Most marshes simply won’t have those fishing opportunities. Still, marshes have plenty of prospects, enough big fish to keep you looking and a couple of surprises along the way. At one point, Jarvis made a cast at what we thought was a cruising shark. He cast the jig in front of its nose, enticing a strike. The fish hugged the bottom, only to finally reveal itself as a stingray. That was the first time I ever saw a stingray hit an artificial lure.
Besides the big three species in St. Augustine — trout, redfish and flounder — other species, such as sheepshead and even baby tarpon, find their way back into the marshes. I had to ask Jarvis about my favorite Florida species, the snook.