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    Thumbs up Summer Heat in GA..... BRING ON THE BITE!

    Capt. Richie Lott
    August 22, 2010
    St. Simons Island - Saltwater Fishing Report


    Fishing the COASTAL GEORGIA HEAT in 2010
    The GA Saltwater fishing remains incredible, even with soaring temperatures reaching 115 with heat index.
    It has simply been one of those seasons that we'll all look back and say… Man, that was an awesome summer! Aside of dealing with scorching temperatures on land and on the ocean, this charter fishing season has been one of the best since 1997-1998 for our group and most other guides and captains in the area around St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island in Coastal Georgia.
    Inshore:
    Although we don't have very many requests for inshore fishing and backwater fishing in the summer season, the trips we have run and the re-con trips we ran have produced phenomenal results for Trout, Redfish and Flounder from the beach edge all the way to the back country marshes of Coastal Georgia.
    If an Angler seeks to catch speckled trout, he/she will definitely have a superb trip with live bait and artificial, but weeding through the keeper fish has been a chore for everyone. Many keeper size fish are being caught, but it's about 6 to 1 or higher on throw-back trout. However, nobody ever said catching ANY size trout one after another wasn't fun!
    At the end of the day, you will have a nice mess of fish most times and you will have caught more trout and redfish than most anytime last season. We can only hope they grow quick and everyone stays legal on their keep during this influx of smaller trout and reds. This could be a stellar fall season shaping up for coastal Georgia Inshore Fishing.
    Nearshore:
    Big Fish, sweat on the brow and medium tackle = SPINNER SHARKS AND TARPON. This season has been premier for Tarpon. The Spinners are here in dependable order each summer, but the Tarpon bite has been extreme. We haven't seen the fish like this in many years.
    The numbers of Tarpon off the beaches right now is stunning. Most any sound, channel or sandbar cut on the GA coast that is holding menhaden will be holding tarpon. They are everywhere this year and not a minute to soon! Many of us were beginning to wonder what happened to the good old days of tarpon fishing.
    Enjoy a trip to fish for Tarpon on the GA coast before they're gone. You can almost bet that if you don't catch one, you'll see MANY and have a better chance at catching one than you would have last season, or the season before. The challenge is always the same, but with the amount of silver kings in the area, your odds are dramatically increased, no question. This is the year… Right now.
    The full moon in August proved its point and procedure once again of being the pristine time to target the silver kings on the GA coast. The blazing hot temperatures and huge bait pods of menhaden drive the fish into our area thick this year and we're no where near the end of the road. The tarpon should be around for another month or more unless some extreme weather moves our bait out of the area.
    With tarpon in this area it is pretty simple. Find bait…. Find Fish!
    Offshore:
    You know, Amberjack are here every season and it's not really abnormal to catch a limit of them. However, catching a limit with spoons and jigs makes it that much more fun for the angler and a challenge for even the most seasoned fishing guide.
    200g butterfly jigs in blue, green and red heads have been the ticket for catching HUGE jacks this season. AJ's can't stand the butterfly ripped by them… They'll eat it every time if presented properly. Offshore fun doesn't get much better, and contrary to popular belief, AJ is some of the best eating fish in ocean, especially the shoulder meat. Don't be fooled by rumors from Blue Water fishermen who dolphin fish 5-6 times per year who tell you AJ's are just trash fish in the way….. It's FAR from true. In fact, Salt Water Sportsman magazine had an article and a recipe for Amberjack Cakes in a recent issue less than a year ago. Enjoy them while they're here….. It is truly the fight of an animal and even better on the dinner table that night.
    Now, you throw in some Cobia, and we got some good fishing going on during an offshore trip…. Grey Triggers, an occasional Grouper and nice Black Sea Bass… and well, that's all that needs to be said and it's happening right now in the middle of the summer. I can't wait to see that the fall months bring with the summer producing such nice fish for us!
    We have been blessed this season on offshore trips. Maybe it's switching back to 2-Stroke engines? Who knows, but we're on a roll and expect it to continue for the above mentioned fish and others as well.
    Get to Georgia and get on some great fishing. It's just getting started! Well, it really never ended?...! Bull Redfish will start next month, so we're excited about that fishery as well as one of our favorite beach side trophy fish. Possibly some of the largest redfish in the world can be caught right here not far off the GA coast, and it's almost time!
    May the Seas be Calm and your Coolers be full!
    Cheers to all!
    Capt. Richie Lott
    Penn Reels Guide Service – Coastal Georgia
    Richie Lott Outdoors & Charter Fishing
    www.charterfish.com
    912-617-1177

