Inshore/nearshore report Jacksonville area waters
Capt. Bob Cosby
May 14, 2014
Jacksonville - Saltwater Fishing Report
May is one of my favorite months to fish in NE Florida. Many of the migratory fish have arrived, including spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, and ladyfish. While not good to eat, jacks and ladyfish are lots of fun to catch.
Cobia have shown up along our coast and the frenzy is in full swing. Every day boats are cruising the beaches looking for manta rays and the flotillas of cobia that often escort them. Schools of menhaden, locally called pogies, are moving up the coast. Tarpon, sharks, bull reds, jacks, and barracuda will be feasting on them as they migrate north. King mackerel won't be far behind.
Sheepshead are still biting at the big and little jetties. The big black drum have thinned out in the inlets and deep river. We caught a 30+pound bull red at the jetties a couple of days ago.
Speckled trout are showing up in the creeks, and should be hitting artificials early and late in all area waters. Occasionally heavy weight bluefish over 10 pounds show up at the jetties, and provide lots of fun on top water plugs. Smaller blues are spread throughout area waters.
Blacktip and spinner sharks are feasting behind shrimp boats. They put up a great fight jumping and spinning, and will test both your tackle and your stamina!
Let's go fishing!
CAPT Bob Cosby
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