Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
If the weather is doable, that is the first question always asked first before planning an ocean adventure. Well my friends this weekend looks great weather wise for any offshore fishing plans. Blue water anglers will definitely want to have plenty of rigged ballyhoo to trick some mahi and maybe a blackfin tuna or sailfish just inside the ledge. Bottom fishing should be game on for triggerfish, porgies, seabass, amberjack, cobia starting on wrecks 20 miles out. There are also some kingfish around if you decide to free-line live bait over the structured bottom.
End of May and June are typically transition months for migratory fish to move in our inshore rivers. Lots of mullet, pogies and glass minnows are moving in every day and predator fish are right on their tails. Flounder have been the most noticeable, especially if you have been using live shrimp or mud minnows on a jighead, dragging on the bottom near pilings or rocks. Another noticeable species usually making lots of splash is the jack crevelle. Any topwater lure or jig and plastic will work. There are some jacks out there thirty pounds and above in our back waters. Just look for birds diving and circling an area. That is usually the giveaway. Redfish and trout have been scattered but are in good supply if you cover a lot of water and pick one here and there. I like using a mix of sub-surface hard baits with jig and plastics during the daylight hours to cover a lot of water. Remember, there is a lot of movement going on out there and just because you hit them one day doesn’t mean they will be there tomorrow. The pattern is not easy, be prepared to cover water. Have a safe and fun holiday weekend folks.