Saint Simons Island Fishing Update Spring 2013

Scott OwensGeorgia Fishing Reports

Well, spring is here and things are rapidly changing on the fishing scene here in coastal georgia. Baitfish are starting to show with plenty of mullet inshore and peanut pogies flipping in the sounds and off the beaches. The water temps have come up significantly with the warm weather we have been having and this should kick our fishing into high gear. On the inshore scene, trout fishing has significantly improved over the past couple of weeks with some quality fish in the mix. I can only imagine how good it will be if the wind decides to lay down for a few days. It looks like our redfish are going to be happy now that they have been designated a gamefish finally by the state of Georgia. We have been doing pretty well on the reds on fly when we get a little weather window with a decent tide. Really stout fish over 10 pounds have been pushing up super shallow up in pockets and on top of shell beds and are eager to take a well presented fly/artificial. We are still catching some bull reds on the nearshore reefs along with a gazillion sea bass and summer trout. This warm weather should bring some nice cobia to these reefs in the very near future. Tripletail are trickling in and should fire off any day now. Our kids trips have also been producing pretty good action most days with the whiting bite really heating up and they will soon be joined by lots of sharks as well.

We have had some crazy weather this spring and here in coastal georgia high winds, big tides, and lots of rain with inland flooding makes spring inshore fishing quite the challenge. In March we dealt with these types of conditions and sometimes its a good idea to hop in the truck and cruise down to NE Florida to fish a different area. We had some really good redfishing down that way the past couple of months along with several trophy trout. April and May are the top months for true gator trout down there, and I’m hoping to sneak down there soon and get my 10 pounder. Sometimes thinking outside the box truly does pay off.