Inshore/nearshore report jacksonville area waters
Capt. Bob Cosby
March 26, 2009
Jacksonville - Saltwater Fishing Report
Late March/early April is a good time to wet a line in the salt waters of northeast Florida.
The spanish mackerel arrived last week and showed up throughout the St Johns River system east of the Dames Point bridge all in one day! This seems a little early for them, but they follow thier own calendar.They varied in size and hit anything that moved.
There are plenty of "snapper" blues mixed in with the mackerel. Larger blues could show any day at the St Augustine jetties. Durable topwater plugs or live baitfish thrown tight to the rocks will catch them once they arrive. Be careful! Jacks and ladyfish are also due to make an appearance soon.
Sheepshead and yellowmouth trout are spawning over sand and shell bottoms. Some are good size. Speckled trout are starting to hit lipped diving and topwater lures. Of course, you can also catch them on the traditional sliding float rigs and plastic jigs.
There are some nice reds cruising the back country on the mud flats and around the oyster beds. The "teenager" reds(8-15lbs are showing up at the jetties. I had one day last week when we caught seven on a half day charter.
CAPT Bob Cosby
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!