This time of year, we focus on mainly redfish and spotted sea trout. Truth is, our snook are truly a subtropical species and do not like cold weather. In fact, if the water temperature gets down in the 60’s they struggle. So, we try and leave them alone. Especially the big ones. However, redfish tolerate cold weather real well and though a more technical fishery than our trout, they’re a great target during the low clear water conditions we see this time of year. Too, we’ve been seeing some good fish lately and getting some shots. As the prey species for redfish have transitioned from larger bait fish to small local bait fish, shrimp, and crabs we’ve had to switch out and downsize fly patterns. In particular, small #1 and #2 size brown and beige shrimp patterns have been working best. We knew it was time to switch flies when we saw tiny shrimp jumping out of the water trying to escape hungry redfish. Sometimes, it pays just to take some time and observe what’s going on around you. When we scout, we may not even fish. We’ll just head to one of our favorite flats and just hang out and observe through an entire tide cycle.

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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