“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956” by Capt Judy Helmey


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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)

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 Inshore fishing just got really interesting!!

Captain Alan’s Red Fish Corner

Captain Alan Collins of Miss Judy Charters along with his customers has had a great inshore catching month.

Wilmington Island Autoplex fishing team

Captain Alan Collins of Miss Judy Charters and the Wilmington Island Autoplex fishing team!!

Saltwater Catfish Oh My!!

Salt water Catfish

Captain Alan Collins is holding up a nice and live saltwater catfish, which was caught while floating fishing for spotted sea trout.  Believe this or not, but over the 20 years we haven’t caught many of these fish.  Before this time we used to catch lots of catfish, then one day none.  My father said, “Some sort of vises must have killed them off!”  Well, it looks like slowly but surely they seem to be making a come back…this fish was released alive and kicking!!

Big fish catching smiles!

 Please meet Skylar Wellington  and Jocelyn Dundisky 

Spotted Trout and Red Fish

Skylar Wellington holding a nice 22 inch spotted sea trout and Jocelyn Dundisky holding a nice 17 inch red fish.  This catching duo didn’t stop with these two fish. they also caught several others biters!!

Captain Ray Crawley Trophy Red Fish Catching Man

The Terry Hubbard family fishing team

The Terry Hubbard family fishing team

 Captain Ray Crawley of Miss Judy Charters also known as the “Trophy Red Fish Man” took the Hubbard fishing team to a line stretching event.  As you can see they kept a few and release a whole lot!!

Two reds and Captain Ray’s fish catching smile!

2 Reds

 Captain Ray Crawley certainly knows how to find the red fish bite.  His secret is a simple one ..and it goes like this…you have to think and eat like a red fish to catch them…so therefore when he not fishing he thinking!!  It time to go inshore fishing!!

Dennis Johnson fishing team

Captain Ray Crawley of Miss Judy Charters and Dennis Johnson fishing team.  While inshore fishing with Captain Ray they caught fought, kept a few, and release many trophy red fish!

Artificial Reefs

It’s time to go!!

Summer Trout are back!!

Summer Trout

Captain Kathy Brown of Miss Judy Charters is holding up a nice summer trout also knows as a weak fish.  When the water temperature got a warm 82 degrees these fish basically left the artificial reefs for parts unknown.  However, here’s the good news…the water temperature is teeter toddle ring between 79 and 80 degrees.  With that small fall in water temperature the summer trout are back.  Our inshore captains have also been catching quite a few really nice size fish inshore while fishing on the bottom in the sound area. 

Savannah Snapper Banks


Please meet Tybee Island’s newest fishing team.  Captain “Triple Trouble” Steve Howell has fished with me (Captain Judy) for many years and has always talked about getting a team together.  Well, on Sunday September 23, 2012 it all came together, the team and the fish!


Captain “Triple Trouble” Steve Howell is holding a nice gag grouper, which he caught while bottom fishing over a “Topless Tunnel” located at the Savannah Snapper Banks. Back row left to right: Captain Bob “Big Fish” Rothman, Captain Frank “Snapper Man” Murray, and Captain Kathy “Hubba- Hubba Cotton Top” Brown of Miss Judy Charters.

Red Snapper

Captain Bob “Big Fish Rotham” holding his fine specimen of a genuine red snapper and Captain Kathy Brown of Miss Judy Charters.  Captain Bob’s snapper inhaled the first peeler crab that was dropped on the first spot.

On the deck at the wreck!

Our first stop was a secret spot that not only were we aware of it, but also the fish.  On the bottom near the wreck were red snapper, porgy, and vermilion.  In the upper water column there were numerous schools of banded rudder fish, almaco jack, little tunny, skip jack, and amberjack.  With a full packed fish stadium Captain Steve went into the jigging mode, stayed hooked up, and had a blast reeling in fish.  Captain Bob and Captain Frank used what we called a “bottom fish cocktail” as bait.  The definition of this type of bait is small pieces of squid, cut bait, and topped off with a live fish. I know this sound like a lot of bait on one hook, but it’s not.  The reason being is the live bait gets the fish’s attention and if the hook doesn’t get them on the first attack the leftovers will most always bring them back.  For about one hour the team caught, fought, and landed fish. Captain Bob and Captain Frank dropped, set the hooked, reeled the fish in, were re-baited, they dropped back to the bottom, hooked up, reeled fish in, and I think you get the just of what happened at the old wreck. There is a strange thing that happens after you fish one area such as this for a while and that’s the fish tend to scatter.  When this happens this is your sign that it’s time to move on to the next catching adventure and that’s exactly what we did.

Our bottom works

While Captain Kathy was getting the back deck in order I did a little looking and seeing.  It’s my belief that the bottom in our area isn’t so cut and dry meaning you really don’t have to find a wreck or a ledge to get the best opportunity to catch some quality fish.  Now don’t get me wrong a ledge or wreck does definitely hold the attentions of all fish from upper to lower holding species. And you can see it very plainly with your fish finder.  However, there is more to look for when it comes to scouting our bottom. 

Ditches also known as Topless Tunnels

Yes, there is more to look for than the obvious wrecks and ledges.  These are special areas that I call ditches and sometimes refer to as “topless tunnels.”  These areas are located on what looks like a flat lifeless bottom.  There is a secret as well as a chance for finding these areas.  The secret is to know that there is a possibility that they can be anywhere on the ocean bottom.   The chance is that those fish that live in it happen to be out of the ditch when you ride over it.  When I see a flat bottom area, which shows absolutely no bottom life I watch out for any sort of bottom detail such as small bait fish hovering or a single large fish moving.  I have my fish finder set up so that I can zoom right to the bottom, which offers quite a bite of detail.  However, with anything detailed such as this you have to know what you are looking at.  In my case it’s using the same style fish finder for over 20 years.  

Red Snapper

On April 18, 2012 Captain Frank, “Snapper Man” Murray fished with Captain Triple Trouble Steve at the Savannah Snapper banks. He is holding a nice genuine red snapper, which he caught while using a live ruby red lips.  Captain Frank’s main goal is to catch a MAHI MAHI!   My main goal is to see that this happens!!!  And the best thing is we still got time!!

With my thoughts of finding more fish in mind I started slowly making way while looking for a particular bottom detail.  Just as I have hundreds and maybe thousands of times over my past 50 years of fishing and as luck would have it “there was this one fish.”  I quickly wrote coordinates down, screamed bait the hooks, and get ready.  As I made a turned back up current of the area I was excited about what I had found.  When the hooks hit the bottom big strong hook ups happened!!  We caught everything from trigger fish, porgy, white grunts, and vermilion snapper.  And I almost forget to mention that one big fish that was swimming near the bottom that turned my head.   Whether or not this was the big fish, but Captain “Triple Trouble Steve did catch a big gag grouper.  And this is why I love fishing so much, because you really never know what is going to bite your hook when!!  However, with years of knowledge and real fishermen that can fish I really don’t know how any of us in the Tybee Fishing Team can go wrong!!  GO TEAM TYBEE!!

Best fishing for grouper is yet to come

October through December!

With ocean temperatures on the drop these fish are making way.  When a fish moves it’s got to eat.  This big gag inhaled a large live vermillion snapper while bottom fishing in 130 feet of beautiful blue water. 

Gulf Stream Bite

 Bottom fishing and trolling options!

Yes there big grouper  at them there deep water drops!! Give jigging a try, because big bottom fish such as this big grouper are making plans to move!!  And they have already gone into their bulking up mode!!

Gag Grouper

Johnnie Wilson on the E-FISHIN-C with a deli ledge gag grouper.


Thanks for reading!  Captain Judy


Peeler Crab and such...

We headed out with catching on all of our minds.  As soon as we loaded up with live baits of all sizes we made our way to the back side of the snapper banks sometimes referred to as the Grand Banks.  I haven’t been out to this area since they closed “red snapper.”  However, with Sunday September 23, 2012 being one of those red snapper keeping days I decided to make the run. 

On the ride to the south east we talked, we ate sandwiches, and made bets on whom might be able to brag about catching the biggest fish.  It was pre-decided that Captain Triple Trouble would jig and Captain Bob would use live bait while fishing right on the bottom. Captain Frank was to use both squid and live bait.  I was (Captain Judy) going to try something a little different, which was peeler crabs.  Bob and Diane Lowery have a commercial crabbing business in Savannah, Georgia.  This is one husband and wife duo that knows where the crabs walk at all times of the year.   Over the years I have learned a lot about the whereabouts of blue crab from them.  For instance:  I do know that during the cold months blue crabs travel the deepest part of the channel.  So if you want to catch them that is where you will have to look. Believe me you best bet is to call Bob and Diane if you want blue crabs for any event!!

Peeler Crab

Peeler crab that has shed it shell

 I took my peeler crab, stuck a circle hook all the way through the crab’s body.  I placed the hook at the point end of the crab, because this is the area where there isn’t any vital parts and dropped it to the bottom.  My leader was a standard Carolina rig style, which is 8 ounce egg threaded on to main line then 8 mm plastic ball and then I tied on a 100 pound test snap swivel.  As far as my leader:  I tied about three feet of 100 pound test monofilament to a 9/0 circle hook and then to 100 pound test swivel.  When using crabs as bait it’s suggested to use a shorter leader.  Please know that it’s is always best to use a much longer leader when targeting grouper! Types of live bait used also determined the length of leader used.  When using a bottom hugging such as a sand perch or rock bass I suggest using a leader as long as 30 feet.  I know this sounds crazy.  However, it’s not.  A large fish will loose interest before it follows the leader to the end of the line. The longer length offers bait more free swimming freedom.  Heck, I have even known the baits to swim right inside of the ledge where the grouper is holding.  Shorter leader such as 6 to 12 feet are good to use when using live bait such as ruby red lips, pin fish, cigar minnows, and Spanish sardines. The bottom line here about baits is simple “longer leaders for bait with larger air bladders and shorter leaders for those that don’t. 

How a fishing line is formed! Here’s your sign, Fish Here!

Trolling Time

Trolling Time has arrived!!

For those the want to do a little trolling the edge is slowing forming.  My definition of the Gulf Stream ledge:  When the western cooler waters meet the warmer Gulf Stream waters a wall is formed.  The western waters move east and west having a slight shift to the south.  The Gulf Stream water moves to the north at quite a steady clip, which boils down to about 3.8 knots and more.  When water moving east meets water moving north an edge is formed.  The edge brings on the attentions of small fish, which in turn provides the prefect target rich environment for the larger fish.  When the western waters start to move to the west depending on certain conditions the stream is sometimes shifted inshore a bit. 

To locate a serious edge keep an eye on your temperature gauge.  Back in the old days there were no temperature gauges.  We used our talented eyes to make the call.  The darker blue the water the warmer is seems to be.  When two different water temperatures meets on the surface a line is formed.  Sargasso weed, flotsam, jetsam, all colors and types of jelly fish some times show us fishermen the way. 

Freshies Report

Bill Vanderford is “Lake Lanier’s Legend!”

For more about my long time friend Bill Vanderford as well as his accomplishments, his freshwater charter trips or wildlife tours, books written and his special line up of tackle offered, please visit his site http://www.fishinglanier.com/contact.html for all the details!  For more details go http://stores.ebay.com/Fishy-Racer http://www.youtube.com/fishyracer www.cafepress.com/grapefruitshop


Little Miss Judy Believe It or Not!

Pearling Expedition!

“Pearling Expedition”

My father would have said, “Only pick the oysters that are below the water line!”  Now can’t you just see me now wading around in my father old boots, which were cut from a pair of his waders, looking for the prefect oyster?  You know the one with the pear!!   Now for the rest of the story, “I never found a pearl and never thought to just stop looking!”

“Pearling Expedition”

My father was an avid hunter.  He loved to hunt and fish. I went with him everywhere on his adventures. One of his favorite things to do was to go to his so-called private oyster beds, pick out a few, and eat them right on the spot.  Heck, I even joined in on this one.  As a child and adult I have always loved raw oysters. When daddy and I would go on an oyster hunt it was always a lot of fun.  I loved playing in the mud and also I didn’t mind too much picking up the oysters.  My father’s secret place was located in Bull River.  It was a great spot for picking oysters. According to my father it was perfect, because even at the lowest tide stage his oyster beds were still right under the water.  My father always maintained that oysters that spent too much time out of the water during a tide change tasted differently. As a child I was always looking for that white pearl. As I got older and smarter I realized that daddy was only telling me that because it put a twist on the collecting.  In other words, it made me happy to help as long as a pearl might be had.  As you all know our oysters don’t usually produce pearls.  At the time I wasn’t privy to that information.  So therefore it was just an oyster hunt to daddy.  However for me it was what I considered a “pearling expedition.”  

We had to use proper footwear for the occasion. My father had these big black thick rubber boots of which he had cut off of his retired duck waders.  Back in the old days I don’t think rubber boots even came in children size.  So therefore I wore daddy’s old pair.  They were big but we found out that if I wore my shoes inside of his boots it wasn’t too bad.  As we headed out, we would pull the old wooden rowboat behind our big boat.      As we gathered the oysters we dumped them into the rowboat. When we were tired the oyster hunt came to an end and we went home.  Now that I think about it no matter what we were doing when daddy was tried we stopped and moved on.

Upon arriving home it was time to cook the oysters. We had to wash them.  Believe me there were no power washers during this day and time.  It was called “Judy Washer!”  So we sprayed them with water and then brush them to get them clean.  It definitely took longer to clean them than it did to cook them. According to my father there were three  types of cooked oysters.  There were the “warmers, semi steamed, and open ones.”

The first two had lots of juice, which is referred to “oyster liquor.” His favorite thing to do was to loosen the so-called oyster’s anchor, which was attached to the inside shell, lift the shell up, and pour it in the old mouth.  Occasionally you might see him add a few drops of hot sauce. There was only juice available in the first two stages of cooking.  I like them cooked in all stages, but the last was my favorite.  I didn’t have to bother with trying to get them open.  They were already popped open, easy to get unanchored, ready for dipping in cocktail sauce, and fit prefect on top of a saltine cracker.  I’m sorry that I can’t finish this story, because I’m leaving to go get me some oysters!  And since there is an “R” in this month they should be real good no matter how we cook them!!


“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”

Inshore fishing Tips

Berkley Gulp

This is called a root beer gold screw tail made by Berkley Gulp!  Back in the old days there were not that many colors to choose from.  Now a fisherman has many choices and the fish do too!!  Hope you pick the right color!!  My father liked white, brown, and light green.

