Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Flounder Have Been Biting Strong

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Flounder Have Been Biting Strong

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Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson

If the weather forecast is accurate for this weekend, our heat wave may soon be over.

Forecasters are calling for 80 percent chance for rain with a 25-knot nor'easter. This could be what we need to move that green algae out of the St. Johns River. Once this nor'easter clears out, the fishing will be back to normal in a few days.

The flounder bite has continued to be strong this past week. Plenty of flounder were caught last weekend and through this week at the north and south jetties, Nassau Sound, George Crady Bridge, Fort Clinch and the Talbot islands.

Mud minnows and finger mullet, which have both been hard to find, are excellent baits for flounder. Larry and Jamie Bechan, along with Joe Kucinski, caught nine flounder and six reds using mud minnows and finger mullet along the south jetties.

Several big flounder were caught from the George Crady Bridge last weekend. Several local divers have also been reporting flounder covering the ocean floor at the FA, FB, FC and HH reefs. If these fish move in along the beaches and into the creeks, we should have an excellent fall run of flounder pounding.

Offshore fishing has been good one day and slow the next. Kingfish, cobia, barracuda and bonita have been caught slow-trolling live baits anywhere from 40 miles to 8 miles offshore.

Capt. Greg Simmons aboard the Ringleader reported good kingfish action using live minnows at Amberjack Hole. He caught a huge 40-pound king on his last trip offshore. Dr. Nuss and Capt. Mark Mertz aboard the Paradocs caught 80 sea bass, three grouper and three red snapper at the FC and HH reefs last weekend. They used local squid, live minnows and dead cigar minnows fished on the bottom.

Tarpon action has been fantastic so far this summer. Many reports are coming in from the north and south jetties, Nassau Sound, Tiger River, the Jolly River and the Nassau River. Pogies, a good tarpon bait, have been easy to obtain along Cumberland Island and along our beaches. …

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