Inshore fishing Tips
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!!
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
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!
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!!
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.
The blue fish has arrived at the artificial reefs.
Bringing On the Fish Bite! Please meet our resident fishing wizard!
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!!
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
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!
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!!
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!!
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
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!
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