Summer fishing is in full effect, and the bite has been strong for the season thus far! There was a bit of swell in the water at the beginning of the week making things interesting offshore, but with favorable winds the fishing was good both out the back and inshore! For the weekend ahead it’s going to be hot and steamy with moderate offshore and onshore winds, and a great waxing gibbous moon tide. Get out there and enjoy some of the best fishing in the world right here in North Florida!
St. Augustine – Capt. Kevin Faver: The offshore fishing was on fire this week! We were catching just about every striking species such as AJs, Bonita, and Sails to name a few! The shrimpers are out there dragging, and if you want to catch a huge fish there are some big sharks on the prowl, and a few tarpon behind those boats! Day to day throughout the week the bait pods were moving around off the beach, and the water clarity has been as good as it gets for our region! Inshore the flounder bite has been hot, and in numbers! The highlight of the week was a permit caught inshore on one of my charters which is an absolute surprise catch in North Florida!
Jacksonville – Capt. Kirk Waltz: We had great week fishing at the rocks! Right around the slack tides to the first of the turn is when the bite really turned on, and the big reds were loving the pogeys jigging down deep in the slow current on a 3/8 jig head! Reds were plentiful in the slot to well over-slot range! Tons of huge sharks all around the shrimp boats in and out of the port to give anyone a heck of a fight! There were still a few cobia hanging around some of the bait pods nearshore, but the kings seemed to slow down from the passing swell through the week. In the river the bull reds were firing, and a highlight catch of the week was a big bull weighing in over 60 lbs caught in 25-40!
Inshore/Kayak – Rory Gregg: The inshore bite continues to be very strong right now with all species feeding hard! We have a great inshore tide this weekend, and as the moon phase sets in it will be a lazy river out there which makes the fish fired up to eat because they don’t have a strong current to swim against. Big reds are all over the river right now, and you can target them in the drops off the edges of the channel in the 20-40 ft. ranges with live bait or artificial on a 3/8 – 1/2 oz jig casted up the current, or using some heavy weight and cut bait or blue crab with a stout circle hook! In the flats and creeks the top water bite has been blowing up early in the morning when the wind is laid down. Flounder on the lower tides in the feeder creeks and around oysters using a white/chartreuse tail Slayer Inc. SST retrieved really slow off the bottom will lure them in, and don’t be surprised if Mr. redfish takes the bait as well in the same presentation!
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/