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Recent inshore fishing reports from the Northeast region.


Low Tide Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Maverick

Forum member Maverick put together a sweet video of some shallow water redfish action for all to enjoy. Catching fish on about everything thrown at them and being home before 10am. That sounds like a killer morning!

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Topwater Time in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The minute that lure hits the water, it was as if the fish was playing catch! It hammers that Skitterwalk so hard it’s entire body is in the air! Never seen anything like this. After an intense battle, he gets the monster boat side and i drop the net under it. This Gator weighed 7.8 pounds and was fat! Feeling pretty good about that bit of redemption, we decide to head in.

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Bulls at the Jetty

Florida Sportsman member: Coydog

But, when we first got there had some quick hits. First was a good sized Black Drum, Samsiam74 estimated at 50 plus pounds. Didn’t get it into the boat, broke the hook off. After redoing the tackle, threw on a new chunk of grab, waited about 15 minutes or so and this guy started to peel off line.

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The Quest Achieved

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

I think I was there maybe 15 minutes, when I felt a subtle tap tap, and by instinct I just easily raised the rod tip up to see if maybe it was just rocks and current or a fishy and as I did this it kinda pulled back so I gave it a little hook set and the fight was on. I could tell she was a good sheep, by the bucking, and couple that with her trying to use the current, well I just took her easy.

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Sheepshead Smackdown

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

We were using medium action spinning rods, 15 pound Spider Ultracast and 25 pound mono leader. I prefer using Carolina Rigs when fishing rocks with decent current. I’ll use the lightest egg weight that I can get away with. Hooks used were Owner short shank sheepshead hooks in 2/0.

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Catching in the Cold

Florida Sportsman member: Jizzo

When the tide slacked we fished a few bridge pilings with no luck. The Little Jetties must have been our 10th spot. As soon as the tide started coming back in we started getting bites. I love low tide fishing. It just seems more natural to me.

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High Tide Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

After few more shots it was my turn. We switched places at the helm and I moved us into a small cove and while I was explaining the bottom contour I tossed an 1/8th ounce jig head and a live shrimp. 1 flick and it was off. A nice fish.

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Fired Up Reds in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: Maverick

Got to take advantage of the good weather today and chased some reds. Caught them on just about everything we threw at them. Paddle tails, jerk baits, flies, anything, They were hungry! Probably caught 10 or more fish today. All sight fished outta skinny water.

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Pre-Spawn Gator Trout

Florida Sportsman member: T-shirt Bob

Got about 15 keepers between 2 to 4 pounds before I hooked this big gal which had some wide shoulders but didn’t appear to have roe yet. She tipped a tad over 7 pounds on the boga grip. A MirrOlure Paul Brown floating by a dock piling was just too much for her to resist.

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Inlet Drum Recon

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

If these guys are here, any day now we should start seeing waves of large fully mature fish coming through. Just as i had hoped. We managed to pick up 4 solid Drum and my second largest Bull Red at 44 inches. Pretty sweet for this time of year. We got a few other odd balls, including a 13 inch Sea Bass.

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Sheepshead and More

Florida Sportsman member: Badfish

Launched for the last few hours of the outgoing after realizing nobody had fiddlers, but that didn’t stop us from hunting down some sheep. First cast produced a trout and we got into a good 12 inch sea bass bite before Joey gets blown up! but it wasn’t no sheep! His Personal best redfish and he was stoked. Not 5 minutes later he hooked into the target species, also his personal best.

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Redfish Chewing in The Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: JonathanBoston

I moved into an area I had a lot of luck in around may and june but hadn’t caught any there for awhile. It’s a large shallow mud flat that sometimes holds some real finicky fish. After an hour or so of fishing I finally got a bite. It ended up being a 25 incher. After that it was nonstop for an hour, fish after fish after fish, by the time the sun started to set behind the trees I caught 11 reds and released 9 of them and kept my limit, a 25 and a 26 incher.

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Pre-Front Blitz

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Since we were only able to find a bite in one spot the day before, we went ahead and hit the same area first. The reds were chewing immediately! I got one on my second cast. Mike got one a few minutes later. Some time after that I managed a rat red and it wasn’t long before we had to make a move. We staked up in another area and immediately found the porgies chewing! We put about 15 or so in the boat and took off to beat some bad weather back in.

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Drummin’ in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: pennwardo

Randomly checked out a “fishy looking” spot and found a nice drop off. Threw some dead shrimp out at the start of the outgoing and the bite was on. Ran out of shrimp and time and headed in. New Personal best for black drum. Long cold day but ended up worth it.

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Inlet Action In the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_Madness

Took my cousin out on Monday to attempt getting him on his first salt water fish. He immediately hooked up into a solid 7 pound sheepshead, He was stoked. Unfortunately, he was projectile vomiting the rest of the morning and it wasn’t long before we had to call it a day.

