May 13, 2022
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.
May 13 - 15
Well it’s finally happening. It’s been a long time. Winds are settling down and will not ruin fishing this weekend. Bluewater anglers will want to start rigging ballyhoo so they have plenty of baits to slow troll weedlines just inside the ledge for mahi. Blackfin tuna and wahoo are also likely to be caught. Bottom fishing is best in 120 feet or deeper for triggerfish, vermilion and grouper. Closer to shore lots of sharks are near pogy pods.
Flounder should be on the feed underneath glass minnow schools. The best bait for them is live mud minnows used on a 1/4 ounce jig head dragged on the bottom. Remember to take your time setting the hook as flounder are nibblers and often slow to swallow the bait. Topwater lures early and late for redfish and trout near mouths of feeder creeks will get bites. During the day try soft plastics or hard baits in shady areas such as docks or bridges. Jetty anglers should find sheepshead taking live fiddler crabs near rocks. I like a soft tip rod for this very challenging fish to catch as they don’t thump the bait just pull away with it. Beach fishing should also be a go this weekend using fresh dead shrimp for whiting and possible pompano.
Overall it’s been a long wait for a cooperative weather weekend, let’s all get out there and enjoy.
Capt. Roger Bump
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