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    Posted: 30/Aug/2016 at 4:02pm
Captain Judy Helmey
Kicking Fish Tail Since 1956! 124 Palmetto Drive Savannah, Georgia
 31410  912 897 4921or 912 897 2478 912 897 3460 fax  Fishjudy2@aol.com

  August 23, 2016     
Saltwater Inshore, Offshore, Blue Water fishing reports, Freshies Suggestions, and “Little Miss Judy’s Believe It or Not story!   Thanks for Reading!  
Fishing statement: To try to insure that fishing stays in the hearts of those that love it and to help the ones that are going too!

   

Captain Ken Kennickell of Miss Judy Charters sporting what some could call “one heck of a cooler lid of mackerel!”

 
Captain Stephen Thompson of Miss Judy Charters is holding up a triple tail that he caught while using a live shrimp as bait.   

It is all about bait mate! August is the month that separates the true fishermen from those that only claim to be.  You really have to pull out all of the stops when you want to turn fishing into catching during this month.  The old saying the “Early bird catches the worm” really comes into play during this month.  It’s best to fish early, because   this is one of those months that once the sun gets straight up the fisherman frying process begins.
 

 The sinking of the cork! Red fish, spotted sea trout, flounder, whiting, and sharks can be caught just about anywhere while fishing the sounds and beachfronts.  The best baits are going to be the lively ones such as shrimp, mud minnows, finger mullet, and small yellow tail.  The reason live baits are a good idea is that they do all the work for you.  This just means their movement while rigged up gets the fish’s attention.   All you have to do is cast rigged bait into considered strike zone and possibly re-adjust the float’s depth, but only if no hits occur after “the float by” takes place.  A lot of fishermen like float fishing and since I am a fisherman myself I can tell you why this is a natural born fact.. “We all just love to see the sinking of the cork!” 


The captains go fishing or should I say, “CATHCING!”  Captain Kathy Brown and Captain Garrett Ross are sporting some fine fish catching smiles!  

 Casting, catching, baiting, and cocktails!  
The best news about these baits is most of them can be caught by you.  There is more good news, it’s also a good time to catch your own bait and you might just have enough left over for supper.  The secret to casting and catching shrimp, which could also turn into an afternoon shrimp cocktail, is a simple one.  I suggest working the grass line as the shrimp first come out on the falling tide and when they start heading back to the safety of the marsh on the rising tide.  I also suggest making sure that the grass line that you are working has a mud bottom and not oyster rakes!

 The real deal artificial bait proven by number of fish bites delivered!  
For those that prefer to use “artificial only” bites can also happen.  I always like using DOA shrimp patterns during this time.  You can use them as rigged straight out of the package.  Best method here is to tie a 3 to 4 foot leader of 12 to 20 pound test to a popping cork and cast into place.  Let the tide take the float and come up with your own popping the float sequence.
 

For instance: single pop of the cork, pause, double trigger the fish’s interest with your sequence of pops not only can bites happen, but you might just be able to call the ball.  This means to know just about when and where a solid hit might occur.   It’s best to fish this rig in 5 to 6 foot of water.  Here’s another tip when fishing more than 6 foot of water I suggest using a small adjustable float rig with a 2/0 Kahle hook.  Remove the DOA weight and hook from artificial shrimp pattern then I suggest bala hook, which while waving in the current will look just like the real deal.   
ULTIMATE bait & lure ENHANCER! As you know the water is hot and most case does slow the fish bite!  These are things that we all know for a fact.  However, for you non bait and lure enhancer a serious chance!  Order now! After all what do you have to loose??????

Here’s where we are in regards to using or not this product.  I keep saying that I am show you my rigs and exactly how I use this ULTIMATE bait & lure ENHANCER!  And I am!  However, it is still not time to unveil my findings.  And I also know that by making this statement that you already know that most likely this small seemly ins part of any rig whether it is for inshore or offshore offers an entirely new bite twist!  I have said


We caught this trigger fish as well as many other types of fish where using the electron fish ig equation.  I am using 80 pound test monofilament to make my two hook bottom rigs.  Before sliding on the 4/0 J hook, slide on a electron fish attractor, then a 8mm plastic ball (also known as the Captain Judy Stupid Stopper) and then the hook.  The ball
pop of the cork, pause, and then repeat. Once you trigger the fish’s interest with your sequence of pops not only can bites happen, but you might just be able to call the ball.  This means to know just about when and where a solid hit might best to fish this rig in 5 to 6 foot of water.  Here’s another tip when fishing more than 6 foot of water I suggest using a small adjustable float rig with a 2/0 Kahle hook.  Remove the ncing this bait on your hook, which while waving in the current will look just like the real deal. 
   

As you know the water is hot and most case does slow the fish bite!  These are things that we all believers it now would be the time to give the ultimate bait and lure enhancer a serious chance!  Order now! After all what do you have to loose??????

