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Old 02-25-13, 11:45 AM   #1
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Default St. Simons Mid Winter Fishing Report

The red fish continue their winter time pattern of large schools bunching up on the low tide on mud flats and at the back of the creeks. As the tide moves out, the fish move out, but stay as shallow as they can and form large schools.

Yesterday, we saw a school of at least 100 fish. The school was moving to deeper water as the tide receded. It was at least 50 yards across and 20 yards deep. It was one of the largest schools of red fish I have ever seen. We managed to catch two of these fish before we spooked them and they moved on.

Although we caught fish on the ebb yesterday, the reds seem to feed better as the tide moves back in. We usually follow them back into marsh flats and fish for them for several hours until the tide gets too high.

The water is clear, and we are sight fishing to individual fish as well as to wakes and pushes. The red fish bite is red hot right now. If you come to the coast, try to put aside several days for fishing so you can fish during some good weather. High winds and cloud filled skies make for really tough conditions.

The best flies have been the Prawn's Revenge and an ultra shrimp pattern.

Although I have not been fishing for trout lately, I have seen lots of large trout at the start of the incoming tide at the mouth of several creeks and other captains have reported good catches.

If you are baiter, the Sheepshead bite is very good on fiddler crabs off shore, along pilings in the Sound and off of the St. Simons pier.

Early March will bring an continuation of this pattern. As the water warms and the days get longer as we get into April, the big schools will break up. April brings Triple Tail sight fishing in front of Jekyll. I can't wait.

Give me a call to take advantage of some of the best red fishing on the east coast.

Here are some pictures from recent trips.








I don't have a chance to fish much, but here is one I caught while exploring a new area:


Some more from the same area:


Here is the last picture showing a red fish swimming around with his back out of the water:
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Old 02-25-13, 08:28 PM   #2
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Nice report Dave. What weight rods and line types are y'all generally using when targeting reds?
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Old 02-26-13, 10:47 AM   #3
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That's some fine day-dream material, David!
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Old 02-26-13, 11:18 AM   #4
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Thanks for the report. That camera makes some crisp pictures too, very nice.
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Old 02-27-13, 03:13 PM   #5
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Default Rods for redfish

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Nice report Dave. What weight rods and line types are y'all generally using when targeting reds?
I generally use an 8 wt with an Orvis red fish taper floating line. I also like to use 6 wts when the wind is down. A 10 lb red fish is sporty on a 6 wt. Red fish taper lines have a short, heavy head and load the rod quickly for shorter casts. Few casts beyond 60-70 feet are ever needed to catch these fish, but you have to be fast.
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