Fishing has been good! When tides and wind have set up the seatrout bite has been good! When nature has given higher tides and strong wind the bite has been challenging. The seatrout bite while not frenetic has been good. Traditional seatrout fishing on the Georgia coast can mean fishing currents and long drifts. Seatrout love current. Current is what moves the bait and the fish. When fishing a drift a fisherman is allowing there bait (usually live shrimp) to cover more water than one could cast to. On our coast this is a traditional and effective way to fish for seatrout. Its been said when fishing for seatrout to fish 360 degrees around your boat. Seatrout could be anywhere! Ideal places to fish is there some kind of man made or natural structure under the water. Typically the best drops are those with structure that is always covered with water throughout the tide. These drops are fished less and can produce more fish more often. Gadgets and technology is nice but fishermen will have to get out on the water to find submerged drops. The best visible indicator is disturbed water. At the bottom of the tide rips and disturbed water can show that are not visible at any other time. Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason why structure is where it is. The key is spend enough time on the water to find when fish are holding on it. Overall the seatrout bite has been pretty good and will likely be getting better as more bait pushes in.
Redfish action continues to be sporadic. Some folks are catching a few. Although most fishermen are targeting seatrout. A few flounders are showing up. Were seeing some menhaden but so far we’re not seeing the large pods yet.
Sharks are thick! There are lots of sharks around the outer sand bars. The most prevalent is the atlantic sharpnose, followed the sand bar sharks in the 25 to 30 pound range (these are great fun on a light spinner) and lastly black tips. Ladyfish are plentiful! Ladyfish are a hoot with frequent jumps and swift and powerful twists and cuts. Ladyfish make a great cut bait for just about everything.
Adams Bait House is finding local brown shrimp! Most of white shrimp that over wintered (that stayed in the back waters have move out) and brown shrimp are moving in. These brown are a little on the small side but with a rain or two these will quickly gain some size. The bite on the coast is looking pretty good has we head towards summer!
Hope this of interest and help!
Capt. Jack McGowan