Fishing Reports by Captain Bob Cosby
About The Author:
Company: Captain Bob\'s Fishing Charters, Inc.
Area Reporting: Mayport, Ponte Vedra, St Augustine and nearshore waters
Bio: Captain Bob Cosby is a retired USCGR Captain, and has had a 50-ton Masterís license since 1986. He is a Jacksonville native and has fished the local waters since he was a small child, fishing with his grandparents from bridges, piers and in the surf. Captain Bob has an easygoing personality, and wonít be yelling or getting angry with the customers. When Captain Bob is not fishing with customers, he often spends his free time Ė fishing! He enjoys fly fishing the spring creeks of Montana, and fly fishing for Atlantic salmon in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He has owned several offshore boats and has caught marlin, sailfish, wahoo, tuna and large sharks. However, he enjoys inshore fishing the local salt waters of Northeast Florida the most!
[Jacksonville,FL] Spring is around the corner. Migratory fish should be arriving.
[Jacksonville,FL] Even in winter the fishing can be good. Pick your days and wet a line!
[Jacksonville,FL] August usually brings warm water andtarpon. Bull reds are entering the river.
[Jacksonville,FL] Spinner sharks behind shrimp boats. Reds at the jetties. Huge jacks crashing bait.
[Jacksonville,FL] Coolest place to be is on the ocean fishing. All area species are now available.
[Jacksonville,FL] Spanish mackerel have arrived. Sharks and tarpon behind shrimp boats.
[Jacksonville,FL] Really bad weather seems to be missing us.Sheepshead, drum, and reds are biting. Speckled trout are closed in February.
[Jacksonville,FL] November was great for trout and reds.It's a transition month between fall and winter.
[Jacksonville,FL] Cooling water is turning fish on. Waters are less crowded.go fishing1
[Jacksonville,FL] Water is warming. Migratory fish have arrived. No oil in the water.
[Jacksonville,FL] Cold water makes fishing challenging, but you can have success with persistence.Some large trout are in the area.
[Jacksonville,FL] Transition time.Water is warming. Spanish have arrived.
[Jacksonville,FL] Lots of sharks. Thermocline is here again.
[Jacksonville,FL] Kings are biting.Watch out for the sharks.
[Jacksonville,FL] Summer is definitely here. King and spanish mackerel biting.
[Jacksonville,FL] Warmer weather and lighter winds have helped the fishing.
[Jacksonville,FL] As the water warms and wind subsides, the fishing is getting better and better.
[Jacksonville,FL] Warming waters are firing up the fish.Trout will be hitting topwaters soon.
[Jacksonville,FL] Transition time is here and the fishing is improving. Some large reds are in the area.
[Jacksonville,FL] Cold weather months slow pursuit of some species but turn other species on. Sheephead,bluefish,sea bass and whiting are all good possibilities.
[Jacksonville,FL] Winter weather conditions don't stop good catches. Sheephead are hard fighters and tasty in the pan.
[Jacksonville,FL] Rat redfish are active in area creeks.Speckled trout are plentiful. Flounder and black drum are also likely catches.
[Jacksonville,FL] Summer patterns are here. Water temperatures are rising and the tarpon and pogie pods should arrive any day.
[Jacksonville,FL] Tarpon are arriving. We need less wind.
[Jacksonville,FL] Better weather has turned on the fish. Take your pick:reds,trout,flounder,jacks,ladyfish,kings,bla, blah,blah...
[Jacksonville,FL] Very windy conditions have made fishing difficult. When you can get out, the fishing can be spectacular.
[Jacksonville,FL] Spring is here, water temps are rising. Topwater plugs are effective right now.
[Jacksonville,FL] Late season cold snap surprises spring fish.Wide variety of fish available.
[Jacksonville,FL] Sheephead era on fire and the size is good. Trout are active and getting larger. Redfish are still schooling.
[Jacksonville,FL] Trout are fair game again this month. Reds are cruising the shallows. Flounder are in the creeks.
[Jacksonville,FL] Fishing remains hot despite cold temps. Reds, trout, and sheephead still active.
[Jacksonville,FL] Water is cold. Fish are still biting. Good time to fish. Sheephead and spawning ringtail porgies are available at the jetties. These are hard fighting fish and excellent table fare. Try a small piece of fresh shrimp on a light jig at the jetty tips.
[Jacksonville,FL] Unseasonally warm weather fires off topwater action. Large sheephead on the prowl. Reds still available in the shallows
[Jacksonville,FL] The fishing is pretty good right now, so it's a shame more people aren't trying to wet a line. In between northeasters the fishing has been really good. The water temperature starts out in the low 60's in the morning and usually gets up to mid or high 60's by the afternoon.The really cold weather isn't here yet, and most days are pleasant fishing, when the wind abates.
[Jacksonville,FL] November report for Jacksonville area inshore waters. If you want a bull red, try half a blue crab fished deep along the edges of the river channel. Use 30-40lb class tackle to subdue the fish quickly for a healthy release. There are also schools of slot reds both at the jetties and in the ICW creeks.
[Jacksonville,FL] Mullet run madness stimulates hot bite along the coast and in area inlets. The bull reds are staging way up the St Johns River near Dames Point and Blount Island. Normally, they would be out on the sand flats north and south of the jetty tips by this time.