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Catching Convicts

Florida Sportsman member: Blind Squirell

Dropped the boat in by Nassau Bridge and got our first lines in the water around noon. We stayed close to the inlet, fishing a few bridge and dock pilings. The bite was scattered, but steady. Picked up a couple of fish at each of our stops. Wrapped it up around 4pm with a total of 7 fish to 18 inches. No studs, but made for a few decent bags of fillets.

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Northeast Surf Fishing At its Finest

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

I set up with 4 rods and had my first of many pomps before I could get the last rod out! It looked like a good sign but I didn’t have a clue as to how great of a day fishing it was going to be. Whiting from 11 inches to 15 inches in size were hungry and shrimp was the bait of choice. The pompano preferred sand fleas. This time of year the fleas are very large and one will be perfect for a pomp or a redfish if he finds it first.

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Grass Flats Flounder

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Today, me and Jimmy saw right away that we had a similar tide situation and just like the day before, it was cooler out. this time a bit colder. We decided to cut straight for shallow mud bottom. We found a fishy looking Spartina Grass line and staked out. Second cast and I have a nice Flounder. A few casts later and I have a bigger one, our best for the day at around 3.5-4 pounds. Jimmy switches over to a Spinner and proceeds to kicking my butt. It was nice being the man making it happen but this guy wouldn’t let me have my moment for very long. It Wasn’t long before he’s slaying the Flounder. By the end of the day our scores were Jimmy 6, Steve 4.

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Flounder Bite Producing in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The Flatties were more than willing to chew on Berkley Gulp Shrimp in Pearl White with Chartreuse tails, tipped on Slayer 3/0 Jig heads in 1/4 ounce. Steve had some success on Stinky Finger Shrimp on the same Jig heads. He started off using Red jig heads and had no luck at all. Once he switched over to the Slayers, it was instantly game on. Chartreuse was the color of choice.

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Northeast Jetty Bulls

Florida Sportsman member: GrayBeard50

My next door neighbors and I have been fishing together on my boat all summer and have had a lot of fun catching bull reds. We went out Monday night to the Jetties and later back into the ICW south of the little jetties and had a lot of success again on the bulls. We were using blue crabs and mullet on the out going tide. When one, using a mullet, she ran for a piling. The anchor had to be pulled, lines brought in and the boat moved to open water away from the obstructions.I hooked up on this big After the lines were retrieved, Tony cranked the boat and Amy pulled the anchor. Tony positioned the boat and Amy netted the fish. Good teamwork.

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“Hooked for Life”- First Bull Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Brother Dave

Took a very good friend and business partner and his 14 yr. old son out today in search of big reds. The boys been bugging me since last yr. to put him on his first bull red. so today was the day and we headed out early to the beach to secure some pogies. I had fresh crab but wanted the ol’ reliable just in case. Had to throw a few times south of the poles but we got a well full. As we were heading back in the jetties we got to see a tarpon show along the south rocks. There were fish skying on mullet all along the rocks and they couldn’t believe it. It was tempting but we were on a mission so up river we headed and anchored up at the parking lot for the second halve of the outgoing. It was an awesome bite this morning from 9 am on…non-stop action. Let’s just say the boy popped his bull red cherry about ten times today and was crying uncle by 1pm. He is now officially “hooked for life”!

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Big Bulls off the Little Jetties

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

My wife decided she was ready to head out to the river so we decided to make it a group activity and invite some old friends that we haven’t fished with in a while. Hit the beach first for some Pogies and they were thick today. One cast and we had more live bait than we were ever gonna need. Hit the jetties North rocks for a bit and found a few Lady Fish(which was convenient) and a nice Drum which we invited home for dinner. The tide finally made its outbound run and we gave it another 30 minutes in the Inlet just to buy time for a favorable tide up river. We pulled up anchor and headed to the Little Jetties first. Got anchored up and immediately doubled up. Our friend Tammy got big boy in the boat and the other fish came unglued. A few minutes later and my wife has her first Bull of the season hooked up! I don’t think she cared much for the Bait caster rods but she made due and landed a hoss nonetheless! Minutes later Timmy gets his and before we know it, we have a guy anchored up right on top of us.

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Bulls on Parade

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Hit a few other areas up and down the beach starting from the Red Tops back all the way to Atlantic Beach and Found that the entire beach was just too Shark infested. No sign of Tarpon today. We made the decision to go ahead with our Plan B. Headed back in and anchored up river for some Channel Donkeys! We got set up and things were pretty slow. At first we were using Live Pogies and cut Jack. Decided to change up our bait and got some Chunked up Blue Crab put out and instantaneous action followed. For the next 45 minutes or so Crab was the only bait they would eat. We doubled up twice. The action was just none stop. Before too long the down going tide started slowing down and the Crab stopped getting hit.

