Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
The season change is here, finally cooler weather. Fall can be a high yield fishing experience with few windows of clear weather to get out. If the seas yield blue water, anglers will find sailfish, mahi, and wahoo, slow trolling rigged ballyhoo along weedlines. You may even try some high speed trolling for wahoo just in case. Bottom fishing will consist of mostly vermilion, triggerfish, seabass and a few grouper in 100-feet. Nearshore will have lots of sharks and tarpon following mullet schools down the beaches. Giant jack crevalle will also be in high feed moods.
A great time of year with cooler weather to spark the bite. Speckled trout, after an absent summer, have showed up. Topwater, soft plastics, and subsurface twitch lures should all be in your arsenal.
The trout seem to bite all day , you just have to move around and hit different areas with different lures to stay on them. If you find the right spot, limits are possible. I like everything from grass islands, points, small creeks, which are great to get out of the wind, docks and bridges. The key to trout is fishing a structure near a ledge/dropoff. Redfish are schooled, but have been a little tough to find with tides this past week running high. I try to focus on what I can see as far as bait activity in the shallowest water I can get.
If the tide will drop out this weekend, early morning would be prime to look for reds pushing wakes with the incoming tide. Flounder will also be on tap, try to focus more on near inlet areas, creeks, marinas and jetties. Live finger mullet dragged on a Carolina rig or swing hook jig work great feeling the bottom and when you feel a bite, being very patient letting that flounder eat before setting the hook. Sheephead should also be firing up at inlet jetty rock areas taking fiddler crabs. It’s anglers favorite time of the year, get out there.