Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Thank God for fishing, as the whole country tightens its screws on free time activities that Americans love to do. Blue water anglers have been enjoying the light winds this past week putting some truly giant wahoo on the deck, as I have heard at least two well over hundred pounds. High speed trolling the ledge along weedlines has been the ticket. Blue/White or Green/Black have been go to color skirts to drag. A few tripletail have shown up South of St. Augustine as well as some cobia within sight of the beaches. Tripletail like to hang around anything floating debris patches. Live shrimp will trick them most times. Cobia like to swim underneath large rays or sometimes a sea turtle to ambush bait. They can be sightfished using cut squid on a bucktail jig. Bottom fishing has lit up with numbers of sea bass on wrecks inside 20 miles.
Black drum are running just about every where, especially deep dropoffs along the St. John’s River between the mouth of Trout River, Dames Point Bridge or the Mayport Jetties. Cut blue crab for large or giant drum or fresh dead shrimp for the smaller, keeper sized fish, which I prefer and just had for dinner this week. Two to eight pounders are good eating black drum for me anyway. Redfish are on the move in the river as well, with best action for slot fish in creek areas along oyster beds. For bull redfish, odds are better dropping half a blue crab in deep river channels. Trout have been spotty but if you move around and put the work a limit is very possible. Topwater lures are definitely worth a try at daybreak or sundown. There is quite a bit of different fish to catch and the weather has been beautiful, hopefully the State doesn’t quarantine us from going.