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September Tailing Red Fish in the Grass

September brought some of the best fishing for tailing Reds in the grass I have seen in years.  There are lots of 18-20 inch fish on the flats.  These are from the spawn of 2016, which was the highest in years.  October will bring more high tides and tails to the grass.  

I have from October 3 through October 7 open for some evening tailing tide trips.  My day trips are sold out.  Let me know if you want a call if someone cancels, or give me a call if you are interested in an afternoon trip.

Capt. Dave  706.540.1276

This is Clay, releasing his first red fish caught in the grass. (The bait he refers to is a black toad, not live bait.)

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Casa Viejo Chac: February 9th through the 16th, 2019 Still Spaces Left

I have lot's of room left on this trip.  

                           Call or send me an email with your interest: 706.540.1276 email: flycastcharters@gmail.com

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Here is a link to  a Google album of more pictures.  Join us.  This is a surprisingly affordable trip.

Casa Viejo Chac Photo Album 

Late Summer to early Fall fishing report

 

The fishing in July, August and September is as hot as the weather.  As I write this, the only impact of Florence on the Golden Isles has been some winds slightly above average.  Things will be completely back to normal in a few days.

Triple Tail

Triple Tail are our Spring Bonus in the Golden Isles.  They arrived in good numbers the beginning of April, May saw lots of fish, but smaller fish. These fish hung around through July.  They got real scarce in August.  We had a good year on triple tail on a fly this year.  Can't wait until they arrive and free float in front of Jekyll in late March or April, 2019.

 

Red Fish

July, August and September brought a typical summertime pattern for reds.  If the tides weren't high enough for the fish to get into the grass,  I concentrated fishing for these fish on the low tides.  When the tide recedes the fish are pushed from the long grass and from around the oyster rakes.  They school up on select mud flats for protection.  They can be incredibly spooky at this time.  The best time for this type of fishing is when the low tides are early in the morning.  Low tides an hour or so after first light will often offer fish moving around, pushing water and aggressively eating.  Lot's of times we will see the fish crawling with their backs out of the water or feeding with their tails up.  Later in the day, many times the fish just sit on the bottom and sulk. 

The shrimp are bigger now and beginning to move out of the creeks.  Keep an eye open for reds actively feeding on these Fall shrimp at creekmouths on an out going tide.

September flood tides were off the charts.  Shots at dozens of fish on a tide were the norm.  I expect October to be the same.

Toward the end of October, there may be a few more days of tailing tides, depending on the water temperature.  In late October, the water typically begins to cool and clear.  This heralds the arrival of the winter pattern of huge schools of red fish in clear water.  

 

Trout and Flounder

 

Now the shrimp are larger and moving out of the creeks, the Fall pattern of trout fishing is beginning.  A few weeks ago, i went out and caught good numbers of 15-18 inch speckled sea trout.  Once the water cools a little, trout fishing will really turn on.

I have been so busy chasing red fish, I have not had a chance to target this great eating fish, but reports say Flounder are still being caught.

 

Call, text or email if you are interested in booking a trip.

Capt. Dave

www.flycastcharters.com

flycastcharters@gmail.com

706.540.1276

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A nice live well full of Speckled Sea Trout.  Sometime you just have to keep a few for dinner.

 
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Lot's of 18-20 inch Red Fish Around

As I published in a Newsletter earlier this year, DNR net surveys indicated a 2016 red fish spawn almost back to long term average.  Angler reports this year indicate a good spawn from 2017. (These fish are currently 12-15 inches).

 

From what I have seen the last few weeks, all of this is true.  Most of the fish caught on the last flood tide cycle were in the 20 inch range, indicating they are from the 2016 spawn.

 

This doesn't mean we need to stop our conservation efforts.  I am continuing them, and hope others will.  Personally, I am no kill on red fish.  However if someone wants to keep one or two 20-23" fish for dinner, I can't argue with that.  But to kill a cooler  full of 14 inch yearling fish in this day and age is a disgrace.

 

Maybe this makes some people mad, but it is the way I feel.  We strongly need to change our limits to no more than 2 fish per day per person and a 4 fish boat limit with a slot from 19-24".  It is just good common sense to take some pressure off the resource and let the yearling fish live more than 12 months.

 
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Time to Book Your Trip

 

If you are planning a trip or coming to a corporate event in the Golden Isles later this Fall or Winter, now is the time to call and reserve your days.  October, November and December can offer spectacular fishing for red fish and trout.  If the weather stays warm and calm, trout fishing can be off the charts in December.

 

In the fall, combined trips for red fish and trout make for a fun day fishing.

 

Give me a call at 706.540.1276 or send an email to flycastcharters@gmail.com and we can get started.

 

There is a ton of  information on my website with tips and techniques that make you a better angler and many good fly recipes if you tie flies.  Or just go to the front page to browse the site: Fly Cast Charters. 

Here are just a few pictures from Late Summer to Early Fall Fly Fishing in St. Simons

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I had to end with this photo of David C.  David has tried and tried to catch a red fish in the Marshes of Glynn.  On the flood tides of August, David accomplished his goal.

My old silver Toyota Tacoma pick up tuck served me well for 10 years.  But it was time to say out with the old and in with the new.  Here is a picture of my new, tricked out Tacoma.  I like to think it is the best looking truck in SSI, and it still has the familiar stickers on the back window.  If you see me riding around St. Simons or anywhere else and see my truck, stop me, say hello and let's talk Fly Fishing.

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The photo of the back window of my new truck has the reflection of the fly rods hanging on the wall of my garage.  I am a total rod and line maniac.  I don't know how many rods or different lines I own.

Thanks for taking the time to scroll all the way through the newsletter.  When you are headed this way, give me a call and let's go,

"Hunting Fish in the Marshes of Glynn."

Capt. Dave Edens

www.flycastcharters.com

706.540.1276

 
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