Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
November 27 – 29
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, first off. I hope we all take advantage of our holiday time off with some fishing.
If the ocean calms down, wahoo would be a fish to target. Use high speed trolling lures just inside the ledge, running along weed lines. This is always a great time to target wahoo, but the window of opportunity has to be there, so check your weather reports. Bottom fishing offshore is best starting at 100 feet with triggerfish, seabass, vermillion, and bonus cobia. Break out the frozen squid and drop ’em to the bottom.
Beach anglers will find decent whiting and good chances of pompano. Mix up baits with either live sand fleas, fresh dead shrimp, or clams. American Beach in Fernandina, South Ponte Vedra Beach, or Matanzas in south Saint Augustine are all great choices for beach action. Sheepshead are in prime feeding mode, taking live fiddler crabs near a rock jetty or shell encrusted piling near you. Prime spots are Fernandina jetties, Nassau Bridge, and the Mayport jetties. There are few ways to present a fiddler crab down along structure, either on a small hook jig head or carolina rig with a 1/0 kale hook. Some like to chum sheepshead by breaking up oyster shells right in where you plan to fish in at least four feet of water. I just hit the main sheepshead areas like inlet jetties, but I move around quite a bit until I find them, tossing at each rock ’til I get bites. Flounder are also biting along creek mouths and dock structures. Live mud minnows dragged on the bottom are your best bet for numbers. If a trophy-sized trout is what you want, a finger mullet will be ideal. The all around ticket for family fun this weekend will be to take a bucket of live shrimp, find a deeper turn in a creek on a moving tide and fish the bottom. Red drum, black drum, trout, and flounder are all in play fishing that way. Have a great weekend everyone.