The redfish bite has been hot! Schoolie reds can found around oyster beds on lower tide stages. These fish are keying on shrimp but will take a variety of live and dead bait. When on a school of reds it takes little more than putting a bait, artificial or fly out. Adjustable float rigs, cajun thunder float rigs and jigs can all work well for reds. With redfish in particular keep only what you and release the rest. It takes a redfish 5 years to be able to reproduce so going light on your catch make sense. October is thought of as the month for reds The redfish bite looks good!
Fishermen targeting seatrout are finding a good bite as well! The majority of the seatrout being caught are still little under size (less than 13 inches). Seatrout are sight feeding predator fish. Seatrout very much prefer live bait. When seatrout take a dead bait it means the fish are hungry and ready to eat. These fish in early fall can be scattered or can be found schooling.
When winds lays the bite for big fish could be on! Mullet run the beachfront during the fall. A couple of weeks ago the mullet run south of Savannah was intense. The mullet run in the waters around Savannah and Tybee Island will building. Large mud minnows (a good bait for reds, seatrout and flounder) can be seen in hundreds pushing in small feeder creeks. When bait is plentiful fish will be plentiful. Mud minnow in the creeks are thick!
Hope this of interest and help! Hope to see you on the water!
Capt. Jack McGowan
Coastal River Charters