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Looking for Quality on the Slow Days

Capt. James Howard
May 11, 2008
Jacksonville - Saltwater Fishing Report

The last few days have been quite the challenge. With a front working it's way down to Florida we have had some very high wind to deal with this past week. I have been a little spoiled the last few weeks with the fish really starting to feed good and only having to move once or twice in a six hour trip…..

It is too bad that everyone can't have that banner day on the water but that is the way it is and there will always be a slow day. On the slow days I pray for good quality fish if the numbers are going to be low. I don't always get my way!!!!!!!

Wednesday the 7th fishing with David Johnson it was one of those days. We caught several small fish and had 4 nice fish hooked up and only boated one. Those are not very good odds. The thing with big Trout is there is always a chance of them coming loose before they get to the boat. I did find some nice size Lady fish to pull some string for us and do a little air show…..

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Saturday the 10th fishing with John Meuschke from south Florida we were right up against the front. John is a very avid angler and has fished in many places and almost all of south Florida. I told him what we were up against and that I would be happy with a few quality fish. Being a fisherman he totally understood what we were up against and was up for the challenge…

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I started out at a spot where I knew there was some quality Trout but they just didn't want to eat. We had one nice Trout on for a second put he pulled loose. We ended up catching 3 small Trout later in the trip.

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I decided to sit on a couple schools of Redfish and try to salvage the trip with some line pullers. Well that worked out just great for us. We didn't catch many but we did boat 2 24 inch Reds and one 20 inch Red. But there was a bonus fish in the mix as well.

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This is the time of year the Flounder start moving in and most of the fish are on the small side. I target the larger Flounder in the fall. It is not out of the question to catch some nice Flounder this time of year but not a lot like the one John caught today. It was the bonus of the trip. A 4.5 pound Flounder to add to the 3 nice Reds.

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That is what I mean when I know it is going to be a challenging day on the water and I pray for the few fish we catch to be NICE!

Thanks for a great time John, Capt. James Howard
Jacksonville Florida (904)651-9557

Tight Lines www.gofishjax.com

Jacksonville Fishing Forecast:

Lots of Trout and Reds.Some nice lady fish and a few Flounder also.

Target Species:

Trout /Redfish/Flounder/Ladyfish/Jacks

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I'm a native of north Florida and have been fishing since I was 10 years old. I have been a guide for 17 years and I'm fully licensed and insured. I know the river and all the back waters in North Florida.

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2502 Arlex Dr. West
Jacksonville, FL 32211
Phone: 904-651-9557
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