Here’s where we are in regards to using or not this product.  I keep saying that I am going to show you my rigs and exactly how I use this ULTIMATE bait & lure ENHANCER!  And I am!  However, it is still not time to unveil my findings.  And I also know that by making this ufficient apparatus made part of any rig whether it is for inshore or offshore offers an entirely new bite twist!  I have said
We caught this trigger fish as well as many other types of fish where using the electron fish ig equation.  I am using 80 pound test monofilament to make my two hook bottom rigs.  Before sliding on the 4/0 J hook, slide on a electron fish attractor, then a 8mm plastic ball (also known as the Captain Judy Stupid Stopper) and then the hook.  The ball keeps
the connection between the hook and the attractor separate, which is a must!  After having a conversation with Rachel, we both decided that it certainly was not necessary to have a electron on both hooks.  Why, and I do know the answer...too many fish are attracted to the rig at one time...if you use one attractor they still come and you have a better chance to catch them.    You know my old saying, “Too many fish circling your bait at one time could result in fish collisions of the wrong kind!”   And that’s all I have to say about that!     Rick and Rachel Crozier Life Spark Sport Fishing Tackle 522 Kincora Drive NW Calgary, AB T3R0B1 587-349-3567  
 

This electron is a 100% proven my (me) Captain Judy Helmey of  Miss Judy Charters and how many years of experience do I have? I started fishing with my father at 5 years old, then started running my own charter boat at 14 years old, and as of 2016 I have now gotten 51 years behind the helm. What does this all boils down to?  It could pay off big in bites delivered if you just listen! 

 By-Catch Bait Opportunity!   
  I am always talking about using live shrimp as bait and all of the advantages that come along with it.  As I mentioned many times over all fish like the taste of a shrimp and in some case it doesn’t even have to be alive to get their attention.  Our inshore captains have come to one conclusion when it comes to ways of live shrimp.  It seems that the shrimp that you catch in your cast net are much hardier and will live longer in your live well especially during these hot water times.  Live shrimp that are caught while using a dragging net don’t live as long.  It has come to our attention that most of these shrimp do not make it back to their full moving potential especially after the shock of being caught this way.  So you end up with a lot of fresh dead almost live shrimp.  And by the way these over the top hot water conditions are also a big killing factor.  I have always said the hardier the bait the better the fish bite!   There is also another plus when casting your net to catch you own live shrimp and I call it “by-catch bait opportunity!”  While casting for shrimp you will also catch some great juvenile bait fish. Your bi-catch can be anything from a mullet to a pin fish to a menhaden to many other small baitfishes.    I suggest throwing these fry’s right into your live well with the shrimp.   The absolute best way to rig up your by-catch is to lip hook it!  And you can present it under a popping cork or a traditional adjusted float.  All baits from live shrimp to small fish work great when placed on the bottom with a Carolina style rig.  If you don’t want to hold your rod, I suggest using a small circle hook, which will almost insure a more solid hookup.  When using a Caroling rig I suggest casting your bait into to place, letting it sit at least 2 to 3 minutes, then raise your rod, reel about 5 turns, let it sit, wait, and repeat.  I suggest whatever you do that your bring a dip net to this most likely flounder catching rodeo!  It is a known fact that most flounder are lost at the boat while trying to lift them into the boat without using the aid of a dip net!  The only good thing about losing a fish at the boat is that it is easier to say “it was a big one for sure!”
  

WOW WHAT A FISH!
  

Well, well, Captain Ryan Howard strikes again!  And what do we have here?  Well, it a SMOKER king mackerel for sure and it weighted in after a spending a day in the old fish box at a little of over 56 pounds!  Where did he catch it?  In the mouth!   Offshore fishing report Beachfronts and shipping channel! Trolling options near shore Ocean menhaden have arrived and can be caught while casting your net around beachfronts and as far out as 3 miles into the ocean.  The secret to finding porgies also known as menhaden is to keep an eye to the sky for diving pelicans.  Menhaden are called “Pelican candy!”   This is the one bait that works when used live or dead.  It also works when used as chum meaning cut up or smashed up.  When using live menhaden I suggest light tackle rigs made with stinger hooks fished around the beachfronts and shipping channels.  Big kings are known for migrating into these areas during the month of August.  Steep drops such as those located in shipping channels (Savannah River Channel) hold lots of bait standing opportunities. 
King and Spanish mackerel

know exactly how this feeding drill works.  Slow trolling in these areas usually yield big king mackerel bites.  If you see Spanish mackerel on the surface it’s very likely that large kings are holding in the outskirts.  Another good baiting option is to catch a Spanish mackerel, rig it up quick, and let it free swim.  



