Fishing Reports for the Jacksonville, St. Augustine and the Northeast Florida area are based on our loyal customers and guides who come into our Blackfly Outfitter store and brag. We love sharing these valuable insights about what's going on in our local waters and we always try to find out what flies they were using and how they fished them. We also encourage anyone who has any info that they want to share to send your report to Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org. The shorter the better, it's kind of like a tweet.
In addition to the above written reports we will also post on a weekly basis audio reports from Capt. John Bottko and Capt. James Dumas. Capt. John's reports and forecasts are primarily focused on the Jacksonville area and points north. Capt. James will focus his reports on the areas from Palm Valley on the north to St. Augustine down to the Matanzas Inlet. Both of these charter Captains have been fishing this area for many many years and are well know by local anglers.
They have both committed to at least one report a week and we are currently getting reports on Wednesdays with a look toward the weekend.
Friday 8/21/2015 Capt. Bottko's Blackfly Fishing Report and Forecast for the Jacksonville area
Friday 8/21/2015 Capt. Dumas's Blackfly Fishing Report and Forecast for the St. Augustine area
The flies above are flies of the type that Capt. James talks about in this report. Click on them for more details.
Capt. James just had a new video made for his new website, it's a short 2 minutes but extremely well done.
The joy of inshore fishing!
10/7/2014 - A new report from Blackfly's Austin Bacon!
Occasionally you get one of those mornings where everything works out perfect; I myself have never experienced one of these and this morning proved no different. Running late as always we got to the ramp with about 2 hours of tide left, which is all we needed. The south breeze was a bit stiffer than predicted, but isn’t it always? After a short run back in the marsh, the oyster bars and muddy banks signaled time to lift the motor and unclip the pole. Working into the outgoing tide we pushed further and further back to find waking fish crashing shorelines sending bait soaring in every direction. The first shots we were greeted with were sudden back casts that redfish retreated from with the middle fin showing. After a short time watching fish just out of casting range we finally found a happy customer slowly creeping towards the skiff. My first cast landed just past the fish and after two long strips the fly settled perfectly in the strike zone. The fish studied the fly for a brief moment and as I gave it a short strip he quickly made up his mind this would be his next meal. I watched as his gills flared and the fly disappeared; I immediately strip set and watched the water erupt as the fish ran straight from the boat. After a brief battle I had this bronze beauty in hand only to release him for the next angler to enjoy.
This time of year we are in a transitional stage. As the water temperature decreases our flood tide fishing tapers off. Not to worry though as the marsh is just starting to pick up for wintertime low tides. I have had some of my best days poling through feeder creeks in the fall during the last hours of the falling tide. As the water temperature continues to drop the water clarity increases making way for some of the best sight fishing opportunities the Northeast Florida marshes have to offer.
Congratulations to Royal Hendrix for catching his first redfish on fly. This healthy fish was pulled out of a 4 fish group harassing bait on a shoreline. These fish are certainly beginning to show that winter time behavior and grouping up in the creeks.
Thanks for reading and best of luck on your next adventure. Be sure to stop by the shop for fly selection and fishing info.
Tight Lines, Austin Bacon
Almost as predictable as summertime southeast sea breezes, so is great fall fishing with the arrival of the first cold fronts in September. Like clock work the water cools, the backcountry creeks come alive, and the redfish work themselves into a frenzy! The fall fishing season means high tailing tides and negative low tides, so there are plenty of opportunities to get on some redfish with the fly. Flood tides have been very consistent this season with plenty of happy fish gorging tailing on fiddler crabs and slurping grasshoppers off the top. However, almost as quickly as the flooded grass appeared it will also vanish.
As the transition into winter continues the tailing redfish will become harder and harder to find as the grass begins to seed and the crabs disappear into their winter burrows. Once consistent cold weather sets in the end of the flood tide season will follow, so get on it while you still can!
While bitter, the end of the floods marks the beginning of mud crawling schools of redfish in shallow, clean, clear water. The low tide fishing has already been very productive in the early season, but it will only continue too get hotter as the weather cools. Look for mid-morning negative tides now and mid-afternoon tides once the water reaches temperatures in the mid 60's. Fall and Winter low tide fishing produces some of the best sight-fishing opportunities for our area, so don't miss out! Please feel free to give us a call at the store for information on tides, flies, and current reports.
Get tight, Capt James Ferguson