Capt. Richie Lott
October 22, 2008
St. Simons Island - Saltwater Fishing Report
The Bull Redfish bite near shore off the GA coast has been simply incredible. After last years hero or zero season, we started the first week of October with an amazing 71 fish as of yesterday, landed and released.
The Reds have been ranging from 20 pounds to over 40 pounds, with 30-32 being the average.
These Spawning females come to the same places each year to spawn like clockwork and we are extremely fortunate to have this fishery. There are not very many places in the world that offer this type of fishing with reds in this size range and best if all, the bite is dependable.
If you have never caught a Bull Redfish, NOW is the time to fish for them on the GA coast. The bigger fish have been down in my neck of the woods. St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island, just off the beaches in very particular areas. These spots are traditional guide spots for Reds and are somwehat secluded/not fished areas where we're catching the fish over 35 pounds. The key to finding these fish is finding bait. No Secrets, that's the key. Period.
As far as finding new spots where there is likely to be Reds without hunting bait schools, the best thing you can do is seek breaking water on a sandbar with deep water nearby and fish the breakers and on the ledge where the breakers drop off into the channel next to them. If there are baitfish around, there should be Bull Reds.
It's a fun game and the fish make some great photos. Pretty much anything will work for bait, but it needs to be fresh. It's hard to beat a fresh menhaden, live or dead fished right on the bottom...! See photos and video of these fish @ www.charterfish.com.
Target Species: Bull Redfish