Inshore fishing has turned to some good catching!!
Red Fish Mania brought to us by Captain Ray Crawley of Miss Judy Charters
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!!
Captain Ray Crawley of Miss Judy Charters holding up a nice just under 23 inch red fish!!
Spotted trout bite has picked up!
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!
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!!
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 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!!
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!!
Bill Vanderford a call, it’s time ot go!!
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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
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