Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

The Temperature Is Hot, but Fishing Isn't

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

The Temperature Is Hot, but Fishing Isn't

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Byline: jim sutton

Fishing has been generally slow all over the county.

Offshore, the last of the dolphin have moved north. Wahoo and blackfin tuna are scattered out because there are no real temperature breaks offshore - only hot water. The bottomfishing out on the ledge is OK if you can get around the red snapper. Mangrove snapper and some nice gags are being caught in the deep water. Grouper and some pretty black sea bass are being caught on the inshore reefs and wrecks. And there are some football-sized vermilion snapper on pieces of bottom in around 100 feet of water. Most of the cobia have moved out of the area, though the occasional fish are being taken off the reefs.

Kingfish have yet to show up in any numbers. Those that are being caught are out deep. Very few fish are being found in the pogie pods off the beaches. The local wrecks are covered up is some of the biggest barracuda you'll ever want to see. Surf fishing has been abysmal.

Bream are biting in deeper edges and shady banks up in the feeder creeks off the St. Johns River. Bass fishing is slow. The best bite going in the freshwater is catfish and some nice ones are being caught. Just find a drop or channel with 12 feet of water or more and put down worms for the small cats and whole shiners, mullet or bluegills for the big ones.

The Intracoastal Waterway is giving up pretty good numbers of redfish, but most of these have vacated the flats for cooler water. They are being caught in moving water on the edges of spartina grass. Trout fishing is slowing down, except at night when they concentrate under dock lights. Some sheepshead are still on the bridges and deeper docks and black drum are in the channels and holes, especially down around Matanzas Inlet.

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ACGFA Kingfish Challenge is Friday through Sunday out of the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. Entry is $400. First prize is $10,000 guaranteed cash. There is also a junior angler event. Log on to www.acgfa.com/kingfishchallenge. This is an SKA-sanctioned event. (904) 814-0515.

Flagler County Kids Fishing Clinic is from 8 a.m. to noon July 16 at Bing's Landing Community Park on A1A in Palm Coast for youth 3-12 years old. …

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