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Northeast Spawning Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Richardrbloom

Went out today around 3 o’clock and went for some bull reds. Started off messing with some jacks but then got bored so headed to the red grounds and anchored up. Started the day with no bait but saw some crabs swimming and netted them and also cast netted some mullet. Threw a mullet out on the only rod that was already rigged up and before we could finish rigging another rod we where hooked up. Pulled in the fish and it was just around 40 inches. Next three another mullet out and rod starts bouncing. My friend picked up the rod and started reeling slowly to get a firm hookset. Once the fish felt the pressure it took off peeling line for almost a minute. Finally gained a few inches then it turned around and started running again after. After watching the rod for a few minutes we had a feeling it wasn’t a redfish. Noticed no head shakes and fast bounces on the rod every now and then.

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Little Jetties : Reds & Snapper

Florida Sportsman member: JLcustoms

Hit the Sisters creek boat ramp about 7am and went straight to the Little Jetties. Got a 2 man limit on mangrove snappers and this 30-inch red. All caught on live shrimp.I also caught a ladyfish for bait. Cut it up and caught a big bluefish for my neighbor. I didn’t get to eat the redfish and didn’t want to eat the bluefish, but I got a tiny bag of snapper.

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Hot Bull Red Bite

Florida Sportsman member: JLcustoms

First off, I have to shout out a huge thanks to Morocco_madness! He gave me a handful of priceless advice on here! My dad and his friend are from Jupiter, FL and do not have many reds down there and they have never caught any this big. I took them out Saturday and man were they biting! I had some frozen pogies and dropped those down towards the bottom and within 15 minutes we caught the first fish of 44 inches! Lost a couple and caught more. biggest was 45 inches and over 30 pounds.

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Back to work

Florida Sportsman member:Morocco_madness

Been working on some research and development working on some new areas. Haven’t been all that productive… Found a few areas for Flounder season that look like they could be epic. Well, today i decided to work on more of the “tried and true” and put him on some better fish. We started off in the inlet and found that seas were way up. Turned around and fished a rock cluster that held quality fish for me many years ago. Still fished the Jetties just much further West. The North rocks on the tail end of the up going produced some absolute monster Sea Bass. We got 6 keepers and released at least 20 at 12 inches.

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Northeast Variety

Florida Sportsman member: float & stalk

As I continue to learn the inshore waters of NE Florida, I decided to bring out the big guns and hire a little professional help. A good friend recommended Jeffrey Crabtree of Right Spot Charters and after a little back and forth we decided that yesterday morning looked as good as any. Thankfully (for me) Jeffrey’s boat was on the mend which meant we got to fish from mine.

We worked the last couple hours of the outgoing tide starting at first light. Threw a variety of artificials and had a pretty good morning catching Redfish to 29 inch, Trout, Flounder and lady fish. Highlight for me was this 25 inch Red that ate a Gulp Shrimp.

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Super Moon Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Badfish

We hit Oak Harbour at 6am and it was bright as day before the sun even started to come up with the huge moon….pretty cool to see! The high tide didn’t flood as much as expected, but it was high enough to get into the backs of a few of my favorite creeks. We started with top water and Boathouse was dead…only one rat wanted to eat. Moved into Chicopit only to find more of the same, some small flounder but that was about it. Fished several high tide flats to no avail. Moved to the Little Jetty as the tide topped out and had fun with a big school of keeper sized grey snapper, although we tossed them all back. A few sea bass, jacks, yellow mouth was all we could find until Joey got a very nice surprise using a mud minnow on a fishfinder rig….

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Geting By with a Little Help

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

The pressure was on. My good friend Josh’s 10 year old son Aiden had never caught a fish before! We needed to fix this asap, so I was tapping any info possible. First I went to an old faithful back creek spot. The tide was wrong, but I figured it would be a good spot to let them warm up their casting skills. Lo and behold, a red decided to cooperate and bit Aiden’s bait and the fight was on! It was a solid fish, about 25 inches!

It was only about 8a.m., and the gnats were biting so we decided to go for a boat ride. I had reached out to Arun and he told me about a redfish creek spot holding some big uns! So we went there not having a clue how to fish the spot, etc.

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ICW Trout and Flounder

Florida Sportsman member: mjs

Fished the ICW for a few hours this afternoon.Caught 3 keeper trout (26.75, 17, and 16 inches), 1 short trout, a jack and a flounder (15 inches). Kept the small slot trout/flounder for dinner and let the big one go to catch another day. This is my personal best trout and I have to say that large trout (22 inches plus) make my day! Reds are fun to catch, but large trout are special to me.

