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  • #16
    Originally posted by Pescador View Post
    FlyG ... would you be yaking this weekend, or using some other vessel?
    By yak for sure. Would welcome company. I'll shoot you an email today...

    G

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    • #17
      HC... Buck is a great guy, and I think he knows ever striper and hybrid around here by name! If anyone in the Athens area can find 'em on top for sight-casting, he can.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Pescador View Post
        SightF ... I was delighted to learn about the opportunities to sight-fish in the Savannah area... I can't wait to go back! I grew up fishing in SE Louisiana and still go there whenever possible, but my personal experience has been that 30+ lb reds in shallow water are not common (at least in the places I frequent - Myrtle Grove and around Reggio/Hopedale/Delacroix Island). I do catch my share (maybe more than my share) of 7 - 15 lb reds. On the other hand, Captain Wagner told me about some places near Savannah where there are good numbers of bull reds at certain times of the year. He tells me he does indeed sight-cast to them and they will eagerly eat flies. In two full days, Scott Wagner delivered on everything he promised, so I intend to confirm this phenomenon myself! He also tells of catching tripletail on the fly. I love a good fish story when it is true. I am giddy with anticipation.

        I grew up fly fishing in Savannah and it will always be my favorite fishery. I have heard about a few phenoms who catch BIG redfish on fly but I have never seen a red over 16-18 lbs swimming in the water. I have always heard really great things about Scott but have never fished with him.

        Big fish in SE Louisiana is all about the time of year. Right now the best guides fishing out of Hopedale on the East and Port Sulphur on the West side are consistently getting shots at 30+lb fish and consistently catching 20+lb fish. These fish don't crawl with their backs out but they are in 2-3 feet and it is purely sightfishing. This 42lb fish was caught in 2.5-3 ft of water:

        http://uptownangler.com/saltwater-fl...305-740057.jpg


        Glad you had a great trip to Savannah, I hope you left some fish for me to chase when I visit for Easter
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        Last edited by sightfisherman; 01-26-11, 02:40 PM.

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        • #19
          SightF ... I checked out that "Land of Giants site" - averaging one 30+ pounder per week is AMAZING!

          "In the past 12 months, I have caught 3 fish over 50 pounds, 5 fish over 40 pounds, 53 fish over 30 pounds, and 300+ fish over 20 pounds. "

          All the fish I caught in Savannah should still be swimming, and bigger by Easter. When you're in Savannah I'll probably be down in the Big Easy with my kayak chasing reds.

          Last edited by Pescador; 01-14-10, 07:24 PM.

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          • #20
            I had a couple of shots at the Bulls in shalllow water with Scott back in March 2009. They were big. He estimated 30lb+. Had one eat and spit it out before if could set the hook. I have it on video and it is almost too painfull to watch! Scott is the real deal when it comes to shallow water fly fishing around Savannah & HHI.

            kmox

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            • #21
              Very cool. It is quite an experience to see those bull reds in shallow water.

              That said, for me, you can't beat chasing, hooking, and landing an 8 or 9 lber rooting around on a high-tide grass flat
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              Last edited by sightfisherman; 01-26-11, 02:41 PM.

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              • #22
                Back for another fix...

                I too went back for another fix a couple of weeks ago and was delighted to find the reds were still there... where we'd left them. Captain Scott came through again!

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                • #23
                  Nice fish. After all your glorious winter fishing, you probably don't even want to look at invasive cyprinids. But I've been seeing a few get up shallow already. It won't be long.

                  G

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                  • #24
                    As a matter of fact...

                    I am very interesting in chasing invasive cyprinids! Please keep me posted as I have some new fly patterns I want to try. By the way, I have first-hand information that this recent weather has the local run of M. chrysops going strong.



                    Last edited by Pescador; 04-03-10, 05:13 PM.

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