Is It Florida Fishing Jacksonville

Maria Johnson
• Saturday, 10 October, 2020
• 6 min read

The sleepyhead have congregated in the St. Johns River and the inlet, and fishing for them will produce a tasty by catch of perfect-eating puppy drum. In the backcountry, the redfish are beginning to school up, setting the stage for the stellar winter sight fishing we enjoy on the First Coast.

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Big seas and a stiff northeast wind between 10 and 15 knots through the weekend, which will confine fishing to protected waters. Well said the trout bite in the main river has turned on as he expected, but he thinks the water temperature should be just right for them to fire off by the time the wind lays down.

Ron Schulz said the trout bite has turned on in a major way in the intracoastal waterway, and the redfish are forming their winter schools back in the creeks. Given Schulz’s intel and this weekend’s morning low tides, the best bet may be to hit the marsh to avoid the wind and watch the reds put on a show.

Anglers love Jacksonville ’s convenient water access and variety of fresh and saltwater fishing options. So many waterfront parks and preserves offer the perfect opportunity to cast a line and find a wide variety of fish including Trout, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Sleepyhead, Black Drum, Jacks, Tarpon, Flounder and other Inshore saltwater fish.

As the river turns from brackish to fresh, you can also find Specks (Crappie), Large mouth Bass, and Catfish. Fish the marshes, creeks, flats and wetlands that make up the Intracoastal Waterway in the Jacksonville area.

Whiting, Ted fish, Speckled Sea Trout, Pompano, Black Drum, Tarpon, Cobra, Sea Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Sailfish, Snapper, Grouper, Bluefish, Jack Crevasse and Shook can be found of our coast. They can be purchased from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission online or at select sporting goods stores.

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The middle of the ocean is the only place where, for a few hours, I truly forget about the noise and nonsense that The Year 2020 has gifted the world. There’s a furious cobra bite happening on the artificial reefs and wrecks starting around 25 miles offshore, where the water temperature has dropped into the upper 60s.

The cold weather has created excellent fishing in backcountry, where the reds are schooled up and chasing bait during low tide, as well as the surf, which is providing anglers big bull whiting. On the last cast of the evening, Helm hooked and landed the fish of a lifetime: a 35-inch shook, caught off South Jacksonville Beach in early December with a frozen sand flea on a pompano rig.

But the cold snaps that have improved the winter fishing have sent the fiddler crabs deep into the mud, making them near impossible to catch. You can still catch sleepyhead on shrimp, clams and other baits, but Well said they’ve expressed a strong preference for crab over anything else.

Chip Wing said the reds are schooled up and backing on low tide, and black drum can be found on shell bottom areas in the ditch, usually in about 3 to 8 feet of water, as well as deep holes in the creeks. Tony Novella fished with Steve Road ruck and Scott Rasmussen on Wednesday, taking his skiff into Hannah Mills Creek, where the air was cold, the water clear.

They fished shallow during both sides of the low tide, using the trusty of’ shrimp-and-jig to catch 15 reds, six trout, four black drums and a sleepyhead. When the ocean flattened after Thanksgiving, I told my friend Ronnie “May boy” May that we likely missed the last offshore window of the year.

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While the marine forecast early last week did nothing to challenge this pessimistic outlook, by Friday afternoon, we were plotting to “send it” offshore on Sunday. May and I departed the Village of May port on the Fake News, my 23-foot Contender, just as the sun lit the eastern horizon, bundled up in nearly every item of winter clothing we owned.

The first pull down of the day was on the planer, but the fish struck the bait short, chopping the tail end of the ballyhoo just behind the second hook. Radio chatter indicated tuna was the fish of the day, although some crews caught Yahoo on the high-speed and Mali pulling meat.

I told May I wanted to move, and then we both saw the flash of bright green and blue of a dolphin fish circling around the transom of the boat. I spent the next 15 minutes trying to catch the fish with a pink cobra jig, drawing a few short strikes but failing to hook up.

After having his fun watching me fish in vain, May handed me one of the ballyhoo that he had pulled off a lure we trolled earlier. At 2 p.m., we pointed the boat west and made the long ride home, happy to have scouted a new spot, which we named “Early Xmas Present” on my GPS map, and capitalized on what we knew would be the last offshore window before the end of this godforsaken year.

Please note, that these aren’t ranked in any particular order, but we have mentioned some of the fish you’re most likely to catch. Whether you’re spinning, fly-fishing or bait casting your chances of getting a bite here are good.

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So grab your favorite fly-fishing rod and reel, and head out to Saint Johns River. Alternate names for this stream include Saint John’s River, Rio San Juan and Agra Dunce.

Please remember to check with the local Fish and Wildlife department to ensure the stream is open to the public. “Shell cracker (repair) and bluegill anglers should fish an ultra-light rod with a number 10 gold…” Dead Lake.

St. Johns River MULTI SPECIES” I use a video because some of us would like to watch a video and see what it looked like before we book our stay and drive to a location we have never been before, I will share the information with you about fishing near Jacksonville, Florida (Saint John River) Figuring out the right size (length) of paddle is surprisingly straightforward.

Your height is also a factor, especially for a narrower boat: Taller paddlers need longer paddles. I came a cross a program about the local University of North Florida (UNF), they offer “Gear Check-out & Adventure Trips.” The students can use the gear for free, for example, kayaks, canoeing, and rock climbing.

The programs offered University of North Florida (UNF) allow students, staff and visitors to learn about team work in different environment. I went to Walmart, Black Creek sporting goods store, and REI co-op.

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Many anglers plan ahead and incorporate best fishing practices using tips to ensure safe and responsible angling. Develop fishing skills to target the size and species you desire.

Change location, depth, or bait to avoid catching fish you do not intend to keep. Use appropriately sized gear that is targeted to the species you desire to catch.

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1 en.wikipedia.org - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_black_groper
2 www.doc.govt.nz - https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/marine-fish-and-reptiles/spotted-black-grouper/
3 safmc.net - https://safmc.net/regulations/regulations-by-species/black-grouper/
4 en.wikipedia.org - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epinephelus_fasciatus