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Mariko Izumi and Captain Judy Helmey are two happy fishermen! Mariko is the host of Hookin Up on World Fishing Network and Captain Judy filmed a show with her in October 2014, which should air sometime in the spring of 2015. Photo by Captain Judy Helmey
Mariko Izumi and Captain Judy Helmey are two happy fishermen! Mariko is the host of Hookin Up on World Fishing Network and Captain Judy filmed a show with her in October 2014, which should air sometime in the spring of 2015. Photo by Captain Judy Helmey

Spring Fishing

Inshore Report
I love it when the month of March rolls around on Savannah’s coast. I finally get to say “When the water temperature reaches 65 degree everything is alive!” This is the time of the year all fishermen and fish have been waiting for. Inshore fishermen can expect the cold redfish bite to thaw and become less stealthy. Best way to get this fish’s attention is to pitch Berkley Gulp baits rigged weedless in and around shallow areas with structure. Redfish consider submerged oyster rakes and isolated grass pods a target-rich feeding environment. Choosing a color for your artificial baits should be determined by the color of the water. The clearer the water the lighter the leader and color of artificial baits used!

 

Artificial Reefs
Offshore fishermen can look to catching some of the biggest sheepshead and black drum during this month. Normally the bite is very active. Sheepshead and black drum are bulking up (feeding heavily) to ready themselves to migrate back to the waters. Best baits are purple back fiddlers, raw oyster, clam strips, and green mussels. While fishing for sheepshead you might encounter a black sea bass, flounder, or other bites, which is also a good thing. As of this report, black sea bass season is open. And I am happy to report that this bite is very strong at the nearshore artificial reefs. Before leaving the dock, whether your plan is inshore or offshore fishing, you should always check all rules and regulations for state and federal waters.

 

Blue Water Gulf Stream Report
For those fishermen that want a true challenge, I suggest giving some blue water trolling a try.  The blue waters of the Gulf Stream, especially off Georgia’s coast, can be very interesting, because during the month of March big fish are on the move. You could find yourself hooking up with a mako shark, billfish, wahoo, king mackerel or tuna. As far as best baits, I suggest setting your trolling spread up with real cedar plugs (not painted) and chin weighted dink ballyhoo. To go old school, I suggest rigging up a red/black Ilander with horse ballyhoo and pulling it way back behind your trolling spread. And if that top water bite doesn’t materialize, then I suggest doing a little bottom fishing.  It’s a stretch to get there, but once you arrive, the possibilities could turn into a serious rod bending affair!

 

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