Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
Looks like a decent weekend coming up but as always double check weather reports before you go. Lots of sharks on nearshore wrecks within 10 miles. Bull redfish and tarpon are at the inlets taking live or dead mullet on the bottom. Bottom fishing starting in 100-feet is giving up sea bass, triggerfish and a few cobia. Blue water anglers trolling doing best with rigged ballyhoo catching a few mahi, wahoo and possible sailfish.
Water temperatures are dropping slowly but still on the warm side at 76 degrees. Redfish trout and flounder are biting and being caught in good numbers depending on what you target. Redfish are schooling along grass lines as they push into the grass on flood tides to feed on crabs. As long as the tide is incoming you can push up to follow them but as soon as the tide turns those fish will pull back along main grass line breaks. Try topwater lures early for redfish and trout. I prefer main water grass lines for better chances at trout. Flounder are following the bait, in other words if you can visually see bait schools running up and down a grass line or sandbar there is a good chance flounder are there. If you’re looking for numbers, stick with using mud minnows but if you’re looking for a four pounder or better use finger mullet.
Spinner baits are a great search bait for flounder and may give you an alternative to finding them stacked up. Until we get some real cooling of the water temperature, say in the mid sixties, I don’t see those huge doormats coming in yet.