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 Post subject: St. Simons, GA report, 1-30-10
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:52 am 
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The weather was warm, with temps in the 60's. However, we were fighting strong SW winds, muddy water and a strong tidal flow. We found the fish on the first flat. These fish were in water less than 8" deep. We drifted past them several times, but failed to connect.

On the next flat, we found the red fish finning and tailing in the shallow water. Even though the water was muddy, we could see them flashing and eating. My angler had a strong strike, but failed to set the hook.

On the third flat we enountered several schools of between fifty and a hundred fish. We drifted into them, but with the winds, it was difficult to get an accurate cast.

At the end of the day, unfortunately, it was three strikes and no hooksets. The wind was strong, but I was able to set it up with down wind casts.

Here are a couple of tips that will help you catch fish under these adverse conditions.

1. When you are casting with the wind, your back cast should be short with tight loops. On your forecast, open your loop and let the wind take your fly to the fish, shooting a lot of line.

2. STRIP STRIKE and strip strike hard and fast. Keep your rod pointed at the fly, and when you feel the slightest hesitation, pull hard and fast with your line hand. Pull all the way from the rod to as far back as your arm will go. Don't raise the rod tip. The reds mouth is on the bottom of their head, and raising the rod will pull the fly out of their mouths.

Catching red fish with a fly rod is not easy, so practice your casting and practice strip strikes. It will help you connect with more fish.

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 Post subject: Re: St. Simons, GA report, 1-30-10
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:20 am 
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To think that you gave up a good steady job and perfectly respectable life in the piedmont for this frustrating lifestyle of chasing fish in muddy water with adverse winds. What were you thinking? :D


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 Post subject: Re: St. Simons, GA report, 1-30-10
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:25 am 
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Rod Wrapper.....I like reading your reports....but hows about a pic every now and then .....can't resist the saltwater fish porn ;)

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 Post subject: Re: St. Simons, GA report, 1-30-10
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:53 pm 
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phg wrote:
To think that you gave up a good steady job and perfectly respectable life in the piedmont for this frustrating lifestyle of chasing fish in muddy water with adverse winds. What were you thinking? :D


Well, let's see. When you get downsized, have a house in Hickory and one in St. Simons, love to fly fish in salt water, have a flats boat, and have a dream of living and working at the coast, the choice was pretty obvious.

I have been coming to SSI for 35 years for fishing and R&R. The lifestyle here is wonderful, the weather nice and the fishing is terrific. I got my captain's license last fall, and have been enjoying life. Life has many frustrations. You just have to learn how to dela with it. Kinda' like dealing with muddy water and adverse winds.

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 Post subject: Re: St. Simons, GA report, 1-30-10
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Dave, I'm sure we're all a little bit jealous. On the other hand, we do miss you at the gatherings. I don't suppose there's much chance of you making it to Shady Valley in May. The way things have been going, I'm pretty sure we could find you some high muddy water with adverse winds on either the Wautauga or South Holston....


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 Post subject: Re: St. Simons, GA report, 1-30-10
PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:05 pm 
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overbrook wrote:
Rod Wrapper.....I like reading your reports....but hows about a pic every now and then .....can't resist the saltwater fish porn ;)


I can't figure out how to add pics. Anyone care to offer any suggestions. I have been fooling with it for an hour. I uploaded to Picassa web albums, clicked img and pasted the URL in between the brackets, and it didn't work.


PHG: With all the rain in NC and TN, I am sure we can find some muddy water on the SoHo or Watauga. I don't know about the May camping trip. It is hard for me to leave here. I joke with some of the guys when they say they caught some 12 and 14---I say pounds? Then they say inches.

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 Post subject: Re: St. Simons, GA report, 1-30-10
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IMG code out of you photonucket
Copy and paste it

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 Post subject: Re: St. Simons, GA report, 1-30-10
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RW....as Mustache has suggested...I've messed with about a half dozen photo hosting sites and I think photobucket is by far the best and easiest to use.They let you store a ton of pics for free, you can sort them into various albums,keep photos private or public etc. and like Rick said...just copy the IMG URL (put the curser over the pic in the album and a box will appear...and the IMG URL is the bottom line) then paste that into your thread....You don't need to click the photo icon on the forum or anything...just paste it where you want the photo to appear and thats it. Its best to leave a space by clicking the space bar after text or between any other photos. From what I've found that IMG URL will work on just about any forum,e-mail, instant message etc.


Maybe one of these days when I'm rich and famous ( O.K. maybe just when I can spare a little xtra) I'll look ya up....I'd give my left leg to catch a big redfish on the fly....but I'd rather just pay a guide :D

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 Post subject: Re: St. Simons, GA report, 1-30-10
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:13 am 
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This is the best I can do right now. I will mess with photobucket later today. If you click on the link it will take you to the pics.

This red was from last week. I think it was about 12 lbs:

http://picasaweb.google.com/rodwrapper. ... 1773628610


These are pictures of Jack Crevalle I caught last summer in the sound. The GA state record is 38 lbs. You stand a legitimate chance to break that record at any time when these fish are in the sound. We had one on that we estimate at between 30-35 lbs. He broke a 12 wt into five pieces:

http://picasaweb.google.com/rodwrapper. ... 6716464930

http://picasaweb.google.com/rodwrapper. ... 2535285762

http://picasaweb.google.com/rodwrapper. ... 7953939858

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 Post subject: Re: St. Simons, GA report, 1-30-10
PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:39 am 
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Image

All you have to do is put the URL between the image tags.

I clicked on your link, clicked on "full screen" and then right clicked and choose "copy image location" That gave me the URL to paste between the [ img ] and [ /img ] tags (spaces added in the tags so they won't try to display something)

Very nice fish, by the way.....


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