Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Checking Safe Harbor seafood docks with the one and only Watty Watson, looks like plenty of bee liner’s, trigger’s, cobia and wahoo. Best fishing has come from deeper wrecks out in water depths of 120 feet or deeper. There was a major swell pushing through the Gulf Stream that may have dropped water temps surrounding the stream which would create a dramatic water temperature change barrier. You can check ocean surface water temp’s online and this can help wahoo anglers key on certain areas, especially where the stream has created a flow of water outside it’s normal realm. Weather has been unseasonably warm and calm making a great window of opportunity to get out this weekend.
The sheepshead are biting, from main jetty areas off our main inlets or well inland on bridge or dock pilings. Fiddler crabs have been the bait of choice either by using a drop shot rig, very similar to what a bass fisherman would use a light Carolina rig. The drop shot is best when your fishing straight up and down. Where the Carolina rig works better is when you’re letting a bait flow with the current along a structure. Hooks are always a discussion and from my own personal experience I try to use a circle hook when ever I can. I like the fact that when the fish takes the fiddler just adding a small amount of pressure will be enough to get the fish well hooked. When they’re hooked on a circle, it’s extremely hard for them to shake off. When choosing a hook you don’t want something to thin as it will bend either from fighting a sheephead or from getting hung up. I like a strong hook in either a 3/0 or 4/0 size and I always have a hook sharpener handy as to keep my points sharp. My favorite rod choice for jetty rocks is seven and a half foot with a soft tip. The soft tip helps the angler with adding a small amount of pressure to the hook and that is key for getting in a rhythm for hooking sheepshead. That goes for standard J-hooks, also the start of the hook set is the same. Beach and surf anglers should enjoy some decent whiting fishing this weekend especially on incoming tides keying on slough areas along the beach. Fresh dead shrimp are always best and just to make sure some anglers will purchase shrimp alive to make sure. Nassau to Matanzas should provide opportunities. When picking a beach, keep in mind if you’re not getting bites either adjust by moving or adjust the weight size your using depending on strength of current.