2013 INSHORE and OFFSHORE FISHING CLINICS
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Our newly revised inshore handout material is going to be considered priceless! We are going to give you the best times to fish for what, when, and where for the entire year of 2013.
Any inshore fisherman that is considering going offshore should seriously consider attending the offshore class! Details below:
Two Inshore Schools
Saturday February 9 2013
Saturday February 23, 2013
One Offshore School
Saturday March 9, 2013
Time: 8:00AM – 2:00 PM
Place: Tubby’s Tank House 2909 River Drive, Thunderbolt, Georgia 31404
Cost: $90.00 (included one day class, breakfast, and lunch)
Please call 912 897 4921 now for reservations
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Inshore fishing report
Trophy red fish: Headache or not!
Teresa Talley is holding up a nice trophy red fish, which she caught while inshore fishing with Captain Ray Crawley. Teresa was very happy after fighting, catching, and releasing her fish. However, some things it seems do have their draw backs. Once the fish was released she asked Captain Ray if he had any aspirin. And Captain Ray replied, “Why?” Teresa said, “While I was trying to get the fish to the boat I gritted my teeth so hard that I gave myself a headache!”
Cherrie and Captain Deidra Jeffcoat of Miss Judy Charters having a blast catching Spanish Mackerel.
Cherrie and Captain Deidra Jeffcoat of Miss Judy Charters had a great time catching Spanish mackerel. You may not see these fish jumping on the surface but they are here! The rule of thumb is to look for the birds feeding or just troll over any underwater structure. The best baits are small and medium Clark spoons trolled at about 5 knots.
While trolling we are catching Spanish and King Mackerel, Little Tunny, and Blue Fish. All of these fish are gladly hitting all size Clark spoons being pulled behind #1, #2, and #3 planers. You noticed I added king mackerel to this list. Well, it’s true we did have several king mackerel hook up while trolling for Spanish mackerel. However, the tackle we were using was so light we could not get the fish in the boat. With that being said, Try if you wish, the king mackerel are here!
Savannah Snapper Banks
The old trigger fish is good to eat!
Captain Kathy Brown is holding a nice trigger fish, which was caught while bottom fishing at the Savannah Snapper banks. Here’s some interesting facts about a trigger fish. The skin once dried out makes some of the best sand paper ever. Back in the old days during the wooden ship era seamen would eat the meat of the trigger fish, dry the skins, and use them to sand the deck of the ship. This is a fish that jabs at its intended meal. Therefore if your bait looks pulled and strung out this means that a trigger fish attacked. The best suggestion I can tell you at that point is to give them time to eat.
This is a sea urchin, which was caught while bottom fishing. Take a close look at this picture. In the dead center of the urchin is a place that it’s most vulnerable, because there are no spines protecting it. This is the area that the trigger fish targets, because it is the easiest spot to crack. During this attack the trigger fish sometimes gets the spines broken off into all parts of their body and mostly in their face. When you catch a trigger fish check for broken off spines as well as scars from an apparent sea urchin battle. If the trigger fish does hit the sweet spot it gets to eat the insides of the sea urchin. However, if it misses it could get its eyes poked out as well as being scared for life!
Gulf Stream Report
This picture is from Captain Judy on the Miss Judy Too.This large Wahoo was caught on drift live line, which was baited up with a live silver snapper. I put this bait out on a standard king mackerel rod/reel set up loaded. When it comes to blue water Gulf Stream fishing, the Georgia Coast has a lot to offer. Most fishermen don’t realize this until they try it. We have quite a few fishermen that have figured out the feeding habits of fish in this area. with 20 pound test main line. It took over two hours to land this fish. Every time we got this big fish to the boat it took a different direction and there was no changing its mind. For catching opportunities like this one I suggest thinking outside of the box.
Just about any bait you wish will get this job done. Back in the old days we took a standard king mackerel rig and beefed it up with heavier wire and large hooks. For bait we used a silver snapper, which is more commonly known by most as a “red porgy.” This is strong swimming bait and will seek deeper water to stage a holding pattern. Fast fish such as king mackerel and Wahoo can’t pass this sort of free swimming bait up.
The trolling plight!
The black fin tuna have arrived and can be caught while trolling over the ledges in 15 to 250 feet of water or you just might find them rounding up bait in the upper water column. This is one fish that feeds fast and furious. This means that they are strong fighters! As far as best baits, small to regular size cedar plugs work as well as dink ballyhoo rigged on an assortment of colorful Tracker Ilanders. The secret when targeting this fish is it’s important to “match the hatch.” When trolling over a ledge wait until your baits are over it, take your boat out of gear and let the bait fall a bit in the water column. Then put the boat back in gear, and when the bait is jetted forward that is when most bites are triggered.
Another method for hooking up black fins is to jig for them. It’s simple and, believe me, it does work. Your Jig selection should be heavy enough to make a sharp fall in the water column and small enough to fit in the tuna’s mouth. Hook ups from a stand still are strong, direct, and awesomely powerful! I can hear the reel screaming now!
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This is an oyster toad fish, which we call “the maw in law fish!”
I am always writing about the fish that we catch that are good to eat. I would like to tell you about one fish that we catch, but almost never eat.
I consider the poor, misunderstood toadfish the ugliest of them all. I know its mother had to love it, but I am almost sure that is as far as this kinship goes. One of my customers had another name for this fish, they called it the “The maw-in-law-fish.” He told me why, but I really don’t need to pass on his reasons. I am sure you can figure it out on your own. The fish comes in the shape of a club with two dark semi-protruding eyes and a large big-lipped mouth. The toad is equipped with a set of jaws that can put a hurting on any of your fingers. In fact, those jaws are so strong that they can open oysters. So beware, they do and will bite. They usually warn you with a croaking or grunting sound right before they bite. In fact, they also use these sounds to communicate with each other. At least that’s what I think. They seem to talk the most at night. I frequently hear them conversing under my floating dock. I haven’t figured out what they are saying, but as soon as I do you will be the first to know.
Here’s one for you, the male toad fish is responsible for taking care of the eggs. He assumes responsibility as soon as the female passes them. The females usually deposit the eggs in a spot where they can’t be disturbed by currents. The eggs have been found in empty cans and old shoes. The male’s job is to guard the spot until they go into the hatch mode, which can be as long as 3 weeks. While the males are watching the eggs they don’t eat or leave the area. They are very aggressive during this time.
The toads that we catch in the creeks and rivers are dark green in color. They aren’t really large, but can still hurt you with their bite. However, the toads that we catch offshore are a lot bigger than the ones inshore. I have caught a few that were well over 4 pounds. You should see the set of teeth on these babies. The offshore toadfish’s color is a bright rust, which seems to get lighter the longer they remain in the sandy bottom offshore waters.
My father was known for his unusual supper surprises. It was not beyond him to skin, fry, and served toadfish to his company. You have to understand my father loved to serve up unusual dishes to his unsuspecting guests. Not only was fried toadfish occasionally on the menu, he also served grilled crow but that’s entirely another good story! Don’t kill these fish. Please find a way to safely release them unharmed without hurting yourself.
Thanks for reading! Captain Judy
SAVANNAH, GEORGIA 31410
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