I’m Capt. David Edens, a local angler/guide.  I have been guiding for 15 years and fishing the inshore waters around St. Simons for over 40 years. While I am a fly-fishing enthusiast, I thought it would be interesting to share with you some of my best tips and tricks for fishing in St. Simons GA with conventional tackle.

Saint Simons Island is a barrier island located off the coast of Georgia, and it’s surrounded by some of the best inshore fishing grounds in the Southeast. The island is home to a variety of fish species, including redfish, spotted sea trout, flounder, sheepshead, black drum, and more.

I may be biased, but If you’re new to inshore fishing, or if you’re looking to improve your skills, I recommend hiring a fishing charter guide. There are many experienced and knowledgeable guides who operate in the Saint Simons area, and they can help you find the fish and equip you with the right gear.

Even if you’re experienced, hiring a guide, here is a link to my contact page. can still be a great way to learn new techniques. And, of course, it’s always more fun to fish with friends!

Best times to fish:

The best times for fishing in Saint Simons are during the spring and fall. During these times of year, the water temperatures are mild and the fish are active. However, you can catch fish year-round in Saint Simons, as long as you know where to look.

Best places to fish:

There are many great places to fish in Saint Simons. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Saint Simons Sound: This sound is home to a variety of fish species, including redfish, trout, flounder, and sheepshead.
  • Satilla and Little Satilla rivers: These rivers empty into the ocean behind and South of Jekyll, which is a little South of St. Simons, and they are great places to catch redfish, trout, and black drum.
  • Marshes: The marshes surrounding Saint Simons Island and between St. Simons and Sea Island are home to a variety of fish species, including redfish, trout, flounder, and sheepshead.

Best gear:

The best gear for inshore fishing in Saint Simons depends on the species of fish you’re targeting. However, there are a few basic items that you’ll need:

  • Rod and reel: A 7-8 foot medium-light to medium-heavy action spinning or baitcasting rod is a good all-around choice for inshore fishing.
  • Line: Braided line is a good choice for inshore fishing, as it’s strong and resistant to abrasion.
  • Lures: A variety of artificial lures can be used for inshore fishing, including jigs, spoons, and soft plastics. If you’re fishing live bait, shrimp and mud minnows are good choices.

Fishing tips:

Here are a few fishing tips for inshore fishing in Saint Simons:

  • Tide: The tide plays a big role in inshore fishing. Fish are generally more active during incoming and outgoing tides.
  • Structure: Fish are often attracted to structure, such as oyster beds, grass flats, and docks.
  • Presentation: It’s important to present your lure or bait naturally. If you’re casting, make sure to let your lure sink to the bottom before you start reeling. If you’re fishing live bait, use a popping/slip cork rig to keep your bait from becoming hung up on oysters.


Inshore fishing in Saint Simons, GA is a great way to catch a variety of fish species and enjoy the beautiful scenery. By following the tips above, you can increase your chances of success and have a great time on the water.

Personalized tips:

Here are a few personalized tips for inshore fishing in Saint Simons, GA:

  • If you’re targeting redfish, try fishing with a topwater lure early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • If you’re targeting trout, try fishing with a jig or soft plastic around oyster beds and creek mouths.  Live shrimp is the most popular bait for speckled sea trout.
  • If you’re targeting flounder, try fishing with a live shrimp or mud minnows on the bottom near structure.  Lightweight jig heads with Gulp or curly tail plastics work well too.
  • If you’re targeting sheepshead, try fishing with a fiddler crab or shrimp around docks and pilings.
  • If you’re targeting black drum, try fishing with a live crab or shrimp on the bottom around creek mouths.


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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