Guest Post by Capt. Roger Bump w/ Jacksonville Fishing Trips
Coming up on a full moon, fish tend to be more aggressive. This has been a banner year for kingfish in Northeast Florida, and a lot had to do with warm water staying in close to shore. This past week things have changed as a thermocline has moved into surf areas (cooler water currents). Kingfish always look for the warmest water to live and feed in so to combat this, start checking the water surface temperature as you move along, try different fishing areas, and pay attention to those areas where the water is warmest. If the bite is slow nearshore, try some offshore wrecks starting at least 10-miles out and further. It’s a good time to fish for tarpon, especially in the major inlets on the incoming tides.
Many folks are trying to beat the heat by night fishing for trout under dock lights. You can use a live shrimp on a jig head or simple white grub on a 1/4-ounce jig head to produce results. The amount of fish a lighted area will hold depends on the brightness of light or depth of water nearby. I like to have at least three to four docks with lights on them to fish and rotate through so fish have time to come back. Of course, unlit areas can hold fish too and depending on the water depth I will use a topwater lure or glow-in-the-dark grub. If you fish at night, make sure that all your navigational lights work, and that you have extra flashlights on board just in case. Redfish have remained a steady fish you can count on to catch, especially along the Intracoastal Waterway and adjoining creek systems. I recommend using live shrimp or mud minnow for bait anglers, and topwater early swimming grub or spinner bait throughout the daytime for artificials. Have a great weekend and go fishing!