Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Big-Game Anglers Should Get Hits

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Big-Game Anglers Should Get Hits

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Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson

The high northeast winds of the first part of this week put a damper on fishing for some Nassau County anglers. The winds have switched to the southeast-to-southerly direction, bringing us warmer waters for this weekend.

The big game anglers can expect excellent catches of dolphin, tuna, sailfish and the occasional wahoo at the ledge. Congratulations to Al Nelson of the Long Haul for taking first place in the Amelia Island Blue Water Shootout. Capt. Al's team weighed in the largest wahoo, largest dolphin and second-place sailfish. Great job. Congratulations also go to Capt. Allen Mills for directing this event.

The inshore reefs and wrecks are producing grouper, sea bass, cobia, amberjack, kingfish, flounder and snapper. Remember, you must still release the snapper unharmed. The live bait is available at the reefs and wrecks using your favorite sabiki rig. FA, FC, BA, HH and the amberjack hole are a few of the areas off Fernandina to begin your trip.

Cobia fishing remains hot with plenty of "cobs" to be sighted along the buoy line, shrimp boats and manta rays. The 40- and 50-mile towers are reported to have cobia stacked up around them. Kevin Leary reported the catch of several nice cobia last week from the inshore area, one approximately 45 pounds. Mike Thomas reported the catch of a 55-pound cobia, sight fishing off of Cumberland Island on May 1. He stated there was plenty of live bait available. Capt. Cris Holland aboard the "Misty Lynn" landed five out of nine cobia last week while chartering. Cody Baker and Jim Baker boated a nice cobia last Sunday working the buoy line. Carlos Alvarado fished for cobia inside the St. Marys Sound on Monday due to the higher winds and landed several nice cobia. If the wind's calm, cobia can be caught along our beaches, reefs and wrecks this weekend. …

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