    St. Simons Island Fishing Forecast:


    As fall approaches, the fishing will only get better and better here on the GA Coast.
    Capt. Richie Lott
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    Default Spring Brings good Fishing to the Georgia Coast

    Capt. Richie Lott
    May 10, 2010
    St. Simons Island - Saltwater Fishing Report


    Spring Brings good Fishing to the Georgia Coast in 2010!
    This is my favorite time of year. Not only is it recovery time for a slow winter, but the fishing is kicking into high gear all along the GA coast. From the inshore rivers to the offshore reefs and the Gulf Stream, it's on!
    Inshore:
    After a slow period of fishing for Trout and Reds along with quite a scare that a lot of fish may be dead and gone, we have found just the opposite. We have all found the fishing to be stellar on the flats for Redfish and nice catches of speckled trout are being reported in most coastal areas in GA.
    Fish are biting artificial and live shrimp inshore right now and the entire fishery is looking up compared to just two weeks ago. Some of the most avid trout anglers in our area were striking out on speckled trout. With all the worry out of the way, all of us can get back to keeping our eye on the ball, which is catching.
    Nearshore:
    Bull Reds and Sharks are keeping fishing guides along the GA coast busy around the edge of huge menhaden bait schools. The Reds caught this spring have been some of the largest we have seen in over a decade. We personally boated some reds over 50 pounds on several outings fishing near bait schools in the rivers and sounds in south east Georgia.
    Triple Tail sight fishing remains consistent, but its weather dependant. The floating Triple Tail that are laden down the Georgia Coast during the spring months can be seen just below the surface lying on their side awaiting your live shrimp or GULP shrimp fished just beneath a float and presented to his lips…. He'll eat, probably 90% of the time if the presentation is correct.
    Offshore:
    Catches of Sea Bass, Summer Trout, Sheepshead, Spadefish, Kingfish and several other species have arrived on our artificial reef and live bottom areas here on the GA coast. A smorgasbord of fish are available offshore of our beaches right now, and it will only get better over the next few weeks.
    Cobia have finally showed up after a long anticipated wait and they came in thick this season. You won't just see one, there are normally several in a pack, roaming the offshore reefs in search of most any offering available after their long journey from the south. Cobia will normally be in our area until mid-June along with the bait fish schools that engulf the reef system offshore.
    Lot's of fish biting right now on the GA coast. May is the prime month to be geared up and be ready for just about anything as the spring window swings wide open for fishermen.
    Be safe on the water and tight lines to all!
    Capt. Richie Lott
    www.richielottoutdoors.com
    912-617-1177

    Target Species:

    redfish, sharks, snapper, sea bass, sheepshead, whiting, king mackerel, spanish mackerel, trout, cobia
    Capt. Richie Lott
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    The Impact on the fishing has been dog-gone tough on the inshore fish. The Trout and Redfish in the rivers and backwater areas have nearly come to a halt on their feed aside of the Reds which roam the mud flats on sunny days.
    Few anglers can get the Reds on the flats to bite, but there are a few successful anglers that have done really well, but you must know where the fish are. Without local knowledge, finding these flats fish is near impossible.
    Jason

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    Hello guys,
    March 13, 2010, putting in my (18ft key largo) in the water at Two way boat ramp, we started out the morning at the crack of day break,High tide. Our target for the day was sheephead and some black sea bass.We had about a twelve mile run to the coast and seven more miles off shore. It took 45 mins to get to the fishing hole we were going to fish.

