NE Florida inshore report
Intracoastal Waterway, St Johns River and Nearshore Waters from Fernandina to Saint Augustine
Updated: February 13, 2007.
Inshore report Jacksonville area waters
Speckled trout are closed in our waters this month, so naturally, they are biting fairly well. Since they are "weak" fish, release them carefully with wet hands if you must touch them.
There are some large sheephead in the river. The last two to come into my boat weighed 7 1/2 and 8lbs respectively. Both were caught in deep water. Ringtail porgies are still at the jetty tips.
The water temperature is hovering around 56 degrees, and the water is exceptionally clear with the algae die off. The cold weather has finally arrived with a few nights dropping into the 30's. The fishing remains good, though fewer fishermen are on the water.
The reds in the creeks and along the ICW can be seen cruising the shallows near oyster bars, but often are in no hurry to eat. They spook easily, so it's best to pole from a fair distance away, if possible. There are also some larger over slot reds at the jetties. In some areas when casting a jig and shrimp, it's a toss up whether you'll hook a big red or a sheephead.
If you just enjoy pulling in lots of fish, the small bluefish are more than cooperative. Watch thier teeth! Yellowmouth trout are another good winter fish to pursue, though, in my opinion, they are not as plentiful this year as in years past.
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!