Summer time is here and early calm mornings mean only one thing: huge explosive topwater bites from trout and redfish. You may not catch as many fish as you would fishing live bait, however, the quality of the fish is always better. Early leave times at or before dawn are necessary to experience this incredible action. Book HERE
Chasing the bite
I got home from guiding tarpon trips in the Florida Keys late in the afternoon on May 31st and had a 6am trip the following morning on June 1. Needless to say, I was hustling to get unpacked and ready for my trip. After a good night’s sleep, I woke up to calm winds and slicked out conditions. As I crossed the sound heading up river, I could see glass minnows dimpling the surface of the water. I knew that I had come back to Georgia to a perfect topwater morning.
As my clients eagerly waited for me to tie on a Strike King Sexy Shad Jr. and a MirrOlure Top Dog Jr. I could hear the fish “popping” in the creek ahead. As I stepped onto the platform, one of my clients made a cast and before the topwater ever moved there was a wake behind it. As he started to “walk the dog” with the lure there was an explosion and the drag screamed out. He was hooked up. I said “That’s going to be a good redfish” as he started to tire the fish out and it came boat side. I saw a flash of silver and realized he had a monster trout on. Once it was landed we measured her at just under 28 inches!! This was a 7.5 to 8 pound trout which by Georgia standards is a huge fish. We released her and returned to fishing. What followed was some of the best quality topwater fishing I have experienced as a guide in Coastal Georgia.