Fall is upon us! Bull Reds – Tarpon fishing recap

Scott Owens Georgia Fishing Reports

Fall is upon us! Bull Reds – Tarpon fishing recap

Fall is upon us and while summer is all but over I sit back and look at the high light real of photos  from the summer season.  I realize there were so many incredible days with some amazing clients.  Tarpon fishing started off really strong with most days averaging 3 for 5 fish.  For those of you who don’t speak tarpon it means we hooked at least 5 and landed 3 that day.  These are great numbers and what we calculated as an average in June and July.  Some days were just amazing!  David Reese and son Tanner witnessed the best day of tarpon fishing I had all summer.  In just about 3 hours we were 5 for 24.  Not a great ratio but jumping 24 tarpon in such a short time was just incredible and to share it with such great clients and friends was a memory I will carry with me forever.  Capt. Rob also had an amazing day and was 9 for 18 with his clients. What a day and there were several like it. Maybe not 24 fish jumped but big numbers.  So here I am now on a plane headed west to elk hunt after just dealing with hurricane Irma looking back thinking what a summer!! To think if an early season northeastern and a hurricane  would not have shut 3 weeks down of tarpon fishing! 

Fall is upon us! Summer fishing recap

Huge Jacks like this one move into Coastal Georgia waters in early summer.

Fall is upon us! Summer fishing recap

Cumberland Island Tarpon June-September

Fall is upon us! Bull Reds - Tarpon fishing recap

Tarpon taken on fly in late Aug. Coastal Georgia

Fall is upon us! Summer fishing recap

Tarpon are willing to eat everything from Live bait to Fly’s in Coastal Georgia.

 

BULL REDS

As those same Northeastern’s blew and hurricane
Irma hammered the entire state of Florida and most of Georgia, huge tides brought in big numbers of big redfish we call Bull Reds.  These fish visit the Georgia Coast near shore and inshore waters every year in the fall and early winter to spawn.  They can exceed 50 inches in length at over 40 pounds!  They travel in large schools and are eager to take just about any type of bait live or dead as well as flies and artificial lures.  Fishing is spectacular from late September through November and we have days open so let us know if you would like to come experience fishing for these  trophy fish.

Fall is upon us! Summer fishing recap

Bull reds like this one move in to near shore shoals starting late August.

Fall is upon us! Summer fishing recap

Double hooks up are not uncommon!!

Fall is upon us! Bull Reds - Tarpon fishing recap

Bul Reds in Coastal Georgia average 20-4- pounds.

POST IRMA

After a tough hurricane season in 2016 with Hermine and Mathew crippling our marinas and toppling trees and homes.  Our community started the extremely slow process of rebuilding homes and marinas.  They only just started repairing what we refer to as the condo docks with were completely destroyed.  Morningstar is a wreck and from my understanding the  repairs are so extensive that they will need to replace most if not all the docks.  St Simons Marina is still beat up and it seems every time we think repairs will begin the almighty government slows us down.  It’s become a joke around the marina but in all reality a shame.  I guess in the long run with Irma arriving a year later maybe it’s a blessing they haven’t started repairs over the last year. 

FLORIDA KEYS

The Florida Keys took a direct hit and there are a lot of people who need help.  We will be actively looking for ways to help and incrurage you to as well.  They need tarps,, drinking water, generators, Clothes, and people willing to help them rebuild.  If you can donate to one of several reputable organizations do but make sure these donations will go to the home owners, guides, business owners and residents of the keys.  They are the ones who need it to help rebuild.  Some lost a little but some lost everything they had.  The keys will look a lot different the next time most of you visit them.   We can provide a list of people in need and put you directly in contact with them.   Just drop us an email at [email protected]