Mayport Inshore & Offshore

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Mayport Inshore & Offshore


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      April 3, 2023 at 5:52 pm

      The weather is getting warmer and hopefully the winds will begin to give us a little reprieve. March fishing was good when the winds would settle and the fish God’s allowed. Look for our conditions to settle into our typical Bermuda High patterns which give us SW/SE winds and fairly calm ocean conditions.

      The inshore fishing for reds, trout, sheepshead, flounder, black drum , jack crevalle, and a few more other species will be good. The big rocks are holding decent numbers of reds, trout, and sheepshead with Spanish mackerel and jacks in the mix. Live shrimp tipped on jigs, float rigs, and Carolina rigs work well. A few big black drum and bull reds are stills hanging on the rocks so a good chunk of blue crab can be effectively fished deep. Remember too that this is a transition period so be prepared for battle!

      Big fish are migrating with the warm H20 and ample bait pods pushing north. It’s not unusual to stick a huge black drum, shark, or 40 lb plus Jack snooping around and don’t forget about the sheepshead still milling around and on the end of their spawn. Fiddlers on a jig or Carolina rig work just fine around rocks in the river and the big stones.

      The ICW both north and south are holding fish but, as the water temperatures rise in shallow water many species will begin to spend more time in deeper water where it’s cooler hunting food.

      The offshore scene was hopping a few days ago and it’s about to break loose. On a recent trip we scored big on both snapper, beeliners, seabass, porgies and ringtails fishing small pogies/menhaden we scooped off the beach. Other great baits are cuttlefish and large live shrimp. The local party grounds will hold fish both on bottom and on the top so don’t hesitate to drop a free-lined bait behind the boat for lurking early party crashers such as jacks, kings, tuna and cobia. Light 7 strand wire, small hooks and a top shot of 20-30 lb fluorocarbon leader can be effective.

      Listen to live reports, tide info, and weather forecasts on Saturday from 7-10am on the Outdoors Show. 1010am or 92.5 fm.

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