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Mayport Spanish Mackerel and Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: Salty Dog

Headed out to the Mayport south jetties after lunch today on the falling tide. The east wind with the outgoing tide had the water rolling in the channel but was not too bad on the south side of the rocks. Cast around for some trout, but the blues were there instead hitting everything I threw at them. Even caught a 13″ spanish mackerel, the first one I’ve seen this year. Guess the spring migration has started. No trout, so I moved into the river and looked for some sheepshead. The whiteshell rocks had lots of little sheepshead that successfully stole every fiddler I put in the water.

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Jetty Monsters

Florida Sportsman member: Badfish

I’m getting married two weeks from today and my soon-to-be wife and I needed a break so we loaded up with blue crabs and hit the Mayport ramp. B+M was slow and the ramp was dead…..it was perfect.High tide was 12:30 and we dropped the hook around 10:30 and didn’t catch more than some dirty ‘ol toadfish for the first couple hours. But after the tide turned, the inlet laid down and the fish started cooperating. All fish took 1/2 blue crabs (live) on circle hooks. All fish were caught right in the lip and all swam away healthy after a little TLC.

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Herding the Sheeps

Florida Sportsman member: arunram

Day three of our sheep herding marathon. Gotta love Increasing daylight after work. Bob, myself and Scott (Sea Snake’s neighbor) fished from 3.30 to 5.30 pm and got on to some nice sheeps. Boated 10 fish from 3 pounds to 9 pounds. Most were over 7 pounds. In three days of short fishing trips in a combined 6 hours of fishing, we caught some big black drum and boated 20 stud sheeps. Our fishing for the week is done and might go again next week for a couple of trips. After the sheeps, I’ll be switching gears to pompano in the surf and topwater trout in the creeks!

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Copperhead Road Reds

Florida Sportsman member: ReelSkinny211

Fun day out with the_big_shrimp. Headed out to test some new things out on the boat. Of course we had to take some tackle with us! We went through some places that looked mighty fishy and decided to wet a line. the_big_shrimp hooked into a nice fat red right of the get go. Successful day of testing I would say!

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Mayport Inlet Drum Roll

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Today we went with brined clams, fresh shrimp and live blue crabs. The real producers were the blue crab and shrimp. Right away the Sonar is pinging like mad. All morning long there were large quantities of fish under the boat. Didn’t take them long to find our baits either. Right away we are loading up on perfect sized drum and large Sea Bass. The average size on the sea bass that we kept was 15 inches. All nice fish. The drum were on fire. One after another. Once the tide slowed down a bit the bite calmed down right along with it. For whatever reason the current picked right back up again and the minute it did, the fish turned back on. That’s when my whole live blue gets owned and sends my rod bending. I start reeling and it’s on! 10 minutes later a large bull red is in the boat[...]

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Nassau Sound Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: AjNJax

Braved the wind and fished Nassau sound with my brother Jon. Plan was to fish under the bridge for sheeps but the wind was horrible, ended up fishing some docks that we normally wade in the summer and found em biting…ended up with 7 sheepies I’m guessing 3-7 pounds, 3 reds at 16-28 inches, and 2 blk drum at 14 & 17 inches, all on fiddlers! Bought two dozen live shrimp as a backup plan and brought home 22 of them.

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Lucky Red

Florida Sportsman member: ChippyDiesel

Was catching a bunch of yellow mouth and croaker in the river on dead shrimp when this guy showed up to party! Kind of funny I got this guy on dead shrimp because I was fishing the tip of the jetties on Friday with blue crabs and couldn’t find a big drum to save my life. Very fun fight on the light tackle I was using. First good fish I have caught on my new boat, hope to add many more!

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Florida Sportsman member: ReelSkinny211

Went out today with my bro the_big_shrimp, to test out his new Shimano he got from west marine. Ended up trying some spots that we hadn’t been to in awhile and ended up hooking in to plenty of nice fish, including the_big_shrimps personal best flats red at 32 inches [...]

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St.Augustine Gator Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Jweig20

I caught this big slob on a topwater in the St. Augustine intercostal from shore. I limited out after also catching and releasing another big 24-incher. The rest were all in the 18-19 inch range. After all year of catching 14 1/4 inch fish, I’m pumped to finally stack em up! She was a 29 1/4 inch, 9 pound ,16 inch girth pig! I think its a fish of a lifetime but we will just have to wait and see! I went back the next day and caught a 24 1/4 inch the same hole.

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More Stud Sheeps

Florida Sportsman member: arunram

Went out to scout for some tourney quality sheeps. Our trip to Nassasu was a bust three weeks ago so we didn’t even bother with the sheeps until yesterday. We fished end of sisters creek and worked the structure all the way to Nassau sound. We found the big ones in the deepest part of the bridge. Yesterday was the day we lost more sheeps than we caught. Everytime a monster sheep was lost my heart sank! Ended the day with about 6 of ‘em all from 7 to 8 pounds and a couple of keeper sea bass. The fish were caught on fiddlers.

