Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Things are finally on the move as mullet of all sizes are running down our coastlines for their lives from north to south. Large mullet in the two-pound range are by far the most impressive as tarpon, sharks, and kingfish attack with a fury that can only be witnessed to believe, it is truly National Geographic! The schools are always on the move so be prepared to drive the boat and cover some water but there should be no doubt once you run into these huge packs of mullet. Inlets are always a good first place to check but there is no rhyme or reason where mullet will be on a day to day basis. Drop a live mullet back on a kingfish rig and wait for the drag to scream. Smaller finger size mullet are also running along the coast and that is being met by bluefish, spanish mackerel, redfish, trout, and jacks.
Bottom fishing has triggerfish and grouper opportunities on wrecks out past 20 miles with closer in wrecks providing vermillion, flounder, and a stray cobia or two.
Bull redfish are running especially at all three major inlets: St Augustine, Fernandina, Mayport. Blue crab, cut ladyfish and my favorite, cut mullet, used on the bottom on the outside of channel ledges are prime time for bulls. Don’t forget to vent your bull redfish if you pull it up from deep water or it will not survive. Venting is the first thing done before anything on my boat to ensure the survival of these protected fish. Migratory over slot redfish are also on the move in the shallow areas such as major flats (Chicopit Bay, Tiger Basin, Mesa Marsh, Mill cove, Devil’s Elbow). Topwater lure or spinnerbait is a great offering to these brutes who sometimes get mistaken for a large mullet school. Flood tides bring two different tails, redfish and sheepshead. This style of fishing is great for kayakers who can paddle right through flooded grass. I like a weedless tube bait or havoc grass pig as artificial lure choices but small cuts of blue crab tossed into suspecting tails will get you both species.
Keep your eyes open because the fall is all about those baits getting busted and that is the action you want to be in!
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