Fishing in Beautiful Saint Augustine

This is our summer time fishing report.

Capt. James Dumas 

 

 

The weather is hot but so is the fishing. On the inshore fishing scene you either want to be out at

first light in the morning or in the evenings. The mid-day is hot and

the fish like to take a little nap. We are targeting red fish in the

creeks or on the flats. They are eating a well-placed soft plastic bait.

I prefer the ZMan paddlerz in the redbone color. If you are throwing

flies, a simple chartreuse and black clouser works great. For the live

bait angler a mud minnow or piece of cut lady fish on a jig head works

great. There are also flounder, trout, tarpon, black drum, sharks, jacks,

and ladyfish inshore during the summer.

 

For the surf fishing there will be whiting, bluefish, smaller sharks,

and the occasional redfish or black drum. The preferred fishing set

up would be a sand flea or dead shrimp on a double dropper rig. For

the weight I would use a 4 oz. sputnik sinker. Some of the best beaches

are the Matanzas Inlet, Vilano Beach, and the picnic tables in Guana 

Park beach. Look for the water run off at the falling high tide.

 

For the offshore fishing there is an assortment of fish to target.

On the near shore scene they will be targeting kingfish and tarpon with

the occasional cobia or shark. Slow troll a pogie in 30 – 50 feet of

water and around the inlets. On the offshore wrecks and reefs there

will be groupers, snappers, jacks and cobia. Most of these species are

caught bottom fishing. Make sure you have a pitch rod ready for the

free swimming cobia. Further offshore they will target mahi mahi, wahoo,

and billfish.

 

 

 

 

Inshore flats fishing – Drum Man Charters-   www.drummancharters.com -904-687-9498

Inshore kayak fishing – Action Kayak Adventures-  www.actionkayakadventures.com–   1-904-325-0344

 

Contributed by Capt. James Dumas

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