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10 Pound Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: ReelSavage89

My neighbor Bruce and his little ones went for a quick trip yesterday afternoon! Finishing the last of Dads live shrimp, Ashley hooked into a monster sheepshead! She was so excited, I heard the story three times while getting the camera ready. They also caught a bunch of whiting and trout. Bruce did a great job putting his kids on fish, and thats what its all about! Those kids we hooked and ready to go again![...]

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Cold Front Gator Trout

Florida Sportsman member: ReelSavage89

Snuck out of work early today to catch the front coming through. Conditions were close to perfect as I as loading up my kayak. Wind was still, temps were cooling and it wasn’t raining! Tied on one of my favorite lures, the spook jr. in the bone color. Saw some mullet get freaked out near a deep channel and slung the plug 6 feet past the spooked mullet and worked it back without pausing. It got hammered but then just turned over on it. So I gave it one more shot and slowed the presentation, pausing every third pop. All of a sudden this fat 26 incher just about swallowed the plug. Glad to see some big trout still hitting topwater!!! Other than the usual dink trout I caught two reds!! Great afternoon sure beats working in the O.R.[...]

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Big Seas, Cold, and Raining Sideways

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Had a chance to get out and attempt some catching today. Met up with forum member Javier AKA Optimum7 at B&M this morning. Loaded up on Fiddlers along with various essentials and made our way to the boat launch. I noticed that we had a 40% chance of rain today but being the guy that has zero faith in weather prediction, i went along with our plan anyways. Got just shy of the base and we were greeted by big rollers and strong easterly wind. Things started looking awful right off the bat. We changed our course and headed for the Little Jetties. Not sure why but the Sheepshead were just not biting. We sat it out for a good hour or so and it appeared that the rough weather in the Inlet may have subsided. We dragged up and headed back out and the inlet was looking like glass(minus the points). Made for the southern point and went to work[...]

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Gate Station Red

Florida Sportsman member: fjohns67

Hit the beach around 7:30 a.m. The bite started a little slow but picked up later in the morning. I put a bunch of whiting and a nice size bluefish in the cooler. I even caught a whiting on a finger mullet. That was a first. The catch of the day was on a small piece of shrimp with a clam fish bite and a #2 hook on a drop down rig. The red hit and surfaced as soon as it was hooked. I thought it was a big shark at first. I was lucky there was a guy fishing right down the beach that came down and helped me land the fish and get a good picture for me. The fish was released right after the picture was taken. It was by far the biggest red I’ve ever caught [...]

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Vilano Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

An old friend called me up last night wanting to know if i wanted to take him fishing. Needless to say we went! Fun day for sure. Started off as it often does when fishing Vilano Inlet, SLOW. We hit our first area in search of some more of those Delicious Permit. None around today. Found a good stock of Whiting in their stead. Wore them out for a little while and dragged up the anchor to try out a couple other areas. Different spots with more of the same thing. No worthwhile fish being caught. Started getting tired of working sandbars so i took us over to the Inlet to work the rocks. This is about the point where things started looking up. Right away im pulling up decent sized Ring Tails. Lost far more than i caught but did at least put 4 in the boat, along with a 4lb sheepshead[...]

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Inshore Slammin’ After Dusk

Florida Sportsman member: Cooney’s Fishin’ FL

Launched the boat at dusk and caught a red and then headed south to gig some flounder and to scoop up a few stone crabs. Then we finished the night with some dock light trout. We had much success, the big flounder is 7 pounds, and we probably caught and released 20 trout, but kept 3. Good eating for the next week or so!

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Vilano; Reds,Popano,Sheepshead & More

Florida Sportsman member: Noel

“Who said Redfish are picky eaters? This large one we got ate the shark rig! 10/0 circle, 480 lb cable, and the bigger half of a 10″ Whiting. The rest of the morning we went threw 3 dozen colossal clams which you get 3 baits from each one. We left them biting at 11AM. In the cooler 10 Pompano, 12 Whiting, 2 Blues, and a 5lb Sheepshead. We through back 10 Whiting, 6 Pompano, a 3′ Blacktip Shark, and a 23 lb Redfish.[...]”

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Successful Day; Multiple Inshore Slams

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

“Went out for a bit today to scout some new stuff, or water we hadnt tried since last year. Using spinner baits, jigged paddle tails, and finger mullet jigs, we found quite a bite nearly everywhere we went. We got on some real nice upper slot reds, quite a few trout, and hooked about 30 flounder, catching multiple slams. The bite was on today! The highlight of the day, for me, was when I suggested a new spot[...]”

