Inshore and Nearshore Fishing Report
The bull reds are staging way up the St Johns River near Dames Point and Blount Island. Normally, they would be out on the sand flats north and south of the jetty tips by this time. The consensus is that our lack of rain thus far has something to do with it. They can still be caught using blue crab baits fished along the channel roll down. Slot size fish are in the creeks and surf following the mullet run. A couple of weeks ago some friends and I caught nine in the surf on live mullet and Storm wild eye shad lures. The high spring tides associated with our current full moon provide opportunities to catch tailing reds and sheephead on the grass flats.
Finger and corn cob size mullet are streaming out of area inlets with tarpon, sharks, bluefish, jacks, flounder and redfish hot on thier heels. There are also some nice speckled trout shadowing the mullet. This is probably the last good chance to catch a tarpon as they will be moving south with the mullet and pogies and falling water temperatures. The flounder fishing is only going to get better as the temperatures drop and the mullet run continues.
There are also some good size spanish mackerel around the jetty tips. Troll or cast for them with small spoons, diving plugs, or shiny flies.
Captain Bob\'s Fishing Charters,Inc.
About The Author: Captain Bob Cosby
Company: Captain Bob\'s Fishing Charters, Inc.
Area Reporting: Mayport, Ponte Vedra, St Augustine and nearshore waters
Bio: Captain Bob Cosby is a retired USCGR Captain, and has had a 50-ton Master’s license since 1986. He is a Jacksonville native and has fished the local waters since he was a small child, fishing with his grandparents from bridges, piers and in the surf. Captain Bob has an easygoing personality, and won’t be yelling or getting angry with the customers. When Captain Bob is not fishing with customers, he often spends his free time – fishing! He enjoys fly fishing the spring creeks of Montana, and fly fishing for Atlantic salmon in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He has owned several offshore boats and has caught marlin, sailfish, wahoo, tuna and large sharks. However, he enjoys inshore fishing the local salt waters of Northeast Florida the most!