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fishing is picking up

Capt. Rob Ottlein
May 22, 2008
Flagler Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Small passing cold fronts along with strong west/south west winds for the past month made for some difficult fishing conditions here in the Flagler/Palm Coast area. Now that the fronts have stopped and the winds are starting to subside the fishing is beginning to pick up.
Flounder are starting to return to the inshore waters and the area around Matanzas Inlet is yielding flounder up to eight pounds. The best baits to land flounder are live finger mullet or mud minnows. Live shrimp will also catch flounder. When it comes to artificial baits a bucktail jig with a triler of a Burkley Gulp or a strip of fresh cut bait such as flounder belly will also work really well.
Further south down the ICW in the Flagler Beach area the trout fishing has begun to take a turn for the better. I've been getting reports of good trout action at night under the Rte. 100 bridge. These fish can be found out in the middle of the ICW in deeper water. Some type of jig slowly lifted off the bottom and allowed to fall back (don't bounce it)is when the fish are eating it. A friend of mine has been doing good fishing like this with a bucktail jig he ties that has a rattle in it.During the daylight hours live lining a shrimp is the way to go.
The snook fishing has been on the slow side also. I did however have a 27 1/2" snook the other day that I landed on a MirrOlure. I was in the Tamoka area and I worked my tail off to find that fish. I figure the snook action will pick up when the season closes at the end of the month, that's usually what seems to happen. You almost think they know when the season closes. Maybe these fish are smater than we think.
I've also seen some juvenile trpon rolling in yhe Sea Ray canal. Use live mullet, pin fish or live shrimp to tryand jump one. Small soft plastics that resemble a finger mullet will also do the trick

Target Species:

flounder, trout, snook, juvenile tarpon

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Flagler Beach (located between Daytona and St. Augustine) provides fishing for snook, trout, redfish, flounder and tarpon during the warmer months.Fly fish for snook and trout in the early morning. All fish can be caught all day on live bait, plugs or jigs.Target the backwaters in winter for schooling reds.

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Osprey Fishing Charters
46 Bulow Woods Circle
Flagler Beach, FL 32136
Phone: 386-439-2636
Alt. Phone: 386-451-1213
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