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February 15, 2007

NE Florida inshore report

February report

Florida Fishing Report for:
Intracoastal Waterway, St Johns River and Nearshore Waters from Fernandina to Saint Augustine
Updated: February 13, 2007.
Inshore report Jacksonville area waters

Speckled trout are closed in our waters this month, so naturally, they are biting fairly well. Since they are "weak" fish, release them carefully with wet hands if you must touch them.

There are some large sheephead in the river. The last two to come into my boat weighed 7 1/2 and 8lbs respectively. Both were caught in deep water. Ringtail porgies are still at the jetty tips.

The water temperature is hovering around 56 degrees, and the water is exceptionally clear with the algae die off. The cold weather has finally arrived with a few nights dropping into the 30's. The fishing remains good, though fewer fishermen are on the water.

The reds in the creeks and along the ICW can be seen cruising the shallows near oyster bars, but often are in no hurry to eat. They spook easily, so it's best to pole from a fair distance away, if possible. There are also some larger over slot reds at the jetties. In some areas when casting a jig and shrimp, it's a toss up whether you'll hook a big red or a sheephead.

If you just enjoy pulling in lots of fish, the small bluefish are more than cooperative. Watch thier teeth! Yellowmouth trout are another good winter fish to pursue, though, in my opinion, they are not as plentiful this year as in years past.

Tight lines!

CAPT Bob Cosby

Captain Bob's Fishing Charters,Inc.