Migratory Fish Have Arrived In Jacksonville - No Oil!
<p>Fishing has picked up considerably since my last report. Just about all of our migratory fish have made an appearance. The water temperature is now close to 80 degrees. Jacks, ladyfish, and bluefish are likely to smash your lures or bait at any time. Spanish mackerel, and cobia are sporadically moving along the coast.We had a red hot week of cobia fishing about three weeks ago.
I've seen the first tarpon , spinner sharks, and kingfish at the jetty tips. Schools of pogies can be found most days, and are great baits for redfish along the jetties and any other gamefish in the area. You might see large barracuda and jack crevalle, as well as cobia near these pogie pods.
Some nice trout are available to lure anglers willing to be on the water very early. Top water and lipped diving plugs work well,as do live shrimp on float rigs. A few flounder are around, but not in any great numbers. The black drum are still biting at the jetty tips. The most consistent action for me have been the redfish along the big jetties at the entrance to the St Johns River.
The sheepshead have slowed down, as they always do in the warmer months, but some are still here. Some whiting and pompano are being caught in the surf and from the piers. The weather has been beautiful lately, and the beaches are clean and inviting, so plan a fishing trip!
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!