I am new to the forum and hope everyone enjoys my reports and photos.
My name is Scott Owens I am a full time light tackle and fly fishing guide in Coastal Georgia and North Florida. So now for the report!
Well I think it all started back when gas was 3 bucks a gallon a few year ago here in Georgia. Even though we don't see near the pressure Fl. does on the water we have our share of sportsman. The Georgia coast is only about 80 miles or so long when you look at a map of the coast but look closer. There is at least a thousand miles of waterways winding through the barrier islands and back waters along the coast and most sees very little pressure. With gas reaching about 5 bucks a gallon after Ike, people were sitting at home and spending less time on the water. This meant a few thing. First the fish get a break and second you were generally the only boat around for miles even on weekends. That's changed now and even know we are in the middle of a down turn in the economy people are able to through a 5 bucks in the boat and go fishing. Now after a few mild winters and less pressure on the fish, fishing has been on fire. Georgia has some non stop trout fishing however the fish tend to be small in the 11 to 17 inch range. In the last 3 months there have been 3 fish over 7 pounds and who knows how many in the 4 to 5 pound range caught. Not to mention numbers. Its not unusual to catch 50 to over 100 trout in a 4 hour trip and the redfish are big and hungry. We fished Thanksgiving day and had 80+ trout in a few hours and Friday last week we had 19 redfish of which 14 were over 10 pounds!! There are even some Stripers for the taking and that will get better with the cod weather.
There are other things going on right now as well just off the beaches. Big Black Sea Bass by the zillions have invaded the local wrecks and so have snapper and grouper. Capt. Rob Aldridge and I had 2 big red snapper and got tired of catching Sea Bass a week ago. The bull reds are all over the wrecks as well as yellow mouth trout.
I love this time of year! Lots of fish, clear water, and great memories.
Captain Scott Owens