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"RED TIDE"
"Red Drum in huge numbers packed so tight your bait would slap three fish across their lips before it could hit the bottom"

By Capt. Mark Noble

It was a cool October morning. The air temperature was ranging approximately 68° with a light northwest wind. Loading my boat with Abu Garcia reels, spooled with 20-pound test line on 7-foot medium/heavy action rods, I was mentally going over my check list of tackle, hooks, leaders, sinkers, and a large dip net to handle these "large reds". The bait of choice was mullet which was caught a week before in large numbers taking great care to preserve the integrity and freshness of the bait. With extra ice and a little rock salt mixed with seawater, one can actually brine and almost freeze bait soon after being placed in the cooler. Knowing this can make a tremendous difference when fishing for the Bull Reds.

My long time clients, Ellis Godshall and Jack Radford, who both are from the Atlanta area would be my charter for the day. Leave time was scheduled at 7:30 a.m. with an 8-hour day ahead. We loaded the boat…destination… the 76 Bar. This bar is located about a mile and a half off St. Simons Island, Georgia, right off the King and Prince Hotel, just north of the main channel.

I started the motor and pulled away from my slip located at Golden Isles Marina. As we cleared the marina, I throttled the motor up knowing that these giant Red Drum were stacked on the bar like cord wood. The ride would be short and it would pass by quickly. When we passed St. Simons pier, one could see the glass calm view of the ocean. At this point the tide was dead low shifting to an incoming tide at 8:00 a.m. Perfect conditions for what we would call a Red Tide, which to say, "Red Drum in huge numbers packed so tight your bait would slap three fish across their lips before it could hit the bottom."

The bar was in sight, and the light mud colored stain in the water revealed the configuration of the bar. The east tip was the location we were going to fish. Circling wide of the bar so as not to spook any fish in the shallow rolls of the breaking swells, I shut down the engine. The depth sounder read seven feet. Coasting the boat into the 3 feet range, the anchor was eased over. As the anchor rope tightened, the boat swung around and settled with the flow of the tide. The sand bar was directly behind the boat allowing easy casting range.

I tied up a few leaders using about four feet of 125 lbs test leader, a 3 oz egg sinker, and an 11/0 Mustad circle hook. I proceeded to cut the mullet into about 3 to 4 pieces and about three inches wide, bite size for a Big Red. Placing a large chunk of mullet on the hook, the first cast was made. As the bait hit the water, I saw a large Red riding inside a breaking swell just off to the right of the back of the boat. The thought stirred in my mind that the fishing was about to get ugly. I set the rod in the holder and quickly baited and made a second cast. Before the second rod could be placed in its holder, Ellis yelled, "Fish on!" I spun around just in time to see Ellis grabbing the rod to fight the fish. His rod was bending under heavy pressure from a powerful fish. With no time to waste I set out the last two lines.

Only a couple of minutes had passed when Ellis said "Get the net". The fish had swam back to the boat and was wallowing by the boat showing his bronze copper back and silver sides. I dashed for the over sized dip net located underneath the covering boards inside the boat . Just as I was reaching for the net, Jack started shouting, "Fish on double - triple - quad." I spun around to see that Ellis still had his fish, Jack was hooked up, and two more rods were down and tight ripping line off the reels. Ellis was hollowing "Net this fish!" By the length of time it took to reel this fish to the boat, I knew that the fish had plenty of fight still left in him; but I leaned out and scooped up his fish. Well let's just say every now and then we all do dumb things. Now I had 35 pounds of "Red" furry to deal with. Ellis slams his rod back in the rod holder and leaves me to deal with this nightmare and goes for another rod. This was just like many fishing trips from the past. They fished with me enough to know how to do their job and I mine. They caught the fish, and I would do the grunt work. But what can I say, they are two of my greatest friends.

I heaved the fish over the side of the boat and removed the hook. This one measured about 47 inches and had about twenty black spots down its side…a beautiful Red Drum. I released the fish just in time for Jack's fish to be netted. The same scene took place. Jack puts his rod back in the holder and starts fighting the fourth fish. This one was approximately 32-pounds and 42 inches long. After releasing fish after fish, I watched Ellis and Jack both fighting fish once again. I could overhear them talking with the excitement of the moment in their voices about what a great fish these Bull Reds are to catch. I myself was thinking, "It can't get any better than this."

We landed the two remaining Red Drum and ended the day at about 12:00 noon with 36 Red Drum released averaging between 28 to 40-pounds. What a better way to end the day.

 

Picture of Ellis Godshall and Jack Radford from Atlanta, Georgia with multiple hookups.

Fishing trips are not just for the well seasoned angler, but are also for families as well. Trout, Red Drum, Tarpon, Sharks, Snapper, Sharks, Grouper, Kings and Spanish Mackerel, Tuna, Wahoo and Dolphin can be caught during their respective seasons.