Trolling and strolling for spotted sea trout

 This is the time of the year where old timers really know what it take when it comes to catching spotted sea trout.  My father loved inshore fishing and he especially loved it when mid September rolled around, because it was trolling strolling time of the year.  We spent many hours talking and trolling the marshes during this September and October.  His favorite lure was the forever popular lure of its time, which was called “the screw tail.”   We would troll his screw tails way back behind our rowboat, which was powered with a 31/2 horsepower Evinrude motor. When we got a hit, sometimes we would circle back, anchor, and fish the spot.   Then there were times where he just made a mental note of the location and just kept trolling.   So now you know when trolling you can catch spotted sea trout, you can find spotted sea trout, and you can stop or not!!

Casting for your own bait!

 It’s that time of the year where a fisherman can catch his own live shrimp as well as others baits.  Best tides are out going and incoming isn’t bad either.  Shrimp have to go into the evacuation mode when the tide is falling. And their main goal is to get back into the marsh grass when it starts to flood.    The rule of thumb is a simple one; a shrimp needs water to hover in and grass to hold on to.  

And other live baits while throwing the old cast net

While casting you just might happen to catch a few small croaker, mullet, pin fish, or any other small fin fish.  I suggest that you put them in your live well with the shrimp.  The pinfish also call sailor choice is a very good bait to use when targeting the larger trout.

The reason being is a bigger trout prefers bigger bait, because they are smart enough to know that it fills their bellies quicker with less work!

Pinfish are great baits!!

Pin Fish

This is about the size of pinfish that we catch offshore. While casting inshore if you happen to catch smaller versions of pinfish please put it in you live well.  They make for great bait when targeting larger spotted sea trout!

It’s time to do a little triple tail watching

Triple Tail

Ralph Lattke and his mother Cathy are holding up as nice triple tail, which was caught while inshore fishing with Captain Jack McGowan.  According to Captain Jack this triple tail was cruising the flats while packing itself with small shrimp. Then best bait as you already most likely guessed is going to be small live shrimp. It’s time to do a little triple trail watching!

Captain Alan Collins Fishing Catching Corner!

Red Fish

This is Karen Griaier visiting from Indianapolis, IN. with her 28" Redfish. Before she boarded Captain Alan’s boat she said, I have never caught a fish 8" long.”  Well, that saying no good now!!

Savannah’s own gator catching man!!

Gator Catcher

 Peter Lenares is holding the jaw open of 11.6 foot 700 pound alligator, which he caught while hunting with Captain Mark Jonas. I know this is supposed to be a fishing report and it is.  This gator was caught on a hook and line!!  Proving once again when going fishing you really never know what you might catch

A Six Pound Story!

A flounder that would certainly feed two!!


Captain Rick Reynolds of Miss Judy Charters is doing what he does best that that’s catch fish!  While doing a little scouting he caught this 6 pound flounder, which we all known see like rabbit, cunning as a fox, and strikes like a cobra!  Here’s the good news when targeting red fish and spotted sea trout it’s not unusual to get the attentions of a six pounder!

A big jumping sturgeon! 


While heading the fishing grounds this past Saturday with a charter party on board Captain Rick experienced and unusual phenomenon.  Captain Rick was cruising at about 40 knots when he slowed down to idle speed to go under an over pass.  Right before passing under a large at least 200 pound sturgeon jumped in front of the boat’s bow and almost landing inside the boat.  Well, I am certainly glad this fish did not land in the boat.  The reason being is not only was this a big fish it is a strong fish.  While being a green fish meaning full of life it would have destroyed whatever it hit including those on board right down those things attached.  I am so thankful that this did not happen not only for the customers, but also the fish.   I suggest, especially when in  boat on the water to always having eyes wide open all of the time!!

Both Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon are protected from harvest by state and federal law. In fact, both species are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, which means anyone caught in possession of one is subject to very stiff penalties. So, if one lands in the boat, the best thing to do is to get it out of the boat ASAP, regardless of whether it's dead or alive.

Artificial Reefs

Blue Fish

The blue fish has arrived at the artificial reefs. 

Bringing On the Fish Bite!  Please meet our resident fishing wizard!

   Biting Spell

Believe this or not!  This fisherman is not waving at the fish.  He is putting a biting spell on them.  Since this is not a video you can’t get the true value of the waving of arms and squeezing of the fists.  The fisherman aka bringing on the fish bite wizard did his thing around the trolling rods.  And I know the question that you wan to ask but don’t dare.  Did it work?  Yes, it did 50 percent of the time!  When wizard man waved it didn’t take long before hits happened!!

Savannah Snapper Banks

Bottom fishing is very and the keeping it too!!

Vermon Snapper

Vermilion snapper bite is good

The vermilion snapper bite has been pretty good.  These fish are fun to catch and good to eat.  The best baits are live cigar minnows or Spanish sardines.  However, after you get the bite going you can switch to bait your hooks with cut fish and squid combo.  The bag limit is 5 per person and they have to be 12 tail length to keep! 


Our red snapper six day only season is closed

Red Snapper

 Please know that our brief red snapper season is over and closed.  However, you can still catch them, take a picture, and release them back to the wild.  Best news that I can tell you is that there are plenty of them at the artificial reefs, Savannah Snapper banks, and the deep waters near the Gulf Stream.


The amberjack fishing is very good!

Amber Jack Fish

 The amberjack bite has picked up at the Savannah Snapper banks.  Once hooked up this is one fish that really knows how to fight while being pulled to the surface.  They are also known as the reef donkeys, because they are known for guarding the upper water column above the ledge.  The best bait is live fish such as ruby red lips, sand perch, and cigar minnows.  Once hooked up you had better hold on!!

Gulf Stream Bite

Early Edge is taking form!!

Triggering the bite for a strong fight

The grouper can’t stand anything, including your lure that tries to past it by.  This is called triggering the bite for strong fight!

When September rolled around a best temperature change started taking place.  The waters to the west of the Gulf Stream are going into a cooling mode. When this happens the fishermen are not the only ones that know this is happening.  So do the fish and I am talking about all sizes start to make a move. 

A good plan at this time especially if you are going to make a blue water run is to be prepared to change up and fish or should I say “catch what is biting!”  For those dead hard trolling machines well you can troll till you can’t stand it any longer.  The best news that I can tell you is that you just might catch quite a few fish and then you might not.  The rule of thumb especially during this time of the year is to be “catching flexible!”  This just boils down to fishing for what’s biting.  So therefore if the top water fish aren’t there I suggest going to the bottom for some solid action.   After all you can catch those down deep with lures you jig and your catch those on the surface with lures that you pull.  The bottom if you want to catch fish you can certainly get lots of solid pulling action at this time!!

Freshies Report

 Joe Vennarini 2.5 days of hard fishing!!

Nice looking fish and nice looking fisherman!!


Joe Vennarini hold salmon that he caught while fishing the Salmon River Pulaski, NY while using a standard fly!!

According to Joe’s fish catching report the salmon were so thick that they were tripping over them. All of the fish that Joe landed were caught on standard with 8 pound test line.  In 2.5 days of fishing Joe caught way over 2.5 fish meaning many fish were landed and lots of fun was had by many!  Sources say, “Best salmon run that the locals have ever seen!” 

Bill Vanderford is “Lake Lanier’s Legend!”

For more about my long time friend Bill Vanderford as well as his accomplishments, his freshwater charter trips or wildlife tours, books written and his special line up of tackle offered, please visit his site http://www.fishinglanier.com/contact.html for all the details!  For more details go http://stores.ebay.com/Fishy-Racer http://www.youtube.com/fishyracer www.cafepress.com/grapefruitshop



Little Miss Judy Believe It or Not!

  Old Time Navigation My Daddy’s Way

LOng RAnge Navigation

Here’s a picture of the 1965 wooden version of the Miss Judy Too!  Believe me, when I say, “There was plenty of room to prop your feet up on the dash.  NO electronic here only a compass that may or may not have been set right!” 

Back in the real old days long before Loran we had to navigate the old way, which was anyway you could to get back to shore.  My father had his standards on getting us back to shore.  Some of them were simple.  The most important one for this time era was to drop out a buoy as soon as you got to where you thought you were going.  Please re-read that last sentence of “where you thought you were going!” He also drilled in my head that it was important to watch the compass and try to keep the boat on as straight of a course as possible. He suggested to always keeping mind the direction in which the wind was blowing.  In other words was it changing directions or just holding. As a child I figured out quickly that the waves went with pretty much in the same direction as the wind.  However, that’s not always true.  Sometimes all is completely different in this respect, but when you don’t know in the first place it really doesn’t seem to matter. 

Once I arrived to what was perceived as the designated fishing spot I was to throw the old sacred buoy out.  This would become the center of my fishing universe. I fished around and circled this area until it was time to go home. During this time era, which fell in the late sixties and early seventies “Loran A” was invented.  Loran stands for “LOng RAnge Navigation.” To be honest I especially during this time had absolutely no idea how it worked much less if it did.  My father had one of the first loran’s installed in his charter boat for this area. I had the second, which he also brought as a present for me. In fact I still have one of those old lorans that he purchased from Maricom Electronics of Thunderbolt.  But that’s another story.  The bottom line to the story is short, simple, and to the point.  Even with all the electronics onboard I had certain instructions from my father.  To this day I remember exactly what he told me to do.  My father told me that even after using the newly installed navigational “Loran” that I was to never not for one minute to forget that it was a machine and it might not work.  So therefore I was to use it as a navigational aid only!  With all that being said, his main suggestion was then to just head home the old way!  As you can see I am still doing that! 

Here’s My Line Now Bite My Hook!

Captain Judy

“Fish Physic!”


912 897 4921Phone

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Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com


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Big Fish Catching Smiles!!

Little Tunny

Kristina and Andrew Jones are holding some really nice little tunny.  While fishing offshore with they nephew Evan Zappa they had a catching blast!

Little Tunny

Evan Zappa holding a pair little tunny, which was caught while trolling drone spoon around the out skirts of a bait ball.

  Artificial Reefs Little Tunny and Spanish mackerel.Top  A little catching trick!!

Top water action has picked up with fishermen catching quite a few Spanish mackerel, little tunny, and king mackerel.  Trolling spoons such as Clark or Drone are the ticket to this biting ride.  The best way to get your spoon to the fish’s mouth is too pull it directly on the surface or behind a trolling sinker also known as a trout sinker, but bigger.   Another way to get these fish’s attention is to pull your spoon behind a planer, which comes in several sizes from number one, number two, and number three.  We use all sizes depending on where the schools of fish are holding.  As far as leader size between the trolling sinker/planer and the spoon I suggest about 30 pound test monofilament. 

A little catching trick!!

There is a little trick that us charter boat captain love to use.  We attach a 3 to 4 foot piece of 30 pound test leader to a popping cork or a bird and then directly tie a spoon on.  The birds also known as “The exciter” works great.   The reason being is the popping cork and bird while being pulled on the surface imitates “one fish chasing another!”   And that my fishing friend is what puts the fish biting game into motion!” 

Savannah Snapper Banks

The list of keepers is longer than you think!

Savannah Snapper

Savannah snapper Banks

For the next couple of weeks fishermen can keep a few red snapper…please make sure that you know the rules and regulations

Captain Judy Soap Box located at the first of this fishing report!!

Web Site for South Atlantic Fisheries


(Most of the current closings/regulations (very formative)  are always listed on the right side of the page)

What we have, can, and might catch while fishing at the snapper banks

I have had several customers calling with concern in regards to the season closure of black sea bass.  They want to know what else they can catch while bottom fishing at the Savannah Snapper Banks. 

Instead of talking about what fishermen can’t catch lets talk about what they can!! Well the list is long and we have been doing great in the catching department!!

Gag Grouper, scamp grouper, red grouper, vermilion snapper, red porgy, white bone porgy, knobbed porgy,  white grunt, scup, tomato, ocean perch, bar jack, trigger fish, almaco jack, banded rudderfish, amberjack, cobia, dolphin (mahi mahi) king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, occasional bill fish, occasional Wahoo, occasional black fin tuna, and I am sure I have missed quite a few. Now I am not going to say, “You will catch all  of these different species of fish every time you go  out, but I will say, it’s possible and that’s why we fishermen love fishing.  

Gulf Stream Report

 The EX TA SEA Fishing team has done it again!

EX TA SEA Fishing Team

 From left to right:  Captain Brendin Page, Johnny Gondol and Kent Phillips

Kent caught this 82.5 lbs sword at 3 AM while drift fishing large baits in deep blue waters of the Gulf Stream off Savannah Georgia.  Kent’s sword was 3.5 lbs shy of breaking the men’s Georgia state. 

Freshies Report

Bill Vanderford a call, it’s time ot go!!

Bill Vanderford is “Lake Lanier’s Legend!”

For more about my long time friend Bill Vanderford as well as his accomplishments, his freshwater charter trips or wildlife tours, books written and his special line up of tackle offered, please visit his site http://www.fishinglanier.com/contact.html for all the details!  For more details go http://stores.ebay.com/Fishy-Racer http://www.youtube.com/fishyracer www.cafepress.com/grapefruitshop


Little Miss Judy Believe It or Not!

The Bayer has done it again!! 


The Bayer has done it again!! 

No I don’t have a headache. And just when you think you have heard it all.  While leaving the dock one morning I over heard my fishing charter talking about there fear of getting sea sick.  The reason being is that they had been out before and had gotten sea sick.  So there were a little apprehensive to say the least.  I never said anything, because I didn’t want to put the might getting sick in their heads.  After about 3 hours into our 4 hour offshore trip with the boat rocking pretty good I said, “Well, so far so good no one has gotten sick.”  Both couples smiled and said, “We definitely know why too!” 

So here’s how the conversation went from this point.  They started telling me about this thing that they did that has guarded them from air and sea sickness.  I got to tell you they really had my attention now.  It seems while on another offshore boat they were told about this remedy.  While the couples were listening to this for sure remedy they were cascading and those that tried it before leaving the dock were not sick. 

The meaning of Cascading

This is another way of saying throwing up, loosing you cookies, regurgitating, up chucking, to puke, and vomit.   I think you get the picture. 

 Back to why my customers did not get sea sick….

They all said that they taped a single Bayer aspirin inside each of their belly buttons.    At this point, all I wanted was picture, but no one volunteered.  So I quickly dropped that subject. While heading home, one of the customers came to the helm and said, “I don’t know which is crazier the fact that I tried it or that it really worked!” 

Thanks for reading!!  Captain Judy



“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”


(912) 897 4921

(912) 897 3460 FAX


Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com



Captain Judy - Limited Harvest of Red Snapper

  Red Snapper

Captain Judy’s Soap Box

Please read this!!


Georgia DNR Needs Help From Anglers

September 7, 2012 – BRUNSWICK – The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has approved a request by NOAA Fisheries to allow limited harvest of red snapper in the federal waters of the South Atlantic. Anglers can harvest red snapper September 14 through 16 and again on September 21 through 23. Each angler is allowed one red snapper per day with no size restriction. 

