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Intracoastal Waterway Jacksonville Report

Capt. Ron Schurr
February 26, 2009
Jacksonville - Saltwater Fishing Report

The past few weeks I have seen more schools of Redfish, than I think I've ever seen. The colder than normal weather has the water very clear in certain areas along the Intracoastal Waterway which in turn has allowed the redfish to naturally congregate in large schools.
We have had some banner day's sight casting to these bronze bombers. Mid morning and early afternoon high incoming tides have been best. The combination of relatively warmer incoming ocean water and dark mudflats that border the waterway creates comfortable feeding locations for the Redfish. Shallow bay's and creek mouths with oyster mounds and shell bottom are what I like to look for.

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This type of fishing requires a silent approach, as the school is on high alert. I have abandoned the use of the electric trolling motor in favor of poling the boat into position.
If possible, I try to position the boat so the sun is at our backs. This enables the angler to better see the fish in the shallow water.
Soft plastics such as DOA jerk baits and Bass Assassin Shad rigged weed less create less noise and can cover a lot of water when searching the flat.

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On a side note, my partner and I finished first place in the Cabela's IFA Redfish Tour event last week.
My partner has written a blog:

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Captain Ron Schurr specializes in light tackle fishing for Redfish, Flounder and Trout. Flats, backwater and intracoastal fishing trips from Amelia Island , Jacksonville and St Augustine are available all year. Children and anglers of all skills are welcome. U.S Coast Guard licensed and insured. Bait, tackle, fishing license and drinks included. I'm so confident that you will enjoy your trip AND catch fish that I offer a NO fish No Pay guarantee.

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