    When we arrived it was 7:15 a.m. and already getting some pretty heavy swells.We new they were calling for thunder storms late evening. After about 20 minutes of trying to find and get anchored in that perfect spot, the anchor was finally caught and hooks hit the water. Fishing was slow till about 12:00 p.m. The sun peaked out, the bite was on. Catching some black sea bass on cut shrimp, just like always they were just short, 11 3/4 inch (legal size 12 inch).After loosing about 10 weights and hooks from the structure we were fishing, the Sheephead moved in. Anyone that has fished for them knows it is a struggle to get the hang of catching them. Me and my father had been and caught them before. My brother on the other hand was about to go crazy between watching us catch them and having to re-rig from hanging on the structure. After me and my father had several Sheephead in the boat,We heard the drag of a Shimano spinning reel spooled with 10lb test, rod was doubled over and my brother was hollering "im hooked up,get the net." I scrammbled for the net while the fish was steady taking line. My father hollering "dont loose that fish." My Little brother would bring ten ft. of line in and the fish would take twenty. After a couple of minutes of wearing him down he came to the surface, leaning over the boat netting him, my brother looked at me with big eyes "do you see my line?" His line was stretched to the limit. The 10lb test cajun line was frayed from fighting that big 9 1/2lb sheephead.

    By this time it was starting to get later in the evening. The storm was closing in, pushing three and four ft seas against the boat. We decided it was time to leave. We had five sheephead in the boat, total weight 24 1/2lbs, hated to leave.They always say "cant leave the fish bitting", but when mother nature says it is time to go, you leave.

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    Default Red Snapper Alternative on GA Coast - Light Tackle Sea

    The Red Snapper Alternative - Light Tackle Sea Bass
    Capt. Richie Lott
    February 22, 2010
    St. Simons Island - Saltwater Fishing Report

    With Red Snapper closures in full effect on the entire east coast, it looks like there will be a bottom fish with a "bounty" on it's head... Great eating Black Sea Bass.

    The Georgia Coast may possibly be one of the best areas in the Atlantic Ocean to catch big Sea Bass in big numbers. As forementioned, with no Red Snapper fishing available, this will be one of our spring target fish on the offshore reefs and wrecks near St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island in coastal Georgia.

    Sassy Shad 4" Jigs have been the ticket for catching the larger sea bass. We use the plastic shad on a 4/0 redfishone lazer sharp long shank hook... This rig is attached very simply to a snap swivel and 6 oz. weight. A very simple rig, but very, very dangerous to sea bass...

    Georgia's reef system has come along very successfully. Thanks to the Georgia DNR, we have a sea bass fishery like no other because of the many years of artificial reef deployment. Georgia's coast has many types of deployed artificial structure including: pallet balls, cones, ultra-balls, bridge rubble, tug boats, barges, liberty ships, M-60 Battle Tanks, NYC subway cars and much more.

    So, as you can Imagine with these types of structure, the bottom fishery in Georgia is simply "Prime" nearly year round.

    All this said, now is the time to start rigging and to get on the water. Grab a public artificial reef chart from the GA DNR and start plotting a course to most any of Georgia's reefs.

    If you're not comfortable with fishing jigs, take along a box of squid and use that instead. Sea Bass won't mind a fresh squid piece presented to their nose, I can assure you.

    For more information and photos, visit www.richielottoutdoors.com. We'll try to keep all you bottom fishermen filled in on the scoop here on the Georgia Coast.... Even without the Red Snapper and Grouper, we'll make it through this ordeal and still enjoy the benefits of the excellent reef habitat thanks to the Georgia DNR.

    Good Fishing to All!

    Capt. Richie Lott
    Penn Reels Endorsed Guide
    "Fishing the Georgia Coast for over 20 Years"
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    St. Simons Island Fishing Forecast:

    Spring fishing will get better as the water warms. Bottom fishing for Sea Bass, HUGE Sheepshead and much more here on the Georgia Coast.

