Spring is here and all I can say is thank the Lord for that. March certainly lived up to it's reputation as the windiest month. April will bring calmer winds and better fishing. The big black drum are biting out at the jetties. There will be some true heavyweights caught over the next 3-4 weeks. There are also a few big bull reds being caught. One of my charters reeled in a 30 pounder last week. The redfish in the creeks are starting to bite a lot better with the warmer water temps. Florida is actually the most beautiful place for fishing, see for yourself, see. Don't worry about the delivery, we will arrange it.
April-May is also when the biggest speckled trout of the year will be caught. Trout over 5 lbs. are called gator trout in our area and every spring there are fish to 12+ lbs. caught here. They can be caught on live bait or a wide assortment of artificials but many of the largest fish will fall for topwater walk the dawg type lures. You won't catch the big numbers of fish like we catch in the fall but you may get a real trophy.
Whiting are biting out at the sound and are always a favorite of the kids. Lots of action from 1-2 lb. fish and they are great eating. A few jacks are beginning to show up and that means fishing is definitely on the upswing. On the freshwater scene it's spawning season for largemouth bass, bluegills and shellcrackers. The bass will have completed their spawn by mid april while the bluegills and redears will hit the beds on the full moon and the new moon in April, May and even into mid June. I recommend these panfish trips for my charters that want to get kids introduced to fishing. Not only will they catch a lot of fish but they will see gators, manatees and other wildlife. Well, that pretty much sums up what's happening out on the big St. Johns river.
Spring time is a wonderful time to be outdoors in Northeast Florida, so give me a call and I'll set up a charter for you. Even if fishing is not your thing, I'll bet you'd enjoy nice relaxing sightseeing\wildlife watching boat tour of our area. Remember, if you've never seen Jacksonville from the water, then you've never really seen Jacksonville. Come see why 10,000 new residents per year are calling Jacksonville home.
Till next time, good luck,good fishing and I'll see you on the river.
Capt. Rick Davis