As the year continues to wind down, August is migration month. The Tarpon, Sharks, Kings, Flounder and several other species all start to migrate slowly towards Northeast Florida. And the bait is thick on the beach this time of year. That too, brings a multitude of hungry predators along with it and some very exciting fishing opportunities. Tarpon, Kings, Bonita, Jacks can all be targeted around the Pogie pods off the beach.
THINK FREE BAIT… IN DEEP SUMMER… Inshore! I like to think that there's lots of free bait swimming out there. But, really. Is there any bait that's free? Maybe a better way of thinking about it is ''easier bait.''
Last month produced some fantastic fishing and as we roll into July the heat wave is going to be in full swing. Get out early to beat the heat and late afternoon thunder storms. I always carry more than enough fluids in my cooler to keep myself and my guests hydrated. Also, don’t forget the rain gear. North East Florida weather can change every 5 minutes… so be prepared!
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Well the winds have finally started to back off… but now we are dealing with torrential rains. For some reason, Mother Nature will not leave us alone. We've already had a named storm and it’s a week before hurricane season is even supposed to start.
As we roll into June, the weather, water temps and fish all start to transition. For me personally, this is my favorite time of year. As the water clears up, the water temperatures start to rise along with the air temperature.
We’ve had such a tough winter, it just doesn’t seem like Mother Nature will leave us alone. We are noticing changes to our waters though… as bait fish, like pogies, are starting to show up very sporadically.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG, (doesn't matter what the calendar says)
As an Angler, my seasons are dictated by the weather and what the fish are doing. March 20th may have been the first day of Spring for the landlubber crowd. But for me, spring just arrived last week. Because while on a charter we caught the first Spanish Mackerel of the year. Yep, the Spaniards arriving is the kick-off in my book. And should be in yours also.
As April goes by and we roll into May, expect the wind to be consistent and, of course, those afternoon or late evening showers will be plentiful. Plan your trip accordingly and take the necessary gear needed to help your trip be fun and successful.
One of the most intriguing aspects of Florida marine fishing is the constant repetition of the question, “What is it?” Rare indeed is the angler who, at some time during a fishing trip, doesn’t catch a fish that must be examined closely to determine its species.
Between my last report and right now the Blue Marlin have migrated into the St. Johns River and record catches are happening from the Dames Point Bridge area all the way to the Mayport jetties. The best bet is a kite rig, with a dangling leftover St. Patty's Day green sausage on a 1/0 circle hook.
The bite will continue to improve this month as the water temperature gradually rises. In previous reports, I have stressed the need to fish slow. This technique will be very effective for Flounder and Redfish until the water temps reach the high 70's and low 80's.
Just when you think we have winter behind us, break out the pants and jackets again!! I'm over winter, seriously. Our water is so cold, it has completely affected our fishing this winter and not in a good way.
It wasn't that long ago, I was writing this report and the inshore waters were freezing. Buddies of mine were talking dead or stunned fish South of Beach Blvd off the ICW. Dead or stunned fish in the Lake in Queens Harbor neighborhood. And I marked a river temp of 48 degrees on the surface, on a 20-25 knot morning. We lasted only 2 hours out on the river in Mayport, that day.
With Winter and the cold weather behind us here in the Northeast Florida region, expect the water temperatures to climb and the fishing to get red hot. The Redfish bite has been extremely good. Target creeks with deeper water adjacent to a flat, look for fish pushing in the shallow water and around oyster beds. Redfish are still running in schools, so the opportunity to boat several fish is a definite possibility.
The water has started to warm slightly which has brought the sea bass a little closer to shore. Instead of having to travel 20 miles minimum, some fish can be caught around the 13 to 15-mile range. Some other fish on the new shore reefs such as ringtail porgies are plentiful also.
It may be a little cool… but there are fish to catch!
The wind has really been hindering the offshore fishing the past couple of weeks. We had a small window though, last week, where we were able to make it offshore. We decided to take advantage of the great weather and stretch out to 60 miles.