Georgia DNR is working with NOAA Fisheries in an effort to collect data on the South Atlantic red snapper population.  These data will be used to estimate harvest, discards, and fishing effort and to determine the age, size, and growth of red snapper in the population.  There are several ways that Georgia anglers can help.

Anglers can place filleted red snapper carcasses in chest freezers located at fishing access points along the Georgia coast (go to www.coastalgadnr.org to find a list of locations). Over the past decade, the Carcass Recovery Project has collected thousands of fish carcasses that help inform biologists of the size, age and gender of saltwater fish being harvested by anglers.  Each freezer has catch cards and plastic bags to be used by participating anglers. DNR staff will check carcass freezers each afternoon during the days when red snapper harvest is allowed. One lucky angler who participates in this special effort will receive a $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card.

Anglers can also provide information about their red snapper fishing trip by going to www.coastalgadnr.org and completing a short survey. The survey includes questions about the date of trip, length of trip and departure location, as well as depth fished and the number and size of fish harvested and released. Anglers who provide their name and contact information will be eligible for a drawing to receive a $100 gift card from Bass Pro Shops.

Finally, CRD staff will be conducting routine interviews at boating access points so they can intercept red snapper anglers to collect information on their fishing trip and catch. Anglers are encouraged to participate in these dockside surveys by answering questions and allowing their catch to be processed for biological data.  

“Angler reports and our underwater observations during artificial reef monitoring indicate there are large numbers of red snapper at several locations offshore Georgia. So, anglers will probably not have difficulty catching their one fish limit. Studies show that post-release mortality for red snapper averages 40% (4 out of 10 released red snapper die) so we hope that anglers will cease fishing for red snapper once everyone onboard has their limit,” explains Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division. “If anglers elect to stay in the area to fish for other bottom-dwelling species, they should be prepared to release any incidentally-caught red snapper as soon as possible. Recent research has shown that bottom-dwelling species like red snapper survive much better when returned to the bottom instead of released at the surface. Recompressing, as this technique is known, is better than venting, which has been the norm for many years.”  Information on recompression techniques and equipment can be found at www.fishsmart.com

The recreational harvest of red snapper in federal waters will be allowed from 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 14, 2012 until 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 17, 2012 and again from 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 21, 2012 until 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 24, 2012.  During the open recreational season, the bag limit is one fish per person per day and there is no minimum size limit.

The commercial harvest of red snapper in federal waters will be allowed from 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 17, 2012 until 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 24, 2012.  During the open commercial season, the trip limit is 50 pounds gutted weight and there is no minimum size limit. 

More information on red snapper regulations in federal waters can be found at www.safmc.net or at www.sero.nmfs.gov.

Carcass Recovery Project Freezer Locations



Freezer Location

Phone Number




Bahia Blue Marina





Coffee Bluff Marina





Hogan's Marina





Landings Yacht Club





Tybee Island Marina





Fort McAllister Marina





Half Moon





Shellman Bluff Marina





GADNR Coastal Resources

912-264-7218 (M-F)




Two-Way Fish Camp





Crooked River State Park





Lang's Marina






The recreational fishing season will open for two consecutive weekends made up of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays…Recreational fisherman can keep red snapper on these days only….one fish person per day with no minimum size limit.

1st weekend

September 14, 2012 Friday

September 15, 2012 Saturday

September 16, 2012 Sunday

2nd weekend

September 21, 2012 Friday

September 22, 2012 Saturday

September 23, 2012 Sunday

The bottom line…

The good news is that we are going to get to keep a few red snapper.  Now, for the bad news, according to sources, this could be our last time for this type of opening.  It’s been said, the fisheries are cooking up a good and fast curve ball to throw at us fishermen next year!! Best had put your gloves on!!

Please remember to always check fishery regulations before heading out to fish!

Web Site for South Atlantic Fisheries


(Most of the current closings/regulations (very formative)  are always listed on the right side of the page)

If you want to email…any comments

safmc@safmc.net (email)


Tracey Stewart and her big trophy red fish!!


I am putting Tracey’s picture in the fishing report again this week, because I messed up her name.  Her name is Tracey Stewart not Tracey Stephens!!  Please forgive me and once again this is a very nice red fish!!!

A spotted Sea Trout and a fisherman

“The True Love Story!”

Fish kisses

A spotted sea trout and a fisherman!!

Although it’s hot and it seems like summer time is the still in the baking mode better bite patterns in regards to the inshore fisheries have prevailed.

Inshore fishermen are getting a touch of what the cooler temperature might bring.  The inshore bite has picked up offering fishermen a more solid bite.  They have been catching keeper red fish, which is also called slot reds. (14 inch TL min to 23 inch TL maximum)  What amazes me the most is the fact that there are as many big trophy reds being caught as there are keeper size.  As the tide started flooding the marshes on Wednesday September 6, 2012 keeper reds picked at the bait offering up some pretty solid action.   However, when the grass was covered the big boys also known as the trophy reds went into a feeding frenzy.  Best baits suspended under small adjustable corks have been mud minnows and shrimp.  You know the old saying everything eats a shrimp!!


Thanks for reading!!  Captain Judy 



“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”


(912) 897-4921

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Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com





Red Fish Mania

Inshore fishing has turned to some good catching!!

Red Fish Mania brought to us by Captain Ray Crawley of Miss Judy Charters

  Red Fish Mania

Captain Ray Crawley of Miss Judy Charters has been bringing some of the nicest looking red fish that I have seen in a while.  The red fish on the cleaning table are a little less than 23 inches each.  The current Georgia state regulations slot limit for red fish also known as red drum, spot tail bass, channel bass is 14 to 23 inches tail length.  The current bag limit is 5 per person. Mixed in with these schooled red fish are those that are way over 23 inches.  Quite a few of Captain Ray customers fought, caught, and release some nice reds in the 28 inch range.  The best comment I can share with you is, “I couldn’t believe a fish can pull that hard that fish!  The bottom line is this “A red fish has a fine set of shoulders and they certainly do know how to use them!”   Speaking of strong shoulders, isn’t it football season?  Well, I suggest going fishing in the day time and watching football at night!!!  I love it when a plan such as this comes together!!

Red Fish

Captain Ray Crawley of Miss Judy Charters holding up a nice just under 23 inch red fish!!


Spotted trout bite has picked up! 

Spotted Trout bite

This is a pretty impressive view of the inside of a spotted sea trout’s mouth.  See those two K9 teeth.  This is what the trout holds your precious bait with.  When the trout attacks it tries to always position the bait so that the pointed end (head section) goes down first.  However, hits and misses do occur. So when this happen these teeth hold the prey until it can be twirled around and sent down the gullet!

Best bait is going to be live shrimp.  When it comes to trout fishing, when you catch one there is bound to be others!  So therefore stick around and make sure the others aren’t going to bite!!


Tracey Stephens holding up a fine trophy red fish while using Walter as bait!

Red Fish

Tracey Stephens is holding up a nice 31 inch 18 pound trophy red fish.  This fish was fought, caught, landed, and released by Tracey on Sunday August 26, 2012 while fishing with her husband Stephen.  The fishing DUO worked the Bull River area in search of the perfect catch.  After getting anchored, Tracey looked in the live well and picked out a monster live shrimp, which she named “Walter.”  (According to the report the monster shrimp was named after Walter in regards to Henry Fonda’s role in the 1981 movie “On Golden Pond!”  Walter was also made famous once again by asking his wife played by Katherine Hepburn, “Do you want to suck face now?)    Once Tracey placed Walter on her hook, she cast her large adjustable float into place, and actually watched as the monster shrimp moved the cork.  When the big float submerged, according to Stephen, Tracey had rod in one hand and cold beverage in the other.  Tracey first sat her drink down and then set the hook.  Tracey’s articulate move allowed the fish the normal 2 seconds it takes to get the bait situated in its mouth!!   Boy, when it comes to fishing and catching Tracey really knows here stuff!!

After the catching and releasing of Tracey’s fish the DUO finished the fish day off with some keeper red fish, spotted sea trout, and flounder!! And what did you learn from this report?  If you name your Shrimp Walter it just might make a difference!  Congratulations Tracey Stephen on your fine catch and thanks Stephen for sending in such an interesting fishing report!!


Artificial Reef Report

Trolling is the catching as well as keeping option!!

Surface School fish bait

This is a surface school of bait fish. In the left corner of this picture are larger fish feeding on the smaller fish.  Rule of thumb when you see this situation is to fish the outskirt, because that is most likely where the bigger fish are going to be standing by!

 Trolling at the artificial reefs

The artificial reefs have been holding Spanish mackerel, a few king mackerel, barracuda, little tunny, and a few cobias.  With this being said, “Trolling lures matching the hatch of the fish that you are targeting just might work!”  Since a Spanish mackerel has a small mouth and a pretty big appetite I suggest pulling a Clark spoon of 2 inches or less.  If you are going to pitch and retrieve lures in these areas go with you smaller ones for these fish.  As you go for the larger fish increase your size of bait/lure used.  The bottom line is fish that looks before going into the attack mode will pass up a too big of bait when there is a smaller sure kill available.  It’s a simple rule to follow. 

Savannah Snapper Banks

Bottom fishing with live bait for big bottom fish

The perfect bait to use on the bottom and just for drifting!

Pin Fish


Pin fish very good bait

This is a pin fish sometimes referred to as a sailor’s choice….This is a hardy fish, which works great when used alive either on the bottom, mid water, or near the surface.  It also works when fillet and used as cut bait.  Heck, I have even fried a few up and that works too…The bottom line is it’s just a great all around bait!!

Cubera Snapper

Cubera snapper

This is a cubera snapper was caught with a small piece of cut squid while bottom fishing in around 105 feet of water.  This is one bottom fish that once it decides to eat; you are not going to stop them.  And for any fisherman that’s darn good news!!


Michael Gara is holding up a nice school dolphin that swan to the boat, ate a small piece of squid, and got hooked up.  This is not the only dolphin that came to the boat it brought others and we caught a few more.  I have to add, Michael colorful shorts might have been the deciding factor on whether or not the fish visited in the first place!!

Gulf Stream Report

Migrating Season is upon us and anything goes!

As you know with the day light being only a few minutes less per day and getting less every day the water temperatures have already started to fall.  When this happens fish start to go back to what they were doing in the spring time, which is go into their migration modes.  This means that all fish that move have to eat.  So therefore if you are planning to make as stream trip bottom fishing as well a trolling should be your plan.   Believe me if one doesn’t bite the other will!!

Freshies Report

Bill Vanderford a call, it’s time ot go!!

Bill Vanderford is “Lake Lanier’s Legend!”

For more about my long time friend Bill Vanderford as well as his accomplishments, his freshwater charter trips or wildlife tours, books written and his special line up of tackle offered, please visit his site http://www.fishinglanier.com/contact.html for all the details!  For more details go http://stores.ebay.com/Fishy-Racer http://www.youtube.com/fishyracer www.cafepress.com/grapefruitshop



Little Miss Judy Believe It or Not!

Finding and keeping the attentions of red fish or not!


Not a pretty picture!  However, this is what was found in the insides of just one red fish caught this past week.  Let me help you dissect …there are fiddler and blue crab parts. I guess the legs and shells are the last to be digested. 

Finding a red fish back in the good old days!

I have had this drilled into my brain for many years.  First, by my father and then by other seasoned fishermen in regards to what it takes when it comes to finding a red fish.  It certainly is easier especially if you know what to look for, but it’s more important to know where to look.   Red fish are basically bottom feeders and they love to root around looking for that prefect meal, which would be something wrapped in a shell.  The bait that has been working is live finger mullet and live shrimp.  The old time bait, which definitely worked like a charm was brought on the boat alive, then backed, and quartered.  All red fish caught and kept this past week confirmed this, because their stomachs were full of crushed crab parts.  Some fish’s stomachs were packed with crushed blue crab parts while others were packed full of semi digested fiddler crabs.

Once finding a school of blue fish my father would first ask me to be a quiet as I could.  For a child that was hard to do.  However, since I knew daddy was a serious fisherman I did my best to do as he requested.  Since I was the blue crab catching champion for our creek, I provided daddy with all the bait that he needed.  I must add that this champion-ship was bestowed on me by myself!!  Once we got situated in just the right spot Daddy would take a live blue crab, hold it over the side of the boat, back it, drop the  crab’s back in water right by boat, crack it in quarters, put one quarter on his hook, and throw the other three parts in different direction around the boat.   According to daddy this was like baiting a field.  Since we dove hunted a lot during this time I understood completely how this worked.  So therefore the bottom line is whether you are trying to catch red fish or maybe shoot a few doves for dinner “baiting the field” is certainly a good idea.  However, before doing either you might had better check the rules and regulations in regards to baiting or not!!

Thanks for reading!  Captain Judy

“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”


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Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com




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Inshore fishing shorts!

Triple Tail Mania

Triple tail mania

Captain Kevin Rose is holding up a nice triple tail, which he caught while using live shrimp.  Believe it or not, but the triple tail can be quite a jumper.  I guess having three tails makes all the difference in getting air or not!!

Inshore fishing it’s time to make all the right moves!!

With all the water temperatures still on the warm side fishing or should I say “Catching!” can be tricky!  The secret is to keep in mind the “20 minute rule!” It’s simple to follow and it goes like this…

Before heading out to your fishing spot I suggest purchasing or catching yourself some live shrimp.  While getting in the fish catching mode size up you fishing plan and try to stick to it.  Last but not least give each fishing spot a 20 minutes chance before moving on.  The reason being it takes a few minutes to quiet a spot after you have invaded it with engine and anchor noise. 

 As the days get shorter the inshore bite gets longer!

Believe it or not, when the day time start getting shorter the fishing seems to feed better!!   My inshore specialists have been having some great catching days.  According to most the red fish, spotted sea trout, flounder, and whiting bite has picked up.  This means it’s getting more predictable, which is what we fishermen live for!!

Some tips on getting up close and personal with a big king mackerel!


Here’s an example of what a king fish looked like in the eighties!!  And believe me they are still this big today!  It’s time to give it a try! 

 Savannah Shipping Channel

The big mothers have arrived!!

The Savannah River channel normally does hold especially at this time of the year some big king mackerel.  These big mackerel also known as “SMOKERS” move in these areas, because this is one fish that knows about the abundance food source.   As my father used to say, “Big fish don’t get big being stupid!”  When talking about big kings this is definitely the case.  To catch a big king is too know where they are as well as when.  I am not going to say this kind of fishing is fast and furious, but it can be.  However, most of the time king mackerel fishermen wait all day for that big fish. With that being said, “It’s up to you whether or not waiting for a big fish is your game or not!”

Where to fish and why!!

