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 Post subject: Redfish on a fly in St. Simons Island, GA
PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:06 pm 
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After going out on Wednesday when the water was at 40 degrees, seeing fish, but not having any eat, I thought it would be better today.

I had a charter cancel today, so I took a busman's holiday and went fishing.

We are at the end of a three day warming trend, with rain forecast for tomorrow and Sunday. There were light North winds, 8-10 and a small tide, 7.1 ft. After the warming trend, I thought the fish would bite. When I got to my spot, the water temp was right at 45 degrees; a 5 degree warm up in three days. Where I went the water was fairly clear, but not the crystal clear. I did manage to see, cast to and hook, several fish near the bank from about 50' away, so it was pretty clear.

The red fish bite on a fly was INCREDIBLE today. The reds were schooled, finning and tailing in the low tide flat. When I first go there it was a strike on almost every other cast. It slowed down as the tide bottomed out, and picked back up as the tide started back in. The strikes were very subtle, and I missed the first few thinking I was hung on oysters. After I started striking whenever I felt a bump, it was fish on.

I worked the schools from about 50-75 feet out from the bank with the trolling motor. I just eased along, and when I saw signs of fish, made some casts. Blind casting also paid off.

Total for the day was 10-12 hooked and fought and five or six to the boat. The biggest one was 13 lbs and 30". All on a fly rod, all in less than three hours. INCREDIBLE.

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 Post subject: Re: Redfish on a fly in St. Simons Island, GA
PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:45 pm 
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Grand report Dave!!!

Ifn you want an extra rider on a busman's holiday let me know. Be glad to pay for the gas.

I'm gonna see if some Shad are showing up in the Ogeechee near Statesboro sometime this Sunday.

Always remember hooksets are free ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Redfish on a fly in St. Simons Island, GA
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:35 am 
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Good job Dave

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 Post subject: Re: Redfish on a fly in St. Simons Island, GA
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:09 am 
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Good stuff Dave!!

Keep em coming.

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