Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Looks like another weekend that will be consumed by a full blown Northeaster. There will also be a chill down as air temperature gets down to the thirties Saturday morning. This disturbance will take the weekend but a warming trend will start over again on Sunday. Before this blast, during the week there was good news, as a 90 pound wahoo was caught just inside the ledge off of our coast. Wahoo opportunities will be back on for anglers next week, but not on the weekend. Bottom fishing will consist more of the same, triggerfish, vermilion snapper, and seabass. For now you may want to be thinking inshore to get on a bite this weekend.
Water temperatures were rising into the high sixties and most fish were responding by moving on shallow mud flat areas. My trips definitely found the best activity in one to three feet of water, especially on a mud flat near deeper water. Flounder, redfish , and speckled trout seemed to be all in the mix, cramped into a small feeding area they liked. Lure choice for me became a more aggressive lure, paddle tail grubs in the four inch size. Just cast and reel, when you got it front of a fish they would strike. To further the cause, I would back up an area I got bites in with mud minnows on a jig head, which would add additional bites and more likely reds or flounder. Small creeks should also be holding through the cold of this weekend. Those just soaking shrimp on the bottom should also do well in those small creek areas with black drum and redfish. Sheephead anglers will have to take cover, soaking fiddler crabs near structures inside the river as the ocean jetty areas will be rough. Dress warm, keep safe and if your plans are to fish, the best day of the weekend it will be Sunday.
Have a great one anglers!