Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Mahi are in good numbers just before the ledge. Blue water anglers have something to smile about with great weather and plenty of mahi taking rigged ballyhoo off weed lines. There is also an occasional sailfish with a good chance to rise a marlin if so chosen. Bottom is best in 120-feet with mutton snapper, vermilion snapper and triggerfish taking the top spots. Kingfish have arrived inside five miles for larger fish, with smaller ones on wrecks 10 miles or better. Tarpon have arrived also at inlets and near pogy pods on the beaches.
Bait continues to move Northward and up the St John’s and St Mary’s rivers. Flounder have been in good numbers and consistently biting near structures or grass lines and creek mouths east of the Intracoastal Water Way. Mud minnows dragged on the bottom using a jig head is a great way to catch flounder right now. There is definitely a lot of action to be had if you’re using top waters or subsurface twitch lures as jacks, bluefish, trout, ladyfish. Spanish mackerel are thick following finger mullet schools especially east of the Intracoastal waterway and near it. Speckled trout are picking up which is usual this time of year. The number one key to trout is how well will the shrimp hatch been this year, as last year was one of the worst in decades. All signs right now it could all rebound greatly, so keep your fingers crossed. Plenty of redfish whether your targeting slots or bulls. Most oversized reds in the deep river channel edges and slots are in the shallow creeks. Finger mullet live or dead will work in both circumstances. The weather is awesome, take advantage and go fishing.