The Beauty of Cumberland Island on the Georgia coast, is indescribable. Mere words do not do it justice. It really needs to be experienced. Whether spending the day or camping for a few days, the island will always be an amazing adventure!
There is a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Creeks, rivers, beaches and jetties are brimming with fish. Redfish, Speckled Seatrout, Flounder, Sheepshead, Black Drum, just to name a few, are abundant. We have gathered some knowledge from local Fishers and Captains about fishing Cumberland.
St. Andrews Sound
Want to talk to you about fishing from Crooked River to St. Andrews Sound. What we here at Mudd Flats Fishing Charters specialize in is skinny water, on the grass flats and oyster bars. On the flats we are chasing good schools of redfish. Staging around low tide oyster beds following them into the grass flats, as the tide rolls in. We are finding these reds in as skinny as 6 inches of water. MFFC uses light spinning tackle, such as a Cajun 7’ Savannah Rod (medium-heavy); rigged with Penn 3000 reel. I like to use 15 lb. braided line with 20 lb. fluorocarbon leader. Tackle of choice; Unfair Lures; plastic body jig, rigged weedless or Slayer jig, rigged weedless. Colors of choice are anything that matches the hatch. Mudd minnows, root-beer with chartreuse tails, or a white with chartreuse tails.
A very good number of gator trout are in the back waters and creek mouths along the larger oyster flats, ranging from 18” to 28” in length. Mudd Flats catches them on top water and sub suspending lures. Best patterns to use, this time of year are gold and orange, red and white, and a darker shadowed chrome with a black top.
For you Fly-Fishermen, using a mudd minnow fly pattern or a small crab is a big plus on the flats. We are also spotting a great number of sheepshead on the grass flats, as well, anywhere from 2-8 lbs.
Best of luck to all you fishermen and women out there and always be safe out on the waters. If you would like a great fishing experience give Mudd Flats Fishing Charters a call.
Capt’n Eric Norberg
Mudd Flats Fishing Charters
As many people know Christmas creek is a very challenging creek to get to much less fish or gig. You have to plan and watch the weather to be able to run across the sound to get there! That is the first leg of a challenging trip, you have to have the wind,tides and weather in you’re favor to make the trip. Certain times of the year Christmas creek can be the best flounder gigging you have ever seen.
You want to get in and get out before you get trapped by any of the elements that may catch you headed back to the ramp.
First rule of Christmas creek is be careful!
It’s 100x more dangerous at night. — Glynn Bigs Watson
This time of year jetty fishing can be a ton of fun and maybe a little overwhelming with such a big spance of rocks. When I’m out there looking for a place to fish I look for a different kind of rock formation such as maybe a couple sticking out away from all the others or maybe a curve inward where the fish can tuck in and get out of the current. When I see these spots I toss a Caroline rig with a live shrimp up as close as I can. If the tides running slow I like to look for a nice stretch of straight rocks and run a float right down the face of the rocks with my bait about a foot from the bottom. With fall approtching fast this is going to be a popular place to fish. The Sheepshead, black drum and redfish will be running in great numbers. Tight lines! — Captain Ken Olson