Recent inshore fishing reports from the Northeast region.


St.Augustine Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: staugpinoy

I did ok on my last two sheepshead trips. I tried different hooks and rigs. I tried using 2/0 owner j-hooks on a dropper loop with a tear drop at the bottom, but I kept missing so I switched back to 2/0 circle hooks and starting catching. Then, on the next trip I tried a 1/0 owner j-hook and still kept missing bites, so switched back to circle hook. However, I brought my cane pole (crappie pole) and remembered slaying sheepies with this when I used sit on the mayport jetty rocks. So, I used a 10′ can pole with 30 pound mono, 1/4 oz split shot about 6-8″ from bottom and on the bottom had a 1/0 owner j-hook. Bam! Just like old times my hook-up ratio was better. The cane pole makes it easy to detect the bite, it does take some getting used to when you don’t have a reel. I caught four 22 inchers and one was with a cane pole!

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Record Mayport Bull Red

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

She ate in 6-8 feet of water and at the time, I thought I struck bottom. I don’t think she knew she was hooked because she didn’t move at all for the first 5 seconds or so. Once she realized something was off, she took off along the jetties(Mayport Inlet) spooling my little Shimano Sustain 3000. I had a member of my crew chase the fish down with the boat. After over an hour of wondering what on earth I could have possibly hooked, Redzilla swirled at the surface. Everybody was quiet trying to figure out what just broke the surface. Eventually, her tail broke the surface again and that’s when it hit home that the fish was a bull red. It wasn’t until we got her within a few feet of my starboard rail that it hit home just how massive this red was.

Normally, I land my bulls by grabbing the line with my left hand and grabbing the tail of the fish with my right hand. From there I cradle them to the boat. With 50 pound mono leader this works great but this wasn’t happening with 15 pound Yozuri HD flourocarbon… Instead, we stuck her head in my small rubber net that I use for landing sheepshead, trout and flounder. From there, I cradled her up into the boat. When she hit the deck, I knew this girl was different. Her girth was bigger around than my thigh and she measured 125 centimeters(49″). The record is 125 centimeters. (I’m referring to centimeters because IGFA length records are measured in CM. That’s also the only unit of measurement used on IGFA measuring boards)

The only difference is the current record was caught on heavy tackle with bait. This one ate a #10 model Rapala XRap “Deep”. Essentially, it’s a crank bait that runs 6 to 12 feet. The body type is exactly the same as any other XRap model, not your typical squaty bodied bass style crank bait. I like them because there is less resistance unlike standard crank baits and twitching them is less exhausting. They also impart better action when twitched due to their slender, minnow shaped design.

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Jetty Fishing Sheepshead 101

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Since posting last week, the sheepshead bite in Mayport has been really hot. I had the opportunity to put a number of complete rookies on their first ever convicts. Coaching them through the process has been relatively painless. Most anglers are bringing them over the rail as well as my buddies with years experience. That is, after a little trial and error. The first fish usually makes it to the boat within the first ten minutes at the first stop. To learn how to read productive spots, how to rig for different conditions and what tides to fish for these sheepies below.

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Winter Sheepshead Advice

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

You’ll find plenty of decent keeper sheepshead at the Big Jetties, Little Jetties Park, and surrounding areas. Navigation markers and docks also produce plenty of action. A good way to tell a productive dock from a dead one is by looking over the pilings at lower tides. If the pilings have little to no barnacle or oyster growth on them, keep looking till you find one that does. Another thing to consider is water depth. Shallow docks with less than four feet of water will either hold juvenile sheepshead or none at all. Many docks, especially in Mayport and Ft. Caroline areas, will have riprap on the bottom near or around them. Many home owners throw construction debris such as concrete blocks off their docks to create habitat for fishing. This isn’t necessarily for the rest of us- however, that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of it. After years of flounder fishing in the area, I’ve found a number of good riprap piles around docks. This kind of debris is more common than you might think. Some docks also contain riprap for the purpose of preventing bottom errosion around the pilings. This is especially common around aids to navigation. Most AID’s will have rocks piled around the base of their pilings. Just because you only see two or often times, one piling, don’t rule it out. The spot may not look like much at the surface but the bottom could have several square yards of rocky structure surrounding it. Many of them do. There are a number of baits that will catch sheepshead. The most common is the fiddler crab. However, oysters, live shrimp, clams, and muscles will also catch sheepshead.