Captain Tommy Williams and Captain Kathy Brown are doing what they do best!  And what is that?  Posing and a smiling!  Let’s talk about Captain Tommy old school straw hat, well, it works, it’s cooling and it also keeps the sun burn off your ears!  I suggest picking one up today!    Artificial Reefs Toothy Monsters! Trolling for Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, and barracuda is very good during this time.  Best trolling lures for Spanish mackerel are going to be the ever-popular 0 and 00 Clarke spoons.  Or any sort of pitching lure that once on the retrieve looks and acts like a glass minnow or juvenile squid.  Best trolling spoons for king mackerel are 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 inch Drone spoons.  As far as
best color I have always preferred old school silver.  However, that is only because that was the only color they used to have.  So if you want to pull a colored Drone I suggest black, chartreuse, red, or royal blue.  (With or without flash bling)  When it comes to getting that prefect barracuda bite it can happen while trolling for Spanish and king mackerel.  However, this toothy monster will also attack at and hit trolled surgical tubes.  We like using Sea Striker cuda tube CT-12 (12 inch) surgical tube with 2/0 heavy duty saltwater treble and CT-14 (14 inch) rigged with two hooks.  And once you see how these tube lures are put together you then can purchase 6 feet package SST6-(color) or 24 feet bulk pack SSTB-color and built your own. This is the way us charter boat captains go.  The tubes come in green, red, pink, and yellow colors.  And the best news is you could catch just about any kind of mid column to surface swimming fish with this crazy acting tube lure. 

  

Captain Deidra Helmey Jeffcoat is showing us a fine fishing catching smile!  What did we have here?  Well, on this day the Spanish and juvenile kings bit and hit and bit!
      

Looking for something interesting to do!
   

Daufuskie Island South Carolina!
   

Another great secret located on the coast!  Now this is not a fishing trip it is a seeing trip! It is a must for anyone!   (Local or not!) For all the grand details I suggest giving Captain “Gator” Gary a call 912 604 1587 or email jgaryhill@gmail.com.  He can set up transportation to get you there, golf carts, touring, and dinning!  It is a great place and it is only accessible by water!  So therefore it is a twofold kind of a situation, because the boat ride is also very interesting!
 

 Who is?  Captain “Gator” Gary is a photographer, naturist, historian, teacher, writer, videographer, graphic designer, a navigational wizard when it come to operating unmanned aircraft, (drones), specializes in aerial photographer, and a columnist (currently with Southern Tides Magazine, pick up a copy today) In the May/June 2016 issue of Chatham Isles Captain Gator was titled a Renaissance Waterman!  The bottom line…a darn interesting as well as talented person!
       

Savannah Snapper Banks  
Bottom fishing offshore report
The bottom bite at the Savannah Snapper Banks can be good during this time.  However, to catch big fish you have to use the right big bait.  Larger fish such as grouper, red snapper, cubera snapper, amberjack, and cobia want live bait.  A fishermen needs to use live baits such as menhaden, sand perch, rock bass, scup, pin fish, and ruby red lips.   It’s best to make sure that your live well circulation pump is working properly and that the filter is clean.  You want your bait as lively and not shocked. When a fish is shocked it basically does look stressed and has a white milky appearance.   I suggest lip hooking any of these bait with a 13/0 circle hook rigged up on a Carolina style rig.  As far as weight I always use a 3 to 8 ounce egg weight and an 8 to 30 foot 80/100 pound test monofilament leader.   I suggest sending this rig to the bottom, which anchors the line on the bottom.  This type of rig also sometimes referred as a “Carolina Style Rig” allows the bait to seemly swim free putting it right in the big fish’s strike zone.  As far as where to put your bait, well, at this point it’s all about Location, Location, Location!

 And of course before heading out I always suggest giving http://safmc.net/ and take a look see.  There are a few closers such as genuine red snapper, which is closed to harvest and possession.  (Also cobia) To make a copy of the regulations page for federal waters please go to http://safmc.net/sites/default/files/Regulations/pdf/2016/RecRegsSummary052516.pdf  I suggest if you are fishing offshore whether it at the artificial reefs all the way out o the blue waters of the stream, that you should have a copy of these rules and regulations on your boat.   And you also need to know that state and federal regulations are not always the same…make sure you know the difference.  

 

 A fist full of whiting!  Where did I catch them? In the sound...and what did they eat? Small pieces of unpeeled shrimp!
 

 Little Miss Judy Believe It Or Not!   
Symbolic Relationship or not! Moon jellyfish, spider crab, and covey of small minnows! And what is this all about? 
 

Although this is not a great picture it does prompt an interesting story.  This is what I call a moon jelly fish, a spider crab, and numerous small minnow story.  While anchored up in the Wassaw Sound this past week this moon jellyfish happened by.  Since I have seen hundreds of these jelly fish over the years I didn’t give it but a glance.  Then I saw a spider crab comfortably riding on top of the jelly fish.  Now it wasn’t stuck there and the jelly wasn’t eating it.  The crab, which seemed to be posting as a look out, was perched on the top side of the jelly fish.    
 
As I looked a little closer I also watched a numerous bait fish school tightly right under the jelly fish.      
For those that don’t know what a spider crab looks like, well here you go!     
 
This is a jelly ball and its personal spider crab.  These two sea creatures have ongoing symbolic relationship.  Over the years I have seen thousands of jelly balls and most always they are accompanied by their riding friend. And here’s how they roll...sometimes the spider crab rides outside, like this one and other times they ride under the jelly fish’s colored skirt.  So this begs the answer to these questions:  It is a love or just friendship? And when the crab is riding outside is it all about an argument or a just a grand ocean sightseeing event?  

 Thanks for reading!  Captain Judy


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Edited by Captain Judy - 30/Aug/2016 at 4:28pm
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