22 April 2021
Welcome to Fish Whisperer Charters in Jacksonville, FL!
Water surface temperatures in the river are 68° - 72° around the Mayport area depending on the tide with fairly decent water clarity. Bait presence around the beaches and jetties has been steadily increasing with mostly fast-moving, cold water menhaden that are difficult to get a net on but some days have been successful getting a few in the net.
We’re still catching nice over slot redfish and some slot reds, Spanish mackerel, pompano, and bluefish at the Mayport Jetties. If ladyfish are caught, be sure to keep some for cutbait as they are excellent bait for the bull redfish. Sea trout and black drum are chewing well around the docks and rock walls all the way to Dames Point on tide shifts but very well on the bottom on the low.
Sheepshead are still chewing and are hot and cold. One day will be a steady chew and the next leaves us wondering what happened that we have to move to 6 different places to catch some. We’ve been catching most of ours on Carolina rigs lately on the high tide. Fiddlers are still great but shrimp have been doing the best for us.
TTPs (Tactics, Techniques, Procedures)
Although the water is still a little cool for the kings to be on fire, it is fair to assume that they are going to follow all of the bait that is showing up. Perhaps another week and a half or so, and some cobia should be making their way through anytime moving nearshore or on the beach. However, the inshore bite is still what I will focus most on because of the warmer temps and increasing presence of bait.
For my charters, there will be a lot of ¼ oz jigs, including sheepshead jigs, thrown around the rocks for reds, trout, Spanish, and jacks. Most of that will be done with shrimp but when I have my hands on pogies, they will be the key. When there’s no bait available, a lot of fun can be had throwing Clarkspoons at the Spanish Mackerel. They tastes great freshly caught and cooked but make even better smoked fish dip!
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