11 May 2021
Welcome to Fish Whisperer Charters in Jacksonville, FL!
Water surface temperatures in the river are 71° - 74° around the Mayport area depending on the tide with fairly decent water clarity. That temperature is also prevalent around out to about 9nm. Bait presence around the beaches and jetties has been steady and if done correctly using your bottom machine, “one & done” is common. If you’re going to castnet for the pogies, make sure you have enough weight on your net to get to them before they scatter if they’re below the surface! When folks show up with the wrong nets and scatter them, it’s harder for everyone around. If menhaden are not available, then checking the jetty tips for threadfin herring is an option.
We’re catching nice over slot and slot redfish at the Mayport Jetties using pogies and jigs. The bluefish continue to wear me out but I just keep moving! We have had plenty of mid-sized tarpon rolling in front of us while fishing on light tackle and have hooked-up two of them but broke after the initial jump. Sharks are in play behind the shrimp boats and we are catching some nice kingfish from 3.5-9nm out.
Kingfish, Spanish, etc. are providing great action and meals as the weather continues to cooperate offshore. Slow-trolling has taken most of the fish but this year I am trying to drift/flat-line much more than usual and we are killing it so far. So much fun!!
TTPs (Tactics, Techniques, Procedures)
This is the time of year that one should have a layered approach to a successful day of fishing. It is still transitional and many species can be caught. What I mean by layered approach, in my case, is loading equipment for offshore trolling for striking fish, bottom rods for grouper/snapper, etc., shark rod for shrimp boats or pogy pods, and light tackle for inshore fishing. Weather can change very quickly this time of year and being prepared for different types of fishing means success. I’ll load up some shrimp in case the pogies are scarce and always some squid. Next week, we’ll cover some striking fish basics.
If there are ever any questions, just post them up on my Facebook Page and I'll get back with you.
Catch em' up and stay safe!
Until next time...
Fair Winds & Following Seas,
Capt Kris Kell