup is a good bet.  Here, all you need is a medium power seven-foot fast action rod.

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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