A big fish doesn’t always travel in schools.   It’s my opinion that if a big fish travels in a school all fish have to be same size or one will eat the other.  I have on many occasions caught several big kings in the same area and normally both of them were about the same size.   The smaller kings also known as “snakes” are not usually found in this large king infested waters. 

To know exactly “where to fish and when” is sort of an art.  Here are a few tips that I have used over the years that have helped get my customers hooked up!

Schools of Spanish mackerel

When working channel that dump directly in the ocean such as the Savannah Shipping Channel also known as Tybee Roads, it’s best to look for above the water signs.  Where you have Spanish mackerel schooling and feeding is a good place to start this big fish, fishing affair.  Big kings are known for holding in the outskirts of schools of fish and feeding when an opportunity fits those best.  Big fish normally wait for the biggest bang for their buck meaning eat first what will fill their bellies the quickest!  Bringing to light a large fish is a smart fish! 

Size of feeding birds do matter

Being a little up to date of what sea birds prefer to eat and why it helps when targeting a large fish.  Pelicans are big birds, but not to be confused with those that follow big king mackerel.  Normally they follow schools of menhaden, because this is there main desired food source. However, here’s the thing, where you have ocean menhaden (larger ones) there is a possibility that your large king mackerel lurking in the outskirts.  So here’s your sign that something is feeding on these schools of menhaden …other smaller sea birds diving on the oils and insides that are floating to surface.  The bottom line here’s your sign to “FISH HERE!”

Artificial Reefs

A trolling and pitching affair!

From the sounds to the beach fronts to the channel that dump into the ocean to the artificial reefs as well as all waters in between “we got Spanish Mackerel!”

Savannah Snapper Banks Report 

Bottom fishing can lead to a whole lot of bottom catching!

Red Snapper

This is a good looking pair of fishermen that know how to do the genuine red snapper smile!!

Mahi Mahi

Dolphin also known as Mahi Mahi

Bottom fishing at the Savannah Snapper banks or around the naval towers can certainly be interesting.  School dolphin is known for feeding and moving from one place to another.  However, they prefer anything that might offer shad..in this case it was my boat!!

Blue Water Report

This could be you holding this rod!!    

Blue Water Report

Photo by Captain Kevin Rose

During the warm water times, the old bill fish can be found from the shore to the blue water of the stream!  Here’s the deal “you got to go to know!”


 Freshies Report

Call Bill Vanderford, because I hear it’s time to go!!

Bill Vanderford is “Lake Lanier’s Legend!”

For more about my long time friend Bill Vanderford as well as his accomplishments, his freshwater charter trips or wildlife tours, books written and his special line up of tackle offered, please visit his site http://www.fishinglanier.com/contact.html for all the details!  For more details go http://stores.ebay.com/Fishy-Racer http://www.youtube.com/fishyracer www.cafepress.com/grapefruitshop


Little Miss Judy Believe It or Not!!

Will return in the next fishing report!!


Thanks for reading!!  Captain Judy


“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”

PO Box 30771


912 897 4921 Phone

912 897 3460 FAX


Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com


Captain Judy's Weekly blog

 Captain Alan Collins’s Hall of Shark Catching Fame! 

Brought to you by the young anglers that caught them!

Bennett Blair is holding up a nice bonnet head shark

Bonnett Head Shark

Bennett Blair is holding up a nice bonnet head shark, which he caught while inshore light tackle fishing with Captain Alan Collins.  Not only did he catch this shark, but also a few red fish, spotted sea trout, and flounder.  This is what we call a Savannah Slam with lots of teeth!!

Payton holding up a nice bonnet head shark!!

Bonnett Head Shark

Payton holding up a nice bonnet head shark!!  According to Captain Alan Collins of Miss Judy Charters this was Payton “personal best” at least until the next bigger fish caught!!


Captain Judy Whiting Cocktail!

Whiting Cocktail

Plain old bottom fishing in the sound can certainly be fun, because you really never know what you might catch.  This as you already is my favorite line of all times.  At any rate the above picture shows hook, which is bait with a small piece of fish first then a piece of shrimp.  The fillet fish part that I am using for bait is a whiting.  The shrimp piece is not peeled.  However, it will work both ways.  If you’re planning on leaving the “shell on” your shrimp thread it on the hook as shown in the picture.  If not, thread shrimp directly on to hook  The is a great bait that works like a charm on whiting, flounder, summer trout, stingray, and sharks. 


Spanish mackerel Have Arrived

August is the month that the Spanish mackerel starts jumping!!

Spanish Mackerel

For those fishermen that want to have a good time catching as well as a short boat ride to the fish now is the time.  All waters from the sounds to the beachfronts to the artificial reefs are holding the interest of these fish!  Before you couldn’t see them jumping, but now you can!!  I guess what my father said come to past once again.  When the month of August arrives so do the surface holding Spanish mackerel meaning they start jumping!       According to my father the best date was anytime after August 6!!


Savannah Snapper Banks

Captain Kathy Brown of Miss Judy Charters has what is called a “Big grouper catching smile!” 

Snapper Banks

During this time of the year grouper fishing at the Savannah Snapper Banks can certainly be interesting.  This big gag hit large live ruby red lips lipped hooked on a 14/0 circle hook.  Captain Kathy placed her bait offering on the bottom and waited for that big freight train pulling tug!!  The rest is fish catching history!!   


Gulf Stream Report

Who needs bait when you GOT JIGS!” 

Got Jiggs

This big boy also known as a gag grouper gladly hit our bait offering of jigging jig!!

August is the blue water month that anything goes.  I always suggest when taking a heading to this area that you do so with the attitude that if the top water bite doesn’t materialize start bottom fishing!


Freshies Report

Call Bill Vanderford, because I hear it’s time to go!!

Bill Vanderford is “Lake Lanier’s Legend!”

For more about my long time friend Bill Vanderford as well as his accomplishments, his freshwater charter trips or wildlife tours, books written and his special line up of tackle offered, please visit his site http://www.fishinglanier.com/contact.html for all the details!  For more details go http://stores.ebay.com/Fishy-Racer http://www.youtube.com/fishyracer www.cafepress.com/grapefruitshop



Little Miss Judy Believe It or Not!!

Bare footing with and without protection!!

As a young adult in my teens I love to water ski and I spent lots of time practicing this sport in the creek.  Some say, “That if I wanted I could have made a career out of it!”  However, as you know fishing got my interest and still has it to this very day.   Before fishing became a serious part of my life I water skied big time.  My father was very supportive, because he always provided me with the means to make this happen.  I always had a speed boat powered with lots of outboard horsepower.  Not only that we had gas right on the property so the “petrol to make it go” was always available and at the right price!!

When bare footing became popular my father laid out a set of rules and they were simple.  “No bare footing allowed!’ By the time that he came up with this rule I was already very accomplished at this fun sport.  My father’s worst fear was the fact that I might hit something either floating, particularly submerged, or heck even worst an oyster bed.  After this shocking conversation with him about these possibilities I really understood better than he thought.   With that though process it was time to make what I wanted to do so much as safe as possible.  So I decided to take a pair of old skis and cut them off short while leaving the foot cups attached.  I made them as short as possible, but made sure that I left them long enough to protect my feet.  

Water Skis

Courtesy of Captain Triple Trouble Steve Howell (After I searched I couldn’t find them on the internet.  However, one call and that’s all to my friend Steve, seconds later this picture was sent!)


Here’s store bought version on what we made with old skis.  As you can see the front of these skis is rounded off like regular skis.  Our homemade ones were cut even shorter and angle cut in the front and in the back.  With these cuts we could ski forward and backwards.   My father approved this semi-bare footing application.  All was good at the skiing Helmey household at least until the Banana Peel Tricksters arrived, but that’s another water skiing story!


The only thing left for me to wonder is this…Can I still water ski?  And if I had to answer I would say, “Yes!”  However, I might need to be put in some sort of traction afterwards!” 

Thanks for reading!  Captain Judy



“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”

PO Box 30771


912 897 4921 phone

912 897 3460 FAX


Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com


Captain Judy

Inshore report Another Women Georgia State Record in broken!!

Bonnet Shark - Women's Record in GA

Amanda Page is the new record holder of the women’s Georgia state bonnet head shark. This fish was caught in July while fishing off the beach at St Simons Island.  It weighted in at around 23 pounds.  Now here’s something interesting…the world record bonnet head shark is 26 pounds…A big congratulation goes out to Amanda! 


It’s Gator Trout Time

Gator Trout

Photo by Captain Kevin Rose

 Gator trout

This is a picture of a beautiful spotted sea trout, which Captain Kevin Rose sent me.   This size fish is also referred to as gator trout.  This large trout couldn’t pass up a single live shrimp under a small Cajun popping cork!!  This is why you always should have a dip net on board!!  

Inshore trout fishing…I guess I should have said “Inshore Catching!”

 There is a lot of talk about the windy and muddy water conditions.  However, it seems that maybe the fish have gotten used to some of the mayhem.  I know the fishermen have.  The trout bite, at least in my fishing world, has been very good.  I am not saying, “Gang busters and coolers full” I am saying, “Some real nice trout have been caught this week while using live shrimp as bait!” So if you happen to know a place that you think holds the interest of trout now is the time to pay it a visit!


Bottom Fishing at the Artificial Reefs

Atlantic Croaker

 This Atlantic croaker was caught while bottom fishing at the artificial reefs in about 45 feet of water.  Normally these fish are caught while fishing inshore.  I guess this particular fish wanted to spread its fins and do a little traveling.   Don’t worry it’s still swimming and making way!!


Bottom Bumping or not at the artificial Reefs

Black Sea Bass

Black sea bass bite

When targeting black sea bass especially during these hot water temperatures I suggest fishing structure located in 55 plus foot of water.  These fish are considered bottom huggers.  However, if there is live bait of their choice, such as any small fry, these fish will definitely feed in the upper water column.  So I guess you could say “Fish on the bottom or not!” 


Offshore Shark catching while “just plain drifting live and dead baits!”

 Off Shore Shark catching

        Nice shark caught while drifting offshore

 We caught this shark on a blue runner, which was rigged up with hook placed behind the dorsal fish.  This allows the bait to swim more naturally bringing on more attention from these big toothy monsters.  As you can see it worked like a charm.  This shark was caught fought and released back to the while!!

   Amber Jack Attack

 Amberjack attack back!!

 I wouldn’t say that 2012 has been a bonus catching amberjack year.  However, when we do happen up on a school of amberjacks also known as reef donkeys big strong pulls can happen.  This fish inhaled a medium size ruby red lips that was being fished in the mid water column. 

Mahi Mahi

       Dolphin also known as Mahi Mahi

While bottom fishing at the Savannah Snapper banks a school of dolphin came to the boat.   We caught two dolphins on small pieces of semi floating squid and the rest of the school swam off as quickly as they arrived.    The bottom line is when bottom fishing this area to always be prepared for any surfacing swimming visitors.  

 Blue Water Report

 Please go and let me know!!


 Freshies Report


Call Bill Vanderford, because I hear it’s time to go!!

Bill Vanderford is “Lake Lanier’s Legend!”

For more about my long time friend Bill Vanderford as well as his accomplishments, his freshwater charter trips or wildlife tours, books written and his special line up of tackle offered, please visit his site http://www.fishinglanier.com/contact.html for all the details!  For more details go http://stores.ebay.com/Fishy-Racer http://www.youtube.com/fishyracer www.cafepress.com/grapefruitshop



Thanks for reading!  Captain



“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”

PO Box 30771


912 897 4921 PHONE

912 897 3460 FAX


Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com


The Summer Time Shark Bite by Captain Judy

The Summer Time Shark Bite!

It’s time to go shark fishing or I should say, “Shark Catching!”

 As far as the shark bite goes it has been simply fantastic!  This means that we have catching and releasing lots of all size sharks from the sounds to the ocean.  It’s that time of the year where bait locations dictate where the shark bites take place.  It’s a known fact that where you have bait-swimming-you-got-sharks-a-feeding!

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Sharks in the old shark hole

I know I sound like a broken record, but shark fishing in the old shark hole can be and it very interesting.  This past week our customers while using cut and live whole fish caught about 10 nice sharks from lemons to bulls to spinners.  All sharks were fought caught, and released.  So the bottom line to this report is they are still in the sound and growing while they are swimming!

 Artificial Reefs

Black sea bass are on the Wide Open Mode!

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Black sea bass continue to be the main fish caught while bottom fishing at the artificial reefs.

 Savannah Snapper Banks

 The bottom fishing is great and even there is a top water bite!

What’s on tap???

 Bottom Condition

As far as bottom fishing the bite has been awesome.  The reason being is in most cases is that every time you drop your hook you get hooked up!  Now I am not going to say, “It’s a big fish every time! However, what I will say, “Lots of action to be had for those that love the reeling the fish in!” 

 Mid Water Condition 

Our 2012 Cobia also known as ling and lemon fish has been very good.  Our customers have been having a great time catching this fish.  Did you know that if you pull this fish will pull back? Did you know that if you don’t pull on this fish it will basically swim right to the boat?  These fish can be caught at any depth at any time from the sound to the artificial reefs to the snapper banks to the blue waters of the stream 

Amberjack also known as Reef Donkeys can now be found guarding the reef.  This means that if this fish is guarding it’s in the feeding mode, which is exactly what us fishermen want! We have been also catching quite a few banded rudder fish also known as the cousins to the amberjack!

Top Water Condition

For top water we now have king mackerel, little tunny, Spanish mackerel, and dolphin also known as Mahi Mahi.

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 Banded rudder fish

While bottom fishing in about 100 feet of water our customers caught some nice banded rudder fish.  This fish looks just like a miniature version of an amberjack, but in my fish world I say they are 2nd cousins!  The bottom line is that they are fun to catch and make for good table fare too!!

 Out in the Gulf of Mexico

Drew Zeigler finds fish!

2,700 feet of water

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 Captain Drew Zeigler is holding a nice dolphin fish also known as a mahi mahi

While fishing in 2,700 of water in the Gulf of Mexico off a crew boat Captain Drew Zeigler caught this nice size dolphin as well as a few yellow fin tuna.  Yes the whole crews had fresh fish for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!  I would call this the freshest fish ever!! 

 Blue water report

The bills are the deals!!

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Photo by Captain Kevin Rose

 Bill fish doing what it does best, which is getting lots of air! 

The blue waters have and always will be an interesting place to fish.  The reason being you really never know what you might catch.  However, you can be sure that when you do it most likely will be big and powerful! Bill fish such as the one shown in the picture are also called “the man dressed in the blue suit!

 Freshies Report

Bill Vanderford is “Lake Lanier’s Legend!”

For more about my long time friend Bill Vanderford as well as his accomplishments, his freshwater charter trips or wildlife tours, books written and his special line up of tackle offered, please visit his site http://www.fishinglanier.com/contact.html for all the details!  For more details go http://stores.ebay.com/Fishy-Racer http://www.youtube.com/fishyracer www.cafepress.com/grapefruitshop


 Little Miss Judy’s Believe It or not!

