NE Florida Inshore Fishing Report
Intracoastal Waterway, St Johns River and Nearshore Waters from Fernandina to Saint Augustine
Updated: March 2, 2007.
Recently, we've had a break from the cold weather. In the last few days the water temperature has approached 65 degrees in the shallow creeks and on the flats. That being said, I wouldn't be surprized if we get another cold snap before spring truly arrives.
The reds are cruising the shallows in the creeks at low tide. Sometimes they are reluctant to bite and can be very spooky. With all the fishing pressure, particularly on weekends, they are resembling Islamorada bonefish more each day. You can also find them along the edge of the ICW before the boat traffic gets rolling. Be stealthy; fish slowly, and be patient.
The trout bite was pretty good all last month. Now they are fair game once again. With the warming water, topwater plugs are worth trying early and late. Some yellowmouth trout are being caught near the jetty tips, but the bite is not as strong as in years past. Sheephead have slowed down some recently. Some fishermen attribute this slowdown to the clear water. The local El Cheapo sheephead tournament with 300 plus boats also put a significant dent in the population.
Lots of small bluefish are in the river and ICW. Most are too small to keep. The drum action has improved. I heard of a 67 pounder being caught recently. Drum fishing should improve through the month of March and into April. Crab, clams, and fresh dead shrimp are favorite baits fished deep near rocks and other structure. The flounder fishing in the creeks has been quite good, though they're difficult to target specifically. Fish the small runouts with mud minnows or Gulp baits.
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!