St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island Fishing Report
Fishing Report for St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island Georgia Saltwater Fishing
November 2017 “Redfish Round Up!” Superb Fall fishing action along the Georgia coast is happening right now both inshore and offshore. Giant Bull Redfish are in a full on feeding frenzy. If you have any doubt about it, take a look at the pics from the past few fishing trips. This frenzy happens annually and has been dubbed the “Redfish round up”! November is the time and these big slab sized Reds are looking for an easy meal and we will be there to accommodate. We see this pattern emerge each Fall season as these monsters “stage” to migrate near the sounds and outer bars of St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. Fish migration season is a mystical time of year and a time that fishing guides target huge bull Redfish here in the Golden Isles of Georgia. The time is now, here and now to hunt down and catch your biggest Redfish ever! Read on to find out why…
Local water temperatures are now approaching 70 degrees in the sounds and beach side fishing areas. (see local water temperature) The warm night time air temps give way to cooler air which begins the seasonal water temp drop. We will go through ups and downs with water temp until December, but overall the water temp will continue to drop lower and lower. This drop signifies the fall fish migration. Meaning, the cooler weather and water temps cause our over abundance of bait fish to diminish greatly. Although Chlorophyll remains high (micro-organisms that bait fish eat), the bait fish will still migrate from the area. (See local Chlorophyll readings) Fish follow the food source, and with that main food source and diet of many pelagic game fish being menhaden aka “pogies”, the fish will begin to leave with the bait/food.
If you missed earlier fishing reports from the 2017 season, catch up on all the fishing action! See the full 2017 fishing season review and recap here
Let’s go Fishing! Head on down to coastal Georgia and join 27 year professional guide Capt. Richie Lott and co-Captain Josh Cook for your best shot at catching and landing a 40+ pound Redfish around Jekyll Island or St. Simons Island Georgia.
2017 Fall Season Fishing action! The slow change from Fall into Winter season in the Golden Isles of Georgia is always a great time to catch a variety of fish as they stage to leave the area to warmer, and often deeper water to seek food or refuge. We’re talking thousands of fish like migration mania! This group and variety of saltwater fish are known as Pelagic or migratory fish. They deserve the utmost in respect in order to keep our local fishery sustainable for years to come. And remember, Take a Kid Fishing!
Facts about Fishing in Georgia – What makes the fishing so good here
St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island are joined to the south by Cumberland Island. This portion of coastal Georgia is a hot spot for some of the best saltwater fishing in the country and here’s why. This trio of Islands and their relatively shallow waters is known as the Georgia bight. This bight or cove is carved westward from the ocean and provides the Islands sanctuary from the deep waters of the Atlantic gulfstream which flows nearly 70 miles east of the beaches. Interestingly, these waters are home to the third largest shark breeding ground in the world. Migrating game fish and predators such as Tarpon, Black Tip Sharks, Cobia, King Mackerel and others invade these shallow waters each season to indulge on the bait fish migration along our coastal beaches, sounds, bays and rivers. This annual fish migration is the benchmark each spring, summer and fall.
Got Bait? A good bait supply means good fishing. This shallow shelf which is the Georgia coast provides refuge for countless schools of small baitfish such as Menhaden and Mullet along the local beaches, bays and sounds. Further offshore into the Atlantic, cigar minnows and Sardines gather in drove on the Georgia offshore reefs and buoys. This annual, stunning influx of baitfish each spring and summer season causes a snowball effect as migrating and resident game fish follow to feed on these massive bait schools. The end result is the finest live bait fishing available anywhere on the eastern seaboard.
What’s biting around Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island?
Batter up for Bulls! Monster size Georgia Redfish are biting right now and they’re big and they mean business! Get on deck to battle with some of our coastal Georgia bulls! We’ll provide the fun bat so you can be a big hitter! These giant Redfish offer our customers the chance to catch some of the most fun and largest resident fish here around St. Simons and Jekyll Island. Fishing charters for these giant Redfish is the most popular trip we offer during the spring and early summer season each year. See the video below for an example of coastal Georgia’s late spring and summer long fishing. Also, be sure to see all the action packed fishing videos with Georgia Sport Fishing Charters.
Jekyll Island Fishing is where it’s at! Remember it’s not only St. Simons, it’s actually Jekyll Island that offers up red hot saltwater Fishing in the local waters. Period. Most times, fishing charters leaving from St. Simons Island end up fishing around Jekyll Island, and that’s a fact. No matter where you fish, all the southeast Georgia coastal waters bring excellent saltwater fishing for all. Bring your family and/or children and friends along for the fishing charter of a lifetime. See more about fishing trips below.
Looking to Book a Fishing Charter? Georgia Sport Fishing Charters is recognized nationwide. With over 26 years of professional guiding under his belt locally, Capt. Richie Lott and his guide team offer a common sense, yet highly experienced approach to fishing. This is coupled with a precision blend of humor and fishing talent all plugged into an overall friendly fishing environment. This allows our customers to feel welcome and right at home, Guaranteed! Do you need assistance or further info? Call us anytime for any fishing or booking information at 912-275-5577. See what others are saying about Georgia Sport Fishing Charters in our customer reviews.
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Georgia Sport Fishing Charters in Coastal Georgia
As front runners in Georgia saltwater fishing for Tarpon and Bull Redfish locally, we book charters rather quickly for these trips with a long lived reputation and history of landing many Tarpon over 100 pounds and countless monster Bull Reds over 45 pounds each season on board the charter boat “Wizard” with Georgia Sport Fishing Charters!
Give us a call to get your fishing charter trip on the books before all the days are booked. Phone Capt. Josh Cook or Capt. Richie Lott @ 912-275-5577 or use our quick contact form found here to get in touch with us about booking info and available dates, best times, weather information or general questions about fishing trips for 4 or 6 hours with Georgia Sport Fishing Charters.
We hope to see you this season, and many thanks to all our loyal customers who enjoy this fishery each and every season. Hold on to your hats and let’s go fishin!