St. Simons Island Tarpon fishing report for June 2018

Scott OwensGeorgia Fishing Reports

It’s no secret that St. Simons Island Georgia has some great Tarpon fishing in the summer months.  Jekyll Island, Sea Island, and Cumberland Island also boast some awesome tarpon action during summer as well.  Weather you are a bait guy, love to throw artificial, or fling feathers on the fly rod we have you covered!  There are still a few days in August still available so make sure to give us a call.

I started tarpon season this year in early June and left the dock a little earlier than normal. Running to catch bait it was already hot and humid a sign of tarpon season.  It was almost high tide and I headed to a spot I knew they should be. As I approached the spot and slowed down to scan the bottom for fish with my Simrad 3D Side Imaging as tarpon rolled off my bow.  It was a sure sign they were there and I positioned the boat for a drift.  With in 15 minutes we had jumped a fish and were fighting another!  That day we caught 6 and jumped off another 3.  Clients were smiling as was the captain as we headed in after a great start to the season.


Tarpon fishing has continued to be above average this season.  In June the smaller fish (30-60lb) seem to always show up first followed by the larger fish in the 70-120lb range but, by the first full moon in July the monster female fish arrive.  These fish are in the 140-220lb range and can bring any seasoned angler to his knees.  We had that exact thing happen early one morning as we drifted the channel.  things seemed quiet until the long rod doubled over and a huge fish aired it out.  After getting the client settled in on the rod we cleared lines and the fight persisted.  It wasn’t until after about 45 minutes  did the fish allow me to bring her to hand.  She was big and measurments put her over just over 170 pounds.  Right now that is the largest tarpon caught on my boat during the 2018 season.


To recap the fishing has been great from Sapelo Island down to Cumberland including St. Simons, Sea Island, and Jekyll Island.  It should just continue to get better as the fish have now started a daily tidal routine.  Capt. Rob went 5 for 8 yesterday and I managed to land 5 fish on fly in the last week as well as several others on bait and Artificial.  We still have days open in Aug for tarpon trips and plenty of afternoons open for kids trips so give us a call to schedule your adventure!

Captain Scott Owens

Professional guide at Southeastern Angling

P.S.  Look for Capt. Robs inshore report to follow soon!! 2018 has been a great year so far thanks to our great clients and some awesome fishing.

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