St. Simons Island Fishing Report
Capt. TJ Cheek
January 7, 2012
St. Simons Island - Saltwater Fishing Report
Well its been a weird Fall and early Winter around the Golden Isles. The warm temps and lack of rain really through a twist in the typical patterns that we find this time of year.
The Redfish bite has been really good and the Trout are here but may take some moving around to find. The Sheepshead are hanging around and I've had some great days with those. I've been fishing a lot of structure such as docks and laydowns in small creeks.
The Redfish have been in their usual haunts near feeder creeks at high tide. Fish IN the grass. Many times they will not venture out several feet from the grass. You might get lucky and pick off a few but you will likely have better luck if you're a foot or two into some sparse grass. On low tide they have been in the back of small creeks in some of the deeper bends and potholes.
As far as Trout fishing around St. Simons and Jekyll... move, move, move. That is unless you have already located some fish. If you are heading out blind I suggest some running and gunning to find the fish. It's been very much similar to Spring time. The Trout are still WAY up the river as well as out in the sounds. With this much ground to cover you could end up finding them anywhere.
Live bait always is a good bet but they are biting a whole assortment of artificials as well. Winter usually brings out the crazy colors like Candy Corn and this years supposed hot bait, the Electric Buzzard.
As for me, if I were out fishing by myself and just wanted to have a good time, I would fish way up the river with some artificials and target Trout and Rockfish. I've seen much bigger Trout coming from the western end of the salt waters and its always nice to get some bonus Rockfish.
St. Simons Island Fishing Forecast:
Sheepshead on the nearshore reefs is coming soon!
Enjoy this mild weather and what seems to be our first real break from the Northeast winds.
Capt. TJ Cheek
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