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Yes this is me, (Captain Judy mid eighties) holding shark caught at the shark hole, which is located inshore!  This is when I wore white shorts instead of blue.  As you know from the time I can remember I wore white and navy blue.  I guess I tried stepping outside the box, but it didn’t work for long!!  Been back in my uniform since late eighties!

Atlantis the Lost Empire

I think everyone has an opinion about Atlantis the lost empire and then there are some that lived it.  Since I am no stranger to interesting people visiting I would like to share yet another story about this unbelievable visit.  This happened in the late eighties and I wouldn’t have remembered about it, but I made a note of it in one of my diaries.  And while flipping through the many loose pages I came upon the story about the man that received information from the back of his head.  I am getting ahead of my self.  So with that being said, “Let me start from the beginning!”

Thanks for reading!  Captain Judy


“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”

POB 30771


912 897 4921 912 897 3460 FAX


Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com


Captain Judy's Fishing Report pt. 2

Savannah Snapper Banks

The Macon Fishing Team hits town and we GO FISH!!

Macon Fishing Team

Jason Maddox is holding his just caught gag grouper, Captain Kathy Brown of Miss Judy Charters is holding up two great fishermen, and Robby Miller is holding his charging cubera snapper.  (And the net that dipped them up!) 


Savannah Snapper Banks Bite

Well, believe it or not I do believe that the big bottom bite has finally evolved around to being a bit more solid.  Now when I am talking about a bigger bottom bite I am not talking about genuine red snapper, because it seems since there is so many of these fish that we catch/release these almost year around.  So I guess the genuine red snapper have changed their feeding habits and it making room for other big fish such as the grouper and cubera snapper offering them a better chance to feed a bite more.  Both of these fish in the above picture ate a live fish.  The grouper inhaled small ruby red lips, which was lipped hooked. When the grouper decided to take the bait it went just like old times “freight train pulling event!” I used to say, “It hard to stop a train when it’s heading down the tracks!”  When it comes to a grouper especially a gag, once it decides to take the bait it basically jumps on the tracks.  This boils down to the fact that it’s headed back to the safety of the ledge that it just came out of. 


Gags and their noises made…

Back in the old days when my friends and I used to dive when you heard a certain noise, which I wish I could describe, it meant watch out, because a herd of big gags (also know as charcoal bellies) might be charging out from under the ledge.  We all came to the same conclusion that when a big gag, which is under a ledge decides to make a move it quickly slams shut its jaws.  This act of slamming its jaws makes somewhat of a muffled, but very noticeable underwater noise.   Now here’s the thing…when a school sometimes referred to as a “herd of gags” start to leave the safety of the ledge the noises made are very noticeable. 

The fact of the matter is I might have heard it many times before, but just didn’t know what it meant.  Well, it means if you are in front of the ledge to either duck close to the bottom or move over to the side of the ledge.  This way you can see what just quickly swam over or right by you!!


Cubera population at the Savannah Snapper Banks!

It’s my opinion that the cubera population has gotten better over the past few years.  We seem to be catching more of these fish every year.  This is one fish that once it decides to eat what’s on your hook it puts it’s given K-9 teeth to work.  It bites and then holds its intended meal until it supposedly turns it around so quickly that not even the bait itself knows what is going on!  I guess from bait’s point of view this is a good thing.  The cubera in the above pictures gladly attacked, killed, and ate our lip hooked small sand perch.  But here’s the thing, although I can’t prove it I bet this fish hit several baits before getting hooked up.  I watch two fishermen holding rods get hard hits, but no hook ups and then the captain’s rod when down.  I also caught a few snapper and grouper on a small piece of squid slowly dropped through the water column.  This boils down to the fact that this is one fish that eats just about anything that catches their eye. 


In next week’s fishing report I will publish recipe for making “floating through the fish rig!”  


Gulf Stream

The Big Bill Thrill!

The Big Thrill

Photo by Captain Kevin Rose

It’s that time of the year where a trip to this area can prove to be very interesting!!


Freshies Report

For your freshwater fish catching needs call Bill Vanderford

 Bill Vanderford is “Lake Lanier’s Legend!”

For more about my long time friend Bill Vanderford as well as his accomplishments, his freshwater charter trips or wildlife tours, books written and his special line up of tackle offered, please visit his site http://www.fishinglanier.com/contact.html for all the details!  For more details go http://stores.ebay.com/Fishy-Racer http://www.youtube.com/fishyracer www.cafepress.com/grapefruitshop



Thanks for reading!  Captain Judy


“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”

POB 30771


912 897 4921

912 897 3460 FAX


Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com



Captain Judy's Fishing Report Pt. 1

My fishing statement: To try to insure that fishing stays in the hearts that love it and to help the ones that are going too!!

  Inshore Report

 Trophy red fish have arrived in the rivers and sounds!! Captain Alan Collins wife Sherry shows us the way!

Trophy Red Fish

Photo taken by Captain Alan Collins

Captain Alan Collins of Miss Judy Charters took his wife Sherry on a short inshore fishing trip.  They fished for about one hour and Sherry caught her first red fish.   The red fish measured in at 271/2 inches long and was sporting some interesting tail spots.   Captain Alan carefully tagged and released it! Once again Captain Alan wins his customer’s over!  (I guess I should say winning Mrs. Captain Alan Collins over!)  

 Trophy Red Fish

Captain Alan Collins

Trophy Red Fish

Photo by Captain Alan Collins

Bennett Blair and his father Kevin decided to take a morning inshore fishing trip with Captain Alan Collins of Miss Judy Charters.  Bennett is holding up a nice trophy red fish, which was one of many that he tagged on this fishing day.  You will be seeing a lot of Bennett in the up coming fishing reports!!


Inshore spotted sea trout report

This  picture say it all!  The fish are biting and so are the fishermen!!

John Henry Hammond age 11

Savannah, Georgia

Spotted Sea Trout

Photo by Captain Kevin Rose

John Henry Hammond and his father Chris fished went inshore fishing with us last week.  Captain Kevin Rose took them out and showed them the way.  The inshore fishing was great, but the catching was a whole lot better!!  Live shrimp is this month’s bait of choice…voted in by fish bites taken! 


Artificial reefs

 Located in less than 50 feet of water 

A summer trout event

Artifical Reefs

There has been an amazing amount of summer trout also known as weak fish being caught off these artificial reefs.  The fact of the matter is it’s not uncommon to catch 15 to 25 legal summer trout on a four hours offshore trip.  The best news that I can tell you is that this fish population seems to be growing!!  Georgia state regulations allow each fisherman to keep one summer trout.  They have to be at least 13 inches tail length to keep!!

Trigger fish dance!!

Artifical Reefs

Captain Kathy Brown of Miss Judy Charters is holding up a nice trigger fish, which was caught at the CCA artificial reef this past week. Quite often these great to eat fish will hit a bottom rig and a great circling fight begins!!

 Artificial Reefs

Located in 55 plus feet of water

It’s a place where top water fish such as cobia, king, and Spanish caught.  Even if you can’t see them feeding on the surface nine times out of ten they are gorging themselves on all the bait fish.  This has been one of those years where bait fish along with their whereabouts has not been common knowledge to us fishermen.    When I can’t see them on the surface or catch them while fishing deep on the wreck areas I usually say, “If we can’t find them neither can the fish!” 

 Bottom fishing in these areas can certainly be interesting, because most of the black fish caught meet the new 13 tail length size limit.  As of July 2012 black sea bass have to be 13 inches tail length to keep.  When this new regulations went into effect most of the black fish caught in 50 foot and less were right a 121/2 inches long meaning “no much keeping here!”  However, if you plan on fishing the deeper water artificial reefs your catch to keep ratio is going to be a hold lot better.  The bottom line is when you know where the fish are going it’s easier to catch and keep!!



“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”

POB 30771


912 897 4921 912 897 3460 FAX


Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com


Tricks of the Trade by Captain Judy

Tricks of the Trade!

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Spotted Sea Trout Bite

Since purchasing or catching shrimp has been a little on the lean side, inshore fishermen have had to start doing a little tweaking in order to catch the allusive spotted sea trout

 I am always saying, “All fish whether they are inshore or offshore will eat a shrimp.  This is the number one bait that is sought after “DEAD OR LIVE!”  From a fish’s stand point the old shrimp is easy to eat, easy to figure out and easy to find. Now that last statement of “easy to find” especially in our current conditions might be a point that I needs to be left out..  At this point they are not easy to find by the fish or the fisherman!! Here’s the thing by the time that you read this the brown shrimp might have arrived and all is good in the shrimp catching and purchasing world.  Here are a few pointers that you can use when the situation prevails in your situation:

 It has been brought to my attention that during a time when the shrimp aren’t available   artificial baits used need to be cast further and retrieved faster.  This boils down to the fact that if you find a trout bite doesn’t move your boat to close.  Another factor to consider is the fact that your artificial bait used really does need to be retrieved faster than normal. Before these current factors we retrieve artificial bait by casting to the spot, letting the bait fall to the bottom, then reeling a few times, let it  fall back to the bottom, and somewhere between falling back it was hit by the trout.  As this time for some reason the trout prefers it retrieve fast as possible.  The best way to accomplish the art of fast retrieve artificial baits is to cast into place, dip your rod tip almost to the water, and fast crank.  I am not suggest wildly cranking I am suggesting a direct fast retrieve.  When it come to this type of cast and retrieve you might need to consider a little heavier jig head.  The best artificial are going to be flukes, because they have a sharp tail section and when retrieve fast looks like the real deal!

The Mud Minnow Affair

The mud minnow can most likely be considered the toughest little bait in town!!  The reason being is that it not so affected by hot water conditions and it can live even if your old circulating pump crashes.  However, keeping that bait well water circulating will just insure a livelier minnow.  The mud minnow is considered a two and sometimes a 3 part type of bait.  It suggested to stay by lip hooking the minnow first.  The hook up job allows your minnow to wiggle more freely, which can get the attentions of all kind of fish.  Normally when a fish hits a bait hooked up like this it goes for the head first.  After all that’s how they eat them.  Best thing I can tell you is this with the type of hit the hook normally is the first thing they get not the mud minnow. 

 Once you have retrieved your fish nine times out of ten the mud minnow is still alive and kicking.  It’s time to re-lip hook your bait that just caught you the first fish.  I suggest if possible re-situating the hook and cast into place once again.  When the second hit occurs, once again the hook most likely will win this attack.  Once retrieved, I suggest placing the hook through the top of the eyes.  This way if your bait is half alive it still will look more than not.  And that’s story on getting 30 hits with only 10 minnows!  This is bait you can use and use and use!

The shrimp have arrived!

 Adams Bait House has bait! 

912 898 1550

For those that want to do a little casting and catching the shrimp tides have turned!  After struggling so far the 2012 shrimp year these crustaceans have arrived.   So fishermen are going to have to decide how much and whether they want go casting for shrimp or purchasing them.  During this time it’s normally easy to catch enough shrimp for their fish day and maybe for supper too.  It’s going to be up to you.  The bottom line is doing forget to put your cast net in the boat. 

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Here’s the deal on bait, if the shrimp are too small…

It has been said my many fisherman including myself that all fish will eat a shrimp.  However, when the baits are so small you sometimes have to team them up.  This means if two shrimp on one hook doesn’t look good enough add another!!

Thanks for reading!  Captain Judy


“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”

POB 30771


912 897 4921 912 897 3460 FAX


Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com


Captain Judy's Fishing Report

 Inshore Report

Bottom fishing in the sounds can certainly be interesting!


Shane Hogan of Savannah Georgia and Captain Judy are having a lot of fun holding up his just caught shark.  Shane was plain old bottom fishing when this 4 footer came a calling!!  After the smiles the shark was released to swim once again!!

It’s spotted sea trout time!!

Spotted Sea Trout

Just ask Colby Chapman

Captain Greg Davis of Miss Judy Charter takes Colby Chapman and his father Josh fishing!

Spotted Sea trout

Best tide time to target spotted sea trout, at least for this week is…21/1 hour into the falling tide.  Best baits are going be live shrimp, mud minnows, or finger mullet..you can serve these baits up under an adjustable float or rig them up with leader and hook only. 

 Ethan Perry goes inshore fishing, which boils down to a “whole lot of CATCHING!”

Black Drum

Ethan Perry is showing off his black drum, which was caught in the Savannah River Area.  This fish chased Ethan’s live shrimp around until big bites happen.  This all boils down to when you go saltwater fishing you really never know what might bite your hook.


Artificial Reefs

Bottom fishing in these areas can be very interesting.  The bottom line is all you have to do is to bait your hook, drop in to the bottom, get ready for a bite, start reeling, and catch your fish!!


Circle hook catch more fish!!

Since we are now using circle hooks when bottom fishing offshore most bites results in a solid hook up!  The only down side to circle hooks is the fact that you can’t set the hook!  The up side is circle hooks means more fish for tomorrow!!

  Reminder:  Circle hook requirement in the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery effective March 3, 2011 (It’s the law and it’s a good thing!!

For more information


Joe Jasmon and Jack Hogan fishing crew!!!


Joe Jasmon and Jack Hogan

I have to tell you it’s amazing what you might catch while fishing at one of Georgia’s near shore artificial reefs.  The group photo proves it too!  All fishermen are holding a nice summer trout also known as a weakfish.  The legal size limit for the summer trout is 13 inches and over.  The bag limit is one per person.  On this particular 6 hour fishing trip we caught 45 legal trout.  The boils down to the fact that we kept 6 fish and release 39 summer trout.  We also caught an assortment of different size black sea bass and trigger fish!  A good day was had by all!!

 July 17, 2012 Tuesday

Fishing at the CCA artificial reef

Chad Kendrick on boat “Always Rollin’s” his son Brennan Jamar, and Austin Grimes headed out for a fun day of fishing!!

King Mackerel Smiles!!

King Mackerel Smiles

Austin Grimes holding very nice king mackerel while Brennan Jamar definitely makes this fishing pictures complete.

While fishing with Captain Chad Kendrick on boat “Always Rollin’” at the CCA artificial reef the crew had a very interesting fish day.  Austin sent me a fishing report, which was very helpful, because it’s loaded with lots of good information as well as some darn good fishing tips.  The team’s first stop was a little east of the Ossabaw Island, which is where they cast the net and caught quite a few pogies.  These baits were quickly put in the live well and off to the east they headed to destination Savannah Snapper Banks.    

With weather conditions to the east it was decided to stop at the CCA artificial to start their fish day.  This is where I was fishing at the time for the exact same reason.  My weather machine was showing lots of scattered, but severe looking clouds with water spout possibilities.  I decided to hold tight and fish right where I stopped, which turned out to be a very good catching thing!

