September 24, 2021
Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach
Capt. Roger Bump covers inshore and offshore fishing in Northeast Florida from Fernandina Beach to Flagler Beach, including Jacksonville and Saint Augustine.
September 24 - 26
Your mornings will start with the first hint of fall, followed by mild temperatures throughout the day. Major inlets like the Fernandina and Mayport jetties, and St Augustine inlet should see bull redfish, tarpon, big jacks and sharks on heavy feed. Large mullet, live or dead, fished on the bottom in the 6- to 8-inch size won’t take long to get noticed. Other species like whiting , pompano, black drum and redfish can be caught by using fresh dead shrimp on the bottom in those same inlet drop offs. Further offshore, starting in 140 feet, grouper, triggerfish, muttons and vermilions are on tap for those mixing frozen squid and Boston mackerel fished on the bottom. Bluewater anglers will find mahi, sailfish and possible wahoo when trolling rigged ballyhoo along weedlines just inside the ledge.
Topwater lures will be a must to try early and late in the day during this coming weekend. Speckled trout and slot redfish will surely be on a feed with the cooling nights and mild temperatures during the day, signaling a season change. Main river points and creek mouths on moving tides will be prime areas to fish as migrating shrimp start to push out of the river. Root beer colored plastics mimicking shrimp will be a prime choice for lure anglers looking to get bit. Possible midday flood tides could promote redfish feeding in flooded grass for sight fishing. Bait fishing anglers will find bites using live shrimp under a popping cork around grass lines and oyster beds. Overall this should be a great weekend to get out and fish no matter what type of fishing you prefer. Get out there and enjoy and be safe.
Capt. Roger Bump
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