Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Blue water anglers may have opportunities Saturday morning for a run at wahoo. High speed trolling near weed lines just inside temperature breaks are standard technique. Near shore fishing targeting wrecks within 5 miles will have trophy sheep head in mind for pre fishing the up coming El Cheapo. Fiddler crabs or quartered dropped on offshore structure either by standard bottom fishing rig ( tip using multiple fiddlers on one hook ) or reel habit jig in 1 ounce size or heavier.
The warmer temps in the 70’s this past week has triggered spring fever and with those temps continuing through the weekend I am sure many inshore anglers will want to get out. There are lots of redfish in the back waters especially creeks with some depth to them. Most redfish are under slot so please take care and use circle hooks if your just going to put the rod in a holder as they tend to swallow hooks and if they do cut the line and let them have the hook for it will rust out and give a better chance for fish to survive otherwise keep that rod in your hand and be quicker on the set than slower to prevent swallowing. Mud minnows or live shrimp best baits for overall getting on a bite but sight fishing with lures can put odds in your favor to catch slot redfish. Shallow mud flats would al;so hold schooling redfish especially in the afternoons. There are plenty of slot size black drum in deeper bends of creeks on moving tides. Look for deepest holes you can find in a creek with a sonar and fish should also mark as arches close to the bottom. Fresh dead shrimp on the bottom works best for black drum. Sheep head should continue to bite well using fiddler crabs around bridge or dock pilings ( 7 to 12 ft of water). Take advantage before winter sneaks back up on us , have a great weekend.