When “Always Rollin’” called me on channel 68, asked about what I thought about the weather?  I told him that I was holding tight at this spot.  

Once we talked we both decided to hang tight at this area.  I was already bottom fishing and was having some pretty good luck with 13 plus inch black sea bass.  Always Rollin after trying a little bit of bottom fishing decided to do some slow trolling, which turned out to be the right decision.  

While in the trolling mode Brennan (Always Rollin) spotted a huge pod of bait fish.  Once putting over the bait they were literally surround by at least 5 different giant pods of baitfish.  According to the report received from Austin, “I’ve never seen that much baitfish holding in one area for so long!”  Austin reported that the different pods stayed on the surface for a good 4 hours.  In my book this is what you would call a “target rich environment!”  It screams, “Fish here,” which they did. 

While working the pods of bait they had plenty of action from the toothy monsters (barracuda).  They then, caught a nice king mackerel, and two nice cobias. 

What did we learn from this great fishing report?

It’s best to always take a cast net on the boat with you when heading offshore, because catching live bait can make your catching day!   Fishing where your see surface bait is always a very good idea.  This is called from a fisherman’s prospective, “thinking like a fish and then catching one!”  It’s always good to consider changing destinations when there are any sort of visible weather concerns. The bottom line is this if you see weather holding to the east, which is where you are headed “just fish” closer, because as you can see that works too!! A big congratulation goes out to Captain Chad Kendrick on boat “Always Rollin” his son Brennan, and Austin Grimes!!

Savannah Snapper Banks

Big bottom fish catching days have arrived!  More next week!!

Gulf Stream Report

The 2012 blue water fishing season has not let us down.  According to bill fish reports from those that know, it has been one of the best years ever!  With that being said, “It’s time to pay the bills some attention!”


Freshies Report


Captain “Uncle Bob” Morrissey doing what he does best, which is catch fish every time he goes fishing!     This is one nice rainbow trout, which was caught at Hauser Lake, Montana on July 18, 2012

Bill Vanderford is “Lake Lanier’s Legend!”

For more about my long time friend Bill Vanderford as well as his accomplishments, his freshwater charter trips or wildlife tours, books written and his special line up of tackle offered, please visit his site http://www.fishinglanier.com/contact.html for all the details!  For more details go http://stores.ebay.com/Fishy-Racer http://www.youtube.com/fishyracer www.cafepress.com/grapefruitshop


 Little Miss Judy Believe it or not!!  To be continued next week!!


“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”

POB 30771


912 897 4921 912 897 3460 FAX


Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com


What to wear fishing this HOT summer!

"What to Wear Fishing this HOT Summer”

By Tom Branch, Jr.

Fishing in the summer can be fantastic, unless you choose the wrong clothing. For summer time fishing, you should be wearing clothing that will protect you from the dangers of the sun and still be comfortable fishing. The technology involved in creating a quality of summer clothing is incredible today. It wasn't too long ago that when I went fishing during the summer, I put on a baseball cap, tennis shoes, tee-shirt and blue jean shorts.  Back in the day there just wasn't the clothing available to fish comfortably and protect your skin as there is today. Manufacturers like Columbia, Simms, World Wide Sportsman and Bass King have created some excellent choices for the summer angler. Their clothing looks stylish and protects your skin from the dangerous UV rays put out by the sun, and it keeps you cool. In this article, I will go over what you should be looking for in good summer clothing while you are outside on the water or fishing from the bank. At the end of the article you will find some of the items I wear on the water in the summertime.

Sun Screen
Let’s start out by protecting your skin first. I like to use a sweat proof quality sunscreen that will bond to my skin on contact and won't run down my eyes and sting. You need to find a sunscreen that doesn't leave a greasy residue which could adversely affect your grip. Look for a formula make up that is oil free, hypoallergenic and waterproof. A good sunscreen should soak into your skin very quickly. I still have not been able to find a fragrance-free sunscreen for my sensitive skin, especially on my face and neck. In the summer time, I reapply my sunscreen every few hours. Two small suggestions, keep baby wipes in your boat for wiping your hands off after applying your sunscreen. Lastly, purchase new sunscreen every year, sunscreen does go bad.

Base Layers
A thin t-shirt should form your base layer while fishing in the summer. Try a specially treated 100% polyester fabric with 50+ UPF rating.  There are fabrics available out there that wick away moisture. My favorites are the fabrics that are made to be water repellent and stain resistant with anti-odor properties that will battle the outdoor elements alongside you. As this is the layer that will be directly next to your skin, it is important that the material can allow moisture to escape from your body. If sweat can dry on your skin, it can quickly make you feel cold.

Bass Tech

On top of this base layer, a top made from nylon will help to keep cool. Look for an ultra-quick-dry 100% nylon button up shirt that is light, breathable and has “Spills Technology” to ward off blood-and-guts stains. I chose the long-sleeve version because you can protect your arms and roll them out if needed. These style shirts are very cool to wear on the water. Many of them come with front/back ventilation that keeps air flowing even as the roll-up collar protects your neck from harsh UV rays. I prefer the muted grays and light blues instead of the bright color shirts. Remember when you are fishing shallow water you want to look like the sky. Light blues and grays blend the best, I call it sky camouflage. Many of the quality brand shirts now are offering an SPF factor to the shirt material. These shirts are quick drying and cool to wear in the hot weather.

Long days on the water call for versatile clothes, and my preference are pants that have zip off legs like the convenient long pant style that convert to shorts. That way, I can have shorts on during the day and add the legs back on to the shorts if it gets cool on the return ride in the evening. Just like the shirt, listed above, remember to look at a stain resistance material. The short material has to have a minimum UPF 50+ sun protection. Wrinkle-resistant 100% nylon construction features allow these pants to travel in your luggage and still look good while on the water. My pants have to have plenty of pockets because I carry a lot of stuff on me when I am fishing. Now there are days when I just want to wear shorts and I leave the long pants on shore.

I have two shoes/sandals I wear when fishing in the summer, one is a flip flop and the other is a water shoe. Comfortable feet are a must when I am fishing. I want a lightweight sandal that has a soft foot bed. If you wear sandals, you want a flexible material, light weight and ventilated. The upper material should conform easily to your foot. If you want comfort on your feet, you must look forward to spending around $25. A quality product will also be UV-resistant, odor-resistant, slip-resistant and easy to clean. If I want to wear shoes fishing during the day, I wear a shoe that is made with waterproof materials. You want a shoe that will dry fast when it gets wet. My shoes have a drainage tunnel to remove water quickly from inside the shoe. That way, I am not sloshing around in my shoes, on the boat deck causing blisters on my feet. Try the shoes with elastic bungee lacing because you can pull them tight once they get wet and loose. Like any shoe on a boat, you want to have a non-slip and non-marking rubber outsole.


A hard hat liner might sound a bit unconventional, but it will keep your neck, ears and head warm in cold weather. In the summer, I wear a wide-brimmed hat on the water. This will guard against sunburn, overheating and overexposure to the sun. The preferred head covering is a wide bream hat, not a cap. Although the popular and seen-everywhere ball caps help some, a hat with a full brim is made to protect the head, face, neck and ears. Make sure the hat is made with a breathable material so your scrap can breathe. Keep in mind that water reflects the sun. It intensifies the effect of the rays, and even brings them up from the water surface to your face that is under a hat.

Lots of anglers don't like wearing gloves while fishing, as it can make casting the rod and reeling in catches much more tricky. If you go on fishing boat trips, you'll probably want a pair though to keep your hands warm on the journey, before the actual fishing starts. However, in the summer time, you need protection on your hands. A few years ago, I had the chance to talk to Shaw Grigsby, and he told me once you had a skin cancer cell removed from your hand you will wear gloves all the time. The pain from the surgery is very bad, and it is so simple to put on a pair of gloves to protect you from the dangerous sun rays. The best gloves have a built-in UPF sun protection.

Strike King Lures

 This summer I am wearing the Costa Rockport sunglasses. They are their newest rimless sunglasses from Costa Del Mar. These sleek, sporty shades are unique with full eye coverage and lightweight fit, without compromising durability. The Rockport sunglasses offer thicker, wider temples to block light from entering from the sides. These glasses will make you forget they're on. I wear 100% polarized lens because they block yellow light from entering the eye which eliminates glare. I really like the Rockport sunglasses because they fit my face properly. If the sunglasses are correctly fitted, it will allow the lens to breathe around your eyes. More than anything, this will not allow the sunglasses not to fog up when air is passing between your lenses and the skin about the eyes. Remember what I say about good sunglasses; you get what you pay for and you must demand quality!

Costa Del Mar

 The latest fishing crazy for summer time is the face covers or buff’s. Wearing one of these means you can wear it as a face mask to skip the sun screen in your face. No smelly stuff on your wonderful bait any more. The stretchy, seamless microfiber polyester buff’s fabric comes in different patterns and looks. The material is designed to wick moisture at the surface for lightweight and comfortable protection from sun and wind. These buff's may be worn comfortably as a neckerchief, scarf, headband or balaclava. They are perfect for fishing, hiking, paddling and many other outdoor activities. All of them machine wash, and you should allow them to air dry before the next usage. Another reason to wear this item is the bugs. My last trip out night fishing with all those tiny little gnats/bugs started buzzing around and getting in my face, nose and eyes I was covered with my buff. More than anything I really like all the different ways you can wear them!

Additional Extras
The number #1 most important thing we all should not go to the lake without is a good-quality life jacket. I must admit, I never go fishing or even just boating without wearing it; I love my family too much. Remember if you every fall in with all the above on, you must be able to swim. A live vest should be worn on top of everything else it is really hardly noticeable, and it could save your life.  I would recommend looking at the Mustang Survival Competition Inflatable PFD Vest; this vest cost $289. This type of life jacket inflates only under hydrostatic pressure. Just buy the automatic inflatable type vest, there is no substitute. The competition version of this vest is stylish. It features a secure zip closure that can withstand rigorous activity; heavy duty coated nylon for increased durability, and is very lightweight, comfortable, and compact. It will keep you on top of the water long enough to allow yourself to get back in the boat. Attach your kill switch to your life vest any time your gas motor is running.

Wearing the right clothes is essential for anglers, as it's inevitable that you're going to be spending large amounts of time sitting around in the sun. Even when you're actively fishing, there isn't that much physical movement involved, so you can't rely on this to keep you cool, in the summer. Please dress with protection and safety in mind!


What I use & wear:

  • Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50


  • Bass King – BassTech Sun shirt


  • World Wide Sportsman Blue Water Amphibious Shoes for Men – Olive
  • Crocs™ Modi Flip Sandal for Men – Black
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses - Costa Rockport
  • Facemask - Buff
  • Life Jacket - Mustang Survival Competition Inflatable PFD Vest with HIT


About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer, a full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 27+ years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia and a part owner of Wave Away, LLC.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 17 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and he participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab “Jake”.

Follow him on www.facebook.com/tombranchjr  and http://twitter.com/tombranchjr

Blog: http://outonalimbwithtombranchjr.blogspot.com/



Blog by Captain Judy


“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”

My fishing statement

 To try to insure that fishing stays in the hearts that love it and to help the ones that are going too!!

Here is the link to the fishing reports. On the right side of the page there are videos. The fishing report will be located there.  http://www.thecoastalsource.com/content/features/goodmorning/default.aspx

Tiger Shark - GA

Pam Page sets Georgia State Record for Tiger Shark

On June 3, 2012 Pam Page, while fishing on board with the X-TA-SEA fishing team, scored a big one!!  This big tiger shark tipped the scales to the 190 mark declaring her the new Women’s Georgia State tiger shark record holder!  While fishing regular at the artificial reef “J” this tiger shark couldn’t resist a quick snack.  Pam has now become one of those that caught the biggest!  A big congratulation goes out to Pam Page and the X-TA-Sea fishing team!!

 Are big shark dangerous to those that swim in the sea?

When questions are asked like this one it’s best to go to the above water source.  Cathy Sakas is the education coordinator for NOAA Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and she knows about these sharks.    cathy.sakas@noaa.gov

According to the sources that do know, tiger sharks don’t fit into the aggressive types.  However, all fish of all sizes when food is available want to eat.   The tiger shark is no different.  Here are some scenarios to consider not doing:  Diving or swimming where sharks are feeding, which is normally around schools of bait fish.  If you are a spear fishermen (diver) beware that those fish that you are killing for supper are sending off some great distress signals, which a shark’s keen sense can detect.  These sounds  are ringing the dinner bell for a shark.  The bottom line is that all fish live to eat.  So therefore any signals sent that imitate a code of distress just might be visited.   The bottom line when it comes to shark fishing is if you are not going to eat them don’t keep them!!  If you are not sure, which sharks are legal to keep, don’t keep them.  I always suggest to my customers to take a picture and let them keep swimming!!  Please check all state and federal fishing regulations before heading out to fish!  Fishing, catching, and releasing is one thing, and keeping is another!


Inshore Flounder Fishing


Inshore flounder fishing

The sounds are holding some nice flounder and where you catch one there are bound to be others.  Here are a few tips:  they like to move when the tide is slack, love live bait such as shrimp and mud minnows, and where you catch one there is bound to be others.

 Live shrimp, dead shrimp! Let’s talk about bait mate!!

Let’s face it with water temperatures in the upper eighties all live bait in are going to be stressed and in most cases expire.  pire.  When the water is hot I suggest waiting until the last minute to purchase your bait.  Adam’s Bait house normally has plenty of live shrimp.  To contact him please call 912 898 1550.  For those that like to catch their own I suggest making is a bait day or a fish day.  The reason being doing both on the same day is going to be tough especially during these hot times. 

Once you have your bait, make sure that your circulation pump is doing its job.  Also it’s not going to hurt to throw a little ice into the well to bring the temperature down a bit. It’s a known fact that shrimp are not a hardly baits and don’t survive well in warm water.


 Captain Ray Crawley has his ways of keeping his bait alive as well as hardy.  This plastic grate offers a shrimp some where to hold on and rest.  If your live well makes them swim all the time then by the time you get to the fish your best will be completely worn out. 

  Rock and Burlap

Another old school suggestion is to take a piece of burlap and wrap it around a rock and place it in the bottom of your live well.  My father called this “shrimp rides!”  I really never understood what this was all about until I got older.  It helps to offer your shrimp a place to rest. 

Frozen bottles of water

I suggest freezing a couple bottles of water and then laying them on the bottom of your live well.  This will bring the water temperature in your bait well down a bit.  Or you can wrap burlap around your frozen bottle and get two saving jobs done at once. 

 How to be accomplished “bait chaser!”

Menhaden mayhem!

Menhaden Mayhem

Captain Kathy Brown can throw and winning cast net!

  Menhaden Catching

The question is how do you get you best chance at catching menhaden when they are holding in 20 feet plus of water?

