Jacksonville, FL Fishing Report
Welcome to Fish Whisperer Charters in Jacksonville, FL! Had four trips this week and want to share the patterns I’ve observed for the week.
Seas have been moderate this week allowing for some offshore trips with clients that include trolling and bottom fishing. After the Nor’easter last weekend, the bite has been…odd? Kingfish, Spanish, barracuda, and shark were crushing us on the downriggers set at the same depth as the bait was showing up on the Lowrance. Then after the big blow last weekend, nothing on trolling; however, bottom-fishing has been extremely productive. JW wrecks and Culverts have produced Cobia, Grouper, and seabass while MR has the snapper eating the bottom out of the boat. Best advice: grab a box of Spanish sardines or cigar minnows and get some bottom-fishing in. Pogie pods are disappointing compared to my logs of recent years but they can still be found between the Jax Beach Pier and Nassau Sound. (Vague, right? But true.) A pleasant surprise has been the flounder bite along the docks and rocks of Mayport. It’s pretty much a given that flounder can be taken!
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It’s a better bet for this week to stick to bottom-fishing so grab some cigar minnows for a variety or Spanish sardines for snapper, and find some reefs and wrecks to try out. The better fishing has been further out but that doesn’t mean it can’t change in a day or two. We’ve been using knocker rigs with a #3 circle hook and offshore knot with just enough weight to get to the bottom. Try a piece of cut, then a whole one to see what’s striking then go from there. If you get a grunt or pinfish, butterfly it and send it back down for the cobia or grouper. Since trolling has stunk this week, I have nothing to offer on that subject :)
If you’re not able to get offshore, no worries, try the North docks of St. Johns from Mayport to BAE Systems Drydocks. Flounder and redfish are crazy about shrimp on popping corks, jigs with mud minnows, or Gulp! Root beer with chartreuse paddle tails are killing the flounder. Tide changes are the key.
Catch em’ up and stay safe!
Until next time…
Fair Winds & Following Seas,
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