Fellow anglers, the surf has been teeming with Redfish, Black Drum, Whiting, Pompano, and Sheepshead, especially around the coquina rock structures. Utilizing live sand fleas on light rigs, expertly maneuvered along the current, has led to some impressive catches.
Meanwhile, in the Matanzas River, the water has cleared up, luring Trout and Sheepshead into action. Opting for live shrimp or soft plastics beneath a popping cork, especially during early mornings, has proven fruitful for trout, while targeting grass lines during higher tides has yielded positive results.
As for Sheepshead, employing sweeper style jigs baited with fiddler crabs, sand fleas, or frozen mussels around rocks, docks, and pilings has been effective. While Redfish have been schooling up in the creeks, success has been inconsistent, with cut mullet or ladyfish serving as viable options for those who prefer a more passive approach, and paddle tails and curl tails working well for those seeking a more active experience.
Remember, Flounder season remains closed until December 1st.
If you’re eager to delve deeper into our local fishing scene, consider joining the Flagler Sportfishing Club, where our dedicated and involved membership can guide you through the diverse fishing styles our area has to offer. Tight lines, and may your next catch be a memorable one.
– Capt. Adam Morley
Chris from Skinny Water Lures mentioned, the Sea Trout bite has turned on with the cooler temperatures upon us, causing the water temperature to drop. We have had success around the Long Creek and High Bridge areas on early morning topwater, switching to a bright colored paddle tail or a twitch bait later in the day. Target areas with moving water. More numbers of snook are also being caught around these areas and areas with structure.
This week we found downsizing to a 3-inch paddle tail, retrieved close to the bottom on a twitch, twitch pause method had the Redfish chewing along the Long Creek area.