NE Florida inshore report
Intracoastal Waterway, St Johns River and Nearshore Waters from Fernandina to Saint Augustine
Updated: March 14, 2007.
NE Florida inshore nearshore report
March, the transition month, is here and we'll be steadily moving from our winter fishing patterns into spring. In fact, a customer caught a jack crevalle a couple days ago, which is a sure sign migrating fish are moving north.
Sheephead are biting very well right now at area jetties and are averaging 3-4lbs with 5-6lb fish mixed in. These normally elusive fish fight hard and are excellent table fare. A 1/8 oz. jig and fiddler crab fished around the rocks should work.
Redfish can be found in all their normal haunts: edges of the ICW, jetty rocks, creeks, and around dock pilings. Several redfish tournaments have or will occur, and boats "pre-fishing" are pretty much everywhere.
The speckled trout are common in the creeks with some fish large enough to keep. With the water temps rising try a topwater plug early and late on high water. In the river the small aggressive bluefish can be a nuisance striking your expensive shrimp before the trout can find it. A few weakfish are biting, usually on high incoming water.
A surprising number of small to medium size flounder are biting in the creeks. Mud minnows and Gulp baits are effective options. The whiting action has improved on the pier and in the surf. It won't be long until pompano and spanish mackeral move into our area also.
This and next month provide opportunities to catch a giant black drum in our area. Fish deep around the jetties, area inlets, and in the ICW with crab and clam baits. Use heavy tackle to subdue the fish quickly and release them carefully.
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!