 

Dr. William Thomas and friends with their 160 lb bonus Tarpon.

 

Fishing the Golden Isles of Georgia September through the first part of November generally is the peak season for Bull Reds. However Tarpon are also a possible catch. These fish range up to 180-pounds and expect to spend hours on the light tackle chasing these fish down. I tell many people fishing down here it's just like Christmas…one never knows what you're going to get next. As you can see from these pictures above a day on the water fishing for Bull Reds ended with a nice Tarpon.

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Welcome to Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Report.

Welcome to Cary 1, 2001

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has produced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673
WelcoWelcome to Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Report.

February 1, 2001

 

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has Welcome to Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Report.
February 1, 2001

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has produced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673
produced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching Welcome to Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Report.

February 1, 2001

 

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has produced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673

 

 

Welcome to Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Report.

February 1, 2001

 

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has produced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673

 

 

fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673

 

 

me to Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Report.

February 1, 2001

 

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has produced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673

 

 

February 1, 2001

 

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has produced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673

Welcome to Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Report.

 

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has pWelcome to Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Report.

 

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has produced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673

 

 

roduced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673

 

 

 

 

ced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673

 

e 5 for 1Welcome to Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Report.

 

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has produced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673

2 Tarpon. That is 12 Tarpon on and 5 were caught and released. The past Welcome to Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Report.

 

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has produced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have Welcome to Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Report.

 

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has produced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673

taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673

Welcome to Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Report.

 

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has produced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673

seveWralWelcome to Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Report.

 

Hello once again from the Golden Isles. Fishing for Trout the last few weeks has produced some very nice catches. We took a 3-man limit (45 fish) on three different days and came very close on others. The worst day we had was 17 fish. The Red Drums are also an addition on some days. These fish are holding near or in the same areas as the Trout. About 3 ½ pounds is the largest trout we have taken and 10 pounds on the Red fish.

The technique I am using is a typical cold-water approach. I know many people including guides have poor luck this time of year. It's not because of their ability but their presentation. The key is light line, small hooks, small bait and the slowest presentation possible. The fish this time of year do not eat much and will not chase bait as well as they do in warmer water. For example, there is a three-degree water temperature change fishing here on St. Simons Island, Georgia and fishing 18-miles south in St. Mary's, Georgia. This may not seem like much, but the Trout are much more aggressive there. Typical fall Trout fishing presentation works here. Remember it is the small things that make a difference. Try this type of approach next time you fish. Use light line, small hooks, small bait (jigs or live bait), and slow presentation; and if possibly, find warmer water.

The offshore fishing has been exciting. Water temperature ranging from 66.5 degrees to 74.1 degrees has produced some great Snappers, Kings Fish, Cobia, Bonita, Barracuda and African Pompano action. The Navy Towers are holding plenty of bait and fish in these temperature zones.

The live bottom areas are also the places to key in on for the Snappers and Sea Bass. Cut bait, live bait, and jigs are the best offerings. If you've never tried using jigs offshore you're missing out on a great technique that will catch fish. Kings, Cobia, Snapper, Black Sea Bass, and Grouper will smash a jig that is presented properly especially if live bait is in short supply.

Black Sea Bass, Sheepshead and a few Red Snapper are being caught in the cooler water near shore and this action is heating up. Reaching a limit on Black Sea Bass is not a problem. Sheepshead is also a great target at this time. Fiddler crabs and blue crab works well. Key in on the wrecks, concrete rubble, and battle tanks at most artificial reefs.

If you feel like fishing, give me a call. We have a great group of guides here at the Fishing Center with some of the best inshore and offshore experience available. These guides are catching fish especially inshore when most are having trouble. Spend your money wisely and give me or Golden Isles Charter Fishing Assoc. a call