    Target Species:

    Black Sea Bass
    Capt. Richie Lott
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    Thumbs up Georgia's Fishing Beauty - A little of everything

    A little about St. Simons Island and it's Estuary System - It all forms EXCELLENT FISHING!
    By: Capt. Richie Lott

    **NOTE: You must copy and paste the entire video links into your browser. The links normally will not work from the report page itself.

    St. Simons Island ... It is indeed very unique. We have 3 major freshwater rivers that dump into the ocean in this area near St. Simons Island. One of the larger river bodies dumping just north of Sea Island Georgia is the Altamaha river. The others I would like to mention dump into St. Andrews Sound which is a body of water/Sound are between Jekyll Island and Cumberland Island Georgia. These 2 freshwater rivers are named The Satilla River and The Little Satilla River.
    This (dump out of fresh into salt water) creates a tannic/Murky water on our coast, but make no mistake, it is not polluted or dirty, but a nutrient rich compilation that creates a habitat for fish and other water wildlife unlike anywhere in the US. This area ranks similar only to the Louisiana delta area... Very, very unique and laden with all types of fish and other wildlife including Wild Horses, Hogs, Blue Heron and White Heron, Egrets, Pelicans and many more. St. Simons area video - www.youtube.com/watch?v=45Yi5a4O5rE
    (A MUST SEE TO LEARN ABOUT THE ARE IN GENERAL)

    These Marsh and Inshore areas are home for so much wildlife it is amazing. Alligators included! The Marshes are where everything happens. The shrimp grow up in the grasses of the backwater, and fish lay eggs on the full moon tidal stages so their eggs run into the marsh grasses to cling where they will be safe from many predatorial fish as they hatch. Redfish (Red Run) are well known for this tactic and explains why there are so many huge spawning Redfish in our area during the Fall months. The Bull Redfish head in to the beaches to eat menhaden and mullet, and to lay eggs. The Reds are hungry after the spawn and during October, catching 5-15 Redfish over 30 pounds in a day is very common. (See my video on Bull Redfish -

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtADYI58nv8

    These areas are within 15 miles of each other by crow fly which makes our area rich with backwater/inshore marshes, oyster beds HUGE estuary systems loaded with Trout, Redfish and Flounder. With this scenario of fresh water meeting salt (also known as brackish water) comes TONS of Georgia shrimp. The best tasting shrimp a person can buy. Shrimp boats target them from May through November heavily.
    Also, during the heaviest season of the shrimp movement which is in the Fall season comes thousands of small Redfish (Red Drum). One of the most popular inshore game fish in the US. The reds move into the inshore waters to eat the shrimp, as do the saltwater speckled Trout. Both are year round resident fish, but seem more abundant in the Fall and early Winter seasons. Also, both are excellent targets for light tackle fishing and the table fare of the Speckled Trout is hard to beat.

    This brackish water meeting area also hold millions of bait fish called Pogies (proper name Menhaden). They become targets of large sharks, Tarpon, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Triple Tail, Jack Crevalle (not to be confused with Amberjack, which are caught offshore) and other beach roaming fish species. Nearly every fish in the ocean will eat menhaden. It is an oily, smelly bait that requires care to keep alive to be used for fishing. Dead menhaden work well too, but many times it is hard to beat a live bait, especially for King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel. See Menhaden Video -

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D4mpYdMfm0

    St. Simons Island and the surrounding Islands are loaded with many species of Shark. The Sharks are in our area thick from April to November. The main Target species is the black tip shark and Spinner Shark. These fish are both in the Black Tip family and are sought after by Anglers for their acrobatic leaping and jumping. Shark fishing in Georgia is very, very dependable and is always fun! See Shark Fishing Video -
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D4mpYdMfm0

    The offshore fishing areas off St. Simons Island offer a fishery that is underfished and overlooked, and we like it that way. Artificial reefs in large numbers have created a habitat here on the Georgia Coast that boasts Sea Bass, Red Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, Cobia, Amberjack and much, much more. The murky water turns to green at about 10 miles offshore, then as you proceed east, the water begins to turn Blue and more and more clear each mile you travel away from the beaches. Georgia's offshore fishery is highly reputable and known for producing large bottom fish and pelagics (Traveling/Migrating fish) as well. Watch an offshore Georgia Video from one of our charters -
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFFAB-f38c0

    With all this area offers, fisherman and their families are offered oceans of opportunities. Literally.

