JEKYLL & ST. SIMONS ISLANDS FISHING REPORT
By Captain Eric Moody
Well folks, another great summer season is in the books and the fall fishing season is in full swing. Ask anyone here on the coast and they'll agree including me, that fall is our favorite time of the year to go fishing. But first a few words about this past summer.
This year has been one of my favorites since becoming a charter captain. One of the best things about my job is meeting people from all over this great land of ours and introducing them to the world of saltwater fishing and the beauty of our ecosystem that is the Georgia barrier islands. But my absolute favorite part of this job is taking a boat load of kids fishing. It always reminds me of the countless hours as a kid that my Dad and I spent fishing the waters around St. Cartherines Island here on the coast. Seeing that smile in their faces when they land "the fish of a lifetime" makes all those long hot days on the water worth it. I can't wait for next summer.
As far as fall fishing goes, there are two species that rule the water this time of the year, Redfish and Speckled Trout. September through November large mature Red Drum, or as I like to refer to themů"The Big Boys", return to our sounds from offshore. These fish are well over the maximum length for harvesting, growing to more than 70 pounds, but put up a great fight and make for an even better photo opportunity. Any Redfish under the length of 14 inches or over 23 inches are to be released unharmed in the state of Georgia.
The Speckled Sea Trout is the most sought after inshore species along not only the Georgia coast but the entire East Coast. Trout school this time of the year in preparation for the winter migration up river. Trout can be taken in good numbers during the fall once found. Keep in mind the creel limit on Trout in Georgia is 15 fish and the length limit is over 13 inches.
Coastal Expeditions is owned and operated by Captains Eric Moody and Vernon Reynolds. Call (912) 265-0392 or go to www.coastalcharterfishiong.com to book a charter or for further information.
Do yourself a favor, take a kid fishing.
Dad, The Kids, The Reds & Eric
About The Author: Captain Vernon Reynolds
Company: Coastal Expeditions Charter Fishing
Area Reporting: Coastal Georgia
Bio: Captain Reynolds has owned and operated a saltwater charter fishing service over 40 years. He is a outdoor writer and photographer. He has been featured in many outdoor magazine and news paper articles.