After running this by John Pirovano at River Services (912 354 7777) we both came to this conclusion….

You need a net that is going to sink faster than these bait fish can swim to get away from it. After all if you think about it the old menhaden and the school it swims in have eyes in the back of their heads.  And they also have what could be known as a connected radar system, which is tied together with all fish in the same school.  So therefore if one fish detects a problem all menhaden in the school are quickly notified.  With all this brought to light it’s time to fight their safety escape mode. 

There are two nets that are best used to get this catching job done in deep water.  The first is a Betzs Sea Green 7 foot 5/8 mesh net, which falls fast. (Least expensive) The second is a West Coast 8 foot 3/4 mesh cast net.  (Most expensive) Both cast nets are weighted properly to get this sort of catching job done.  The West Coast net has coated circular weights, which means not as much noise or damaged when it hits your deck!!  For those fishermen out there that want more information on these nets please contact John Pirovano or Allan Coney at River Services (912 354 7777) They are expecting your call!!

 Artificial Reefs

Alice Bring and her daughter Ali…

What’s for dinner??

Got Fish

First mate Lee hicks, Alice Bring and her daughter Ali, and Captain Deidra Helmey Jeffcoat of Miss Judy Charters “GOT FISH!”    Alice and Ali are very well known customers and friends over here at Miss Judy Charters.  They are holding two nice summer trout, which couldn’t pass up their small pieces of cut squid!  So therefore it looks like trout almondine tonight!

 Spanish Mackerel

 Spanish mackerel here and there

While fishing the sounds, beach fronts and artificial reefs we have caught a few Spanish mackerel.   My suggestion is to find a school of fish, stop outside the school, and pitch directly into them…or troll the out skirts, or just plow right through the school…believe me one of these fishing plans should work!

I have started seeing Spanish mackerel haphazardly getting some serious air anywhere from about 3 miles to 20 miles offshore.   It’s my prediction that these fish will stay more and more on the surface over the next couple of weeks.  The reason being is once they spawn between August 6 through August 9 the will be happier and a whole lot lighter!!

Savannah Snapper Banks Tips for catching vermilion!!

When fishing for vermilion snapper you should drop directly into the school and reel up a few turns quickly.  I determined depth fished by where I mark the largest school on the fish finder.  It seems on most occasions that the upper water column holding vermillions are at 5, 10, or 15 feet up.  The larger vermilion has a tendency to hold and feed above the smaller fish.  The theory being that larger fish don’t want to fight with a bunch of smaller fish over their intended meal.  Don’t stay on one fishing area to long.  Keep moving to different locations, this takes the edge off of scattering the school by drifting these small location over and over.  Here’s a Captain Judy special secret.  When looking on your favorite ledge for larger bottom fish the rule of my thumb is…if the bottom fish are feeding the smaller fish shouldn’t show up on your fish finder screen.  In other words, the larger fish scare the smaller fish into to small round ups or into the safety of the ledge.   Bottom line is to always drop into these areas even if you don’t mark but a few a fish.  If the fish were there once, trust me they haven’t left the area!  

 Top Water FishFor those fishermen that like light tackle fishing or should I say “catching” live bait is the ticket to the screaming ride. A good plan would be to stop at one of the artificial reefs and do a little live bait fishing.  This means load up the old live well and take them to the Banks, rigged them up, cast them out at different depth, and play the drifting thing, 

Gulf Stream Report  

Bills and deals!!

Bills Deals

 It’s time to catch a bill fish…just about anywhere…

 With water temperature reaching and staying in the mid eighties it not unusual to see a bill fish getting air from the artificial reefs all the way out to the Gulf Stream.  The best suggestion that I have is if you see one, throw what have at them, and hope for the best!!

 Freshies Report

Bill Vanderford is “Lake Lanier’s Legend!”

For more about my long time friend Bill Vanderford as well as his accomplishments, his freshwater charter trips or wildlife tours, books written and his special line up of tackle offered, please visit his site http://www.fishinglanier.com/contact.html for all the details!  For more details go http://stores.ebay.com/Fishy-Racer http://www.youtube.com/fishyracer www.cafepress.com/grapefruitshop


 Little Miss Judy Believe it or not!!

Running Naked

My father always told me that Warsaw Island was the only beach that he knew of that you could legally run around and sun in the nude!  Please don’t try this without checking out the rules and regulations!

 Thanks for reading!

Captain Judy Helmey
(912) 897 4921



Don’t Be Scared, Competition is Good

 I love good competition in the workplace and on the field of play. No matter what job you have or sport you play in it is going to be there. This applies to athletes, supervisors, employees and surprisingly in life.

If you want to succeed in fishing, no matter what you do or where you go there is always going to be competition on and off the water. There are going to be other anglers ready and willing to hand you a loss or even work harder for a sponsor than you do. If you are number one, you are who everyone else is chasing. 


 Photo Courtesy of James Overstreet

 What about in the creation of a “newfangled” gadget that is going to change the outdoor market forever? You are dang right, you are going to have competition and they are going to challenge you in more ways than you ever could image. In the stores, at shows and maybe in the courtroom. I say stick that chest out and dive head first into the battle.

 Some people don’t see the competition in the work place as a positive. You might want to get a certain promotion in your current job or position, but you are scared of who else could be trying for that same promotion. You must have better knowledge, good training and more education than everyone. Make others look your way!  Don’t take the time to look over your shoulder at who is after you and wanting your job. Show your boss you are the best!

 Some people believe there is no competition in life, but I must beg to differ. There is going to be competition every day in your life. There will always be people that can do a bunch of things better than you. Now you know the truth, so strive every day to be better than all those people who dare call you the competition.



Tom Branch

 About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 27+ years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 17 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are supporters and volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab “Jake”.

 Follow him on www.facebook.com/tombranchjr  andhttp://twitter.com/tombranchjr

 Blog: http://outonalimbwithtombranchjr.blogspot.com/


Captain Judy's Fishing Report

Inshore Report

The inshore bite dilemma!

The fishing inshore the past week hasn’t been what I would call a bonus catching time.  Our inshore captains have been struggling with catching or even purchasing live bait.  It has always been my thoughts that if we can’t get live bait then the fish can’t either.  With that being said, “The artificial stuff will work at least most of the time!”  However, there is something about an artificial lure and it seems that if the one holding the rod while using it doesn’t believe in it “bites might not happen!”  It’s true what they say about us fishermen we are definitely set in our ways!

So reporting a great catching week is going to be difficult to do.  However, I can report out of all of my captains, some had great luck while others did not.  As far as catching lots of spotted sea trout, red fish, and flounder, unfortunately this did not happen.  It’s like a “hot July bite” is already taking place with “those other bitters getting to the hook first!”  For those fishermen whether it was while visiting us or for those that fished on their own it was a very difficult week for sure!


 Bait Report

Not much to report!

Inshore fishermen are scrabbling around trying to purchase or buy any sort of live bait.  As you know I am always saying, “All fish will eat a shrimp.”  Well, that is definitely a true statement.  I had a few reports from bait fishermen that took to the creeks and rivers to do a little casting for shrimp on their own.  Well, the reports were not good.  I had two reports and neither was good.  Both fishermen duo’s struggled to get any live shrimp at all.  I had one fishermen report that they cast at the right tide, in all the right places and still came up with not so much.   


It’s a mixed bag affair!!

Flounder Bite

Flounder Bite

Fishing on the bottom with live bait such as mud minnows, sand perch, croaker, finger mullet and shrimp could get you a solid flounder bite.  When live isn’t available I suggest using stripped bait such as thin filets and belly strips.   They are tough and will last on your hooks a long time.  Once these strips are introduced to current  this is one bait that  waves looking just like something that is really alive.

 Red Fish Bite is light and sometimes they don’t bite!

We are catching some nice red fish inshore.  However, the bite isn’t consistence enough to say, “Red Hot!”  The best news that I can tell you is that when you do catch them they are a nice size and when you don’t get hooked up its still fun trying!

Spotted Sea Trout Bite

Good one minute and bad the next!

This is one fish that bait used dictates size of fish caught.  All fishermen including myself want to catch a big fish.  Heck, after all in some cases that’s why we all “GO FISH!”  So here’s a tip for targeting larger spotted sea trout.  A larger trout didn’t get that way being stupid.  So therefore it’s going to eat what will fills its stomach in one strike.  Lively baits such as a pinfish or finger mullet are the ticket to this ride. 

 When anchored up I suggest using artificial bait such as 1/8 to ¼ ounce jig head rigged with some sort of fluke or screw tail plastic.  While working your jig I suggest float lining one of these live fish. (Pinfish or finger mullet)  To insure a solid hook while not holding the rod I suggest using a small circle hook that is tied on to a fluorocarbon leader.   The secret to hook size used in to make sure it doesn’t over power the live bait.  In other words the bait should still be able to swim seemly free without fighting the weight or size of the hook. 


Artificial Reefs

Bottom fishing is just about as active as it’s going to get!

Artifical Reefs

Dave Zelski is pointing and Captain Kathy Brown is holding a nice 20 inch weak fish also known as a summer trout. 

Black sea bass still are being caught, fought, and kept.  The best news I can tell you is it’s possible to catch your limit and then move on the other types of fish.  The current black sea bass regulations are:  They have to be at least 12 inches tail length to keep with a bag limit of 5 per person.  Please always check current regulation before heading offshore to fish.  Best website to visit for up to date changes is http://www.safmc.net/  This is one website, especially if you are an offshore fishermen that you need to know and use!


Spanish and King Mackerel Reports

News you can use when it comes to trolling!

Trolling at the time of the year is also an option for catching fish. When going this route you really don’t need any bait just dragging different size spoons works just fine.  And for those that want to pitch to surface schools of fish I suggest small lure types with scoops on the front.  The reason being when you are retrieving this lure it dives.  The faster you retrieve the deeper it will go.  And when you stop reeling it reverses back right to the surface, which offers yet another way to get a fish’s attention!!

 However, we have not seen many Spanish mackerel schooling on the surface!

We have been catching a few Spanish while trolling Clark spoons on the surface, middle, and down deep in the water column.  As far as seeing schooling jumping and schooling on the surface this has not happened as of yet.  So therefore finding schools so that you can pitch to them has not happened yet.  

 King Mackerel

For those that want to target this fish I suggest making way to one of the artificial reefs located in 50 feet plus of water.  The first artificial reefs that come to mind are L Buoy, J Buoy, and CCA Buoy.


As far as suggestions on how to get hooked up I suggest catch some live bait with your sabiki rigs and putting the baits in well circulated bait well.  The best baits are going to be cigar minnows, Spanish sardines, jack mackerel, pinfish, Boston mackerel, and blue runners.  These baits worked great when rigged on light tackle wire (30 pound test wire) rigs with double or triple stinger treble hooks. 


Savannah Snapper Banks

Lots of good catching opportunities!

The bottom as well as the top water bite continues to be good with fishermen catching a little of everything.  It’s getting to be that time of the year where the blue water fish get mixed in with those fish that mostly swim to the west of them. 


Blue water fishing report

Third Place

  Cotton Picker

June 8 and 9, 2012

Report sent by Captain Kevin Rose

 We fished the Bohicket billfish invitational on the Cotton Picker and placed third.  We caught and released two white marlin on the first day and a blue marlin hooked up four minutes after lines in was called on the second day. It was my first blue marlin as an angler after years of being the wire guy, hookup guy or captain. They say the early bird gets the worm and this one got the marlin, I was the lone angler in the cockpit when the buzzer rang and Capt. Geno and John were busy. We landed the Blue and two whites on 60# flour leader and 30# mono. All fish were caught with circle hooks on naked ballyhoo. Captain Kirk Sutlive another Savannah captain got second on the Miss magnolia with two blues and one white in one day.

 For more details on the winners, please go here



Freshies Report

Captain Bob Morrissey wins bet with his son Mike!!

By just dragging a lure!!


Captain Uncle Bob Morrissey while rowing his 15’ Heritage is holding up his just caught spotted bass.  While rowing in Lake Lanier and dragging a plain old lure the master caught this fish.  This proves that you will catch more fish with a hook in the water than not!  

For more information on Captain Uncle Bob’s 15 foot Heritage go to www.littlerivermarine.com  The best news that I can tell you is that it’s easy to accomplish paddling speeds of 5 knots or better and the best news “no gasoline or oil needed!”

 Now for the rest of the story. Mike, Captain Uncle Bob’s son bet him that he couldn’t catch a fish while paddling much less trolling in the lake.  Well, as you can see the proof is not only in the picture but also on the hook!! 


Those fishermen that want to “GO FISH LAKE LANIER”

Bill Vanderford is “Lake Lanier’s Legend!”

For more about my long time friend Bill Vanderford as well as his accomplishments, his freshwater charter trips or wildlife tours, books written and his special line up of tackle offered, please visit his site http://www.fishinglanier.com/contact.html for all the details!  For more details go http://stores.ebay.com/Fishy-Racer http://www.youtube.com/fishyracer www.cafepress.com/grapefruitshop



 Here’s my line now bite my hook!

My fishing statement: To try to insure that fishing stays in the hearts that love it and to help the ones that are going too!!