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Mayport Jetties – Reds, Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

“My partner saw that we were getting on some Sheepshead Friday and wanted to give it a shot. We met up this morning and made way for B&M to load up on Fiddlers. Picked up a quart and headed to the launch. Was a flat, calm day in the inlet. Started off throwing some Finger Mullet for Reds as we waited for a favorable tide for Sheepshead(down going). We got 2 29″ Reds and an absolute pile of Yellowmouth and Speckled Sea Trout[...]”

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Nassau Sound

Florida Sportsman member: Maverick

“Went with a buddy out to nassau sound to see what was goin on. Ended up netting up a bunch of mullet and started slaying the trout and bluefish. Caught fish non stop from about 3 till dark[...]”

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Spinnerbaits for Flounder

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

This years flounder run has been very confusing. I’ve been trying to keep tabs on my friends since I’ve been too busy, and the information they are giving me has been weird. I finally got out on the water to see for myself on Tuesday, and yup, things are not going as expected. First of all, the “thick” of the flounder, is still way up river. “Up river” to me, is downtown. A few friends have been stomping them hard up there, so we went into unfamiliar territory to check things out [...]

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Creek Wars Triple Challenge Tournament Winners

Florida Sportsman member: CreekWars

Gusty winds and swift tides greeted this years Creek Wars Triple Challenge Tournament (visit www.creekwars.com for results and photos). The conditions made for a challenging and exciting proving ground for our tournament anglers.

The Creek Wars 4th Annual Triple Challenge Tournament held Saturday, October 13th, 2012 at the Jim King Park and Boat Ramp at Sisters Creek, grew to a 76 boat turnout with 38 anglers weighing catch for their chance to win one of twelve opportunities for cash prizes [...]

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Slob Trout in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman member: abacon

Caught these two slobs this morning on some D.O.A paddle tails. The one I landed had few to no spots, pretty strange!

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Flat Fish Report

Florida Sportsman member: arunram

Went scouting for flounder with my partner Bob this Saturday. It was a slow day for quality “flatties”. We threw everything except the kitchen sink and tried so many spots that looked fishy. Kept some real nice ones. Many 12 inches to 14 inches, went back to the drink. Spoke to a commercial flounder gig fisherman and he said they are not schooled up in large numbers yet in the usual areas. We will go for them again soon.

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Jacksonville Bull Reds

Florida Sportsman member: ShallowExpectations

So my brother, Greenie Slayer, is living in Jacksonville going to school at UNF. Pops and Momma decided they wanted to go up and visit him so I decided I would tag along since they said they were bringing the boat and going fishing. I will let the pictures tell the tale.

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A Bull Red to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The NE Florida Redfish migration is in full swing. My buddy and I have been discussing the idea of putting his wife Mendy on some fish for a while now. She’s never caught a red before so we thought, “Why not make her first a bull?” We made it happen. Got out bright and early and hit up B&M for some tackle and frozen mullet. Hit the boat launch and made wakes to our first stop in Mill Cove. Was a slow start with a few pecker fish. As the tide change hit, so did the first PIG [...]

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South Jax Lagoon

Florida Sportsman member: swkowboy

Since last night was so hot, we decided to try again. Man, it was nonstop action all afternoon. We hooked 12 to 15 tarpon, landed 7. Mostly juvenile 4 to 8 pounds. My wife had the biggest and I lost it right at the bank. We also caught some mangrove snapper, ladyfish, and a nice 8 to 10 pound redfish caught by Carter and my Dad. All were caught on live shrimp and mud minnows mostly on the top [...]

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Bull Reds Only

Florida Sportsman member: arunram

Went out fishing with Steve and Jay hoping for more tarpon and bull redfish action. Loaded the livewell with some 8 inch mullet right at the Mayport boat ramp. We tried for pogies but couldn’t find any on the beach today [...]

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Windy Day for Bull Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Brother Dave

Got out Saturday morning early with some friends to try and sneak a couple hours in before the winds picked up. The big reds were chewing good for the conditions. Maybe the falling barometer helped, who knows, but by 9:30 the wind was howling and the river got pretty snotty. Got off the water by noon and there was a 3 foot wind chop in Clapboard Creek by the ramp!

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Deep Creek Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Booyuhka

Was itching to out today even tho the tides weren’t that great launched at mayport and headed to deep creek, ‘yep the tide was already slack. Super high. No movement. After hooking onto a small flounder and small trout I thought eh’ maybe it won’t be so bad [...]

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Sisters Creek Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Jizzo

I’ve been on vacation this week. My camping trip at little talbot last weekend got rained out so no beach fishing. I made it out Tuesday to fish the rocks at Vilano. We didn’t catch much but we saw some tarpon airing it out against the rocks but we couldn’t get em’ to eat. I took my daughter fishing Thursday to west Chicopit. Its hard to find the fish with a 6 year old in the boat. We saw a big school of dolphin with some babies jumping out of the water. My daughter loved that and we watched em for about an hour before we got pushed off the water by a storm [...]

