Fishing Jacksonville & Mayport
Capt. Bryan Russell
July 1, 2006
Jacksonville - Saltwater Fishing Report
Inshore July - 01 Jul 2006
June was a tough month inshore due to a severe lack of rain. The water in the river is very salty for this time of year.
Tha trout have been biting in the I.C.W. though they have been on the small side. The redfish have been chewin' at the jetties very well on slack tide.
there are still spanish Mackerel and bluefish around the jetties and at nassau sound. The flounder bite is still strong following an amazing spring bite. The lower river and the outside of the south jetty has been producing fine catches of flounder in the 2- 4 lb class with some to 7 lb. thrown in. Plenty of jacks on the pods around the rocks as well as some tarpon rolling there too.
Offshore July - 01 Jul 2006
Well The news is that summer is in full swing.
The inshore wrecks have been producing Kings regularly. The usual program of slow trolling live bait is working well as is Bumping up the speed to 3-5 knots trolling skirts and cigar minnows. Also drone spoons on the downriggers are producing well. a mixed catch can be expected, with kingfish, cobia, Barracuda and bonito the usual. Also some dolphin within 15-20 miles of the beach. I've seen several sailfish in the past 2 weeks, but no hook ups yet. The dolphin are striking sea witches and 'lil stubbies with a cigar minnow in tow. Pink and chartruese seem to be the hot colors.
The tarpon are on the pods from the redtops south as are lots of sharks. Shark fishing is excellent behind the shrimpboats as well, with 60 lb. plus stud blacktips making up much of the catch.
Its time to target trophy tarpon in excess of a 100 pounds up and down the beach. The bait pods are still holding a few cobia but they've seen everything in the boat thrown at them for the last 3 months, so they are super picky about what they eat. The summer is off to a great start, and will get better.Now is the time to book a charter for the family, especially the kids as they will stay busy catching fish, which is the key to taking kids fishing ( they have to be busy catching).If they don't catch they lose interest fast.
I can always tell when the kids are bored, because they start playing in the baitwell1 Tight lines and smokin' drags, Capt. Bryan
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