Photos: St. Simons “Bass in the Grass”

Written by: Capt. David Edens


This 21-inch “bass” was chasing crabs in very shallow water.
Photos by Capt. David Edens

The locals in St. Simons, Georgoa, call redfish “bass.” When the fish are caught tailing in the grass,they’re known as “bass in the grass.” I have never heard that term elsewhere. I have heard reds called drum, red drum, and puppy drum, mostly in North Carolina; in South Carolina, call the fish spot tails and spot tail bass; and from Florida to Texas, they’re known as redfish. I think local vernacular is interesting.


The tell-tale fin. . .

We have had some great tailing action in flooded grass over the last few weeks. On one occasion, the fish wanted to get after the fiddler crabs so badly that they were crawling on their bellies in the grass with their backs out of the water. On several trips we saw dozens of tails.


Fishing in the grass is tough, so you need to be ready to take your best shot.

Fishing in the grass is hard.  It is like trying to take a shot at a big buck in thick cover. An inexperienced angler will connect on 1 in 10 shots, while a very experienced angler connects on about 2 in 5 shots.

Capt. David Edens operates Fly Cast Charters in St. Simons Island, Georgia.


Another “red drum” comes to the boat.

These fish put up quite a fight in shallow water.

Low-light fishing is a magical experience.

Scanning the grass fo signs of life. . .

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