Although the last couple days have been warm, there are some cool temperatures on the horizon next week. Last week, cool water temperatures in the 50’s left our redfish a bit lethargic as many could be seen lying in the sun way off the shoreline trying to warm up. We didn’t even see any snook as water temperatures that cold put them at risk.

However, the spotted sea trout bite has been good and we expect this trend to continue into next week as the weather stays cool.Moreover, it appears they’re doing well as we’ve seen really good numbers of small fish. We spent most of our time in Pine Island Sound and the water quality is holding up good in the back country.

As typical for this time of year, tides are low and it’s a great time of year to pole the flats and work the sand holes. Also, the water doesn’t come up too high against the many mangrove shorelines allowing some excellent sight fishing opportunities.

Come with us and let us show you a unique experience and visually fish this sub tropical shallow water estuary system.

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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