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Fishing Report for Late Oct

Courtesy of Jim Sutton (Florida Times Union):


Inshore north of the St. Johns River: There are still some big redfish in the St. Mary's Inlet. The tarpon are there, too, but most of the guides who got out had trouble getting the tarpon to bite because of the hordes of live bait staging up in the inlet right now. Let's just say the big predator fish are not currently experiencing any hunger pangs.

Inshore south of the St. Johns River: The only place that one could honestly point to for a concentration of fish is the Guana Dam. There have been some real nice trout caught there on topwater plugs just before dark. Remember that it can be hand-to-hand combat down there in terms of the company you'll have to compete with. Keep your cool.

St. Johns River mouth and vicinity: The flounder fishing is about the only thing picking up over the past week. The big reds are still spawning off the South Jetties, but the recent winds have put them down pretty well.

Offshore Fernandina Beach: No one's gotten out this week, and it looks like the same thing will happen this weekend. If you can get out to some local areas of bottom, there should be snapper, grouper, triggerfish and black sea bass. But that's a big if.

Offshore Mayport: Ditto.

Offshore St. Augustine: Ditto.

Ocean piers: There were some spawning redfish, small pompano, bluefish and Spanish mackerel caught off the Jacksonville Beach Pier this week, but it's taking 5 or 6 ounces to keep bait down in the heavy seas. The St. Johns County pier was a little slower, reporting a few black drum, whiting and a few bluefish.

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