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3355 Eunice Road
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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January 4th

Wow, the Redfish continue to supply steady action. I've fished 4 of the last 5 days and have caught 20 or more reds each trip. Along with the reds we are also hooking some nice Black Drum, Flounder, and Trout. The jig and shrimp combo, in my opinion, seems to be the best bait. It will be eaten by every species out there. Where as some species like a Black Drum or Sheepshead will not eat a mudminnow or finger mullet, they don't hesitate to inhale a shrimp. The Redfish are schooled up along the Inter-Coastal waterway and in just about every creek along it. I'm finding the  reds in the creek bends where there  is at least 4 to 8 feet of water.  We are casting up current and SLOWLY bouncing it along the bottom.

Until Next Time!!!   Capt Jeff  (904) 343-3474

December 6th

Well, I finally got a chance to write a report. The fishing has been on fire! The redfish are as thick as I has ever seen and the Sheepshead and Trout bite is just the same.

The Reds are eating just about anything you throw at them. A live shrimp on a 1/4 oz. jighead is a can't miss bait. Everything around here eats shrimp so don't be suprised if you catch a Flounder,Black Drum, or Trout while targeting Reds. This time of year the Redfish really get concentrated in the creeks and along the Intercoastal waterway. The last few hours of the outgoing tide and the first few of the incoming will give you the best opportunity. Target any oyster mounds with a deep drop next to them. Also target bends in creeks where there is good current.  

Sheepshead fishing with light tackel is one of my favorite. A 1/4 oz. jighead with a fiddler crab can't be beat! As long as the place your fishing does not have to much current.When the current is to strong  I  switch to a 1/2 or 1 oz. egg sinker on a flounder rig. The mayport jetty rocks are covered with hard fighting/good eating Sheepshead right now. They should be there for a while, unless we have a really long cold spell and the water temp. drops into the low 50's. They average between 2 and 5 lbs with a few up around 7 or 8 lbs.

The Speckled Seatrout have really shown up in numbers. The spring and summer bite was nothing to speak of, but they are making up for it now. Float rig fishing live shrimp is a long proven method. I look for spots that have a change in water depth. It might be a sandbar that extends out from a creek mouth, or a shell bank that has deep water in front of it and has a good bit of current flowing over it. It's not uncommon to catch 30 or 40 Trout in a half day charter, however not all of those will be keepers. The Trout average 1 to 3 lbs. and on light tackle can give ya a good fight.

What ever type fish you like to target now is a fantastic time to do it!

AUGUST 28TH

Wow! It's been a BUSY,HOT summer. For those of you who have inquired about my fishing report, or lack of, I have to apologize. I will try to work at it and get a report in at least once a month,if not more.

Well, enough of that. The fishing has been incredible this summer! I have lived here  most of my life and don't remember ever seeing this much bait around. Every canal, the Intra- coastalwaterway,and St. Johns River are stuffed with Shrimp(of all sizes) Pogies, Greenies, Finger Mullet, and every other type of sealife. 

The Creeks are holding lots of redfish, from slot sized fish to what I call (KEY CHAINS) small 8 to 10 inchers. There are plenty of Trout in the creeks and along the Intra- Coastal.A float rig and live shrimp is a can't miss. Make sure your bait is just off the bottom 1 or 1 1/2 feet. If you keep getting small trout try a live pogie hooked through the nose. A small pigfish is another great bait.

The BIG REDS have shown up in numbers along the St. Johns River and out at the jetties. The area on the west bank of the intersection of the St. Johns and Intra-Coastal waterway is a great place to find those big reds right now. The last hour of the falling tide and first hour of the rising tide is the best time. A Blue Crab cut in half or quartered is the number 1 bait. Cut pogies and other bait fish work as well. I like to fish the deeper water out there. 35 to 42 feet. Sometimes it takes quite a few ounces of weight to keep your bait on the bottom, but it's a must that your bait Stay on the bottom. The Mayport Jetties are also on fire with BIG REDS and other really big fish! I had a 25lb red get CHOMPED in half by a hugh Bull Shark afew weeks ago. Speaking of Sharks the Shrimp boats are dragging there nets just outside the jetties, and we all know whats following them..... lots and lots of big Sharks!!

The air temp. outside has finally cooled a bit and it's getting much more comfortable to fish. I'm lookin forward to this fall, September and October are my favorite.

APRIL 15TH

Fished a bunch since my last report in March. The water temp has finally gotten into the 70's in the Intra-Coastal waterway, and warmer backup in the creeks. The baitfish are everywhere, Glass minnows, Finger mullet, Pogies, Greenies Ect. The Redfish are gorging themselves on the abundance of food. The Striking Fish have also shown up in the Intra-Coastal. Small Bluefish and Spanish Mackeral are crashing bait schools on the surface. The last half of the incoming tide is best for them. Up in the creeks there are still plenty of Black Drum and Sheepshead around, the last half of the falling tide is your best shot at them. Things are really heating up and it should only get better! 

MARCH 1ST

Fished a 1/2 day on Monday March 1st 12:00-4:00. Fished the creeks between Wonderwood Bridge and Butler Bridge. Had a great falling tide. Low was at 3:30. Caught 28 Redfish to 22". 10 were slot Reds and the rest were 15 to 17 inchers. also caught 2 black drum and a flounder. Water temp in the ditch was 55 degrees and in the creeks it got up to 62 degrees. makes a big difference. Used 1/4 oz. ball jigs with small to medium size shrimp. The reds were definitely fired up!