Southern Hot Spots

Savannah

Redfish, speckled trout, flounder, tarpon, jack crevalle, black-tip and spinner sharks A quick run from Savannah's famous historic district puts fishermen in the Savannah River estuary, a sprawling complex of winding channels, large flats, and numerous barrier islands. Local residents include spotted seatrout, spot-tail bass (redfish), stripers, and flounder, but coastal species working down the Atlantic seaboard often come in for extended visits. That means inshore and shoreline anglers can sometimes go one-on-one with jack crevalles, tarpon, and sharks.

Sweet Spots: Little Tybee Island area, and the mouth of Wassaw Creek in Wassaw Sound
What's Hot: Almost everything will take a Bass Assassin in electric chicken, or a DOA shrimp in root beer
Local Advice: "If you don't like fooling with 8-foot tides, you're in trouble," says Capt. Jack McGowan of Coastal River Charters.
Prime Time: Summer: tarpon, jacks, and sharks. Fall: trout and redfish
More Info: Coastal River Charters, 912-441-9930; www.coastalrivercharters.com