Well, friends and fellow anglers, seems like the fall weather is creeping in. Man, I so love this time of year, as did my father, Old Tight Line did. It was his favorite time of year for fishing.
The trout really are starting to hit around the sound and creeks. In about 30 days, all the trout should be up to keeper size.
I have some reports from around the region
• My good friend Capt. Jim Sheridan and his party fished out of St. Simons and landed 10 nice trout. Capt. Jim said they had a few catch-and-release trout. One fellow on the boat landed a 30-inch spottail; they got a picture and turned him loose. The photo was not available to me at press time; maybe I will put it in at a later date. Jim said all the trout were 17 to 18 inches. They also caught a nice mess of whiting and a few flounder for a total of 21. Now that, my friends, is not a bad day at all.
• Neal Patterson, another good friend, and his daughter Catherine fished in the Skidaway Island area around Green`s Island. The whiting hit Catherine`s line so fast, the sinker was not making it to the bottom. That is what I call fun on the water. A little later, Neal hauled out the old cast net and said the shrimp were aplenty.
• I also have reports from my man Cricket at Two Way Fishing Camp in Darien. Wendell Harper and Mike Evans, who are both fishing guides, fished together last Friday and netted 30 nice-sized trout. They told Cricket they only caught a few catch-and-release. On the weekend, Mike Chancelor and party came dockside with 17 good-sized trout. Cricket also said they have plenty of live shrimp and that even several tourists are catching some trout. So that is a good sign, my friends.
Sounds like the whiting are hitting pretty good, so it’s time to fire up the grease and get that pot of cheese grits going — don’t forget jalapeno hush puppies. Call up some friends, ice down some cold ones, get the Bulldogs’ game on and kick back and enjoy a good meal, a cold beverage and some good company.
Well, friends, that about wraps it up for this week. If you need bait:
• Half Moon has live shrimp
• Rayburn at Yellow Bluff has live shrimp and minnows
•Sunbury Crab Company and marina has minnows and shrimp
• The Midway Feed and Supply has fresh and salt water bait.
So there is no reason not to wet a hook; the weather is fine, so make the time. Remember what Old Tight line always said: “Get out there and go fishing, and if you do, remember to always keep a tight line.” I say, “Hit the docks and keep a sharp eye and watch that cork go down.”