Fishing Adventures on Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island Fishing Captain Eric Moody has a reputation on our island. He’s known as the fishing guru, the local legend, the overall pirate of Jekyll. His charter fishing excursion are eventful afternoons filled with belly laughs, life lessons, (mostly) true stories and yes, even that dreamed of Big Catch. (Unless you were us a few weeks back, in which case you catch other fishers and not actual fish.)

Aside from being a known character on Jekyll, Captain Moody also guest blogs for us, and here, he shares his advice on winter-time water outings. Take it away, Captain Moody:

It’s Christmas time? Already? It seems just yesterday that it was July, 95 degrees and you couldn’t walk outside without looking like someone sprayed you in the face with a garden hose.

But here we are. Jekyll’s “Quiet Time.”

Our summer guests are all snug in their beds with visions of sandcastles in their heads. Our winter snow birds have arrived, building their nests here for the next few months. The sun sets far too early and restaurants have switched to their winter hours. It’s winter, and I’ve got a little extra free time these days.

After living on Jekyll for 18 years, I’ve come to love this time of year. Unbeknowst to our summer guests, winter actually provides the best weather for bike riding, golf, tennis and walks along the beach– and fishing! Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum and Sheepshead are the main targets in this season. The best technique for catching these species involves floating a live shrimp under a cork, at different depths, in area creeks and rivers next to oyster bars and shell banks.


Lately, I’ve had great luck fishing a live shrimp on the bottom at low tide in about 3 feet, as well. If you get the right conditions, you’re almost guaranteed a great day on the water and some fish to take home for the fryer. Another winter perk: fresh, warm fried fish paired with cooler temps (if those ever arrive).

Beyond fishing for fresh catches, sightseeing trips are also great this time of the year. Dolphins can be spotted all around area waterways, migrating birds are out everywhere, and with the cooler temperatures, your chance of spotting wild horses on one of our Cumberland Island cruises is greatly increased. (Like us humans, these fascinating horses tend to be out in the open more in cooler temps, since that hot Georgia sun isn’t beating down on them.)

So, yes, its winter. But that doesn’t mean water-loving types have to hibernate. There is still plenty of opportunity to get out on the water. And we’re here when you’re ready to grab a rod and reel, put on those boating shoes and explore!

I hope everyone also has a safe and Happy New Year! Tight lines and best fishes from Coastal Expeditions!

Insert shameless plus: Coastal Expeditions Fishing and Dolphin Tours is owned and operated by Captain Eric Moody (912-270-3526) and Captain Vernon Reynolds (912-265-0392) and leaves daily from Jekyll Harbor Marina. For booking and more info please visit While you’re online, check us out on Facebook, too.

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