Redfish In The Morning, Cobia In The Afternoon
Capt. Chris Herrera
June 20, 2010
St. Augustine - Saltwater Fishing Report
Fishing the flats to the beach this month has been awsome! Starting at first light on the flats has been putting redfish in the skiff using topwater lures. Once the heat kicks in we hit the beach in search of tarpon but a luck would have it the rays showed up with cobia in tow. Live mullet, pogies and shrimp has been the producers all rigged on Slayer Inc. jig heads or Daichii 5/0 circle hooks. Also ont the beaches have been some really nice spinner sharks, hammerheads and bonita blitz popping up ripping through the glass minnow schools.
St. Augustine Fishing Forecast:
July Fishing Forecast
By: Captain Chris Herrera
Starting early in the morning or just before sunset is your best bet for the dog days of summer when targeting redfish on the flats. Toss your favorite topwater plug during low light conditions then switch to live or cut bait and soak baits around mullet schools or oyster beds once the heat kicks in.
Flounder are still targeted on the flats during higher tides and creeks during low tides with live mud minnows pinned on a jig head slowly bounced or dragged across the bottom.
Normally snook can be heard popping shrimp under the Palm Coast bridges or nearby docks but with this winters devastating cold spells the snook took a beating and we suffered massive fish kills. Try to practice catch, photo and release till our snook stocks can replenish themselves.
Tarpon can be targeted on our beaches and inshore waters all summer long. Along the beaches look for pogy pods with rolling and crashing Tarpon, approach by trolling motor and pitch a live pogy on the outskirts of the school, other alternatives is to fish the shrimp boats after they dump their by catch. For inshore Tarpon a live back hooked mullet or select shrimp with a Daiichi circle hook will do the job. Look for rolling Tarpon and pitch live mullet or shrimp a few feet in front and hold on. Best places to fish are residential canals, Matanzas Inlet or the Tomoka Basin for juvenile tarpon. Afternoon thunderstorms will normally trigger Tarpon feeding frenzies before the skies open up.
Kingfish will be on the near shore wrecks and beaches, slow trolling (1.5mph) a pogy will attract smoker kings. Look for bait pods in 35-60ft. of water and troll around the bait for hook ups.
Capt. Chris Herrera
Full time fishing guide
Serving Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, St. Augustine
Redfish, Cobia, Sharks, Bonita, Tarpon
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