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Inshore/nearshore report Jacksonville area waters

Capt. Bob Cosby
January 11, 2013
Jacksonville - Saltwater Fishing Report

Happy New Year! The month of January can offer excellent inshore fishing when the weather and tidal conditions cooperate. The water temperature is hovering around 60 degrees. Cold fronts are rolling in weekly with a few warmer days separating them. Those transition days are usually the best fishing days.

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Recently, the speckled trout have been biting well with some yellowmouth trout mixed in. Float rigs with live shrimp, or jigs and plastics or gulp type baits can all be effective. Bluefish are in all area waters. Surprisingly, a couple of weeks ago we caught some false albacore (little tunny) while trout fishing at the jetties.

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Redfish are available in the creeks and ICW with larger reds biting at the Mayport jetties. Sheepshead will bite all winter and are very good eating. Fiddlers, clams, and crab are all effective baits. Ring tail porgies are mixed in with the sheepshead. Black drum are in our waters and can be found at the jetties, in the river, and in deep holes in ICW creeks.

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Whiting are biting in the surf on fresh dead shrimp, along with the occasional pompano, drum, sand trout, or bluefish. Just because winter has arrived, don't discount a day of inshore fishing here on the First Coast!

Tight lines!

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Captain Bob Cosby is a Jacksonville, Florida native and has been saltwater fishing the inshore and nearshore waters of Northeast Florida since he was a child. He is a retired USCGR Captain, and has a 50-ton Master's license. When you book a charter with Captain Bob Cosby as your guide, you will be fishing the inshore and/or coastal waters of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine, Florida from a 22-ft Skeeter bay boat.

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Captain Bob's Fishing charters, Inc.
56 San Juan Dr.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Phone: 904-285-5531
Alt. Phone: 904-613-1639
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