Jax Boat Club
Jax Boat Club
Jax Boat Club
COMING VERY SOON!!!
As far as River and Jetty fishing (That’s what I do) it's been a long hot summer. (They all seem to be). And now it's time to look ahead to the fall season.
I didn't think I would be happy that Red Snapper Season was over, but I'm ecstatic it's gone.
Bait, bait, and more bait will be flooding into the waterways of Northeast Florida this month.
As this phenomenon takes place, the migration of several other species will follow. Tarpon, Bull Reds and Flounder will all be in tow looking for easy meals on massive schools of mullet.
BIG TROUT DURING SUMMER DOLDRUMS?
Yes, you can!
I know, it's probably the least thought about fish when the air temp at 10:00 am is 95 degrees and the sun is glaring off the slick calm “mirror like” water on a hot August morning.
For the record…
I think a 6 day season is an absolute slap in our faces given the current numbers of red snapper off our coast. Last year they approved 9 days, with a 3 day extension because of bad weather.
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.''
The ocean is yielding great harvest right now. Particularly if you like kingfish. We are limiting out nearly every trip with some fish upwards of 40lbs.
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!
Sticking to "inshore"
Speckled Trout. The bite is still very strong. Yes, the water temps are now a balmy 82 degrees. But, I'm hearing from other Trout "afishionados" that they too are catching really big Trout.
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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.
Is it that time of year, ALREADY?
As a dedicated inshore fisherman and a complete "Trout Fishing Snob", I’m about to tell you some things you may not like. But some of you will be understanding of it.
NOAA officials want to hear from local recreational fisherman about opening a red snapper season off our Atlantic coast and in Georgia and the Carolinas.
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.