Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
With all the tropical activity going on offshore it has definitely been a trying time if you urn the ocean. Northeast winds won’t start laying up til Sunday and into Monday. If you’re looking for blue water action, sailfish, mahi, and wahoo are all in the mix when trolling rigged ballyhoo along weedlines, close to the ledge. There is also a slim chance for a marlin.
Bottom fishing has been mostly in the 100-foot depth giving up triggerfish, vermilion snapper, sea bass, and a few cobia. Nearshore activity especially near the inlets have a lot of sharks and tarpon blasting mullet. Bull redfish have also been running inside the inlets and taking live mullet also.
If the ocean would calm there has been a lot of different species running in the surf. If you can target just inside inlets or find a slough near the beach, use live mullet or dead shrimp for bait. Redfish, trout, flounder and black drum are all in play.
The river systems have also seen a momentum in fish feeding, especially in small creek areas. Live shrimp or mud minnows dragged off the bottom using a jighead can catch all sorts of species at this time. Sand bar drop offs, creek mouths and oyster beds, are prime targets in the creeks. Flounder have really turned on as of lately, taking soft plastic lures, live mudminnows or finger mullet. Remember, when flounder fishing, take your time on setting the hook, make lots of short casts, and fish areas thorough.