With fall rapidly approaching, even though the afternoon temperatures don’t feel much different, it’s been cooling off late at night into the dawn hours. The snook have noticed and have begun making their way from the outside passes and deeper cuts of Cape Haze and Bull and Turtle Bay.  On the outside bar, I’ve seen fish as far west as Little Cape Haze at the bottom of Cayo Pelau and as far east as the Gallagher Keys at the bottom of Turtle Bay.  Over towards Cape Haze, there have been some good fish just inside Turtle Bay and around Cape Haze Point to the southern end of the West wall. As the weather and water temperature cools, more and more fish will begin moving up the wall. Right now, scaled sardines are still prevalent and are the live bait of choice. To match, I’ve been throwing a 2/0 white and silver Puglisi peanut Butter. A walk the dog style top water plug or three to four inch soft plastic jerk shad is a good choice on a spinning rod.  Whenever possible, work with the mullet as snook will hang within the schools as they’ll kick up shrimp and crustaceans from the bottom making for easy pickings.  They’ve been pretty thick along the West Wall.

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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