Summer is officially here and the heat is on!!! Fishing has been great and the quality of the fish has been even better.
One thing I still encourage people to do is call and make sure they are fishing with a FULL TIME EXPERIENCED GUIDE in what ever area they are in. I have been amazed at the amount of people who call and the first question out of their mouths is what are your rates? Keep in mind everyone that this is an important question but more important is whether you are getting what you pay for. Remember if something is cheaper than the rest there is probably a reason. Anyone can take you on a boat ride but not everyone can put you on fish. I would make sure you ask some very basic question before you even worry about price.
First and most important is “Are you a USCG licensed FULL TIME fishing guide?”
Second “How long have you been fishing the area?”
Third “What do you specialize in catching or what is biting?”
Forth “Are you available on this date?”
Fifth “What are your rates?”
Look at websites and fishing reports. Mine go back 6+ years and would go further but they had to be archived. Look at photos on sites so many are used over and over and over again and are never updated. There are some real cheats and liars out there and some even have themselves fooled. Some claim to do fly fishing and dont even own a fly rod let alone a flats skiff. Others claim to be inshore specialist and fish out of offshore boats. Some claim to be offshore specialist and dont know the first thing about offshore fishing and some, well they just know it all! Here we put our clients on fish and continue to year after year after year. More importantly our clients have fun, catch fish, and get what they pay for!
Bottom line everyone is that there are a lot of people who call themselves charter fishermen or guides however most are not. If you have fished with one you like elsewhere call that guide and ask him for a recommendation for the area you will be visiting. I get at least one call/email a week from clients who will be traveling to other parts of the country asking me if I know anyone who I can suggest in the area they will be to guide them fishing.
No guide will refer you to someone he or she would not personally pay to fish with.
Fishing has been great and to follow up on my last report the tarpon have really started to settle in. Redfish continue to hammer shrimp on the flats and the flounder bite has been as good as I have seen it in years. We have had several 5 to 6 pounder and have been averaging 10 to 15 fish a trip. Trout were a warm welcome after another tough winter and the quality of the fish has been good. Anyone looking for some great fun should look no further than the monster ladyfish that crowd our beaches. These fish can be a pain when trout fishing but on the fly or light tackle they are great! I hope you enjoy the reports. I have also attached some photos I took 2 days ago of some crazy weather we had.
Got this fish yesterday! It was belly crawling in 6 inches of water and just smoked the fly. Great Job Ryan on the cast bro!
Captain Scott Owens is a licensed FULL TIME guide offering his clients a life time of experience and over a decade fishing the Coastal Georgia and North Florida waters as a full time guide. He is 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 Amelia Island, Florida – Cumberland Island Georgia – Jekyll Island Georgia – St. Simons Island Georgia – Sea Island Georgia – Little St. Simons Island Georgia & Sapelo Island Georgia. Captain Scott specializes in fly fishing as well as light tackle trips. Charters can be arranged by calling 877-605-3474 or by email.