By Capt. Adam Morley
Ahoy fellow anglers,
As we navigate through the challenges brought on by the wind conditions, I’m excited to share some of the recent fishing updates trickling in from St. Augustine and the surrounding waters. Despite the obstacles, some anglers managed to secure noteworthy catches, providing us with valuable insights into the local fishing scene.
Michael Wiley’s recent success in the midst of the gusty winds serves as a testament to the tenacity of the redfish. Using a Fishbites dirty boxer under a popping cork and the Fishbites butt kicker on a spinner bait, he conquered the elements and reeled in some impressive specimens.
Meanwhile, the Northeast Florida Inshore Slayers group continued their winning streak during their fall Sheepshead tournament, with plenty of robust catches weighing in.
Janine and Elon from Genung’s Fish Camp also had their share of triumph, landing flounder and short reds using Skinnywater Lures‘ paddle tails in the renowned “pickle back” color and Fishbites Fight Club Lures‘ “Dirty Boxer” in the enticing shade of “counter punch.”
Moving over to the Matanzas Inlet, the fishing frenzy continues with Whiting, Bluefish, and sheepshead stealing the show. The persistent presence of slot snook also hints at their preference for the tempestuous weather, offering anglers a thrilling challenge amidst the gusts.
As the cooler weather sets in, the trout have made their way into the scene, with anglers reporting daily limits.
The water temperatures in the Mantanzas River this Monday hovered around the mid-60s, and I anticipate a slight rise later in the week. With the water finally clearing up, it’s advisable to utilize a fluorocarbon leader for optimal results. Keep in mind that the New Moon approaches on the 13th, potentially affecting the fishing dynamics.
To sum it up:
- Redfish – are undergoing their seasonal transition, requiring a keen eye to locate their schooling spots.
- Sheepshead – remain active around various structures, enticing anglers with fiddlers, fleas, or frozen muscles on Bridge Donkey Jigs.
- Trout – are making their presence known along grass lines during higher tides, readily lured by live shrimp or soft plastics under a popping cork.
- Whiting – continue to grace the surf, readily biting fresh dead shrimp on double drop rigs.
- Black Drum – are proving their presence in the North River, with reports of varying sizes spotted in the creeks feeding into the Matanzas.
- Snook – still linger, although a gradual decrease in the bite is anticipated as the temperature continues to cool down.
- Pompano – while absent from recent reports, are likely still active, considering the favorable water temperature range.
As for offshore endeavors, no recent reports have surfaced this week.
In the spirit of community, don’t miss Genung’s Fish Camp’s Oyster Roast fundraiser on Saturday, November 11th from 5-7:30 pm, aimed at preserving the historic bait shop and preventing flooding.
Additionally, seize the opportunity to participate in the “Salute to savings” event at the Fishbites Trading Post, featuring an array of clinics, guest speakers, and enticing storewide deals, all taking place this Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. See flyer below..