Inshore/nearshore report NE Florida
It looks like summer is finally here, afternoon thunder showers and temps in the 90's. Water temps are in the high 70's.The Kingbuster tournament was held this weekend and the big boats were roaring along the beach and, later in the day, crying at the fuel docks. I actually caught a few kings and some huge spanish a couple of days ago off Atlantic Beach. I don't king fish too often. Finding pogies is a hit or miss operation. Be prepared to jig up bait with sabiki rigs.
Some nice size reds are schooling at the jetties. We've caught them up to 17lbs so far. The tarpon have shown up also, and are a real surprise when the redfish you were expecting turns into an airborne tarpon. Most of these jetty tarpon seem to be in the 15 to 50 lb range. A customer caught a 20-30lb tarpon Wed on a greenie(threadfin herring) at the north jetty. It's not unusual for one of them to hit a live shrimp on a float rig. The larger tarpon will be hanging around pogie pods along the beach, or behind shrimp boats.
Flounder have moved in from offshore and can be caught along the rocks and around dock pilings in the river. Ladyfish, jacks, and blues are still around. Speckled trout reports continue to come in from the Blount Island, Mill cove, and Dames Point area, though they have slowed some due to the warmer water. Fish topwaters and lipped diving plugs early and late on the higher tide phases. We're getting the larger local shrimp from the bait shops now, and they work well on sliding float rigs.
Whiting and the occasional pompano are likely surf and pier catches.
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!