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Pompano in the Northeast

Florida Sportsman members: saltlifedoc & Maverick

A few forum members have gotten out in the surf lately and have had the first peek at the beginning of winter pompano fishing. “The water temperatures are right. Find the clean water and you should be rewarded.” Get these tasty guys while you can!

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Nassau Sound Weekend Report

Florida Sportsman member: 7950

Today was a jack day. I managed to catch mullet on the bridge again this morning. The reds that bit yesterday, didn’t bite today. The jack were pretty much everywhere. They were a blast. The fun part is making sure you muscle the jack away from the piling. The bigger ones always go toward the piling when they get hooked. It’s like a poor man amberjack style of fishing.

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Pompano in the Surf

Florida Sportsman member: flattie

Forum member flattie reported some whiting and a few keeper pompano while surf fishing this week in the northeastern region. He also reported “Cleaner water,” and “Very little seaweed.”

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St.Augustine Inlet Ling

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

Instantly, I’ve written off this fish in my mind as the coolest sighting I’ve ever had in the inlet. No way a sore lipped cobe is coming back to the boat… and then he appears again! The vicous cycle plays out exactly, AGAIN! Throw him dazed mullet, eats my jig on the dive, set several times, then spit again, and shows up at the transom AGAIN! Mind you this whole scenario has unfolded in only a minute or two. Finally, Don has an 8/0 circle hook tied onto his ten pound braid. He tosses him a mullet, and we all gasp as this desperate mullet jumps away from the lings mouth over and over again, and finally, he gets it! Fish on! This was the third time this fish was hooked! But this time, he had the proper hook and it’s locked into his jaw!

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Flood Tide Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: reddrumregalia

I got out for high tide and poled the first flat for 20 minutes, no tails. The next flat didn’t look promising either, but I kept pushing deeper and finally found a happy one. A couple shots at him and some stalking and he ate. The tide was starting to go out, so I switched to the bait caster and had fun with trout in the 15 to 20 inch range along the grass lines on finger mullet.

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The Flounder Are Back

Florida Sportsman member: Boattronics

Several days after the storm, there was still no sign of them. Then, it was back on like someone flicked a switch! Almost every spot we tried produced a fish or two, but we didn’t find them stacked up anywhere. We had to work for them, but they were definitely chewing! I don’t have much patience for soaking live bait, so most of our fish were caught on Redfish Magic spinner baits with white curly tail gulps. The trout were thick too, and we had some nice ones crash the artificials.

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Northeast Reporting

Florida Sportsman member: mcnally

Forum member mcnally put together an awesome video report for the Northeast region. If you’re planning on going out to get on some fish any time soon, take a moment to hear what this local fisherman suggests.

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Jacksonville Success

Florida Sportsman member: reddrumregalia

Forum member reddrumregalia has been having success in Jacksonville over the past two weeks. “Free lining mullet around sea walls and structure produced some big reds, as well as decent mid-size slot reds, some nice mangroves, and a couple trout, the biggest being 18″. There are lots of mullet all around, deep and shallow.”

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Downtown Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

We hit the water around 3 pm on Sunday with four dozen shrimp and green gulp swim mullets to look for snapper and flounder. We caught probably 30 snapper that were mostly shorts, but invited five keepers home for dinner. The biggest was 14″. I also worked a rock line with the gulp and pulled out two flounder, the biggest being 18″.

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Downtown Jacksonville Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: JaxNative1

We caught a few croakers and perch before the trout started biting. My best friend of 25 years caught two nice speckled trout that he let my 6-year-old daughter reel in. We also landed a few big yellowmouth trout. The fish were caught in about 18 feet of water. Most of the croakers and perch were caught on fresh, dead shrimp. The speckled trout and larger yellowmouth were caught on finger mullet.

