Mayport December Forecast

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Mayport December Forecast


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      December 1, 2023 at 9:04 pm

      I look for the weather pattern we have had to change pretty quickly as we move into December. Cold weather will influence our fishery this month by dropping our consistent November temperatures (which have stayed in the high 60’s to 70’s) and dropping them into the low 60’s and the high 50’s. These are perfect temps to school up reds at the big rocks along with sheepshead, blues, ring-tailed porgies, black drum, and trout from the Carrier Basin entrance all the way to both tips. We need the change and its appearance marks our winter fishery. Live shrimp on jigs or floats will capture ample numbers of reds, ringtails, sheepshead and trout. The better tides are the clear high outgoing tides to the dead low.

      Good numbers of sheepshead are going to be around so try fishing the rocks with a light short shank sheepshead rig or Carolina rig with fiddlers being your bait of choice. They love these little crabs and reds will attack them too! If you are trying to catch a few black drum, try soaking shrimp or cut/quartered blue crab on the bottom at the very tips of the rocks at low tide for best results. It wouldn’t hurt to check the beach for pogies as they have stayed around all thru November.

      The bull red spawn should be going well and they love fresh live pogies. High incoming has been a great producer for me on the very ends of the rocks fishing the down slope sides as the rocks drop to the sand. Sheepshead have been on the feed thru November and this pattern hasn’t slowed down any. Look for the ICW both north and south of the St. Johns River basin to produce good numbers of trout this month. High outgoing tides are great times to throw Gulp baits on 1/oz jig heads along the edges of oyster bars. My favorite color is new penny as it closely resembles a shrimp. Hannah Mills, Clapboard, Sherman’s and Oak Harbor creeks to name a few both north and south will begin to have big schools of reds roaming the oyster bars and flats for food. Float rigs, jig and shrimp combos or soft plastics can be deadly for catching a bunch of these fish.

      The offshore scene will taper off but good numbers of snapper, grouper, triggerfish, vermillions and sea bass can be had for those who want to fish the party grounds out to the 100 line. Make sure you check the regs for what you can keep. Capt. Kirk Waltz can be reached at 904.626.1128 or 904.241.7560 for charters or for more info go to He also can be heard on The Outdoors Show on 1010am or 92.5fm from 7am to 10am every Saturday giving out fishing reports, tides and weather. Go to

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