More tarpon should be showing up this month and all through summer. Look for them rolling in the C- section canals and deeper creek holes, the icw and the bridges from St. Augustine all the way to high bridge can hold some good size tarpon. Mullet, shrimp or pinfish underneath a popping cork can be a good technique for these fish. For artificial anglers try a weight less jerk bait or a mirro-dean. For the the tournament anglers trout, flounder, and redfish bite has been good at lower tides on the flats using topwater and jerk baits at first and last light of the day. Fish grass edges at higher tides for these fish using a popping cork and shrimp, live mud minnow or finger mullet.
Surf & Inlet:
I’ve been hearing reports of a mix bag of fish from flounder to whiting using jigs tipped with shrimp or clams. Try spoons and gotcha plugs for Spanish mackerel and big jacks. Pogie pods should start moving closer to the beach this month so keep your eye for them. There could be tarpon, kingfish, cobia and sharks feeding on them. The inlet will be a good place to fish the Club Team Tournament. Try a live mullet, shrimp or live mud minnow on a knocker rig for the redfish, trout, bluefish, flounder and whiting. You can throw spoons and gotcha plugs for the bluefish and jigs with shrimp for the whiting.
The Mahi Mahi bite should be really good this month, look for diving birds and any floating debris. Troll naked and rigged ballyhoo for these fish and you have a good chance to hook a sailfish too. Bottom anglers will see a mixed bag from triggerfish, grouper and snapper. Use a knocker rig with any kind of cut bait or live pin fish.
Tight lines & good luck!
Captain Tim Jarvis
Three Lagoon Fishing Charters