    Come see us!

    Capt. Richie Lott
    http://www.richielottoutdoors.com
    912-617-1177
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    Default Spring Reef Fishing - Coastal Georgia

    Georgia Coast Reef Fishing - Best Bet for Spring
    Capt. Richie Lott
    March 12, 2009
    St. Simons Island - Saltwater Fishing Report

    Spring Reef Fishing is here….

    Finally, we have rounded the corner and spring is not only on the horizon, we can smell it. Captains all over the south await this transition of season from dull gloomy days into warmer fish catching temperatures and weather patterns as well as the time change.

    With all that on a Captains plate, all of us have rigged and prepared tackle all winter long for the spring fishery right here on the Georgia coast. We have geared up for everything but jaws and we have bought enough tackle through the winter to keep Bass Pro Shops open another season.

    Spring fishing on the Georgia Coast offers some fishing for all ages and skill levels.

    Off the beaches right now, small coastal sharks are beginning to show up along with large numbers of whiting. Although whiting are not the premier gamefish in the Atlantic, they might just be the best eating! Prepare to load your coolers if you fish for whiting in the sandbar sloughs and troughs about a mile offshore of the beaches in coastal Georgia.

    On the nearshore reefs (8-12 miles offshore) the Sheepshead are biting and the big fish are on the structure in good numbers. These fish earn their stripes honest. They are thieves… I have heard more new cuss words on Sheepshead trips than any bar or club I have ever been to. After you miss the first ten, it'll really hurt your feelings and let me be clear on this…. it will make a preacher cuss.

    However, once the technique is honed, it's game on. The fish fight like gorillas and make great table fare as well. Nothing like fighting a 8-9 pound sheepie on 15 pound spinning gear with braided line. HANG ON!

    We target these toothy critters with small fiddler crabs which are hand caught and fished live. The crab is hooked with a 4X strong short shank live bait hook, about a number 2 works nice. Light leader in the 20 pound test range makes for an interesting ride from the rocks and structure on the bottom up to the boat…. You may get him, you may not. But, that's sheepshead fishing.

    If I had my choice, I would do this every day of the spring season. It's as much fun as Snapper fishing without the long ride in rough seas and the use of heavy, bulky tackle. The light tackle is the key too making these fish give you all they got.

    Don't ever let anyone tell you Sheepshead fishing isn't fun….. Actually, it doesn't get a whole lot better for the fight, table quality and numbers of large fish that are caught on a trip to the ref areas where the fish are holding.

    Welcome Spring, Damn the cold and wind…. I wish all my readers the best of luck fishing in 2009!

    Capt. Richie Lott
    www.charterfish.com

    St. Simons Island Fishing Forecast:

    Warmer = Better

    Target Species:

    Sheepshead
    Capt. Richie Lott
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    Default Spring on the Horizon in Coastal Georgia

    Well, it looks as if the turn of the season is finally in sight. This winter was a REAL winter to the fishermen here on the Georgia Coast and to the lay person alike.. When it’s cold, Its cold no matter who you are.

    We have had frequent night time temperatures in the 30’s and many below freezing over the past 3 months. I can’t actually remember a season this cold since I was a child.

    The Impact on the fishing has been dog-gone tough on the inshore fish. The Trout and Redfish in the rivers and backwater areas have nearly come to a halt on their feed aside of the Reds which roam the mud flats on sunny days.
    Few anglers can get the Reds on the flats to bite, but there are a few successful anglers that have done really well, but you must know where the fish are. Without local knowledge, finding these flats fish is near impossible.

    A few trout are being pulled boatside now and then, but it’s just not super productive due to the water temperature in the high 40’s. I wouldn’t want to eat either!

