Because of the quarter moon phase, we just finished a week with minimal tide movement. On the other hand, we were fortunate to have some of the mildest winds we’ve seen in a bit. Too, even though it was cool first thing in the morning, it warmed up nicely in the afternoon leaving some great days to be out. We’ve been fishing Pine Island Sound. Even though some flats have provided a few shots at tailing redfish, we spent most of our time targeting the family fish, the spotted sea trout. With water temperatures in the low 60’s, they’ve been cooperative and keeping us busy. They attack a bait hard and have provided fun for anglers of all skill levels. The clouser has been our most effective fly working the sand holes out on the grass flats. However this past week, particularly on high water, we’ve had some good success throwing a white paddle tail on a 1/4 ounce jig head with a light spinning rod out over the grass between the holes. It appears it’s going to warm up this coming week with what looks like one decent front coming through later in the week. It should be a good week to get out. Come with us and let us show you a piece of Florida you may have never seen.

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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