Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Kingfish, sharks and tarpon are feeding heavy along our coast on mullet and pogies. It’s that time of year where change is right around the corner. The slightest cooling trend triggers massive bait build up and stronger feeding patterns. Slow trolling a live bait within five miles of shore will definitely score bites. Southeast Hole, Ponte Vedra Grounds, and inlets are all holding kingfish. Blue water anglers do well on sailfish, mahi, and a few wahoo trolling rigged ballyhoo along weedlines. Bottom fishing starting in a 100-feet are producing mangrove snapper, African pompano, triggerfish and a few cobia.
Inshore is slowly improving, every trip I have had, I definitely see the momentum turning to the positive. Speckled trout are in very tight schools and it’s almost like finding a needle in a haystack, but if you find one locked into some kind of structure there are likely to be more. I have been using a combination of topwater lures with sub-surface twitch bait and a jig and plastic to catch trout. You can get bites all day even in the heat, but if there is a slight cooling trend in the weather, it makes these trout bite stronger. Flounder continue to be consistent, taking live mudminnows on a jighead. To be specific, I prefer the swing head jig heads made locally by Don Suber. The combination of a lighter weight and smaller hook really makes a big difference in catching those flounder. Redfish have been scattered, but if you trout fish or flounder fish you’re bound to catch a few redfish. There are some very large redfish biting lately in the 30-pound range, so don’t be surprised if you hook something that man handles you. Have a great weekend!