Amelia Island Fishing Report

The past month has seen some of the biggest changes in fishing all year. The temperatures continue to remind us that fall is just around the corner and with daylight savings time in effect it leaves very little in the way of after work outside activities. The one huge upside to this time of year is the introduction of all the gag grouper, red snapper, vermilion snapper and sea bass moving in and occupying Northeast Florida’s close in wrecks and ledges. Record reports of very legal grouper and snapper has been made over the week with boats limiting on both species during a morning outing. Fresh local squid as always is the all time favorite bait of choice if available but if Wal-mart frozen Boston mackerel cut bait is all you can get then give it a try, there’s bound to be a northern fish in the mix that’ll gobble that up too. There are several inshore reefs to consider and all within 9 miles of Cumberland sound. FA, FB, FC, and KBY are all local “hot” spots and promise not to disappoint. For those of you here on vacation drop by the local marina located at the foot of Center Street. Charter boat row are the docks located to the north and many of the captains are present during the day to book a charter or just chat with visitors about their recent catches. Trust me on this if you have the time to spend 4 hours offshore Fernandina Beach in November then take full advantage of it. This is the time of year memories are made.

The inshore scene has been nothing less than red hot all year long on Amelia Island. Red bass, trout, whiting and blues are still plentiful and at every tide. I spoke to several captains this past weekend that were targeting the area up around Black rock and Soap Creek. Not only did they have an excellent day catching fish but the action was nonstop. One captain told me the fish were biting just as hard in the morning on the out going tide as they were late in the day when the marshes were again flooded. Fresh local live shrimp is still a favorite for trout but dead bait works well with the other species.

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