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  1. #3
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    Default From the Bank to the Reefs, Georgia's Fishing is on!

    This Inshore season is one to remember, and it is far from over..... I don't know anyone who is not catching Trout this year. The water temperature is falling pretty quick, now. We are now in the mid 50's and low 60's. There are mounds of large trout being caught this month. We all know there some excellent fisherman in the south GA area and these abilities have shown this season with a Trout close to 5 Pounds is leading one of our local season tournaments. That's a STELLAR Trout, to say the least. Hopefully, we will continue to see some of these bigger trout weighed in at the dock..

    There has been word of a "top-water" Trout bite in the area, so I couldn't resist, and the rumors were validated. A veteran fisherman in S.E. Georgia, Richard Blythe Sr., mentioned a spot to me last year and it was unreal. This week, we hit that same spot with AZUMA Skitter Pops and the bite was insane just before dark. Every cast produced a Trout, and most all were keeper size fish, but the fun was in the Strike! Good fun. Try it just before dark sometime in your favorite Trout spot. You'll be hooked.....

    Also, the carolina rig continues it's tradition of catching large trout on the bottom. This year has only been better for bottom fishing the rig... Can it actually get any better?



    Above is a 6.5 pound trout caught in the Hampton River on St. Simons by a good friend of mine and local guide, Capt. Dooley Miller. He was lucky enough to catch the fish during a trout tournament for the Sea Island Company to top it all off! SUPER nice fish... This is one of the biggest Trout of the year that we have actual proof and a photo. This size trout is NOT common in this area what so ever, but when one is caught, it is a BIG deal.

    The stranger thing about this fish is this.... Most big trout in GA are caught in deep water areas while drifting a float along allowing the shrimp or Minnow to drag the bottom as the current takes the float and rig down river. Dooley cught this fish in a shallow water creek the has hardly ever produced a trout over 2 pounds. Literally, you never know......

    OFFSHORE

    The offshore bottom bite continues to be insane. Each year our winter bottom fishing gets better. The quality of fish have improved as well as the numbers of these quality fish incuding; Red Snapper, Vermilion Snapper, Grouper, Big Sea Bass, Sheepshead and Grey Triggers.

    Most of the Striking/Pelagic fish have moved south and east for the season and the sardines and cigar minnows have vacated the area within 40 miles of shore. There is bait at the R-4 Tower, but that is a 60 mile run straight offshore just to get bait, if you can keep it from the barracudas. I will personally NOT be making that trip. Strips of Bonito have proved to be just fine for the bottom fishing we have been doing....

    Good Fishing!

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

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    Default Georgia Coast Fishing - Premier Season Taking Shape

    Red Snapper Fishing in Georgia - BEST BET!
    Capt. Richie Lott
    November 16, 2008
    St. Simons Island - Saltwater Fishing Report

    "Georgia Inshore Fishing"

    Once again, Inshore Trout and Red fishing continues to be excellent for most all anglers and all the Inshore fisherman know it will be hitting prime very soon. The water temperature is falling pretty quick, now. We are now in the high 60's and the Trout bite is FIERCE. This sharp decline has, and will continue to promote a good fish bite in the rivers from Fernandina Beach FL. up to Sapelo Island and beyond. The reports I have heard and read are ALL GOOD for Inshore with limits of Tout and Reds in most places.

    We deep floated shrimp and bull minnows during a local Trout Tournament last weekend and caught excellent numbers of Trout, but werent lucky enough to get close to a win, but we had some really nice, solid, thick back Trout. We also fished bottom (carolina) rigs and fared very well in most every spot we fished, especially in the Little Satilla River here in coastal georgia. Also, a small island (Colonels Island) proved to be especially good on either side. Google search these areas to see exactly where they are.

    "Georgia Offshore Fishing"

    The Georgia Offshore Fishing Report

    Offshore bottom fishing has been absolutely incredible. With a drop in water temperature and a few weeks of north east wind, I figured it would be good. First of all, the live bottoms and reefs were un- touched after that long blow. Not a fisherman around could get to the reefs, let alone bottom fish, so the bite has been insane.

    Our Red Snapper fishery has grown into one that would make the rest of the country Envious. Even parts of the Gulf don't produce the quality size fish we're catching right now. It's nearly unbeatable, especially for here in old murky water Georgia. The last few years it has increasingly grown better and better and the fish seem to be larger as the seasons pass. I hope it holds... I am sure this fishery will continue to be under Scrutiny by NMFS. We have heard there are new Red Snapper rules to possibly be imposed for our area.

    Unlike the Gulf Coast, our Red Snapper have to be 20 inches to take. That is a nice Snapper in anyones book. What NMFS knows is this; Most all of the Reds Snapper being caught are legal and above. Again, these are NICE size fish.

    NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service) will want to protect this fishery for Georgia Anglers and use the catch information from it to incorporate other places, so we're all awaiting a phone call or "official" meeting about new Red Snapper regulations. As I mentioned in earlier articles, this is all rumor until some one pulls a trigger, which has not happened as of yet.

    At any rate, Georgia Anglers are seriously enjoying a premier season for Red Snapper and other bottom fish as well.

    GO FISH!

    Capt. Richie Lott
    www.charterfish.com

    Target Species:

    Trout, Redfish, Red Snapper

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