Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Looks like a mild weekend and anglers should take advantage. Blue water anglers will find mahi , sailfish and possible wahoo trolling rigged ballyhoo along weedlines. Bottom fishing is best in 100 plus-feet for triggerfish, African pompano and vermilion snapper.
Nearshore anglers inside 10-miles, trolling pogies, have good chances at late season kingfish. There are also a lot of sharks and possible tarpon near major inlets, especially St. Augustine Inlet. Beach anglers will find surf fishing improving with whiting and pompano in the mix for those just soaking shrimp on the bottom. There will also be redfish, black drum and flounder in the surf. Live finger mullet best to target those species.
Last weekend and most of the week we had flood tides, making a low tide like fishing a normal high tide. Tides have started to get back to usual on Thursday and that is great news for flounder anglers. For one, it makes it easier to find live finger mullet for bait and second it gets those flounder to stack up on outside sandbars and grass lines. Bull redfish are running in the deeper channel edges of all major rivers and Intracoastal water ways. Blue crab or cut mullet are best baits for bull redfish. Slot redfish are also schooling in creeks and shallow mud flats, especially in the flooded grass on high tides. Weedless soft plastics are a good choice to target redfish in the grass and you don’t need to see redfish to catch them, although it helps. Straight retrieve casting over different flooded grass areas can pick up a bonus redfish. Speckled trout are also on a feed, taking topwater lures early and later in the day try a variety of slow suspend hard baits. My personal favorite is the Unfair Arrowhead because of it’s versatile twitching or straight retrieve options and loud rattle. It’s definitely time to go fishing. Get out there and enjoy!