Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Wind, a rough ocean and a full moon to boot through the week, but things could line up great this weekend. Water temperature is on the rise and the fish are moving and becoming more aggressive. Look for wahoo to continue to bite through the weekend, especially since it will be three days after the full moon (traditionally an active time to fish.) Mahi could also be starting to move in off the ledge. Closer, nearshore cobia will be ever so slowly moving to wrecks within 15 to 20 miles from shore, although it’s not quite warm enough for sight fishing in our forecast area, but definitely south around Pounce inlet. Spanish mackerel could be trickiling in in inlets to the south.
Sheepshead should be a top fish to target this weekend for numbers and table fare. Check bait stores for availability on fiddler crabs before you go. Top areas are Mayport and Fernandina jetties, further inshore, hard structures like bridge pilings and rocks should be holding also. Trout have have steadily picked up, they are definitely on the move, as bait is spread out and we are not quite there for that spring boom of mullet, shrimp, pogies and glass minnows. Select lures that you can cover a lot of water with, maybe even a topwater. Redfish are starting to pick up in the creeks where first signs of bait hatches are more consistent. Spinner baits would be a great lure to try in the flooded grass and you may pick up a flounder or two. It should be a beautiful weekend, get out there and cure a little bit of that Spring fever.