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Capt. Judy: It’s sheepshead time
While inshore fishing with Captain Matt Williams of Miss Judy Charters, Mr. John Heitman, Teresa Griffin, Lee Blackledge, and Seth Chester! (Savannah Georgia Fishing Team MAACO) had a grand catching day! While using live shrimp under traditional adjustable corks lots of fish bites were had! Mr. John, being the oldest and most experienced fishermen caught the most and the biggest! Just goes to show you that years of practice pays big dividends in regards to catching fish!

For those of you that have been waiting for the sheepshead to make way to the offshore waters, well, it has happened!

The best bait to use is going to be anything that comes wrapped in a shell! For example: purple back fiddlers, black back fiddlers, flat dock fiddlers, barnacles, oysters, mussels, shrimp, and etc! Absolute best times to fish are when you arrive.

The artificial reefs located in more than 50 feet of water are now officially holding some really nice keeper size black sea bass. But here’s the thing... To get to the keeper black sea bass you might have to catch and release many undersized fish. Blackfish to legally keep must be 13 inches long. (Tail length) and have a bag limit of 7 per person. And if you fish for black sea bass as much as I do you get a handle on this fish’s ways! Black fish seem to school up in same class size. This means big fish stay with big fish and the smaller ones stay together. I can only assume same size fish don’t intimidate each other! Continuous dropping into the same school scatters the fish.

I suggest making a plan to only drop a few times before moving to the next spot. You can always come back to hot spots, but give the fish time to re-group. Using bigger pieces of bait attracts larger fish. Heck, if you were a smaller fish trying to feed on a big piece of bait it would mean that you are basically so stupid! So therefore large bait clear the way for a larger fish bite! 2021 FISHING CLINICS February 19, 2021 Friday, February 20, 2021 Saturday and February 21, 2021 Sunday On inshore/offshore boats in the water, $150 per person for inshore; $150 per person for offshore Morning clinics from 8 a.m. to noon. Afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m.

Time: l-5 p.m.

Snacks and drinks provided by Captain Judy Place: Miss Judy Charters dock 202 Wilmington Island Road, Savannah, Georgia 31410 912-897-4921 for more details.

We will be offer classes on the water in inshore fishing, proven inshore light tackle techniques, red fish, spotted sea trout and flounder! Offshore clinics will include proven offshore techniques that took years to modify and includes the artificial reefs, Savannah snapper banks and the Gulf Stream.

REINDEER SNACKS My father and I visited “Silver Springs,” which is located in the sunny state of Florida. I was around 8 years old at the time and daddy was getting close to hitting the big six “O!” On our way to Florida Daddy explained about the “Glass Bottom Boats” that we would get to ride in at Silver Springs. I was excited, because daddy could always make a story lots fun. In fact his stories were so good that we didn’t even have to go for that ride, because I felt I had already been there.

One we arrived we went straight to the area that had the “Glass Bottom Boats!”

There was a line of people apparently with the same idea that we had. It was exciting. As the boat pulled up it look pretty normal too me. In fact the bottom below the water line looked just as normal as most boats. I didn’t say anything, but I was a little disappointed at least until I boarded the boat.

There was in fact a large framed area in the middle of the boat, which had a glass bottom. You could see everything under the boat. I know I had the “Big Eyes!” Before we left the dock I was being entertained.

As we pulled away my eyes were glued to the glass hole in the boat. There were lots of fish, plants, and lots of bubbles. To my amazement there were mermaids dressed in scuba diving suits. That’s where all of the bubbles came from.

There wasn’t a lot of color, but it was pretty interesting. After the ride we went over to the reindeer farm, which was a short walk away from the boats.

There were lots of deer all anxiously looking as we approached. Daddy said that they were probably waiting for us to feed them. As we went through the payment line I saw this machine with 5 Cents written on it. There appeared to be cookies in it and they looked like graham crackers. I was getting a little hungry so I asked daddy for a nickel. After getting the money I went over, got my cookies, and started my eating fest.

They weren’t very tasty, but what the heck I ate them anyway.

As we walked to the reindeer area they also headed our way. My father said, “Let’s feed them.”

I was excited. Daddy went back inside to ask about the food and was told that there were machines all around with the food in them.

All you needed was a nickel and you were in business.

With that, I sure needed something to drink.

Happy Holidays! And thanks for reading! Captain Judy

Capt. Judy is a local captain. She can be reached at 912-897-4921 or

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