Fishing is good! Spring winds have abetted and tides are good! With warming conditions and good weather fishermen in recent days have had good catches of seatrout, summer trout, whiting and redfish! Fishermen who were moaning the lack of seatrout are now saying the numbers look good! This great news! Seatrout are very prolific fish and given a chance can repopulate quickly. This appears to be what’s happening. Nature is filling in. An over abundance of bait means more fish. Not only are seatrout reappearing these fish are fat and healthy. That said, it always a good to go light on taking big female roe laden trout. One big roe laden seatrout could potentially produce thousands of fish. The numbers are looking good! And with a little luck seatrout fishing on the coast will continue to improve! Fishermen are catching more summer trout, not to be confused with seatrout. Summer trout are easily recognized by their lack spots. In the regulation booklet this is listed as weakfish and the limit is 1 with a TL of 13 inches.
The whiting bite has been strong with water temperature flittering in low 70’s the big push of summer time toothy fish have yet to arrive. A few sharks have shown up. The bulk are bonnet heads and few sharp nose sharks. The redfish bite at times has been good but lately a little up and down. Shrimp, likely the most popular bait on the coast is still available. Don Adams, Adams Bait House is finding medium sized white in good numbers! Finding shrimp around Savannah this time of the year is not a given but so far Don has been able to find them, thanks in part to lot of hard work and a very mild winter.
There has been some cobia action in shipping channel and in the Broad River. The Broad River a considerable boat ride from Savannah is credited with the largest river run of cobia on the east coast. The bottom line cobia are starting to show up!
Tides will be spring once again as we head into the weekend. Likely the best days this week will be prior to the weekend. When tides are springing often your best chance of success will be at the change of the tide. If you’re fishing a point on high incoming and its cover with bonnet heads don’t anticipate a trout bite.
Hope this of interest and help! Fish On!
Capt. Jack McGowan