Sea Island Fishing - Fishing Report for St. Simons Island
Capt. TJ Cheek
April 16, 2012
St. Simons Island - Saltwater Fishing Report
Spring fishing is finally here and Summer fishing is right around the corner. I just wanted to share with everyone what has been going at St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and Jekyll Island and what we are expecting to happen in the coming weeks.
I hope that everyone had a great Winter and that you are just as excited about the warm weather as I am.
Recently we have been doing most of our fishing at the nearshore reefs off of St. Simons and Jekyll Island. We have caught tons of Summer Trout, Sea Bass, and Redfish with some Spanish Mackerel in the mix as well.
Inshore started out slow but in the last week it has really improved with some nice Trout being brought in. I'm really optimistic about what this Summer will hold for the inshore fish. Last summer was spectacular even after a brutally cold Winter so I am extremely excited to see what happens this year after the nice temps.
The Tripletail fishing has been excellent right in front of Jekyll Island. We have seen plenty of fish and they have been more than willing to eat. If you have ever fished for Tripletail you know how picky they can be at time. I'm hoping that someone comes soon that is up to the challenge of catching one on fly!
Offshore fishing has also been good, and it's getting even better. We have been able to get some REALLY nice Cobia and Amberjack along with the usual customers of Vermillion Snapper, Sea Bass, Triggerfish, Grouper, and the other bottom dwellers.
St. Simons Island Fishing Forecast:
What's next??? I'll break it down for you.
Inshore - The Trout should storm the beaches within the next couple of weeks. The May Full Moon is usually a milestone that we look for as the start of awesome Trout fishing but with the warm weather I'm thinking much sooner. Tripletail will continue to be on the menu, Redfish will be here as usual, and Flounder will get thicker and thicker.
Beach fishing - Sharks!!! I believe that they are already here but I am certain that after mid May they will be here in good numbers. If you have ever Shark fished with me you know how much fun it is to hang into huge Sharks that peel off hundreds of yards of line. I also expect to have a great year for Tarpon and an early showing as well.
Nearshore Reef fishing - The Cobia have been spotted in small numbers already. In the coming weeks we should see the annual migration bring tons of Cobia through our area. Spadefish should also start showing up for some light tackle action. Kingfish will be here soon and the Spanish, as I said earlier, are already here.
Offshore - Right now we are catching really nice Cobia and Amberjacks. This will continue buton top of that we can expect to see more Mahi, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish etc to show up. It's going to be stellar!
For those of you who don't know, our 31 ft. Contender is being re-painted and has already been repowered. It is going to look awesome! She will definitely be the cleanest charter boat in the fleet. If you knew this boat as the "Strike Zone" it will now be named "Hemingway's Whiskey". With an overhaul as major as the one we have been through it seems only right to overhaul the name as well.
Capt. TJ Cheek
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