Is December considered a winter month? I’m not really sure, but I can say the cooler temps and the water being in the 60’s will have the Trout chewing and the Redfish schooling.
It's finally here. Variety "is" the spice of fishing life.
If you think November isn't considered a winter month in the lower 48 states. Take a trip to N. Dakota!
The weather has let us know she is unpredictable, so there hasn't been very many offshore days available. Offshore, the best thing going right now would be the 10 and 12 hour days.
An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico has gone unplugged for so long that it now verges on becoming one of the worst offshore disasters in U.S. history.
October turned out to be a fantastic month of fishing. The water temps should continue to fall throughout the month of November. In doing so, many of the game fish such as redfish, trout and flounder will be transitioning to a fall pattern and start to school up.
WELL, IT'S MONDAY MORNING THE 8TH OF OCTOBER AND IT'S BLOWING HARD OUT ON THE LOCAL WATERS. AND WILL, ALL WEEK LONG ACCORDING TO THE NWS.
WHICH MEANS, OCTOBER IS FINALLY HERE.....HURRAY!!
This past summer was a little different from summers past. In the spring and summer of 2017, we were seeing a large number of Amberjack off our coast but in 2018, they just didn't show up.
Hopefully this month will bring some cooler weather and water. With the water temps holding in the high 80’s the bite is still a bit lethargic. Redfish, Trout and Flounder are still on the hit list, but the need to scramble has been the ticket for putting good numbers in the boat.
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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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