This past week was a good week for fishermen in the coastal waters of Bryan County. Big fish, little fish they were all caught.
On the inshore waters, trout, flounder, redfish, whiting, croaker, sharks and triple tail were caught. Some of the trout caught were big trout. I put four trout in the boat over 20 inches. That’s a good trout any day.
The main thing in catching trout was finding clear enough water.
On low tide in some areas the water will usually get clearer for an hour or two.
Trying to catch trout in muddy water is usually an exercise in casting practice.
The flounder bite has been real good. Small creek mouths on the outgoing tide have been holding a lot of flounder in some areas of Ossabow Sound.
The small redfish are getting bigger every week, it looks like we have one of the best crops of redfish that we have had in several years.
Triple tail are one of the migratory fish that show up every summer. Look for them on the tide lines off the beaches and where the sounds meet the ocean. Throw a big shrimp to them and hang on. Some triple tail may weigh over 20 pounds. My Friend Ray Golden caught a few good ones last week.
Offshore it was typical fishing for late June with kings, cobia, amberjack, barracuda, and black sea bass caught. All the artificial reefs and live bottom areas seem to be covered with fish. The king mackerel tournament out of Fort McAllister Marina produced a lot of big kings.
The winning fish was over 44 pounds.
Saturday morning I fished a small live bottom area and caught 25 legal black sea bass in about 20 minutes. They were thick.
We stopped on an artificial reef on the way home that was covered up with amberjack, barracuda and spadefish.
The South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council has announced the dates for the recreational red snapper season.
The dates are July 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26. Check the SAFMC website for the exact times and regulations.
If you fish inshore or offshore there are fish to be caught right now.
Capt. David Newlin is a veteran charter boat captain from Richmond Hill.