Capt. Mark Noble Golden Isles Charter Fishing
(912) 634-1219 (912) 638-7673

days have been multiple fish days with numerous shots at a lot of fish. The past week, we have averaged at least three fish caught per day. Anyone who knows about Tarpon fishing will have to agree this is world-class action. The size ranges on these fish have been between 40 lbs to 170 lbs.
The primary way to fish Tarpon here is by chumming with fresh pogies. After a chum slick is established, one never knows what might show up. I guess it's just like Christmas. Just the other day a 43 pound King fish was the gift of a good chum slick as well as other Kings in the 15 to 25 pound class on other days. Sharks, Jacks, and Spanish Mackerel also find this very attractive.
We have been seeing large numbers of fish moving across the sand bars near the channels. Some fish have even taken bait at arms length from the boat and sky rocketing into the air and soaking you on re-entry. If you've never seen this before, I can think of nothing more exhilarating than a 190-pound chrome plated monster five feet in the air in side of your rod tip.
I often have clients ask me when fighting these fish for a prolonged period of time, "Do these fish ever give up?" Unfortunately the answer is "NO". Many people give out before many large fish are caught. Once these fish get close to the boat, they will some time leap out of the water and dump a half of spool of line again so you have to start all over. If you want to try out this type of fishing, be prepared. This is not a Jane Fonda work out.
The shark fishing is also peaking now. Fishing behind shrimp boats can yield some unbelievable action. Black Tips and Spinner Sharks make up the bulk of action with Browns and Bull Sharks filling in when the Black Tips are not paying attention and get beat to the bait. Fish size range from 35 lbs to 200 lbs, plus. This can be fast and furious action with multiple hook ups. A 100 to 200 yard run is common and a fast motor for a fish with a bad attitude is a must. Some fish don't know when to stop running and line becomes limited in a flash. This is not "powder puff fishing", just like the Tarpon. Get your mind set on a fight and your body ready.
Once again I had a client say, "I've never had a fish put a whipping on me!" Well, this client had never met Mr. Black Tip. An hour and a half later my client put this statement behind him. I didn't even say, "I told you so". The look one gets on his face is self evident like an understood language where words are not used.
Well for the less adventurous angler the Trout, Red Drum and Flounder bite is on. Twenty to 60 fish days are common, but many trout and reds are undersized. These trips are action packed which often produce Jacks, Lady Fish and Sharks, spicing up the bite.
For the fly fisherman, good action can be found targeting Jacks, Spanish Mackerel and Blue Fish. If you have never seen the backing on your reel before, bring it and we will be more than happy to show you that it is on your reel. Tarpon are also a possibility so bring a 9-weight and a 12-weight rod and plenty of flies. Clousers in the glass minnow pattern or a shrimp pattern works well. Green and white, pink and blue/white with Mylar works also.
The best areas to fish have been on bars and rips. Chumming is an option, and the Lady Fish, Jacks, and Blue fish have a hard time ignoring a fly in this situation. If you want to fly fish here, come with only your fly rod and flies and structure the entire trip for this type of fishing for best results.
The offshore fishing for King Mackerel has slowed down somewhat. The bottom fishing still remains good. B-liners, Red Snappers and some nice Grouper are being caught now. As for me lately, I have been targeting the near shore action because there is less running time and more fishing time.
Well that's a quick run down on what is happening now. I hope this report is somewhat disturbing to the ones who read it that have not been fishing in awhile. And if it is, give me a call and let's see if we can scratch that itch…"The fishing itch".
If you are planning to come to St. Simons Island, Georgia, stop by Capt. Mark Noble's Fishing Center and meet the staff. Also check out some great fishing t-shirts. All shirts are on special and make a great Christmas gift. Let us take care of your fishing needs.
Keep a tight line.

Capt. Mark Noble
(912) 638-7673
e can sure tell that summer has arrived in the Golden Isles. The thermometer is rising and so is the water temperature. The fish can feel it too! The action has really picked up over the past few weeks.
Big tarpon have arrived in this area and the bite has been great. We've been catching fish anywhere from 60 to 180 pounds. These fish will really test your fishing skills with spectacular jumps and fast, long runs. Tarpon are a premier game fish, so be sure to bring along a camera.
At the same time we're tarpon fishing, we have been catching a vast array of sharks of all sizes. The average size has been about 150 pounds with some big brutes in excess of 300 pounds being hooked. Black tip sharks, bonnet heads, brown, and bull sharks are the main species being caught. We've been fishing behind the shrimp boats for black tips and the waters behind the boats are usually loaded with them. They are acrobatic and real tackle busters. The sharks will test the stamina of any angler.
If it's eating fish you're after, very few fish fry up as good as whiting. While whiting don't get huge, they put up a good fight on light spinning tackle using shrimp for bait.
We've also been catching a large quantity of spanish mackerel. The fish are real fighters on light tackle. Because of their sharp teeth, a wire leader is advisable. Silver spoons have been working real well for these fish. Spanish average 2 to 3 pounds but fish over 5 pounds have been caught this month. As with the whiting, spanish make an excellent meal either fried or grilled.
We don't want to leave out our fine inshore fishing. We've had good success catching hard fighting speckled sea trout and flounder. Fighting these fish on light tackle is an adventure and cooking and eating them is almost as enjoyable as catching them. Live shrimp are the best bait, but these fish have been more than eager to strike various jigs, too.
I'll be fishing every day and will keep you posted. If you would like to fish with me or would like more information, give me a call. Capt. Mark Noble (912) 634-1219.
Good fishing and keep a tight line.

Capt. Mark Noble
(912) 634-1219
ishing report for St. Simons Island, Sea Island and Jekyll Island Georgia.