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Shrimping and Fishing Reports

Florida Sportsman member: Splitshot Syndicate

We caught shrimp in 10 feet on the northern ledge of the hole at the 17 bridge. We fished several docks in three to seven feet, catching eight different species. We caught several bass, a few mangrove snappers, redfish, sheepshead, croakers, ladyfish, catfish and a snook. The wind started off SSW at 5, picking up to about 15 by quitting time. The water temperature was 87 in the shrimp hole and 89 around the docks. High tide was at 11:02am. My gear: 7’6″ rod paired with a 3000 reel, 15 pound braid, with a uni to uni 24″ fluorocarbon leader. I mixed up rigging between 1/8 or 1/4 oz jigs. I tie my jigs/hooks on with a homer rhode loop knot.

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St.Johns River Dock Hopping

Florida Sportsman member: Splitshot Syndicate

We started fishing a dock in five feet and the bite was pretty good. We were getting hits on every cast, mostly small mangrove snappers. We managed a 23″ redfish and a seven to eight pound bass. We decided to move to find less miserable weather conditions. We caught a few rat reds and some mangrove snappers around a dock in four feet. We caught a few more rat reds, some ladyfish, and some catfish around a dock in seven feet. I was using a 7’6″ rod paired with a 3000 reel, 15 pound braid with a uni to uni 24″ fluorocarbon leader. I mixing up rigging between free lining 1/8 or 1/4 oz jigs, or just pinching on a splitshot depending on the current. I tied my jigs/hooks on with a homer rhode loop knot.

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Inshore Rundown

Florida Sportsman member: mcnallyoutdoors

Here’s a great and extensive video report on all the inshore species you want to target right now, and some helpful tips on how to get them!

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First Time Smoker

Florida Sportsman member: 23Sporty

I finally decided to give king-fishing a try yesterday. We just used bare stinger rigs on live pogies, slow-trolled. Ten minutes later, we got hammered and eventually pulled this big guy in the boat. I have a feeling I’m now totally spoiled and may have set the bar a little high for the future. But it sure was fun!

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Downtown Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

Saturday night we worked around downtown with small mullet and did decent on snapper and trout. Sunday we woke up and ran out to the southeast hole to look for some kings but got skunked, it seemed like everyone around us was getting hit on their down riggers, which we didnt have. We snuck out after work yesterday, after the rain, and managed two redfish, a 40″ and 43″, on blue crab and cut mullet.

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Kings and Sharks

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

Stef and I broke the jetty right as the sun was coming up and quickly netted more pogies than we needed at the poles. We we’re hoping to chase some tarpon in the pods but the water temperature had different plans for us. We played with the sharks behind the shrimp boat for a little and hopped out to the parking lot, just off of Atlantic Blvd. We trolled there for about two hours and get two out of three small kings.

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Two Keepers and a Cutie

Florida Sportsman member: My_Mitzi

The tide was mid to high and outgoing. I found an nice drop-off on the flat and we started working it hard. I had a freelined mud minnow and my buddy, Luke, was working them on a 1/4 oz jighead, so we would be covering the whole water column. My first bait gets destroyed within the first ten casts. The fish instantly runs toward the only structure around and we have to pursue with the trolling motor to help avoid breaking my line. We end up getting him to the boat and it was a nice 23.5″ red.

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Downtown Jacksonville Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

My sister and her family are in town right now, so I got a chance to take my two nephews and my brother-in-law out after work. We managed two reds 30″ and 32″ that hit live mullet, a few snapper and a small grouper.

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Mandarin Point Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Splitshot Syndicate

We stopped in 15-16 feet and picked up a few croakers on the ledge at the 17 bridge hole. There were plenty of shrimp in 25ft. Two to four dozen a cast. Low tide was 1:19pm, the water temp was 84, and the wind was south at five knots. My buddy’s uncle immediately hooked a 27″ red, his first Florida fish. Not a bad start. This same gentleman from Indiana hooks a 26.5″, 6.5 pound trout on a croaker, hooked through the chin with a 1/8 oz jig.

