The St. Johns River and space lakes
There’s little information in freshwater this week, due primarily to the climate that is stored most anglers off the water.
The river additionally stays excessive and these back-to-back days of northeast winds will solely exacerbate the issue. Remember that the St. Johns is considered one of solely a only a few rivers on the earth that runs south to north. And it’s particularly inclined to northerly winds pushing again the outgoing tide and backing up its “plumbing.” Sounds trite, however it’s precisely what’s taking place.
But striper hybrids have been education round Little Lake George and the adjoining river. As at all times, look for seagulls diving and you will find the stripers feeding on colleges of bait. A few buddies bought on a faculty earlier within the week and took 32 out of the varsity on synthetic lures. Rat-L-Traps are exhausting to beat within the chrome and black or blue again fashions.
Hold the cellphone… Just bought a name from a dependable man who mentioned Monday a few buddies have been throwing the web for bait shrimp simply exterior Doctor’s Lake and bought on a large number of them. They ended up with greater than 50 kilos and mentioned they have been all sizes combined up and only a few crimson leg shrimp. I do know of one other man just a few miles south the following day who had hassle catching sufficient for bait.
Still getting scattered studies of catches of speckled perch simply exterior the lily pads — usually six or eight fish. Thanksgiving is mostly considered the unofficial begin of the season and water temperatures are dropping shortly.
If you wish to catch a large number of bluegills, take a field of crickets and toss them up tight to the timber round Drayton and Hog Islands in Lake George. The panfish are feeding again up in there on the excessive water. And that also needs to be true nearly wherever you fish. Just fish as shallow as doable.
Finally, this is not about fishing, however it’s open air. A buddy who’s a weekly supply for fishing additionally picks up useless bears for the state on this space. He picked up three in a single week final week — two adults and one cub. One of the bears weighed 380 and that is huge for a black bear. But one was taken by one other picker to an accredited FWC burying floor the identical week that weighed 580 kilos — and that is unbelievable.
The Intracoastal Waterway
It’s simply been actual robust on the market for many of the guides this week. The finest chew going is speckled seatrout, however perhaps two in 10 are above the authorized restrict. And it has been just about the identical for redfish and mangrove snapper — numerous small fish. And, at the very least for the mangroves, it is counterintuitive. They ought to be the larger fish of the 12 months, simply heading out of our waters due to falling temperatures. Since final week, the water temperature up within the creeks has dropped 10 levels, right down to 68. That’s a little bit unusual as a result of it stays at 75 within the surf.
Flounder have been very robust to seek out. Those focusing on trout on float rigs are discovering loads of bluefish, ladyfish and jack crevalle — one thing you simply put up whereas floating shrimp.
The huge information of the week might be within the surf. There are good studies of pompano heading south and with this primary cool snap, it ought to solely be higher when the surf turns into fishable once more by the weekend. Cut blue crab, contemporary clams and dwell mole crabs are the baits of selection. But it’s at all times a really good thought to supply them two completely different baits on double hook rigs. They might be obstinate and choosy, and their style can range day after day. Reports of whiting are additionally choosing up each in numbers and measurement.
Offshore fishing has been simply slap shut down by climate. But the bigger boats have been icing down good numbers of mutton, mangrove and vermillion snapper; together with triggerfish, porgies and a welcome chew of huge amberjack.
The native reefs and wrecks have been ghost cities.
It’s northeast winds all weekend at 15 to twenty knots and seas at 4 to six ft. The ICW ought to be fishable in addition to the surf.
Jim writes a weekly fishing column for The Record. You can attain him with studies, images, or numerous exaggerations at firstname.lastname@example.org.