It’s been a record hot week, and the bite has turned a little funky at times. Water temps both off the beach and inshore have been marking in the 85+ degree range, and this can throw the bite through a loop, but that doesn’t stop the core anglers of the 904 because any time is a good time to fish in North Florida! There were some nice catches off the pier and off the beach this week, and loads of big reds patrolling the river. Now that we’re slowly coming to the end of this last moon phase the currents should mellow out and the bite should get better! It is going to be a busy time on the water this weekend with 4 tournaments going on inshore and offshore, so be careful and respectful of all on the water as safety is always the first measure before the fun… TIGHT LINES!
St. Augustine – Capt. Kevin Faver: I wish I could tell you the fishing was on fire this week, but it was just OK. The trolling offshore has been dead! A few kings and occasional cobia in the mix is all. King fishing off the beach also continues to be slow. There are a ton of bonito on the beach that are fun to catch and will keep you busy. there have been more and more tarpon showing up which is great! The inshore bite has been surprisingly good despite the heat, and lots of flounder being caught around the docks, and reds early and late in the day!
Jacksonville – Capt. Kirk Waltz: It’s been a tough week overall, some kings off the beach but not in great numbers. Lots of bait has moved north and south of Nassau Sound. Poons, sharks, and big jacks are stacked up all down the beaches right now! Trolling offshore has been fairly dead, but bottom fishing outside of 14 miles has been productive for beeliners, triggers, and seabass. Snapper continue to be strong in the 80-100ft ranges! Reds and poons are stacking up off the rocks on the high outgoing tide, and bull reds are schooling up in the river, live pogeys and cut bait are what they want to chew on!
Inshore – Rory Gregg: As hot as the water has been, the bite hasn’t been so much all day. Early morning, late in the day after the storms pass allows the temps to slightly drop and the top water bite has been on! The Top Dog Jr. in mullet colors by MirrOlure has been blowing up on the big reds! With higher waters in the morning this weekend, you’ll get to work some action in the weeds, and a Slayer STB rigged weedless in natural colors heaved far up in the grass lines and slowly retrieved will send your line screaming with predators waiting on the edges to strike!
Pier Report – Spencer Brogden: There have been a few trout being caught early in the morning along with some reds. With the water temps off the end of the pier clocking in at 87 degrees the bite has slowed down. At the end of the pier some big jacks have shown up, and there were some nice sized kings being caught as well!