Chumming in South Georgia

Scott OwensFishing Tips

Chumming is a simple and effective technique for drawing fish in to your location whether it be from a boat or a fixed structure like a dock or a pier.  The chum that you use is dependent on what species you are targeting and will consist of freshly chopped or ground baitfish.  If you want to use frozen chum to …

Bottom Fishing offshore Sea Island Georgia

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Offshore bottom fishing is very popular off the coast of Coastal Georgia.  From 5-65 miles an assortment of fish can be targeted.  From Black Sea Bass and Weakfish(summer trout) on the nearshore reefs, to various snapper and grouper species, to triggerfish, amberjack, and cobia, the list goes on and on. Coastal Georgia has an assortment of artificial reef areas off …

Georgia Jig Fishing

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Jig fishing is popular and challenging. Why? Because the person fishing is creating the action that attracts, or doesn’t attract, the particular type of fish he or she is trying to catch. Here’s how it works. Cast out and let your jig hook sink to the bottom. Then use your rod tip to raise the bait about a foot off …

Boat Fishing

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Big or small, motorized or outfitted with paddles, a boat simply allows you to cover more water. But for most folks, a boat simply makes fishing a lot more fun. The boat you choose should be based on where you want to fish and what kind of fish you’re stalking. Some boats are better on rivers, streams and ponds. And …

Catch and Release

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Catch and release was first introduced in Michigan in 1952, as a way to reduce the cost of stocking hatchery-raised trout. Since then, conservationists and sport fisherman alike have promoted catch and release to ensure sustainability and avoid over fishing. Proper catch and release fishing techniques also reduce fish fighting and handling times and help avoid damage to fish skin, …

Landing a Fish

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As your fish gets closer to the boat, drop your entire rod and reel to your waist. If the fish goes under the boat, get your rod tip in the water and follow it. If you can see the fish, you’ll know when it’s tired. It’ll roll over on his side. And if you can’t see the fish, you’ll be …

Unhooking a Fish

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We try and practicing catch and release so, here are a few tips while fishing St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island or anywhere on the Coast of Georgia. First try to remove the hook without exciting or harming the fish. If possible leave the fish in the water while removing the hook. The eyelet (small hole) of the hook is the …