Captain's Report: Fishing Conditions & Recent St. Augustine Fishing Charters

St Augustine Fishing Sept.30-Oct.13

The week of Sept 30th through October 6th brought some pretty strong Northeast winds that held the water in the river to the point where our low tides never truly got low.  When the water never gets low it has a bad effect on our traditional outgoing low tide fishing.  The baitfish spread out, and don’t get bunched up in the regular places they’re forced to go on extremely low tides.  Fishing up in the river and backcountry creeks was tough with few fish caught in the places we normally fish.  Fishing for redfish was pretty good around the bridges and docks near the inlet.  This is common during this time of year on the slower ends of the tide. 

Toward the end of the week we had flood high tides that occur this time of year, on the new moon and full moon.  The redfish normally get up in the spartina grass, tailing. But due to the west wind and the smaller tides, the fish didn’t really move into the grass as they normally do.   So we changed our strategy and caught fish in the creek fingers just adjacent to the grass flats, pushing around the edges slurping shrimp. 

 October 7th – 13th the tides seemed to get somewhat back to normal and the fishing did as well.  The river and backcountry creeks this week were full of 15” – 17” redfish.  You could probably catch 50 of these in a half-day trip if you want.  The trick has been to find the places that are holding the slot fish.  The bigger fish have been concentrated in several places I fish.  When we found them, there was plenty of fun to be had!  […]

By |October 20th, 2013|Captain's Report|Comments Off on St Augustine Fishing Sept.30-Oct.13

St.Augustine Fishing Sept.2 – Sept.22

For the most part the fishing has been great this month. A typical day has been starting out close to town, catching plenty of mangrove snapper between 10 and 13 inches. These little snapper are fun to catch and even better to eat! We’ve been spending about an hour doing this type of fishing, then moving up north into the back country creeks catching quite a few slot redfish and lots of Black drum in the 2 – 3 lb range.

As the tide gets lower we have been moving out onto the flats fishing for schooling reds. These fish have been running between 22 inches up to 30 inches. Then as the tide starts in we have been getting a consistent redfish bite on a couple of Rip lines in deeper water out on the intercoastal. These fish have been running between 22 and 24 inches. This last week, the 16th through the 22nd, these trips have been starting about 2 hours before high tide. Some trips have been spin cast and the others have been fly tackle.
The fall mullet run is in full swing and the inlet is full of jacks in the 8 to 15 lb class. We’ve been starting the day out pulling on some of these big Jacks. Whether throwing spin or fly tackle, these fish are a handful!

As the tide gets near high at the inlet we run to the north and fish the redfish in the grass on this full moon flood tide. The flood tide fishing has been excellent! We fish the redfish in the grass the way I always have during flood tide – getting out of the boat and walking the grass flats. I had […]

By |September 27th, 2013|Captain's Report|Comments Off on St.Augustine Fishing Sept.2 – Sept.22

St Augustine Fishing Aug.26th – Sept.1st

This week has been a completely different fishing pattern than last week. We have had tides this week that were good early in the morning the first of the week and moving to midday by the end of the week. It has been hot, slick and calm with very little wind and the big schools that were on the flats last week have moved out.

This week we have been catching an average of three nice fish on the flats every day. To catch fish we have been moving and fishing a lot of spots, catching a fish or two – then moving on to the next spot – maybe getting a bite or not, then moving on. By the end of the day, we ended up with a good mixed bag of redfish, black drum, flounder, mangrove snapper and a few really nice trout.

By |September 5th, 2013|Captain's Report|Comments Off on St Augustine Fishing Aug.26th – Sept.1st

St Augustine Fishing Aug19th-25th

This week we had good tides starting the week in the early afternoon and moving into the late afternoon by the end of the week.  We also have been in a weather cycle where every afternoon the rain showers have moved in.  Two days this week it just wasn’t going to happen and we had to cancel, but the rest of the week we got the fishing trips in – dodging rain storms and at times fishing in the light stuff.  

The fishing in the backcountry creeks was pretty slow this week but the redfish on the flats have been schooled up in good numbers of fish from 22” up to the largest of the week at 34”. These fish have been sitting in their regular spots on outgoing low tide and acting like they do in a winter pattern. With the overcast rainy and cooler conditions in the afternoon this week these fish have been very aggressive and not the least bit spooky.  You just have to stay back off them, make long casts and hold on until they try to take the rod out of your hand.

By |September 5th, 2013|Captain's Report|Comments Off on St Augustine Fishing Aug19th-25th

St Augustine Fishing Aug 12th-18th

This week has been a really good week of fishing without a tough day where we really had to work hard to catch fish.  The creek fishing this week has produced very few redfish in the areas where we were catching so many last week.  But the black drum in the keeper size have moved in.  Fishing the right tide has produced easy limits in a short amount of time.

Last week we were catching redfish both deep and shallow, but this week the fish we have been catching are schooled up on flats in a foot of water or less, acting like wintertime fish.  We have been going in the creeks catching a limit of black drum then moving out on to the flats and finish up on the redfish.  All of these fish have been in the 22 inch – 31 inch range.  When you find these fish like this catching them is not rocket sicience.  Just stay back of them, make long casts and just hold on till something tries to take your rod out of your hand!

