Weather may make maintenance, boat work preferable to offshore fishing

  • Joe Pulido with a nice Jacksonville Beach pompano.
    Joe Pulido with a nice Jacksonville Beach pompano.
  • Ryan Sullivan with a kingfish.
    Ryan Sullivan with a kingfish.

It’s been a windy week on the water and that trend looks to continue into the weekend. Looking out at the forecast with a chance of tropical development, it’s a good time to do some boat work or get out the surf rods. Inshore will be manageable, but offshore looks to be out of the cards for the next few days at least.
The inshore fishing has been great the last few weeks. Still some sheepshead to be caught if you want to get in on the end of the season, the flounder are getting thicker every day, and the redfish have been fired up on the low incoming tide through the change. Mullet or mud minnows are the baits of choice; fish just enough jig head to keep the bait on the bottom.
Offshore, the mahi are here, mixed with some blackfin and sailfish, and the occasional wahoo. With the forecast, I doubt anyone will be going for a few days, so it’s a good time to get any maintenance done. I’ll be doing a service this weekend instead of fishing, it looks like.
The beach fishing might be the best bet the next few days. Reports have been great from Mayport all the way south to Flagler. Lots of pompano being caught, with whiting, drum and sea trout mixed in. Live sand fleas, fresh dead shrimp, fish bites and clams are all good bait options, and the experienced surf angler will always tell you to bring a variety of baits each day.
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