Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Depending on the seas, blue water anglers will want to seize on cold ocean currents colliding with the warm waters of the Gulfstream. Some of these warm water currents will actually drift over the ledge, this is called a temperature break. Wahoo will use the shallower waters over the ledge to ambush bait. Sea water temps are in the mid 50’s as Gulf stream temps are in the 70’s, this will show on water temp gauges on your boat. Target weed lines or irregular bottom with humps. High speed trolling is the norm and covers the most water during a trip. Wrecks starting in 100 feet for bottom fishing anglers will have opportunities for cobia, triggerfish, and vermilion snapper using frozen squid. Nearshore wrecks within five miles will be holding large sheepshead, with some over 10 pounds. Fiddler crabs dropped down on wrecks work best for offshore sheepshead.
Don’t be fooled by the warm 70 degree air temperature forcasted for the weekend. It always feels cooler when you’re on the water. Water temperature holding in the mid fifties will still have fish in slow presentation mode. Redfish and speckled trout will move over shallow mud flat areas to warm up during the heat of the day. Try slow suspending lures with long pauses between twitches to achieve bites. Moving tides are best for both fish, and live shrimp will be the bait of choice especially in small creek areas. Sheepshead will also be feeling the warmth and should feed at a jetty near you. Check your bait and tackle stores for fiddler crab availability as they have been a tough bait to keep in stock.