Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Perfect Weather Conditions for Any Kind of Fishing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Perfect Weather Conditions for Any Kind of Fishing

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Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson

The only decision local anglers had to make last week was: What do I want to fish for? Our weather was perfect to catch whatever you wanted at the end of your hook.

Light east winds are predicted for today and Sunday, leaving local fishermen a perfect chance to get out and try their luck with family and friends.

Big-game anglers can expect action from dolphin, tuna, wahoo, sailfish and possibly blue marlin. I recommend starting at the 180- to 220-foot ledge, zig-zagging the break and at the same time looking for temperature changes and signs of live bait.

Ballyhoo rigged with Wahoo Whackers, Hawaiian Eyes, Flames and Sea Witches are all working well. A cedar plug trolled from a shotgun way out the back will entice even the hardest-to-catch tuna and dolphin. The 50-mile and 40-mile towers are still holding cobia, kingfish and dolphin.

The inshore bottom fishing remains good fishing for seabass, beeliners, grouper and snapper. Many cobia are also being caught on a flat line with a live pogy on the hook.

My wife and I fished in the FB and FA areas on May 19 and landed grouper, seabass and cobia. On the trip back in we came upon many cobia that were swimming in schools of glass minnows approximately one mile from the white can. There we boated a 50-pound cobia sight casting the pogy pods using a Rapala Magnum.

Pogy pods have been located around the north and south jetties of the St. Marys Sound and approximately 3 miles off of Cumberland Island.

Bull reds, cobia and sharks are being caught in these pogy pods, whether by sight casting or floating a live pogy among the pods.

Speckled trout, slot reds and sheepshead are being caught along the rocks on either side of the sound. Slow trolling along the rocks with your trolling motor casting jigs will entice slot reds.

Slow trolling on the high tide with a No. …

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