by Brad Stewart owner of Stewart’s Bait and Tackle
While visiting Tybee, take advantage of the many fishing opportunities around the island. There are three public piers for fishing; Lazaretto Creek pier, Fisherman’s Walk on the back river, or the Tybee Pier and Pavilion. You can also try your luck from the beach or off the beaten path at some of the creeks, bridges, and tidal pools.
While fishing, always remember that tides play a major role as to when certain species are biting. The most common species caught are red drum, black drum, whiting, croaker, stingrays, speckled trout, flounder, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, as well as many species of sharks.
Red drum, black drum, and sheepshead are primarily found around structure. There are two rock jetties on Tybee- one located at the southernmost end as far as one at the north end, near the lighthouse. There are also pilings found at the pier. Flounder, speckled trout, and Spanish mackerel are usually found at the sand bars at the north and south ends, where these fish ambush mullet and glass minnows as they are washed from shallow to deeper water.
A lot of species can be found year-round, but the prime time to catch them is April through November. While fishing on Tybee Island remember there is no magical rigging that will work for any species of fish; bottom, cork, or live line fishing will all be great techniques. Dead shrimp, squid, and mullet are all great baits and live shrimp, mud minnows, or fiddler crabs can increase your success when the baits are available.
We wish you the best of luck while fishing from our beaches, where you should always leave with a full cooler!
Stewart’s Tybee Island Bait and Tackle
4-F Old Highway 80