Inshore/nearshore report NE Florida
Ponte Vedra Beach FL
Inshore/nearshore report NE Florida 6:07 PM 7/31/2008
Now that the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament is over, maybe we can get back to normal.The boat ramps have been very busy. The water temperature warmed up to the lower 80's for the tournament and the kingfish bit pretty well over the past week or so. Ribbonfish have been the ticket. Now the thermocline seems to be back with the water temps in the mid 70's in the ocean.
Some tarpon have been caught off our beaches using chumming techniques. I will be targeting the silver kings this coming week, though I'm not too optimistic with the cooler water. Pogie pods are few and far between.
Upper and over slot reds have been biting fairly consistently at the jetties, though they seem to have tapered off the last few days. Our best day was 19 reds with 18 being oversize. Several reds have been eaten boatside by sharks and barracuda. The creeks and ICW have been slow.
Most of the good inshore reports have been coming from the Arlington area south past the Buckman Bridge, probably due to the high salinity levels. Large yellowmouth and speckled trout have been hitting in that area of the River as well as croakers, flounder, and mangrove snapper.
You can definitely bend a stout rod drifting or slow trolling baits for sharks behind active shrimp boats. Surf fishing has been good for whiting and the occasional pompano.
Captain 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!