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Coastal Fishing

Jeffrey Soss, Jr. with a nice tarpon landed August 23.

Morris Sherman with a nice 12 pound black drum caught from the fishing pier at Coffee Bluff Marina.

Coastal Fishing
August 27

By Captain Ray Golden

The switch was flipped, and the fishing turned on this past week in coastal Georgia! With Labor Day weekend staring us right in the face and college football dead ahead, the fishing got heated up for folks desiring a little recreational activity to bring the summer season to an end.
This week’s report begins with Morris Sherman fishing off the pier at Coffee Bluff Marina. Morris hung into a nice black drum and, when finally landed, tipped the scales at just under 12 pounds. A few days later, while dropping 2-ring crab nets into the waters off the pier, Frances Oglesby pulled up her trap to find a nice flounder inside! What a great way to catch a flounder! There have also been numerous nice size whiting caught from the pier this past week, always a favorite table fare for coastal residents.
Tripletail and tarpon continue to be a big hit for big game boaters, as evidenced this past week with numerous fish being caught. Personally, I chased tripletail with good success and even stumbled into some nice big redfish along the coast. Tarpon can be seen rolling all over the sound waters, especially around sand bars. Wherever you find the bait, you’re sure to see some tarpon rolling in the pods.
The speckled trout action is beginning to pick up, with numerous reports of good size fish being found. Trout will only get better as we head into the fall season. This is also the time to catch the trout using topwater lures, just like bass fishermen do on lakes and ponds. Find your favorite trout hole, then cast a topwater lure over to it. As it is walking back, huge explosions are soon to happen! It has become my favorite way to catch these aggressive fighters.
Redfish action will probably go down as the best year ever. It is shaping up to be a fantastic redfish season, as numerous are being caught along the coast. The big bull reds will soon be running through the coast within the next 3-4 weeks, and for those who haven’t experienced the thrill of catching a bunch of those 20-40 pound fish, it is well worth the effort. It only takes 4-5 to bring you to your knees!
We have a bunch of northeast wind coming in over the next couple days, but when it passes, watch out!

Coastal Fishing Column: Captain Ray Golden is The Claxton Enterprise's newest columnist. He will be contributing to our selection of columns with "Coastal Fishing," a weekly fishing report. Captain Golden's column will appear on The Claxton Enterprise's website each week and occasionally in our weekly print edition as well. Captain Ray Golden is a USCG charter guide and, along with his wife, operates and manages Coffee Bluff Marina on Savannah's Southside. He can be reached by email at: raygolden1@comcast.net."

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