Inshore/nearshore report Jacksonville area waters
Capt. Bob Cosby
January 11, 2013
Jacksonville - Saltwater Fishing Report
Happy New Year! The month of January can offer excellent inshore fishing when the weather and tidal conditions cooperate. The water temperature is hovering around 60 degrees. Cold fronts are rolling in weekly with a few warmer days separating them. Those transition days are usually the best fishing days.
Recently, the speckled trout have been biting well with some yellowmouth trout mixed in. Float rigs with live shrimp, or jigs and plastics or gulp type baits can all be effective. Bluefish are in all area waters. Surprisingly, a couple of weeks ago we caught some false albacore (little tunny) while trout fishing at the jetties.
Redfish are available in the creeks and ICW with larger reds biting at the Mayport jetties. Sheepshead will bite all winter and are very good eating. Fiddlers, clams, and crab are all effective baits. Ring tail porgies are mixed in with the sheepshead. Black drum are in our waters and can be found at the jetties, in the river, and in deep holes in ICW creeks.
Whiting are biting in the surf on fresh dead shrimp, along with the occasional pompano, drum, sand trout, or bluefish. Just because winter has arrived, don't discount a day of inshore fishing here on the First Coast!
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