Fall means fishing! Don Adams Bait House is saying the bite is good and those fishing the pier on Tybee Island are catching lots of big seatrout! What a come back! Just a couple of years ago seatrout were scarce. Some fishermen are attributing the comeback to Spud Woodward and Georgia Department of Natural Resources Project Roe, releasing seatrout 18 inches and over. A combination of a mild winter and conservation measures have resulted in more seatrout than many fishermen can remember. Another mild winter could mean seatrout will spawn throughout the year! Right now some female seatrout have what looks like signs of roe in them. Small seatroiut 13 to 13 1/2 are very abundant. On some drops its possible to get a bite on every cast! Looks like a great fall for seatrout shaping up!
Redfish action has been good! Lots of big reds on beachfront! On most October days its likely for fishermen to average one oversized redfish an hour. When you’re not catching reds there could be a late season tarpon, whiting, stingrays, blues and seatrout. Action in the surf is generally thought to be slower. On the other hand its possible to catch a trophy fish in the surf! Action on big reds has been good!
The whiting bite has been good! Most of whiting are little larger than average.
Don Adams says he finding shrimp. The size of the shrimp looks good. Mr. Adams says this another crop of shrimp. While shrimping is not great its still pretty good and he’s able to find shrimp. Throwing a cast can produce plenty of shrimp for fishing. Most of the shrimp caught throwing a cast net are a little on the small size. Don’t hesitate to fish other baits: mud minnows, small menhaden and finger mullet. Bigger fish usually feed on fish!
As October winds down tides look pretty good. Now its matter of how late season storms treat the coast. Even on the windiest of days its possible to find a lee shore and catch some fish.
Hope this is of interest and help! Hope to you see you on the water!
Fish On! Capt. Jack McGowan