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Spades Save the Day

Florida Sportsman member: Sea-Squatch

We found plenty of pogies in 25 feet of water in front of the Hanna Park lifeguard station. I threw a pogey out on the flat line, and it wasn’t long before we had a small king spit the hooks at boatside. I put another one out, and we landed a snake a short time later. We had a few more strikes on the flat line, but nothing stayed hooked long. The bottom bite never produced anything good. The cool thing was that we had a school of those giant spadefish underneath the boat the whole time. Griff put out a piece of shrimp on a freelined hook and had a good time. He only went one out of four, but they pulled hard.

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Fly Fishing First Bonefish

Florida Sportsman member: SeaAnchor

Finally, my first bonefish. It’s only taken 40 years and I decided that the curse could only be lifted if I did it on the fly. I have to thank my sister for having a destination wedding on an island off Andros. That definitely helped. Tough conditions with bad light, but it’s done. I think I currently sit at 1 for 1,258 on bonefish, but who’s counting.

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Pogy Pod Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

The pogies are thick with small pods everywhere and a few big ones, if you look long enough. We netted some up and tossed knocker rigs and free lines out the back while we fly fished off the bow. Lots of sharks on the live bait and caught a few spanish and a monster jack on fly. I saw some tarpon in the pods, but couldn’t get an eat. Earlier last week, I got out one evening and caugh the flood tide at sunset. I managed to get one nice red saw a bunch more tailing. Overall, a great holiday weekend and a good start to the summer beach fishing.

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Northeast Mixed Bag

Florida Sportsman member: Cole321

The redfishing has been extremely good and they have been in small schools on oysters, the trout and flounder are consistent, but scattered. If the water is dirtier and at lower tides, all they would eat was a mud minnow on a jig head. At higher tides, with clean water, live shrimp or mud minnow on a float is the way to go. All of the fish were caught off oyster beds.

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Downtown Night Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

I have been finding decent keeper trout after sunset, with the occasional redfish, using live finger mullet on 1/4 jig heads and fish finder rigs. We lost an absolute freight train red on my 3500 series Penn that we fought for nearly half an hour.

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Amelia and Vilano Surf Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: creekgeek

Vilano Surf Fishing

One of the boys was struggling to get the pole out of the holder and I looked out to see our big toothy customer come out of the water three times in succession. I knew it was a big one and thought, “Well this won’t last long. It’s just a bit too big with this tackle and this surf.” I was wrong.

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Sheepshead Roundup

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

Sheepshead

It was a nice day on the ocean with fish of all sizes, a bunch of smalls, as well as some stud fish. Let me tell ya, an eight to ten pound sheep in 40 foot of water, especially with light tackle, is all you want.

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Jacksonville Jetty Action

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

Jacksonville Jetty Action

We dropped three blue crabs down and quickly picked up a legal black sea bass. Into the cooler he goes! Then one of the rods goes off and dumps about 100 yards of line very quickly.

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Jetty Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

Jetty

I picked up another sheepshead when I look over to the back and one of the droppers is screaming. Johnny Moon was right next to it and quickly grabbed it and started what would be a lengthy battle. After a couple epic runs, we finally see color… a lot of color.

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Mayport Drum

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

Mayport Drum

The only fish came in a great way at end of our session. The finder lit up with one big mark. Then rod tip started bouncing hard. I hand it off to my buddy, who had never caught a big red or black drum before.

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Palm Valley Trout

Florida Sportsman member: trousertroutman

I got this beauty yesterday fishing with my brother. She was large! I caught her on a white 3″ gulp shrimp on a jighead, and released.

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Mayport Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: northfl

Mayport Sheepshead

They finally started biting for a few minutes. We moved inward to the ferry slip and caught a few more. We ended up with six, with one being six pounds.

