August and September offered some of the best days of the year to fish for tailing red fish. On most of the trips, we were able to take shots at large numbers of fish and catch a few. But this is fishing and sometimes the weather didn’t cooperate. It seems like we have been fighting wind since March, and on some of the trips, we continued to battle it. But when the wind was down, the fishing was terrific. Fishing in the grass is the most visual fishing you can do. These fish are nose down, grubbing for fiddler crabs. Their tails are in the air, and sometimes you can see them throw water two feet into the air as they chase these crabs.
Tim and his wife Terri joined me for a few days of “tailer” fishing. Tim is a good salt water angler, and his wife is an excellent photographer. We were presented with shots at over fifty fish on the first day and twenty on the second. Tim managed to connect, and land a few nice red fish.
Later in September, another Tim–Tim from North Carolina–joined me with his son Conner. This was Conner’s first time fishing in the salt water, and he had a great time. We fished several drops, caught some trout and black drum.
Conner had the time of his life, and can’t wait to return next year.
His Dad, Tim, fished for tailers with me earlier in the month. This was one of those days with heavy winds and tough fishing. Tim got shots at about a dozen fish, but didn’t get any to eat.
But that is fishing. Tim is planning on a winter trip to see the big schools of red fish and clear water we have in January and February.
I had several low tide trips this month, and on one, Spencer and his wife Sarah joined me. We poled around the back of some creeks at low tide looking for red fish. The fish weren’t moving around, just sitting on the bottom; and as a result, we bumped a few schools. Finally, we were poling up to an oyster head, and the water in front of the Oyster erupted in a huge school of fish. We sat behind the Oysters and as a fish would come into casting range, Spencer would fire out a cast, and hook up. Sarah repeated. I think in all, Spencer and his wife had five or six eats, and three fish to the boat. It was a great day.
October and November will produce some of the best trout and red fishing of the year. During the first weekend of October, I will be participating in the Cystic Fibrosis Red Trout charity tournament. Later that weekend, I am booked for tailers. The middle of the month will most likely offer the last consistent shot at tailers for the year. The water has already cooled off into the mid 70′s, and consistent tailing usually stops after the water goes below 70 degrees, when the fiddler crabs hibernate for the winter.
November will bring clear water as the water cools and large, active schools of fish. If any of you will be down for GA/FL and want to fish, please call soon.
August and September have been busy months for me. I appreciate all of my new and old friends coming to St. Simons and giving me a call to “Hunt Fish in the Marshes of Glynn.”
Until next time, Tight lines, Strip Strike, and Practice the Double Haul.
Capt. David Edens