Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:41 am
Hey guys looking to see if anyone could give me any help with any numbers Out of north east Florida area Iím trailering down for two weeks Monday and I will be doing some king fishing and bottom fishing The area that Iíll be fishing will be from Fernandina down to Saint Augustine but mainly will be running out of Jacksonville/May port Any help from you guys would be greatly appreciated
Location: Pittsboro, NC
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:52 am
can't give you any numbers (sorry) but I'll say that I've done charter boat fishing down there out of mayport and it's been OK.
Been on the Mayport Princess doing bottom fishing. They catch BSB, beeliners, triggers, mangroves and muttons. Doing this might get you some dirty looks though.
Also did a nearshore charter chasing kings. Guide netted up a bunch of menhaden on the south side of inlet first light of morning. He slow troll/live baited with them at the fringe of the inlet and we picked up our 2 man limit of kings in a couple hours with a couple small sharks mixed in and then went off shore to a couple wrecks (there were other people on these so they had to be public, I'd estimate within 10-15 miles of beach). He threw some live menhaden over the gunnel. First spot they were hoovered by cudas so he just moved on. Next spot they lingered then some AJs came up so we played with those a while. Mixed in a cobia too.
Also at the start of the day (right after getting bait) he dropped a couple menhaden back behind some trawlers as he said sometimes you'll get a big jack crevalle, king, or shark just lazily feeding on the bycatch. We had no luck at that approach.
While there's a lot of traffic, the one thing I'll say is that it is very uncommon to have rough water down there. The ocean almost always looks flat and glassy, with the one exception being that there's pretty much a thunderstorm every day around 4 PM so just keep an eye on the sky. They're short lived and usually pretty minor (heavy rain but I don't think they're very gusty). They do plop down some waterspouts though.
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:21 pm
Thanks man yea my wife is from there so we go down 5 to 6 times a year but itís my first time taking my boat but what I take is the kings stay pretty much inshore and on the beach during the summer there where here in N.C. the summer time bite is normally 15 plus miles
Location: Pittsboro, NC
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:11 pm
good luck. none of the ones we caught were huge, and I would say it was within 3 miles of the beach. We were not right up behind the bar or anything like that. The St Johns dumps a TON of water into the ocean coming out of mayport so there's a pretty wide swath of mixing water that leads to turbulence, boundaries, tide lines etc.... Get out early, get your bait off the beach, and then look for life where the river meets the ocean and I'd suspect you'll be entertained.
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