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Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Splitshot Syndicate

Jacksonville Inshore Fishing

Ended up finding the reds with a freelined shrimp in about two to four feet in between the docks. They were caught using 15lb Spiderwire, 25lb fluorocarbon, and a 2/0 Octopus hook, with a shrimp pinned through the tail. Everything else caught using live shrimp on a 1/8 – 1/4 oz H&H short shank jig with 25lb fluorocarbon and 15lb Spiderwire. Water temperature was 71 degrees.

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Downtown Jacksonville Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

Downtown Jacksonville Trout

River was oil slick after the rainstorm and the trout were chewing.

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Mayport Inlet Variety

Florida Sportsman member: northfl

Mayport Inlet

We got a couple pounds of shrimp and decided to head east towards the rocks. After a bunch of little strawberry grouper, we decided to head back and hit a couple docks. We got to my two favorite docks and within five minutes I hooked two reds.

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Seeing Silver in the St. Augustine Surf

Florida Sportsman member: flattie

St. Augustine Surf

Forum member flattie caught a nice mess of whiting and pompano near the St. Augustine Inlet.

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Freshwater Speck Action

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

Freshwater Speck

I got word Monday that the specks had hit the pads good, so decided that is bail out of work early Tuesday and get down there to fish the afternoon till dark. The fish started biting at 3 o’clock and we poked around enough to have a nice little mess for a fish fry, but the fish we did catch were very nice ones.

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Fort George Inlet Flounder and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: DinsmoreOutdoors

Fort George Inlet Flounder

I caught the incoming tide at Fort George Inlet, water temp was around 64. Found some keeper trout and even got some flounder!

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River Variety Caught on Shrimp

Florida Sportsman member: creekgeek

River Variety

I thought we had hooked into a stray bull red with the peeling drag, long runs and violent head shakes,. After about five minutes of back and forth, the biggest cat I have ever seen in person blew bubbles behind the boat and Sophia got his head in the net. He was 35″ and was probably in the 30 pound range.

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Pine Island Redfish and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Shallow Man
Pine Island Redfish

Fished all day in the Pine Island area and caught tons of small reds and slightly smaller trout. All the reds were 17-18 inches and caught on live shrimp. All the trout were 10-14 inches and caught on Gulp new penny.

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St. Augustine Stone Crab

Florida Sportsman member: Blue gills

St. Augustine Stone Crab

So far it has been a pretty good season. I started with six traps and still have four, so that’s pretty good. Plus I have been on the crabs pretty steady. I got over twenty claws between my last two pulls. The ones I have been getting have been pretty large. I have been going out of St.Augustine and baiting with pigs feet.

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Mayport Inlet Huge Bull Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Mayport Inlet

Ever heard of 20-30 personal bests in one day? There were seven captains in the group and through the course of about four hours, close to 40 Bulls were landed with every fish being bigger than the previous.

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Talbot Surf Fishing Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

Talbot Surf Fishing Pompano

We headed up to Talbot to check the rumors that a few pompano were still around. Armed with clams and crab we hit it right at low tide, and within five minutes of setting up, this nice pompano came through the wash.

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Mayport Inlet Variety: December Advice

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Mayport Inlet Variety

The Bull Reds are absolutely thriving in the Inlet, as usual for this time of year. We’re averaging a dozen on through 20 or even as many as 40 Bulls per trip. We’re scoring our best numbers on the outgoing tide, in the 70-80 foot north trough, just inside the north submerged row.

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Fishing Artificials Inshore

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

fishing artificials inshore

Flounder have been very hit or miss but the last hit sure was a good one. Got lucky and stuck my PB at just over 22″ on a sureset jighead Zman paddlerz combo. Thought I was sight casting a red, then once I started working it I was worried it was a stingray. I was so happy to see those spots and really glad I had a friend with me to net it.

