Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Includes Jacksonville and St. Augustine
February 19 – 21
Cold temps and northeast winds will dominate the weekend. Probably not a good idea to go offshore but there is always sheepshead fishing on major inlet jetties, especially Mayport. Try fiddler crabs near pilings or rocks, or quartered crab on deep river shell bottoms. We are getting real close to maybe getting a giant black drum or red drum near our major inlets and quartered blue crab on the bottom will get them. Next week seems promising for a warming trend and maybe some calmer seas to possibly try for wahoo and cobia.
Redfish have been best in slightly deeper areas than you might be used to because of the water temps staying in the 50’s. I like docks and big oyster shell mounds, but most importantly structure with at least three feet of water heading to a shallow flat. I have been mixing bait presentations using fiddler crabs, if availible, on a jig head and flipping them to targets just like if I was using a live shrimp. Redfish slam them and sheepshead grab the bait with a slight pull better detected with a medium light action rod. If I use live shrimp using that same flipping to targets I am still most likely going to get redfish but add speckled trout and black drum. Lure anglers will want to stay with slow presentation lures. Slow suspend hard baits have been a go to lately for me in either natural color schemes or something with chartreuse when water clarity is a problem.