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Come May.......

Capt. Dave Sipler
March 16, 2017
Jacksonville - Saltwater Fishing Report

Last "Mother's Day" I took my Mom out to a close reef. A set of scattered lime rock ledges. She bottom fishing with light gear and had a ball pulling up Porgies and small Red Snappers on shrimp that I cast netted on the beach. JUMBOS!

But no "pogies". My intended target.

While we were out there, she was amazed at all the baitfish and as we drifted a few spots, she said, "What are all these huge fish following us?"

I told her, "Spadefish". Kinda tough to catch, as they are Jellyfish eaters.

As we drifted from one spot to another, and then eventually anchored up. They were around the boat, a good 75% of the day.

Some looked to be 20 pounders.

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I've caught a few 10 pounders back in my offshore bottom fishing crazed days, but haven't even attempted to give them a try. If offshore in the summer I'm usually concerned with really big Sharks and Cuda's....I use the Cuda's as bait.

BIG SHARK VIDEO: https://youtu.be/baOv2AFK5Zg?list=PLK-ee3q-bFR01xfQ7IPegllOqkfvAlKrJ

Too make a long story short...

This year it'll all be about "those friendly Spadefish"...

How? I'll leave a secret for now.

But, if they swim around us. I bet we'll fill the boat with them.

-No size limit
-No bag limit

Stand by and watch when it happens.

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Jacksonville Fishing Forecast:


3/16 - super windy and cold...front passed thru.

and it's all about, BIG GATOR TROUT FISHING.

Target Species:

Speckled Sea Trout, targeted species!

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Inshore fishing the St. Johns River, and estuaries around Jacksonville, Florida provides year round opportunities for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, and Sheepshead to name just a few. Plus, seasonal favorites such as Shark, Tripletail and Pompano. The legendary Mayport Jetties are mile long piles of huge granite boulders that protect the inlet to the St. Johns River from the Atlantic Ocean. Around these jetties is some of the best and most consistent fishing.

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4870 Ocean St.
Mayport, FL 32223
Phone: 904-642-9546
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