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Fishing

Queen Triggerfish Added To Georgia Record Books

A Richmond Hill man has set a new Georgia state record category for a queen triggerfish (Balistes vetula), weighing in at 7-lbs., 0.58-ozs. The fish is a new species in the Georgia Saltwater Game Fish Program and no prior record existed. The records program committee, made of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff and biologists,…

Fishing Saltwater Bridges

I don’t know if there’s a month I like better than April. With winter fading away quickly, warmer days are here, and the fishing will be fantastic! Just like their freshwater cousins, the bite takes off in the salt this month as reds, flounder, trout and sheepshead all become increasingly active with warming water temperatures.…

Georgia Saltwater Fishing Report – April 2024

Saltwater: Inshore: Capt. Judy Helmey reports, “Bait shops should start to carry live shrimp. With live shrimp in the well, traditional adjustable floats and popping corks are going to be your best bets. If a redfish, seatrout or flounder gets close to this bait, they will eat it. You can also fish just plain naked.…

Midway Man Shatters Georgia Almaco Jack Record

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced a new state record for almaco jack. Hayden W. Mundy, 24, of Midway, reeled in an almaco jack weighing 19-lbs., 10.53-ozs., while fishing offshore on March 14, 2024, shattering the previous record by nearly 180 percent. Mundy’s record-breaking catch surpasses the previous record of 7-lbs., 0.7-ozs., set…

Georgia Saltwater Fishing Report – March 2024

Saltwater: Inshore: Capt. David Newlin reports, “February has been a really good month of fish catching. The weather has been a real roller coaster ride. The water temps have gone up and down all month. This morning (Feb. 22) it is reading 55 degrees. Three days ago it was reading 51 at 7 a.m. Hopefully it…

Georgia Saltwater Fishing Report – February 2024

Saltwater: Inshore: Capt. Judy Helmey of Miss Judy Charters reports, “Inshore fishing in February can be very good for redfish, but you need to keep in mind that the water is a lot clearer, causing the fish to be a bit more skittish. When in the fishing mode, I suggest keeping as quiet as possible.…

Recreational, Commercial Shrimp Season Closes In Georgia Waters

Georgia’s commercial and recreational food shrimp season closes at 6:20 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024. The closure affects Georgia’s territorial waters three nautical miles out to sea. Federal waters three to 200 nautical miles offshore remain open. The season’s closure means commercial shrimping, as well as recreational harvest using cast or seine nets for…

MARTA Subway Cars Added To Georgia Artificial Reef

Two retired 72-foot subway cars and 1,000 tons of discarded concrete culvert pipe are the latest additions to Georgia’s marine artificial reefs. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) partnered to deploy the railcars to Artificial Reef L in about 60 feet of water approximately 23 nautical miles east of Ossabaw…

Georgia Saltwater Fishing Report – January 2024

Saltwater: Inshore: Capt. David Newlin reports, “On Dec. 18, the water temps were around 53 degrees. It looks like we may be in for a cold winter. When the water gets in the low 50s,  everything changes. The redfish slow down and can get a little harder to make bite. A couple days of sunshine and…

Large Invasive Blue Land Crabs Spotted In Georgia

Recent sightings of a large, non-native land crab along the South Atlantic coast, including in coastal Georgia, are a cause for concern, according to WRD. Blue land crabs are native from Brazil to south Florida and can be as large as 5 to 6 inches. Sightings recently have been reported well north of the crabs’…

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