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Mayport Inlet Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Took an old friend out today to catch some inlet reds. Caught some pogies headed for the rocks. Wasn’t long before we had our first of the day in the boat. Caught a few more and the bite pretty much turned off. Decided to ride out the tide change and it paid off. Timmy gets his PB 37 inch red. Caught a few more and the inlet got pretty rough so we called it a day. Got a few reds out there Friday as well [...]

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Downtown Trout Hole

Florida Sportsman member: chasingtails1

Went out yesterday evening for a couple of hours to a downtown trout hole and wore the trout out. Solid action from the first couple of casts to the last cast. Started out throwing Top Dog JR’s and Mirrodines, that’s all we had to use. We caught over 30 specks then switched to plastics and caught a bunch of yellowmouth [...]

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Mayport Jetties Produce

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Spent the morning with good company, chasing the ever elusive Tarpon. Found a huge Pogie pod and loaded up on a days worth of bait. Spot locked and started fishing. Was maybe 5 minutes and I was on my PB Red fish (40″). A few minutes later and my partner is being spooled by something large [...]

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Beast From the Beach

Florida Sportsman member: Bighammerhunter

After about 1 hour and 10 minutes and a half mile down the beach later, we land this PB lemon with a 9/0 with 80 pound line. We were taken so far down the beach we did not have a tape measure but when we used my 10 foot crowder as “scale” we figured she was about 10 to 11 feet and FAT as I have seen [...]

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Jax Beach Pier, July 4th

Florida Sportsman member: kayakling

Woke up way late not according to plan and oddly enough still found plenty of free parking near the pier at 11:00 a.m. Water was respectable, winds were light SW and then shifting sustained E. Baits were spots, moonpies, mullet, and menhaden in large schools mostly headed N. Overall action was steady for myself and some of the people I was fishing with. Bluefish and ladyfish were ever-present, runs of trout and pompano were off-and-on, some Spanish were now-and-then (I only managed one), saw a black drum and a flouder get decked as well [...]

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Seeing Red

Florida Sportsman member: reelhooker

Hit the water this morning with my neighbor at 0700. We put in at Oak Harbour and snagged a ton of pinky sized finger mullet and headed towards clean water. The tide was ripping and the water was brown so we scouted around looking for some bait pods and caught some Jacks and bluefish. I was determined to catch a ladyfish to use as cut bait since the water was so dirty [...]

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Afternoon Trouting

Florida Sportsman member: chasingtails1

Went back to my favorite trout hole to see if all the rain has affected the bite, trout were still there, not as many but better fish. I got my limit pretty quick though throwing skitterwalk in the baby trout pattern and redfish pattern. Switched to the mirrodine and continued catching decent trout for about a hour then headed home [...]

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Monster Flattie!

Florida Sportsman member: 3ofakind

I thought it may be a red as it made a strong run and felt way too heavy to be a flounder. After a minute I realized it wasn’t a red and thought I may have a big ray. A minute later I saw what would be the largest flounder I have ever caught let alone seen in person. After 2 times in and out of the net, a few strong runs and several choice words we boated the 13.36 lb 31″ monster [...]

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Catching up on Reports

Florida Sportsman member: creekgeek

So, I haven’t posted any reports in awhile but the rain has brought on some boredom so I’m going to try to make up for it. Before the tropical storm (must be what, 12 inches of rain ago or there about), we were starting to catch some big reds in the river. Made several trips to a favorite spot near the island and landed several just over the slot, one in the slot and one serious beauty [...]

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South Jax Beach Intracostal

Florida Sportsman member: swkowboy

Caught this 14 pound drum, a 3 to 4 pound red tonight, and baby tarpon from a few days ago. All on dead shrimp on the bottom. Not to mention a couple of bass, pinfish, and baby croakers. Fun night!

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Pesky Croakers

Florida Sportsman member: Bigchocolatelab

I noticed lots of action near us in the light so I threw the net and what do you know about a dozen croakers came up in the net. At this point I’m thinking lets ride. My buddy though states, “hey man you need to match the hatch”. So I said EF it let’s throw one of these suckers into the current. Instantly I get slammed and sink into a nice red. For about the next hour or so we sank into real nice reds and trout. All on croakers.

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Mayport Inlet Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Met up again with my new fishin buddy Arun. First thing we went over to Chicopit to catch some Finger Mullet. We had to work pretty hard for them but the work paid off and we set off for the inlet with a full live well. Reached our destination and dropped in some line. Wasn’t long before we had our first Red of the day. Arun pulls up a very nice 26.5″ red. In the box he goes. Minutes later i get my first Red of the day, a 28″ fish that got put back in the water after some revival [...]

