Inshore/nearshore report jacksonville area waters
<p>The fishing has been hot at the jetties and along the beach. One afternoon we caught 19 reds, and 18 were oversize. Be extra careful releasing/reviving fish at the jetties. Recently, I had a large red devoured at boatside by a big (I think) black-tip shark. It happened fast. A couple of days later the largest barracuda I've ever seen took a 12-15 lb red in two bites right next to the boat.
Kings are biting along the beach, and the pogie pods are beginning to show up again after a long absence. I'm still jigging greenies and butterfish rather than spending time searching for pogies. You're liable to encounter schools of spanish mackerel anywhere.So far we've caught two tarpon and jumped a third while fishing for redfish. There are lots of good size black tip and spinner sharks behind the shrimp boats, if you need to bend a rod.
There are some flounder in the river and creeks. We haven't caught any over 5lbs yet. The ladyfish and blues are not as plentiful as they were. Jacks are busting finger mullet schools along the river banks. Whiting and pompano are in the surf. Try for trout early and late with topwater lures, or fish deep with sliding corks and live shrimp.
CAPT Bob Cosby
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!