Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
The weather will take the weekend from those wanting to catch red snapper as a solid Northeaster will dominate our forecast area. Winter is here in Florida and unfortunately taking a big part of the red snapper season with it. Wahoo will continue as soon as there are breaks in the weather but it looks like we are stuck with this Northeaster for a few days.
One thing for sure there is always inshore fishing no matter how bad the weather is. Grab your rain gear and layer up for cold temps and you are ready to go. There will be changes in fishing patterns as water temps will drop in the fifties after this weekend. Sheepshead will continue to bite well taking fiddler crabs on jigs dropped next to pilings or rocks. Redfish and trout will start funneling into small creeks or protected backwaters, the deeper the water the better. Marinas along the Intracoastal waterway are also prime targets in cold months as they are protected and typically have some water depth. Moving tides are best and good sonar can help big time in locating fish. Live shrimp on a jig head is a great all around way to search for fish or jighead and plastic grubs either dragged on the bottom or swam. For larger trophy trout or snook that have found a warm pocket in those creek or marina areas I have had a favorite lure called a Greenie 90 from Unfair Lures that perfectly matches left over pogie/shad that have stayed for the winter. This has been a secret food source that goes over many anglers heads but from my experience and personal witnessing pogie/shad are a major winter food source for trout. Croaker, black drum, whiting will be primary bottom fish to target with dead shrimp and there are still flounder around for those dragging a mullet.