April 5 Weekend Fishing Report

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Captain John Eggers
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With the changing water temps and weather being more stable the fishing will get fired up.  Look for  schools of slot reds to bunch in the creeks through-out the month as schools of small pogies and finger mullet start finding their way in.  Target the deep holes at low outgoing and the first of incoming.

trio of redfish caught in Jacksonville waters

Flounder will also pick up with the influx of bait.  I personally like to target them at or near high tide on the flats and banks of the ICW.  3 or 4 inch white or natural mullet colors on a ⅜ oz. jig head work really well.

The best live bait will be mud minnows or finger mullet also tipped on a 1/4 or 3/8 oz jig head.  Speckled

trout will follow the run of glass minnows working their way into the inshore water.  I normally will look for the birds diving at the openings to big creek mouths and flats.

These trout will be schooled up with blue fish and lady fish as they continually chase these glass minnows and small ribbon fish up to the surface.The birds will be feeding on them as well and will make it easy to find the fish.

larger redfish caught by Captain Eggers

Trophy bull red fishing will begin to pick up in the river and the jetties.  Whole live blue crab on the bottom of the channel in the 35 to 40 foot roll down at or near either part of slack tide will be the best time to catch them.

Captain Eggers fishing boat in Jacksonville