A Calm and Mild Winter has Fishing Really Strong. Lots of Photos from Travel

Scott OwensGeorgia Fishing Reports

Well its been a bit since I have posted a report and its not because there is nothing to report on. Since my last post I have been fortunate enough to travel to Belize where my wife and I enjoyed an amazing and long overdue vacation as will as visit a friend and fellow guide in Idaho and Oregon. In Belize I got to fish a couple days and its always nice to venture to the front of the boat every now and then. Idaho/Oregon on the other hand was full of hiking and bird hunting. It was great to see two totally different parts of the world and experience the beauty both had to offer.

Now on to the report. Fishing has been strong and we have been blessed enough to have some what of a mild start to winter. The trout fishing has continued to be strong with water temps at 60 degrees last week from St. Simons down to Cumberland with good quality fish and great numbers. Redfish are still around in ok numbers and really now more than ever need a break. Georgia DNR has started to realize what we have been telling them for the last few years is correct and the number of reds have been decreasing at an alarming rate. I dont as most of you know keep redfish but with a limit of 5 fish per person, it doesn’t take but a few bad years of spawning to see a big change and I feel we are seeing that now. Hopefully DNR will soon take steps to lower the bag limit on these great game fish before its to late so there will be plenty around for future generations to catch. Dont get me wrong there are fish to be caught but compared to 4,5, 6 or even 10 years ago its depressing! We as responsable outdoorsmen should take matters into our own hands and practice catch and release as well. It would be a start. We also need to educate our fellow anglers to the problem and hope it sticks and they spread the word. On another note the Sheepshead fishing on the local wrecks is starting off strong and most of the guys fishing the pilings are still catching fish in good numbers as they move offshore to spawn. My clients have also been catching some stripers in a few key spots and I expect that to continue to bloom as February nears. Its one of my favorite things to do on days like today when the wind is blowing a gale.

GREAT NEWS
Rob and I also have expanded our fleet of boats by adding a 27 HellsBay Cape Sable offshore center console and will be offering light tackle, bottom fishing, and fly fishing trips offshore. This is very exciting because it opens the door for us to offer our clients everything from true back country flats fishing to blue water offshore fishing. We value our clients loyalty and work as hard as possible to continue to excede their expectations on and off the water. If you have not fished with us, we would love the opportunity to show you what the Coast of Georgia has to offer so give us a call and lets talk fishing.

Tight Lines and Happy New Year
Capt. Scott

Captain Scott Owens and Capt. Rob Aldridge are licensed FULL TIME fishing guide offering our clients a life time of experience and over a decade fishing the Coastal Georgia and North Florida waters as full time guides. We are located less than an hour from Savannah or Jacksonville and offers clients fishing along the entire coast of Georgia as well as North Florida. These area’s include Cumberland Island Georgia – Jekyll Island Georgia – St. Simons Island Georgia – Sea Island Georgia – Little St. Simons Island – Brunswick Georgia & Sapelo Island Georgia as ell as Amelia Island, Florida and St. Augustine Florida. Captain Scott and Rob specializes in inshore, Nearshore, and Offshore light tackle and fly fishing trips. Charters can be arranged by calling 877-605-3474 or by email.

Capt. Rob looking out over the Snake Rive Canyon in Oregon as we prepare to go look for Chucker’s

A Deer we jumped up while bird hunting.

Over Looking the Salmon River and Mackey Bar Cabin

One of several sketchy bridges we drove over we had to fold the mirrors just to fit the Dodge 3500 crew on the way to the boat.

One cold hour long jet boat ride to the cabin. This place was a 2 hour car ride on an icy wet switch back road and then over an hour in the boat through the rapids! No cell service, no phones, no email, no tv, hell no power. Just the Handa Generator and the propane tanks we brought for the hot water heater and stove.

Our cabin

A couple trees one that didnt make it and another that is destine

Hiking and hunting

This was the toughest hiking I have ever done. Blisters and all it was worth it. Thanks Robert and Taylor for keeping us moving.

My first chucker

My first Stealhead and Bobs 100000000000

Belize tarpon

Cave tubing in the rain forest

Real wild monkeys! Something we had never seen.

Big Grasshopper

Mayan ruins Xunantunich (pronounced /unantunit)

Palapa Bar Ambergris Cay Belize

Sundet from our room

Coastal Georgia Fishing

Cumberland Island Wild Horses

Clapper Rail (Marsh Hen) hunting

New Boat

New 27 next to the 17.8 pro