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 sounds during the summer months.



Best Fishing Spots In The Golden Isles


Fishing Charters

Coastal Backwater Adventures

Family-friendly and exciting tours around The Golden Isles of Georgia on a CraigCat premium compact powerboat.

Coastal Georgia Charter Fishing

Join Captain Tim Cheek for your choice of Inshore, Shark, and Tarpon, or Reef fishing.

Cap Fendig Tours

Join Captain Fendig, a licensed US Coast Guard Master Captain, for shark fishing, redfish or trout fishing, or a dolphin tour.


Common Fish

• Atlantic Menhaden

• Bass: Stripes, Largemouth, & White

• Blue Runner

• Blue Fish

• Catfish

• Crevalle Jack

• Gafftopsail Catfish

• Hardhead Catfish

• Inshore Lizardfish

• Ladyfish

• Mummichog

• Northern Puffer

• Northern Searobin

• Oyster Toadfish

• Pigfish

• Pinfish

• Red Drum

• Rainbow Trout

• Silver Perch

• Sheepshead

• Striped Burrfish

• Striped Mullet