21 October 2021
Welcome to Fish Whisperer Charters in Jacksonville, FL!
Water surface temperatures at the inlet and Mayport area have cooled quickly and hover around 77° - 78° depending on the tide. Bait presence has been fairly steady with the mullet running in schools in the creeks and river and fiddler crabs filling my coffee can out back!
Bull reds continue to chew and we’ve been catching them from the ICW area to Dames Pt. with fewer shark casualties than before. Blue crab and cut mullet/ladyfish continue to be the bait of choice with crab mitigating nuisance species. Sharks around the jetties are not AS vicious as they have been but they are around still and claim a victim or two during our trips. We actually got a few slot reds to the boat without a scratch this past weekend. Slot and over-slot redfish are at the big rocks as well as some docks along with black drum, sheepshead, seatrout, and catch/release flounder. The focus during this week's charters will be sheepshead at the jetties and up river. Hopefully, there will be good news!
TTPs (Tactics, Techniques, Procedures)
Many folks will ask me when I like to fish and what I look for. Honestly, it’s a combination of tide, current speed, temperature, barometric pressure, salinity, clarity, and time of day. I know it sounds like a lot but when these factors are tracked using a journal of some sort, patterns begin to develop and educated guesses can be made. Journals are inexpensive and will only take a little discipline to develop years of data to help you. It's all part of becoming a better fisherman.
With the weather cooling down, the fish-feeding pattern will still be tide driven and everyone that knows me also knows that I like fishing the tide shifts. However, when it’s hot and the water is warm, the afternoon can be tough regardless of tide. Now that the water temps are dropping, fishing should fire off quite a bit and can be done most of the day. Just plan your day so that you catch a tide shift at some point and you’ll likely be rewarded!
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