    There are some whiting finally being caught off the beachside troughs and sloughs along the Georgia Coast. Whiting aren’t the most exciting fish to catch, but they make a good meal, but best of all it beats sitting at the house all weekend or at the office all day…. Of course, no offense to those who can’t get out of the office! 

    So, the prescription to fix this is simply warm weather…… It’s literally right around the corner for all of us here in the southern states. With the turn of that warmer weather will come a variety of game fish very near our beaches. Triple Tail, Blue Fish, Sharks, Jacks, Spanish Mackerel and a few others will soon be moving in for the spring season and which ever day that might be, will not be a day too soon. We’re ready and waiting.

    The cold has not affected the offshore bottom fishing like it has the inshore fishing. Our Red Snapper bite continues like it has been for nearly 5 months. It’s one to be proud of and we most certainly are… The comeback has been one like most of us have never witnessed and we only hope it will continue.

    As cold as it is, I am going fishing. Two days in the house and I can’t take it… Good Fishing to all of you!

    Capt. Richie Lott
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    Default Never Ending Snapper Bite in GA

    Well, it looks as if the Snapper bite on the GA coast has no end in sight. Myself and many other fellow fishermen that have the “bottom fishing bug” have reaped the benefits of an incredible season that has been like no other.

    Whether your target is big Black Sea Bass or the variety of Snapper offered on the GA coast, this winter will never be forgotten. The variety and size of the fish has made each and every trip worth the ride in calm or rough seas to the stomping grounds that lie 45 miles off the beaches of Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island Georgia.

    This stretch of bottom known locals as the “40 mile bottom” or ‘The Snapper Banks” runs from Savannah to the Florida line with many areas being far more fruitful than others along this patch of live bottom and outcroppings.

    We all have our favorite spots we like to fish, but I have also found fish while running from spot to spot. Some of the ledges and areas I have come across off the beaten path have turned out to be some of my best Snapper fishing areas.

    The key to fishing the 40 mile and other similar areas is to have a bottom machine with a 1000 watt transducer so you’re able to read/mark bottom, ledges and fish even at high speed. So many spots can be found while running that many of us dedicate part of the day to finding new spots so the heavily fished areas will remain fruitful for the remainder of the Season.

    A good chart plotter/GPS is also an absolute must when bottom fishing areas, especially when a quick “save” is needed when a marking appears as you are on the run. The Plotter is also very handy when it comes to making your drifts correctly each time and being sure you cover each corner of the structure/live bottom you’re fishing on.

    The tell tale trails on the plotter are your true drift with the wind and the current and when you find that drift that produces the hot bite, you can duplicate that exact drift over and over again with the trail of “bread crumbs” on the plotter.

    On my 27 ft. Contender, I run (2) Northstar 952-X color units and a SiTex color Bottom Machine with thru-hull 1000 watt transducer. With the Nothstar units, I can merge information from one unit to the other as well as waypoints. This way, I am sure when I save a point, It will be on both units. Although having two units is not a necessity, I like the redundancy of dual units in case one loses signal or crashes while fishing offshore. I use one strictly for backing up numbers and info and the in dash unit is my main, although they both can serve all the same purposes independently.

    You will find bottom fishing is much more productive when using all your electronics to their fullest capacity. Most modern day plotters have many, many functions that will make your fishing much more productive than you would ever think when you begin to explore those options.

    Here on the Georgia coast, our bottom fishing options are more plentiful than most anglers know about.

    The Red Snapper and Vermilion Snapper are probably the most targeted bottom fish on the coast. Our Grouper fishery cannot match the Gulf Coast, but the Snapper fishery? Look out! The Georgia Coast is as good as any and the fish are in large numbers and average around 10-15 pounds and up. The Vermilion aka “Beeliner” Snapper average about 2-3 pounds and up.

    Historically, the fish have averaged far less in size and numbers than what we have seen on the past two years, so Georgia bottom fishing anglers are having the winter of a lifetime!

    We can only hope it continues through the spring. Please feel free to email me with any questions about bottom fishing on Georgia.

