Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Strong winds will stay strong right through the weekend and close any hopes of heading into the deep ocean this weekend. There maybe some lighter days during next week but this is Fall and it looks like we are going to be in a windy pattern for a while. Wahoo is definitely on the table if a window of opportunity opens itself to make a journey toward the ledge. High speed trolling MR Bigs or Poseidon Lures in blue and white or black and green should get consistent takes. Bottom fishing should be worth it in the 100-foot plus wrecks. Vermilion snapper, triggerfish, sea bass are all chewing. Lots of offshore anglers this time of year like to take advantage of the sheepshead bite, which has turned on extremely well along the big jetties of Mayport and Fernandina. Fiddler crabs held along the rocks is the key to success.
It has been a windy mess this week but if you can find a small area of cover from the elements, fish are biting. The wind and cold will be holding on through the weekend. Water temperature in the mid 60’s are prime for a abundance of species.
Trout, redfish, black drum, flounder and sheepshead are all feeding in small creek systems. Mix your offering with mud minnows and live or dead shrimp on the bottom for a variety fish. Artificial lures pitched in small creek mouths or ditches can sometimes find a whole school of fish ready to eat (trout or redfish). Jig and plastics work best in these situations, but don’t hold back on maybe twitching a subsurface twitch bait or even a topwater down a section of a small creek. Grab your foul weather gear for comfort, you’re going to need it. You will also need a cooler because fish will be for dinner after your trip. Have a great weekend.