By |August 21st, 2013|Captain's Report|Comments Off on St Augustine Fishing Aug 12th-18th

St Augustine fishing Aug 5th-11th

August 11, 2013

 

During the past two weeks I took some vacation time and went to Montana.  I stayed with a very old friend that now has a house in the southwest corner of thestate.  This is some of the most beautiful country in the world.  The house is located 10 miles off the hard road, between Custer National Park and Yellowstone.  I spent 7 days fishing for brown and rainbow trout.  We fished four days on Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone, two days on the Yellowstone River itself, and 1 day on the Stillwater.  I had a great time and hope to go back in the spring next year. 

 This week started out with early afternoon low tides, and we really had to work hard to catch redfish.  WE fished a lot of water from downtown, north to Palm Valley.  As the week went on and the tides got later in the afternoon, the redfish really picked up and by Friday we were catching up to 15 fish in the 22 inch range, with three or four in the 30 – 32 inch range. 

 We really got lucky with the afternoon thunderstorms this week with the easterly sea breeze.  It kept all the bad weather inland so we had no problem with the storms.  Next week we will be having good early morning tides.  We’ll be starting the trips at daylight and I expect the fishing to stay good with the early starts and good tides. 

By |August 12th, 2013|Captain's Report|Comments Off on St Augustine fishing Aug 5th-11th

St Augustine Fishing july 8-14

July 8 – July 14

 This week Mon – Wed the fishing was pretty consistent fishing the afternoon tides. We were catching a good bag of redfish in the 20” range with a couple over slot fish in the 28” – 33” range each day.  It seemed like every day we were catching 1 trout, but these trout were big – ranging from 5 pounds up to 8 ½ pounds.  We also caught a few nice flounder. 

Thursday we switched to morning tides and the bite really fell off. We worked hard for a couple redfish and a nice trout.  Friday through Sunday on the morning tide the fishing got hot again.  These three days we were catching 10 to 15 reds in the 21” range, with a couple upper slot fish and some nice over slot.  These 3 days we also caught a few of those really nice trout with a few flounder in the mix.

By |July 16th, 2013|Captain's Report|Comments Off on St Augustine Fishing july 8-14

St Augustine Fishing Charters July 1-6

The consistent redfish bite that had been so predictable slowed down a little this week, along with the trout bite that had been going off.  Mon, Tuesday and Thursday we didn’t have to work hard to find plenty of over slot and slot fish but Wednesday, Friday and Saturday we had to move around and fish very hard to find fish. With the big afternoon thunderstorms we were getting the end of last week and the first of this week a few of the areas that had been so consistent really got dirty with the fresh water influx into the system. The weather forecast for the next 10 days looks like a dry one, and I expect everything to get back to normal very soon.

The flounder bite around the inlet this week has been very good with some nice fish in the 2 – 4 lb range.  Any of your typical spots that should hold flounder (creek mouths, rocky structure and docks) are productive.

By |July 9th, 2013|Captain's Report|Comments Off on St Augustine Fishing Charters July 1-6

St Augustine fishing charters June 24-30

This week has been another great week of red fishing in the backcountry for my clients.  Monday we fished afternoon outgoing tide and had a really good redfish bite with four fish over the keeper slot limit between 28” and 30” with double-digit numbers in the keeper slot between 19” and 24”. 

The rest of the week was all early morning trips.  Tuesday through Thursday we fished the first of the incoming tide, catching 3 to 4 over slot fish in the 30” range with double digit numbers of keeper slot fish in the 19” to 24” range with a few right at 26”.  Friday through Sunday we were fishing the last of the outgoing catching double-digit numbers of keeper slot fish in the 19” to 21” range but no more over slot fish. 

 Throughout the week we caught a few undersize drum, a few nice trout and a couple small flounder.  Overall it was a very good week of fishing!

By |June 30th, 2013|Captain's Report|Comments Off on St Augustine fishing charters June 24-30

st augustine fishing charters june17-20

June 17 – 21

This week of fishing has been as good a week as you could ask for.  Monday started out with a fly rod first thing catching some real nice trout on the fly, then taking out the spinning rod.  For about three hours we stayed hooked up on upper slot redfish 24” – 26”, and over slot fish 27” – 32”. Then we finished the 6 hour trip at the inlet and back on the fly rod catching Jack Crevelle up to 5 lbs. 

 

The rest of the week was all redfish  – big numbers of slot fish and again averaging 2 – 3 over slot fish in the 28” – 32” range. The only day we didn’t catch the big numbers was Thursday’s half day trip, where about the time the tide was getting right we got run off the water by thunderstorms. We ended up with three slot redfish 18” – 27”, one over slot 28” fish, and one flounder about 3 lbs.  

By |June 23rd, 2013|Captain's Report|Comments Off on st augustine fishing charters june17-20