Fishing Jacksonville & Mayport
Capt. Bryan Russell
September 3, 2006
Jacksonville - Saltwater Fishing Report
So, Do you want to catch a tarpon?
Well, then you better get on the water and get busy! The tarpon fishing is nearing its peak here on the first coast.
I'm telling everyone that will listen, that the next 2 months is prime time for the "silver king".
The fish are there from Fernandina south to Matanzas...They are busting pogy pods bigtime, with the norm being several fished jumped each morning there is an east wind. Lots of nice Blacktips too.
Also there are still some cobia on the pods near the St. Johns jetties, along with some HUGE cudas. One of my clients landed a 56" cuda that weighed in at 42 lbs! There is nothing more exciting than WATCHING a monster cuda slam a lure at full throttle!
There are good numbers of nice sized Spanish Macks everywhere inshore, Along with tons of bonito.
Before "Ernesto" came through we had a nice mix of Small teenager kings, 3 lb. Spanish, Bonito, a 30lb. Cobia, several small dolphin. Oh did i mention seven million sharpnose sharks!
The bottom fishing is still slow inshore , but that will change drastically next month. Look for snapper and grouper to move to the inshore wrecks in October.
The "ditch" is slap full of redfish now. They are chasing mullet all over the mud flats, and some nice slot sized fish are available.
Last September i took a charter to one of my favorite trout spots , And we put 23 fish in the boat in 4 hours.....REDFISH! all except one was oversized with fish up to 34".
Ther are plenty of trout available now as well as flounder. As the mullet run starts towards the end of the month, look for fishing inshore and the jetties and beach to be on fire!
The only question you have to ask then is what kind of fish or how many kinds of fish do i want to catch. This is an awesome time of year to be on the water!
Now is the time to book prime dates for some spectacular fall fishing, as the weather and water cool it will only get better.
What a way to spend one of the days GOD gifted us with! Sitting in the sunshine, sippin' a coke and listening to a screaming drag! Man, It just gets my blood boiling!
Tight lines and screamin' drags, Capt. Bryan
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