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Palm Valley Variety

Florida Sportsman member: slobouf

Palm Valley Variety

The weather has been beautiful and the areas we fished were full of life. All fish were caught on cut mullet. The live mullet didn’t fair as well. The live shrimp we used only produced rat reds and one dink trout. No-brainer rigs with a chunk of mullet caught all of our keeper fish.

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Redfish: Personal Record

Florida Sportsman member: Justinbrow56

redfish

My personnel record of a red 26.5″ I’ve been fishing since I moved here for a red like this. After that excitement settled down we caught a bunch of trout some fatties too. I caught my first grand slam this weekend, I hope its the first of many.

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St. Johns Inlet: Sheepshead and More

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

St Johns Inlet

The Sheepshead push is going strong in the St. Johns Inlet. The first waves are smaller fish around two to three pounds on average with several from three to five pounds mixed in. Angler beware though, the Black Tips are taxing the heck out of us on the tips of the jetties right now.

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Jacksonville Jetties Big Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Doc Ron

We decided to go into the Jetties, where we caught a few bass and a Bull Red. It was a beauty, well outside the slot. Always a good day out on the boat!

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Mayport Inlet: The Spot is Hot

Florida Sportsman member: Salty Dog

Went out to some of the sheepshead and trout spots around the Mayport area to see if the fall fishing season had arrived yet. I found hungry, aggressive fish at every spot. Brought home a cooler full of sheepshead, trout and nice inshore sized mangrove snapper.

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Mayport Inlet: Sheepshead, Flounder, Redfish and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The transition from late October to November is always prime time Sheepshead fishing. The largest concentration of fish come through Mayport Inlet every year at this time. They quickly disperse throughout the river, the ICW, and neighboring estuaries. The best fishing tends to be at the tips of the Mayport Inlet Jetties.

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Bridge Fishing with the Mayor

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

The one thing that I took off of that trip, was that it is way more to fishing that bridge, than just wheeling out a cart and tossing shrimp over. It takes patience, preparation, and timing to be successful. Knowing what the fish want and how to present it, are crucial.

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Jacksonville Inshore: Bull Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

Finally getting around to posting some shots from our day fishing the Full of Bull tournament. We did decent catching and releasing three fish from 29 to 38 inches. It was a little slower than the previous days we were out “practicing” for the tournament.

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Jacksonville Mixed Bag: Flounder and More

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The retrieve I go with is simple, “bump, pause, bump, pause.” Roll the bait back towards the boat slowly and once you get bit, pause roughly 1 to 2 seconds and sting it! The bite of a Flounder varies from fish to fish but most of the time, if the fish is of half way decent size, you’ll feel a single thump followed by a sensation of weight.

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Pine Island Variety

Florida Sportsman member: slobouf

I stopped in the creek across from Pine Island to catch more bait. I got lucky and caught a nice ladyfish while netting some mullet at sunrise. We went south and found a few places that looked fishy. By 9AM, (2 hours of fishing) we had five 22 to 24 inch redfish and a nice 25 inch trout.

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Fun with the Boys

Florida Sportsman member: Sea-Squatch

It was pretty steady action for about 2 hours. We caught rat reds, trout, mangos, and flounder. We lost some good hits too. The tide came up, and water covered up our sandbar, so we decided to call it a day.

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Redfish Palooza

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The Big, breeder Red Fish have started their annual movement up river from the St. Johns River Inlet in anticipation of spawning season. These fish begin staging on the 40 foot dredge lines that edge the shoulders of the rivers shipping lanes every June. This period is what we call the “Pre-Spawn”. The breeders gather up in numbers and gorge on fish and crustacions to fatten up for the spawn that typically begins in the early weeks of August.

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Northeast Flatties

Florida Sportsman member: jameslentz

I got about a dozen finger mullet and paddled north out of beach marine. Fished the finger mullet on cork and Carolina rig for the last two hours of the incoming with no luck. As the tide started flowing out I switched to a 1/4 ounce jighead and penny gulp shrimp. Started dragging it in creek mouths and banks and ended up with three keepers.