    Good Fishing to all!
    Capt. Richie Lott
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    Default Georgia Coast - Inshore and Offshore (RED SNAPPER MAYHE

    December offshore Fishing 2008 – Coastal Georgia Saltwater


    INSHORE GEORGIA

    There are some years that are just premier, and this winter season has been one of those that will never be forgotten here on the Georgia Coast, inshore and offshore.

    This weekend yielded results like no other year we can remember. Inshore, Trout fisherman caught hundreds of trout. I mean hundreds. There were 11 boats fishing on Friday that I know about personally. Between these 11 boats, there were over 450 trout caught from ten inches right on up to 3-4 pounds.

    The trout are being taken on artificial, popping floats, slip floats and free lined shrimp. The offerings did not seem to be key. This year, the fish are HERE!

    Novice and first year trout anglers have enjoyed numbers of trout like they have yet to witness in their short inshore fishing time on the water. This will be the year that will keep anglers coming back over and over, and also offers up the chance for them to hone their techniques when the bite is slow.

    Not only has this been great for the fisherman, the economy’s trickle effect is in full force. The excellent fishing both inshore and offshore have boosted local Marina bait and fuel sales through the past month almost double from the months preceding this incredible fishing. If you haven’t been fishing in Georgia, now is the time…..

    OFFSHORE GEORGIA

    I hate to be repetitive, but I must. The Red Snapper are biting better and better. Just when I thought I couldn’t get any better, the fish gods shined on us all weekend in the cobalt blue ocean at the 115 ft. mark... AKA: Georgia’s 40 Mile Bottom.

    This stretch of live bottom is very well known from Florida up to South Carolina by offshore fisherman. The weather keeps the area out of reach for smaller boats less than 25 ft. with the exception of only a few flat calm days.

    The 40 mile bottom stretches from Savannah Georgia to Fernandina Beach Florida and lies 45-50 miles from shore. The area is laden with coral, rock piles and ledges up to 15 ft. offering relief for baitfish and many types of ocean growing organisms. Red Snapper teem on the ledges and live bottom are where bait is holding and this year, they’re big.

    “Mule Snapper” as we call them, are plentiful this year with only a few fish shy of the 20 inch size limit. A 20 inch Snapper is a fairly good size fish compared to those on Florida’s west coast which allows a smaller size limit for anglers, although there are some large Snapper caught there as well.

    On our most recent trips, we managed a few Red Snapper over 20 pounds and many others in the 10-15 pound range. Cut Bonito seems to be the best choice for bait per usual. Although squid will suffice, there is nothing quite like a chunk of bloody bonito dropped on a live bottom ledge. Snapper can’t stay away from it… We did not fish live bait all 3 days we fished this past week. No need.

    A drone spoon or jig is used to catch the bonito (Little Tunny) around structure where bait fish are prominent. They’re an easy catch and again, the best bait available for Snapper of all species. The bonito are then bled and cut into 2 inch chunks using the skin of the fish to embed the hook. The fish can’t snatch off a bonito chunk very easily.

    HOW WE RIG FOR SNAPPER – SWEET AND SIMPLE

    Our rig consists of a Shakespeare Arsenal Reel with 60 pound Penn Yellow Mono line and several of my reels are loaded with 80 pound Ugly Braid for excellent feel when the fish are finicky. A 3-way swivel is attached to the main line. Attached to that, a 6 ft. cut of Penn 100 leader and the third side of the swivel gets a 12 ounce weight attached. When conditions allow, we fish lighter weights on a fish-finder rig with the same length of leader.

    These rigs are very simple and mostly trouble free from tangles. They have been proven time and time again by fisherman all over the world.

    Good Luck and I hope your fishing trips have been excellent and Happy Holidays to all!

    Capt. Richie Lott
    http://www.richielottoutdoors.com
    Capt. Richie Lott
    Richie Lott Outdoors & Charter Fishing
    http://www.richielottoutdoors.com
    http://youtube.com/richielottoutdoors

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