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Marine Fishes of Georgia

If you head out to sea and troll with live bait, you’re likely to gets strikes by cobia, snapper, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, grouper, and amberjack among other species, especially from May to September. Shark and tarpon can usually be hooked a few miles offshore, with peak times being mid-summer through September. But you don’t need a boat to enjoy great fishing around here! You can surf cast and crab from the stretches of beach on the north end of St. Simons Island. The piers are popular spots for float-fishing, bottom fishing, and crabbing. Spotted sea trout are plentiful at the causeway bridges (where permissible) using live shrimp and minnows as bait. If fly fishing is your thing, you can find redfish schooling in mere inches of water during the winter months, but there are ample opportunities to fish them in the marshes year-round. Tripletail arrive in early spring and can be sight fished off the beaches with flies or artificial lures. Jack Crevalle can be caught with a fly rod in the marshes and sound during summer months.