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Jacksonville Action

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The Shrimp boat action is hot and there is no shortage of fast and furious, line screaming craziness to be found. No hassle, no wait, instant gratification. Big Jacks as large as 50 pounds and all manner of sharks. You can pitch large plugs behind the these boats and get these guys nearly every cast.

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Fishing the Flood

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

I’ve never really scouted for the flood tide around home so last night I decided to go check out some areas I thought I might be able to walk once I felt confident that those pop up storms weren’t going to be an issue.

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Buckman Reds

Florida Sportsman member: REDROB

Went out after work yesterday to soak a few crabs, fishing the buckman in 20 feet of water, the bite was on fire! 9 reds all over 36 inches with the biggest being 42 and one 40 incher with a tag in her.

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Back at It

Florida Sportsman member: Chongg

The reds are on fire around the little jetties. Last Saturday we brought in seven upper/over slot reds fishing shrimp on the last of the outgoing and first of the incoming. All the fish swam away healthy that day.

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Late Spring Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

At this point I know what I have and am overcome with mixture of excitement, nervousness, excitement, this is why I’ve been using 30 pound leader after all! After the first jump the fish found the current and ran towards the ICW and deeper water, line peeling off my 1000 letting the drag work.

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River Reds

Florida Sportsman member: trousertroutman

Fellow forum member and childhood fishing buddy “Flounderpounder” was gracious enough to take me out on his sick ranger whip, and we got a couple nice reds fishing docks with live and cut mullet.

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Hot Artificial Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

Fishing all artificial, mostly working the docks on mid tides and natural structure on West side closer to the bridge and just south at high tide to mid low, some nice sized reds, a couple of flounder and a few smaller trout first couple trips then Saturday night my buddy put the first North Florida snook on my boat.

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Beachside Action

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

Sunday I went back with my grandson Hunter, my daughter and momma Snake, we had a nice catch of fish in a couple of hours of fishing. With this time all of them being keepers.

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Northeast Pompano

Florida Sportsman member: Sea Snake

All in all a good day for us. I got to spend some time with my sweetie, and catch some fish too, and anytime the targeted species is acquired, then in my book it’s a good day!

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Northeast Big Uglies

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

It’s that time of year again! The first full moon of early Spring has past and the “big uglies” have reached the North East Florida inlets. These massive inlet monsters head up from south Florida and migrate north every year around february.

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Epic Week in the Valley

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

The past week in the valley has been nothing short of “EPIC” for me. With the water temp in solid 70 degree range and bait thick as fleas on a stray dog, the bite has been the best so far this year. With mullet as thick as you can imagine, the reds, trout and a few flounder have all the food they want.

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Lots of Bait, Lots of Fish

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

Three ways are really working well with mullet. Popping corks with 24 inches of 30 pound flouro with 3/0 khale hook works well at creek mouths or oyster beds with current. Freeline live mullet hooked through the back, casting to schools working the banks. The last is 1/8th ounce jig head with a live mullet that can be used about a 1000 ways.

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Northeast Trout and Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Focus on the river, not the creeks, but river shoulders. Find spots with current breaks, bottom contours, and sharp drop offs. Bottom type is definitely a factor. Gravel, shell and rocky bottoms are all good signs to look for. I don’t do well in areas with sand or mud bottom.

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Fun in the Creeks

Florida Sportsman member: Guanagator

Got out this morning and picked the right creek, Alexis had a fat 16 inch flounder within a minute of the mullet hitting the water. Was expecting reds but no complaints. My second cast, I hooked something solid on the catch 2000 and unfortunately it got me in the oysters and sliced the leader, downside of using a 1000.

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Northeast Sheepshead

Florida Sportsman member: sydngoose

We hit channel markers and pilings from the inlet up the intercostal. Number one circle hooks and very small leaders (6 inches of 15 pound flouro) was the ticket. We ended up with six nice sheeps but two absolute STUDS, at 10.25 pounds and 7.20 pounds.

