What a great week of nice weather we’ve had! The bite has been challenging at times from this full moon we’ve had, but it still has been good when you find your fish! The water has been really clear and the sun has been shining making the visibility unseasonably better than the norm this time of year. This weekend is shaping up to be great, as we slowly come out of the moon phase the bite will heat up, and the winds will be favorable with great tides to play outdoors in our aquatic wonderland slaying fish on the First Coast!
St. Augustine – Capt. Kevin Faver: Fishing has been fantastic this week in the waters off of The Oldest City! There have been lots of small kings and bonito on the prowl, and we’ve been catching dolphin within 9 miles of the beach which is amazing! The bait has been a little scarce this week, so make sure to bring your sabiki rig when heading offshore. Tarpon have seemed to slow down for the moment behind the shrimping boats, but there are still tons of sharks and bonito to send your line screaming on any given day!
Jacksonville – Capt. Kirk Waltz: Though the bait has seemed to be sparse this week, the bite was still really good overall! The bull reds have been running hard in the river, and we’ve been catching numbers with fish weighing up to 40-60lbs! The water in the inlet and offshore has been as clear as it gets for our region, and although the kings have been hard to come by there are still a few here and there. We caught some awesome fighting sized Spanish mackerel in the 26-28″ range, the surprise catch of the week was a big cobia trailing the shrimp boats, and we’ve been flying some sails with some nice sailfish too which always put up an awesome fight!
Inshore/Kayak – Rory Gregg: The bite inshore has been off and on this week. Big moon phases can always do some interesting things to the feeding patterns of the fish. As we come into this weekend, and the moon starts to fade the bite should start to turn on as the tides begin to mellow out. It’s going to be a busy time on the water this weekend with the IFA tour in town, but it looks like perfect tournament style tides for Saturday and Sunday with higher tides at first light and low tides mid-day. These type of tides give you the opportunity to fish from high to low tides, tournament or not, and do everything in between. Start your day out with top water, then spinner baits, as the tides starts to run float rigs, then start pounding the ambush points with jigs and soft plastics or small hard baits and you’ll put you weekend slam together nicely!
Contributing Captains – Kirk Waltz & Kevin Faver from: The Outdoors Show 7AM-10AM Saturdays on ESPN Radio 1010xl AM and 92.5 FM – http://www.outdoorsshow.com/