Jacksonville, FL Fishing Reports
Capt. James Howard
January 9, 2008
Jacksonville - Saltwater Fishing Report
After the BIG Chill.........
After the big cold front that came thru Northeast Florida on New Years day the wind and temperatures made for conditions that kept the boat on the hill for a few days….
By this past weekend it was back to the great weather we enjoy most of the winter here. I had a trip to the jetties on Saturday and the Sheepshead were on fire. I was using Fiddler Crabs on quarter once jigs and working them right in the rocks. We had 22 fish all about two to three pounds. No monsters but still a lot of fun and not to bad in the grease!!!
The water temperature was 61 degrees on the 31st and had dropped to 55 after the front. That will usually slow the Reds down but bunch the Trout up.
Fishing on the 10th with Randy Bilyeu and his father in law Mike we targeted Trout. We fished several spots catching only a few fish before we found a good concentration of Trout and then it was non stop for two hours.
We were throwing my favorite plastic which is a four inch white body with a chartreuse curl tail. This time of year you can’t work it slow enough. Work it slow and then cut that in half and you will catch all the Trout you want once you find them bunched up. I always like the high falling tide and usually fish in eight to fifteen foot of water.
After two drifts we had it narrowed down to about a 100 yard stretch that was giving up four to six fish every drift. I wasn’t counting but the guys said they caught at least forty Trout…
The average size was about fourteen inches but out of all of them we were able to keep a nice mess of Trout in the seventeen inch range. What a great trip for early January. Thanks for a great time guys.
Capt. James Howard (904)651-9557
You think these guys had a good time
Thanks again Randy and Mike.
Capt. James Howard
More Fishing Reports: