Winter Time Red Fishing: Your Guide to Success

Winter time red fishing in the Golden Isles of Georgia, including Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island, can be outstanding.  The Golden Isles are renowned destinations for fly anglers due to their diverse ecosystems and abundant fish populations. While the fishing scene thrives year-round, there’s something particularly special about fly fishing for redfish in the winter.

Why Winter is a Great Time to Fly Fish for Redfish

During the colder months, redfish tend to aggregate in larger schools, making them easier to locate and target. This period also boasts crystal clear waters, At the water cools, the plankton, algae, etc. die and settle to the bottom offering anglers a prime opportunity to sight fish for these beautiful creatures.

Ideal Locations for Winter Redfish Fishing in the Golden Isles

Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island offer a plethora of excellent spots for fly fishing redfish in winter. Here are some of the most notable areas:

  • The Jekyll Island Causeway: This expansive flat provides ample opportunities to sight fish for redfish tailing in the shallows.
  • St. Simons Sound: This vast sound harbors numerous oyster beds and grass flats, attracting redfish and other inshore species.
  • The Marshes surrounding Jekyll  and St. Simons Islands: These marshlands offer a unique environment for fly fishing, with redfish frequently cruising the edges in search of prey.
  • The Brunswick River: This nearby river system holds healthy redfish populations, especially during the winter months.

Tips and Techniques for Winter Redfish Fly Fishing

To maximize your chances of success while fly fishing for redfish in the Golden Isles during winter, keep these tips in mind:

  • Choose the right flies: Opt for smaller flies that imitate shrimp, such as the Clouser Minnow, the Prawn’s Revenge, or the St. Simons Scampi.
  • Lengthen your leader: As the water cools and clears, redfish become more wary, so using a longer leader (12-15 feet) is crucial for stealthy presentations.
  • Cast accurately and quikcly: Redfish have keen eyesight, so making precise casts with minimal false casts is essential to avoid spooking them.
  • Fish the tide changes: Redfish often move with the tides, so timing your fishing sessions around incoming or outgoing tides can be highly productive.
  • Be patient: Redfish can be fickle, so patience and perseverance are key to success.

Additional Considerations

Remember to be mindful of the regulations and conservation efforts in place. Always check for current fishing licenses and size limits for redfish in the Golden Isles. Respecting the environment and practicing responsible fishing ensures the sustainability of the redfish population for future generations. Fly Cast Charters is 100% catch and release on redfish.

Beyond the Redfish: Winter Fly Fishing Adventures in the Golden Isles

While redfish are undoubtedly the star attraction for winter fly fishing in the Golden Isles, other species also offer exciting opportunities. Anglers can target speckled sea trout, sheepshead, and even black drum during this season.

Experience the Thrill of Winter Fly Fishing in the Golden Isles

Fishing for redfish in the Golden Isles during winter offers a unique and rewarding experience. With its stunning scenery, clear waters, and abundant fish populations, this destination is a true fly fishing paradise. So, grab your gear, refine your skills, and prepare to enjoy unforgettable winter time fishing for red fish in the heart of Georgia’s coastal beauty.

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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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