Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Onshore winds have returned, pushing warmer water back in the surf. Look for kingfish to be active within five-miles from shore, especially big ones in the 40 to 50-pound range. Live pogies or rigged ribbon fish slow trolled in areas with noticeable bait activity should be a two part plan, adding nearshore wrecks as a alternative. Blue water anglers catching a mix of mahi, wahoo , and occasional sailfish. Trolling weed lines just inside the Gulfstream best bet. Bottom fishing has been more productive in deeper waters. Triggerfish, grouper, vermilion snapper, muttons are a few species being caught along with amberjack. Tarpon have been rolling and feeding early mornings around inlets, live pogies free lined would be a good plan of action for the silver king. Sharks are everywhere, especially behind the shrimp boats. If your just looking to get hooked up that’s the fastest way you can make it happen.
This week was different, not as much rain and an onshore sea breeze. This should clear up some creek systems that are near the inlets, especially on incoming tides. Flounder anglers ought to love that as they bite better in clear water. Mud minnows have fit the bill, with most hunting flat fish but I did recently get a text from a friend who caught three decent size flounder on a signature spinner bait that I designed years ago. Black drum have been biting lately in six to 12-feet of water on moving tides. Hard bottom with shell are prime areas but they are a little hard to target exactly. Just putting that out there for anglers that are familiar with where to catch these fish. The black drum I have been catching are the perfect puppy size from three to six-pounds for eating. Live shrimp on the bottom a great bait for most anything, so if you do try to target black drum don’t get mad if you catch a flounder, redfish or trout while doing so. Typically, June is a tough month for fishing as everything depends on the shrimp run in July which is a much better month. If you’re fishing for reds and trout have a run and gun style of attack to cover as much water as you can to put the odds in your favor.
Have a great weekend !