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Coastal Fishing

Jason Okane of Coffee Bluff shows a spadefish he caught far upriver, a fish normally found offshore.

Coastal Fishing
August 18

By Captain Ray Golden

The dog days of summer are certainly upon us, and coastal fishing has slowed down a bit as a result, with the exception of bottom fishing for whiting or sharks. Anglers are beating the heat by anchoring up on their favorite hole, dropping down small pieces of shrimp or squid for whiting. Whiting is considered one of the top choices for table fare in our area waters. Along with warmer water temperatures comes the large number of sharks, and many anglers using bigger chunks of fresh cut bait to target those feisty fighters. Some of the legal size sharks are also coming back to the docks to make steaks, which are also highly prized. The high water temperatures are also bringing in various species of fish normally found offshore over wrecks, such as spadefish. One angler this week was targeting trout and redfish when his float went down. The live shrimp he was using caught a small spadefish. The Coffee Bluff Inshore Fishing Club held it's monthly tournament yesterday, and the format was most tarpon caught. Even though there has been some good tarpon fishing for the past several weeks, no fish were caught in the day long tournament. There were, however, several tarpon sightings. Trout, redfish, and flounder fishing was fair this past week, but the spring tides are receding, so everything should pick right back up! Hope to see you on the water and tight lines to all!

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:"

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