“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”

POB 30771


912 897 4921 912 897 3460 FAX


Captain Judy’s email fishjudy2@aol.com




Beat the Heat With Summer Trout Fishing

Fly Fishing

Summer time in Georgia usually means one thing---heat and lots of it.  Although we don’t get the super heat of our nation’s arid areas, it’s still plenty hot enough for me.  When it seems as if you’re on the verge of melting in the humidity as you fish local reservoirs and a boat ride sounds good just to cool off, think about a great alternative.  I’m not talking about kicking back in the living room as the AC blasts a steady climate of 72 degrees.  I’m talking about trout fishing in our north Georgia streams and rivers.  The Department of Natural Resources does a superb job in managing hundreds of miles of  very productive trout fisheries that are just a short drive away.  Imagine yourself on a wide river in the morning as wisps of fog unfurl along the water’s surface.  The telltale rings of rising trout are visible as you plan your next cast.  It seems like you’re on a legendary river in one of our great western states, but this is a typical scene on the Chattahoochee and Toccoa River tail race fisheries.  If you’re interested in catching a lot of trout, these are the places to be.  The waters from Lakes Blue Ridge and Lanier flow very cold below their respective dams.  They create optimum conditions to support trout.  Due to size and popularity, both rivers are heavily stocked throughout the summer months.  Access is easy on both, with the Chattahoochee getting an upper hand for an abundance of public land along the river.  I’ve fished quite a few trout streams in the Appalachians over the years and the Hooch is hard to beat for consistent quality fishing, whether you’re dunking a worm or casting tiny flies.  While I have not personally fished the Toccoa, some seasoned anglers claim the fishing is even better.  Both rivers are fishable as long as water from the upstream reservoirs is not being released.  For water release schedules phone (770)945-1466 for the Chattahoochee and (800)238-2264 (option 4 followed by option 23) for the Toccoa.  Of particular note is the Chattahoochee law that requires life vests to be worn by all persons on the river from Buford Dam to the  Georgia Highway 20 bridge (Yes, I do sound like the recorded message.) which is three miles downstream.  This is for a very good reason.  Know the release schedules and if you hear horns sound, get out of the water immediately.  Some of our streams are managed by special regulations.  For instance, on the Chattahoochee, anglers cannot use live baits below the Highway 20 bridge.  Get up to speed by picking up a copy of the regulations at a local tackle shop or visit www.gofishgeorgia.com

 Choose Bright and Dark Colors for Lures

Fly Fishing

 If you enjoy catching fish on light tackle, trout fishing is a perfect opportunity.  Although some anglers use ultralight rod and reel combos paired with six pound test, four pound string will yield more strikes.  Some avid anglers even use two pound test line.  Spinning tackle is superior in this application although some anglers opt for spincast or underspin outfits for ease of use.  If you’re getting beginners or youngsters into the sport, the latter options are very fine choices because they are easily mastered.  Ultralight rods in the four to five foot range are the norm.  There are some who prefer much longer rods and this includes me.  On larger waters they offer greater casting distance and line control.  I even use a seven foot ultralight model on mountain streams with tight quarters and have no trouble flicking a lure or live bait into a run that might hold a fish or two.  I also prefer a larger reel than most use for light line applications.  Very small reels typically have very small spool diameters.  This means the line has somewhat restricted flow during a cast.  Line flows more easily off a larger diameter spool.  I feel that the heavier reel weight balances the rod tip better as well.  We now have a few smaller reels that boast extra wide spools making them super for light line fishing.  Try an Extreme or Pro Qualifier reel paired with a Micro-Lite spinning rod for a fine set up.  When it comes to line, choose green colors.  This shade best blends in the water for nearly any angling situation.  Fluorocarbon lines have a more invisible light refraction index but can be tough to handle with lighter tackle.  Popular lure types include spinners and minnow shaped plugs.  When it comes to the former, you can’t go wrong with models from Mepps, Panther Martin, or Rooster Tail.  For the latter, look for the brands Rapala and Yo-Zuri.  The myriad of color choices among these categories can seem like a sojourn into Alice in Wonderland.  As a general rule of thumb for spinners, choose a few bright colors and a few darker earth tone and natural insect colors.  For the minnow plugs, the bright colors are fine choices along with brown trout, brook trout, and rainbow trout patterns.  Both lure types are very easy to effectively fish.  Simply cast quartering upstream and retrieve as they swing down with the current.

 Get Hooked on Fly Fishing 

If you really want to have some fun, I recommend fly fishing.  Fly fishing and trout streams were meant for each other.  Using the right techniques, you can often catch more than you would by tossing artificial lures.   Fly fishing has a vastly undeserved reputation as being difficult to master.  At the age of thirteen I self-taught myself how to cast a small popper using the manual that came with my Abu-Garcia fly reel.  This can only mean that anyone can do it.  It opened up a new and very exciting way to catch bluegill and small bass on local farm ponds.  Today’s instructional books and DVD recordings make it easier than ever to get started on the right foot.  A good outfit including line can be had for a very reasonable price.  Pick a floating line as it will serve well for presenting dry flies and weighted subsurface nymphs or streamers.  Fly outfits are classified by weight.  A four or five weight set up with an eight to eight and a half foot rod is a great all around choice for our area.  You’ll want to pick up a few leaders and some tippet material while you’re in the shop.  For our larger fisheries such as the Chattahoochee and Toccoa Rivers, weighted subsurface nymphs and streamers will produce the most fish day after day. The former often sport metallic bead heads for weight and are fished under strike indicators.  A bushy dry fly can make a fine strike indicator as well.  As a bonus, aggressive trout will often smash the surface fly.  To be effective, nymphs are fished with a drag free drift; that is to say they need to move with the same speed as the current versus ripping along at a faster pace.  A technique called “mending” during a drift adds more productive drag free time to the presentation.  Streamers are hugely fun to fish and work very well on larger waters.  Simply cast quartering upstream as you would a spinner or plug and retrieve with sharp tugs as the fly swings down and through its final downstream arc.  When on smaller streams, I’m nearly always fishing a dry fly.  There’s nothing quite like anticipating the surface strike as it drifts through a run and watching as a hungry trout slashes to take it.  It only gets better when you’ve constructed and tied that fly yourself.  As with the weighted nymphs, dries are most productive when cast mostly upstream and given drag free drifts.  If you’ve hesitated to wade in the fly fishing world, do a little research and you could become hooked. 

 Float Tubes Expand Your Reach


 It’s worth merit to discuss accessories and other things that will make your time on rivers and streams more enjoyable, efficient, and productive.  The first thing is a handy tool that includes precision line clippers and a device for tying a nail knot used for connecting leader to fly line.  On another front, a valid question is does one opt for waders or go without?  While angling on small streams you’ll seldom be in water above your knee or mid-thigh and the cool water along with shade is really nice on a hot summer day.  The two prominent large rivers mentioned herein are a different story.  Their waters are colder than mountain streams and waders are a must.  Sweat pants or fleece models worn underneath provide a welcome layer of insulation.  These days, most anglers wear lightweight and breathable stocking foot style waders.  These are designed to be worn with wading boots.  Boots will provide an extra measure of ankle support while negotiating across slippery rocks.  With thick socks worn to compensate for waders, wading boots make excellent choices for small streams as well.  Floating larger rivers provides yet another dimension to the angling experience.  The small investment of a float tube will actually contribute to safer wading and open up areas that are inaccessible to many.  On a larger scale, when paired with a friend or two and a downstream take out vehicle, a tube enables you to explore miles of water.  Remember that a float tube does not meet the qualification of a life vest.  Speaking of vests, a fishing vest is your wearable tackle box on these river and stream expeditions.  Multiple pockets make convenient storage for small boxes of flies, leaders, bug spray, water bottles, and your lunch of course.  And what could be finer than taking a lunch break while sitting on a rock and listening to the sound of moving water as you contemplate angling adventures that lie around the next bend?  In closing, I’m going to state that even in this age of the catch and release ethic, it’s morally okay to eat trout.  They’re delicious when breaded in seasoned flour and fried or cooked on the grill in foil with lemon, butter, and herbs.  I will keep trout from streams that are regularly stocked.  This use is one of the purposes for plentiful stockings in public areas.  If a fish’s color is exceptionally bright along with long fins, I release it.  This is typically a wild trout and should be preserved.  In closing, I hope you’ll take a relaxing break and give our abundant trout populations some attention this summer.  It’s a perfect way to cool off, unwind, and get back in touch with nature.  Until next month, take care and have a wonderful summer!


“Kicking Fish Tail”

My fishing statement

 To try to insure that fishing stays in the hearts that love it and to help the ones that are going too!!



Flounder season has arrived

The flounder bite has been getting better and better.  The best baits are going to be the live stuff such as shrimp, mud minnows, and finger mullet.  There is a rule of thumb to live by when targeting flounder where you catch one there are bound to be many others. 

 Tips that you can use:

When trying to catch a fish that sees like a rabbit, is as cunning as a fox, and strikes like a cobra, there are a few things that you need to consider.  

It’s my suggestion to fish an incoming tide stage.  The reason being is that the water usually is clearer at this tide stage.  The flounder is a sight feeder so the clearer the water the better.  When the tide is slack, flounder go into the moving mode not so much to feed, but to make sure that they get enough needed oxygen.  My suggestion is to get situated while the tide is completely low and be ready when the tide starts to flood.  After all, the flounder is doing the same thing, moving and getting ready to set up to feed as soon as the tide goes into the flood mode.    


Shark Bite Report

Shark Bite

With the water temperature in the mid seventies and over, sharks have to swim, prompting an unbelievable eating pattern.    On this particular day we caught 10 sharks, which we released after getting their picture.  There is something that all fishermen need know when it to comes to handling a shark, “they are strong and their strength will sometime shock you”.  So therefore when handling any size shark please be careful, because they can deliver a very nasty bite.  If nothing else just with a flip of a tail a couple of layers of skin will be gone.  However, bites and shark sanding on your skin offers up one heck of a fish catching story.  Believe me I have plenty of scars to prove it!


 2012 black sea bass season is open

Black Sea Bass

Now this is what you might call a soon to be big mess of black fish filets.  The best news that I can tell you is this and I don’t eat fish a lot, but if I do it most likely will be some fresh fried black sea bass. And on top I would pour Georgia cane syrup.

 The black sea bass season is officially open and believe me there are plenty of these tasty fish to catch.  Best places to fish are artificial reefs and Savannah Snapper banks…best baits are anything from cut squid to cut fish to artificial plastics, please always check regulations before heading out to do any sort of fishing…


Savannah Snapper Banks

A place to catch a little of everything!


This is a great area to get a chance to catch a little of everything.  For those that want to bottom fish only, there are all kinds of catching possibilities.  When it comes to this area and due to the fact that there is a lot of scattered live bottom, drift fishing just plain works.  


Gulf Stream Report

 Wahoo also known as “tail cutter!” 

Tail Cutter

This is the head of a nice size Wahoo, which from its opened mouth spread it can eat pretty big bait without any problem.  The nickname for this fish is “Tail Cutter.”  The reason being is that it’s capable of running through different size baits from small to large while removing the tail section only.  This is one smart fish, because as all fishermen know, the tail section is the smallest part of the fish.  With the tails sliced off the bait while still being alive it tries to swim, which is just about when the Wahoo makes a quick 180 degrees turn back to the strike zone also sometimes referred to the eating zone. 

Bona-Fide Wahoo Bite Delivered!

How do you know if it’s a bona-fide Wahoo bite? What does it mean to us fishermen?

 Well, the best thing I can tell you is this is a fish that makes initially one hard hit, which is usually when its sharp teeth cut the tail completely off.  Under normal circumstances a fish can’t swim at least too much with its tail cut off.  So if the bait you are pulling has had it tail removed I suggest free spooling it back as soon as possible.  And not only do I suggest dropping the bait that was hit, but also all other baits too!  This is called prospect fishing at its finest!

 Freshies Report

 Please meet Nikki and her husband Matt…A catching story that needs to be told…

What does that mean?

Nikki and Matt

Please meet Nikki and her husband Matt Ivie.  He is holding Nikki's first fish caught. 

Nikki and her husband Matt Ivie, along with his brother Clay, decided to do a little fishing at Lake Seed.  It was Nikki’s first time for going fishing and she was excited about the prospect of hooking a big one.  For bait Nikki was using a Green Pumpkin trick worm, which the bass gladly hit and the rest is catching history. 

However, I must fill you in on some of the details, which I find interesting since I am around those that fish every day. First, when the bass was trying to eat Nikki’s bait, it appeared to her that she might be hung on the bottom.   Matt, screamed “Nikki, set the hook,” and Nikki screamed back, “what does that mean?”  After making that comment Nikki kind of threw the rod over to her husband, which must have subsequently set the hook! After “fish on” point was made clear Nikki was handed the rod back and she reeled the fish in. 

Believe me, now that I think about this and since Nikki brought it up, “this is oh so true!”  More people don’t than do know what “set the hook” means.  The reason I know this is because when I am screaming set the hook quite often the fishermen holding the rod will ask that same exact simple question as did Nikki, “what does that mean?” 

After Matt removed the fish off the hook for Nikki he said, “It’s customary to kiss your first fish!”  And Nikki said, “Please just put it right back into the water, because that will be no first fish kissing today!”   And now you know the rest of the story!

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 Little Miss Judy’s Believe It or Not!

Summer camp 1958 

Capital Judy

Little Captain Judy and her dog Skippy!  

The summer of 1958!

During our childhood I guess we all went to some type of summer camp at least once. I fall under the category of “at least once.”  My father thought he was doing the right thing, but upon arrival I wasn’t so sure.  After a long thought process my father decided to send me to a two-week summer camp.  As well as I remember it wasn’t too far out of town.  In fact, if memory serves me, which it does sometimes; it was located on the west side of town.  At this time, when most roads weren’t triple lane much less paved, traveling from Wilmington Island to the west side of Savannah took about 1-½ hours.   As we rode my father told me how wonderful he thought this experience would be for me. At this point, I wasn’t sure, but I still listened as daddy talked about all of the wonderful things that I was going to be doing.  At this point I am not sure who he was trying to convince the most..

 Upon arrival, we unloaded, checked in, and then it was time for daddy to leave.  I wasn’t sure about this part because I didn’t know if I even wanted to stay.  After a few tears shared from both of us it was decided that I would at least give it a try.

 I believe the name of the camp was “Union Mission”.  There were lots of cabins.  The camp was split into two sections, one for the girls and one for the boys.  All cabins had adults staying in each one.  After all, I was about seven years old and that wasn’t such a bad idea.  The cabins were lined with bunk beds.  There must have been 10 bunk beds to each cabin.  As normal we all fought for the top bunk.

 After getting settled in it was about lunchtime so all-camp attendee’s met at the big building in the middle area, which was the cafeteria/meeting hall.  I was a little hungry because crying and unpacking did take a lot out of you. As we were eating a big tall person came in and started telling us about all of the things that we were going to get to do.  There was swimming, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, and boat rides. The only thing that really interested me was horseback riding.  My father would never buy me a pony, even though we had a place to keep it.  He always said, “You might end up on the highway and get run over.”  I never believed that for once, there just wasn’t that much traffic on Wilmington Island.  At any rate I never got that pony!

It seemed like a great place if you like this sort of thing.  Everyone seemed to be happy with the possible up coming events. After one night and thinking about it I made my decision.  I took all of my clothes and threw them in the dumpster.  I knew it wouldn’t be long before I would be seeing daddy again, which did happen quicker than I thought. 

 The bottom line when it came to camp was a simple one. We lived on a creek and I could go swimming when I wanted to.  I had my own boat in which I could go riding when I wanted to.  Fishing was optional.   I could go with daddy to the ocean or just fish in the creek.  As I looked at it, camp only had one thing to offer that I didn’t already get to do on a regular basis, which was horseback riding.  After weighing all of the facts horseback riding just wasn’t all that great after all!

On the way home we didn’t talk about the missing clothes.  I just remember talking a mile a minute.  I was so happy to see my father and to be going home.  Somehow now that I think about it all involved knew that I just wasn’t cut out for any sort of camp. By the way, I am stilling living in the same place that I was when I was seven.  I still don’t want to go to camp or have a pony, but I still can go fishing when I want.  Now that I think about it absolutely nothing has changed. 

Thanks for reading! Captain Judy


“Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956”

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