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Oak Harbor Slam

Florida Sportsman member: Cast&Blast

Went and hit the Harbor in the cold wind with two buddies and 4 dozen shrimp. Most fish caught were under slot reds and trout but we found a 20 inch red and a 17 inch flounder to bring home for dinner.

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Cold Weather Convicts

Florida Sportsman member: fsu11

We managed nine keepers the majority were 2 to 4 pounds again. We didn’t go through half a pint both days. The key was moving water, we fished the exact same spot both days and when the tide was moving we caught fish and when it stopped, so did the bites.

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Cold Water, Hot Bite

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

This is my favorite time of year, the water temperature drops into the 50s-60s and the reds start to school up thick. Low tides and mud flats are a few degrees warmer than the rest of the ICW and I target them there. Moving slow on my push pole, no trolling motor, I can get close to a school and start picking them off.

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Northeast Redfish

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

Wednesday we got out and went to jetty. Beautiful weather and fish biting. We got one giant red on light inshore setup. He swam away strong too which had me worried after a 15 minute fight.

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Northeast Drummin’

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

I spent a day hitting a number of productive Inlet holes in an attempt to reassess what’s around out there. I haven’t been spending much time in my usual playground. It didn’t take long to figure out that the bull reds and black drum were pretty thick.

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December to Remember

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

Aside from the windy afternoons you can’t ask for anything better. The bait situation is just amazing with all the shrimp, mullet and blue crab right now in the valley. Fishing creek mouths, oyster beds, mud flats, and drop offs this time of year will produce big payoffs.

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Palm Valley Report

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

Water temperature is still in the high 60’s and will stay there until something big comes along to change that. Trout, reds and flounder are still thick and are feeding on mullet and a second hatch of shrimp in the valley. Best bet is popping corks fishing with 3/0 kale hooks working the last outgoing tide and incoming tide.

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December Tarpon

Florida Sportsman member: Alec_904

However about 30 minutes later my rod tip starts bouncing, I pick it up and i’m on! This one did the same thing as the last, immediately screamed drag and jumped, it proceeded to jump four more times before we got him to the boat.

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Inshore Variety

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

Eventually, we reach a spot where I’m hooking up pretty consistently. Chips getting some action on the Fluke but not near the action I was getting. Eventually, he ties on an X-Rap he happened to have. His was orange and yellow. Before long, we’re either hooking up or getting hit on every cast.

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Valley Report

Florida Sportsman member: Slug-O

The wind will be great the next few days to fish the valley. Water temperature is still from 67 to 70 degrees, last year it was 57! Lots of shrimp, mullet and pogies are still here to be used as bait.

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Fishing the Creeks

Florida Sportsman member: sydngoose

We had one hour of nonstop action- rods bending, fish retrieving, rebaiting, casting, releasing fish, kept a few. Every bait was eaten, all three said presentations. I would subjectively say the live mullet was the most popular choice.

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Family Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: creekgeek

We finished the day in the same spot my dad landed his big fish and my 11 year old, Marina, connected with her best red ever. She wanted to give the rod up as the big fish made several long runs on light tackle and with the help of a strong outgoing tide.

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Northeast Reds and Trout

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

I’ve been on a healthy dose of both species as well as some of the largest sand trout I’ve ever seen. The same places I mentioned above are holding ridiculous numbers of trout. I was actually targeting trout when I realized that the Bull Red presence was so thick in the shallows.

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Northeast Reds

Florida Sportsman member: Spongking

A few nice fish came unglued but all in all a win. Good weather and beat crowd back to ramp by about 20 minutes. Just enough time to clean up boat and get in line to get out of there.

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Fall Fishing

Florida Sportsman member: Morocco_madness

The slot reds are chewing VERY well right now at both the little and big jetties. The bull reds have emptied out of the river and are officially done spawning. The good news is they are a year round species for us and the inlet is where you’ll be finding them from this point on through early June.

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Fishing with the Wife

Florida Sportsman member: butchbal

After Barb saw what I caught yesterday, she wanted to go out and get a few reds herself.

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Heroes on the Water

Florida Sportsman member: M

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