July is See Fish? Catch Fish! Month

Shane Hogan is holding the tail and Capt. Judy Helmey (pink tank top) of Miss Judy Charters is holding the head of this shark, which was caught while using a live black sea bass. As far as where did Shane hook up this fish? Right behind that shrimp boat!

I call July “If you can see the fish you can catch them month!”

Fishing Inshore in July

For those inshore fishermen who just want to catch fish I suggest purchasing or catching some live shrimp. This is the number one bait that all fish like. Your chances for hooking up when baiting up with live shrimp are very good!

When it comes to fishing with live shrimp there are several good presentations:

• The traditional adjustable float, which comes in all sizes from super large to mini.

• The ever popular popping cork, which when popped makes a sound just like a fleeing live shrimp. The only down side to using this float is that your leader lenght restricts the depth of water you can fish. The leader shouldn’t be longer than four feet and can’t be shorter than 12 inches.  I suggest using this float when fishing in depths from 2- 6 feet of water.

• Then there is “fishing naked!” Most fishermen want to do this, because the weather is so hot. No I am not talking about taking your clothes off! When fishing naked all you do is tie on a short leader to your main line and then tie on a small Kahle hook. Then I suggest placing the hook under the shrimp’s horn located on top of the head and let the shrimp make way its own way. It’s a known fact that shrimp go where they feel safe and it’s also a known fact that larger fish have already figured the shrimp’s game of hide and seek out.

Offshore Options
Our beachfronts and artificial reefs are holding some pretty interesting top water catching opportunities! Top water fish such as Spanish/king mackerel, barracuda, little tunny, jack crevalle and cobia have arrived.

All fish will hit anything from a small trolled lure to a spoon being pulled slowly behind your boat. Another way to get one of these fish’s biting attention is to cast right into the school of fish.

The best thing I can suggest is that you “match the hatch!”  This means that you match the size of bait you use to the bait that the fish you are targeting are feeding on. For instance, let’s start with Spanish mackerel, little tunny and jack crevalle. Their favorite meal is glass minnows and juvenile squid. Small silver spoons sizes “0 and 00” made by Clark are the best to use. Now don’t get me wrong – there are lots of different kinds of spoons on the tackle shelves, but the Clark spoon with the red ball is proven by fish many times over.

When targeting the larger fish such as king mackerel and barracuda, I suggest using a large spoon. The best spoon for this job is a 3 ½ inch Drone.

When targeting cobia, which is the fish that looks like a shark or a large catfish in the water, I suggest using a 6- to 8-inch diving plug or some sort of a jig with hair tipped with some sort of a plastic eel/worm type. If you happen to have some live bait in your live well, anything from shrimp to small fish works like a charm on the old cobia! It’s this fish’s delight to look it over before sucking it down! The secret to unlocking or, better yet, “lock this bite” is to provide time to eat!

Fish with Capt. Judy Helmey out of Savannah on Miss Judy Charters – http://www.missjudycharters.com/

Captain Judy Helmey of Miss Judy Charters provides inshore light tackle, fly fishing opportunities, offshore bottom and trolling, and Gulf Stream fishing. Please feel free to contact her by phone 1 912 897 4921, by email fishjudy2@aol.com Her site missjudycharters.com features over 30,000 fish catching pictures!