We’ve been going through what I’d consider an extended period of cool weather here in Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island but the fishing has not been bad. Typical for this time of year, We’ve been spending most of our time in the back country of Pine Island Sound. The water has been clean and many of our turtle grass flats look healthy. Low tides have been dominating the landscape and they’ve been particularly extreme around the strong moons. Not surprisingly, the bite has also been best around these moons with the spotted sea trout bite being real strong. They’re definitely our cold water fish as we haven’t seen the water temperature rise much above 60 degrees on any given day. However, it looks like we’ve got a warming trend coming our way towards the end of next week. We are seeing decent numbers of redfish providing a more technical fishery than the more accommodating spotted sea trout. By technical, I mean the reds are either moving slowly or are laid up in a shallow water situation and are providing sight fishing opportunities. It’s technical as a quick precise cast is necessary and the fish are very wary and a tough target. However, when it comes together, it’s the apex of our sport. Come with us and let us show you the back country of the real Florida.

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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