September 17, 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 17 - 19
If rain doesn’t bother you, it should be a go to get out, even for bluewater anglers. Sailfish are mixed with possible mahi and wahoo just inside the ledge. Rigged ballyhoo, either rigged with a skirt or naked, is the bait of choice this time of year for bluewater trolling. Best bottom fishing has been in 140 to 180 feet. Grouper, triggerfish, sea bass and vermilion are all possible catches in those deeper-structured bottom areas. Frozen Boston mackerel are always a great choice for grouper and don’t forget the old standby frozen squid. Nearshore anglers chasing a late season kingfish may be in luck this week. Try slow trolling a live pogie along beaches and especially inlets. Tarpon and sharks will also be feeding heavily in those same areas.
Bull redfish are running ! Look for deep channel edges or drop off’s inside an inlet. The St. Mary’s and St. John’s rivers have been top areas to target the bull redfish and they are hitting on all cylinders as we speak. Fishing consists of either halved or whole blue crabs or cut mullet on the bottom. Moving or slack tides can make a difference, so moving around and constantly checking your sonar will help in getting bites. Most of todays sonar will show redfish on the bottom no problem if you educate yourself on using a graph. For example, I would rather drift over bull redfish areas just to see exactly where those fish are holding using a sonar.
Speckled trout have picked up as the water temps have been dropping. Topwater lures early or late in the day, backed up with a jig and plastic is all you need for a limit of trout. There are favorable conditions for flood tide sight fishing for redfish and sheepshead will be on tap this weekend. Make plans to check your flooded grass area at least two hours before high tide. A weedless paddle tails will work for redfish but for sheepshead try a fiddler crab on a jig head. I always tell my clients rain usually makes them bite. Have a safe and great fishing weekend.
Capt. Roger Bump
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