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NB Surf Report

Florida Sportsman member: Sea-Squatch

I took my two little boys down about noon today to see what was biting. The tide had just started going out. The surf was small, and very, very clear. I used pomp rigs w/ clam on the bottom hook, and “fresh” dead shrimp on the top. I had three rods out for two hours, and only lost one bait.

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Vilano and ICW

Florida Sportsman member: pdog1966

I’m posting this because we are very proud of our son. Headed out of Vilano at around 900am with my wife, two kids, my mate BJ and one of his sons. We were armed with shrimp, mud minnows and fiddlers. Wanted to check out the ocean for cobia and sharks, but it looked too rough and dangerous. Our oldest who is 9 y.o. was disappointed. But, we decided to anchor at the jetties. After losing a few jig heads and carolina rigs in the stones, we altered our strategy and started to catch – small sea bass, large lady fish and jack. My wife and oldest son recommended keeping a lady for chunk bait so we did. Tossed a 1″ chunk on a circle hook bottom rig and went back to catching sea bass [...]

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Easter Trip

Florida Sportsman member: reelhooker

Headed out on the water around 2pm and had plans to go chase some cobia. As weather would have it, our plans were quickly altered and back to the ramp to change out gear. We hit some a couple areas that I like to fish on low tides and caught the normal reds and trout. I did however hook up with this guy who put on quite the show on light tackle.

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Sight Fishing Flounder

Florida Sportsman member: LightTackleKing

Is it fall because the flounder seem to think it is. Me and my brother went out for about 3 hrs to try some new water… As soon as we get back there bait is everywhere you look and getting busted. Drop the trolling motor down and start down the creek, Flounder were so thick they were busting and jumping out the water busting mullet. I have never had a spring run of flounder like this, it got to the point where we were sight casting flounder [...]

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Kids Count Tourney Slam!

Florida Sportsman member: LightTackleKing

Well the kids count tourney was today and my son has been waiting to fish it. Of course the wind was blowing. The goal was to just have a lot of fun and see what happens. Headed out early and hit my 1st spot to try and pick up a redfish and my son lands a decent flounder about 18″ which I was happy about to go ahead and get that out the way. Headed to catch some trout and we hammered them got a quick 17″ and wanted to try for the last puzzle which was the red [...]

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Low Tide Topwater Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Bigchocolatelab

Finally was able to get out today on this gorgeous day. The last couple of days have been crazy wind and rainy weather. Well me and 2 other buddys decided to take advantage of the pretty day and get out around 3:30. We rigged up our bait casters with bomber lures and skitterwalks and picked up some live shrimp just in case. We were going to be fishing a strong out going tide so I knew we had togo to some spots out of the river (as it can get strong out there during a heavy outgoing) [...]

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El Cheapo: The Saga Continues

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

I saw someone brought the “Bling bling” flounder post back up…. I didnt want to respond to an old report, but it gave me some inspiration….. I’ve been lying a little “dormant” lately. Not that I havnt been fishing, just figured (with suggestion) the report section could use a little break. Its been a double whammy lately with my main sheep herding partner becoming increasingly camera shy as we near the tourney! Quality fish have never been thrown overboard quicker than this seasons sheepshead [...]

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Monster Sheepie

Florida Sportsman member: Gaffit

Monster in my book 12lb 25inch. Sheepshead. Was caught at 1-4 bridges south of beach blvd ramp. Set up: penn 650 on a 6′ sturdy stick mono 25lb test, 1/2once weight, 200lb swivel,same 25lb test, size 2 j hook. It was a spare rod with what I could find tackle and a handful of fiddlers. My girlfriend had the rod [...]

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Trophy Sheepies

Florida Sportsman member: arunram

Me and my partner Bob went out for half a day this afternoon in his boat to hunt for some trophy sheeps in deep water. We fished 40 to 45 foot water in the river on some good looking bottom and caught some nice sheepshead. Oh boy we missed / lost some nice ones that felt every bit 10 pounds. There was a point I was about to cry when I lost 3 straight bigguns. Ended the day with 21 sheeps and 3 drum. We had a couple 8 pounders and couple 7 pounders. Moby **** is still out there! We were surprised that the sheeps could see our fiddlers that deep in faint light with all that fog all around us.[...]

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Inshore Heartbreak

Florida Sportsman member: Badfish

My buddy Eric and I spent all of 8 1/2 hours on the water and covered a lot of it fishing between Chicopit and JTB. It was a beautiful morning and the water was nice and glassy around 8am. After a slow start we found a steady bite near Wonderwood. We pulled out a lower slot red, and a decent sheepshead along with countless small croaker/trout using live shrimp and cut shrimp. Eric had both of the keepers in the cooler as the tide bottomed out, making my recent loss much harder to swallow [...]

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