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Friday - September 02, 2011 - Live Weather Conditions from the Amelia Island Online Weather Station

Amelia Island Fishing Blog

This is a Blog of our Amelia Island fishing trips. Hopefully you'll find something useful contained in the ramblings. I try and remember to mention the time fish were caught relative to tides. The weather and water conditions may also give you some help in determining the best days for the fish you are trying to catch. I include pictures when they are available.

Fishing trip reports are displayed by date, with newest trip reports first.
The latest trip report was entered on Wednesday, April 9, 2008.
There are 43 fishing trip reports in the database.
Displaying reports from Wednesday, June 21, 2006 through Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - Amelia Island Surf
Weather: Off and On
Water: Mostly Cloudy

The Whiting bite on the beach continues, but it's a battle between the unusually chilly weather, the wind, and the water conditions to find the right day to fish.

Clean water is the best bet - tide doesn't seem to matter. The big Whiting are on and off.

Bluefish have started to show up on the beach in the last few weeks, but not in any large numbers, and in the last week the smaller sharks are active, so the big ones should be right behind.

Date: Friday, July 20, 2007 - Amelia Island
Weather: Stinky Hot
Water: Flat

Our blogging activity has gone by the wayside it seems. Fish at the Ft. Clinch pier have been non existant.

Our fishing reports section should be seeing regular reports now that we have the guys from the Misti Lynn Charters sending us regular info as to what's happening offshore and inshore.

Beach fishing is like every summer. Very slow. Mostly sharks, a few whiting, and the very occasional Pompano.

As soon as the weather cools off and the fishing picks back up, we'll get back to our regular blogging.

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - NE Florida Road Trip
Weather: Overcast
Water: Flat

Today was a good day for a road trip, so we filled up the truck (ouch) and decided to head down the coast in search of new places to go fishing. We drove down A1A from Fernandina to Marineland, south of Matanzas inlet; didn't take the fishing gear along, just wanted to do a bit of exploring.

One of the main reasons for the trip was to visit the St. John's County Pier in St. Augustine. I had planned on fishing there last week , but wound up at the Jacksonville Beach pier instead.

The St. John's County Pier could probably be the poster pier for beach replenishment. We got there at low tide, and probably 20 or 30 yards of the pier were in the water, the rest was high and dry. The beach is very flat, and piled high with sand, so even with 80 percent of the pier in the water at high tide, the average water depth is probably two feet for most of the pier. The people at the pier told me that fortunatly the sand that had been dumped on the beach was washing away again. I'm afraid I'd have to rate this place a definite never mind.

Two things I noticed on our hundred mile drive down the coast; lack of easily available easy to find access to the ocean for fishing, and the over abundance of new condos being constructed.

I didn't really study the map before we left to go find anything specific (other than the St. Augustine pier), I was just interested to see how far you have to drive down the coast in order to find a place where you can pull over and walk down to the beach with a surf rod. On Amelia Island, you can drive along the beach and find "Public Beach Access" signs every couple hundred yards. They don't all have parking (which makes them useless to anybody but people who live close by) but they are pretty easy to find.

If our hundred mile drive down the coast of NE Florida is typical for the entire state, then I calculate that between here and Miami there should be about four easy to find public beach accesses with parking where you could stop and surf fish in the ocean; in our hundred mile trip, we found ONE. I didn't notice a sign at the one we found, it was located near the south end of Guana Lake State Park, had parking for about 20 or 30 cars, some concrete picnic tables, and a nice looking red sand/cocina beach. There were a few people fishing but we didn't talk to them, and we saw pogie pods (lots of them) about 200 yards off the beach. Looked like a great place for surf fishing, one of these days I'm going back with some rods and give it a shot.

One area that caught my attention in particular was south Ponte Vedra; seems like you could drive for miles in that area with no indication that the beach was even there, more less find anyplace that was accessable to the public.

Matanzas inlet looks like a good place to fish, lots of activity in that area so one day I might try there too.

As far as the condos, oh well, it's Florida. Everybody with an extra million six wants to live on the beach. One other thing I noticed; the nicer the area, the higher the real estate prices and the harder it was to even SEE the beach, more less use it. So I think it's a safe bet that the more condos that go up on the beach, the less places there will be left for fishing...

Date: Friday, June 23, 2006 - Fort Clinch Pier
Weather: Sunny, Windy
Water: Choppy, muddy, strong NE wind

Nice day for fishing, but not a nice day for catching. The water seemed to be just muddy enough to keep the flounder from biting, as well as everything else. I talked to several other people who were flounder fishing; nobody even had a bite. Minnow dragging didn't even produce a bite for me.

I also fished with dead shrimp, cut mullet, and cut pogie; no takers but the crabs. A couple fishing next to me got a dozen or so nice sized blue crabs.

Maybe the lack of flounder today was caused by the over abundance of bait. Yesterday a friend and I caught about four or five hundred mud minnows - all in one cast with a cast net. The over abundance of bait caused me to spend the day building a bait tank , looks like we've got plenty of flounder bait for the next three or four weeks...

It was a good day for nature watching too. Six manatees showed up right next to the pier. The strong wind and choppy water had a lot of sea grass blowing around in the inlet and up onto the beach, so maybe that's what attracted them. They stuck around for about 30 minutes, eating something on the bottom under the pier. I've seen single manatees swim by many times Ft. Clinch, but this was the first time I've seen a number of them together that hung around long enough for their pictures to get taken.

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - Jacksonville Beach Pier
Weather: Sunny, Clear
Water: Clear with patchy mud

Since I had to go to Jacksonville today, I thought I'd make a stop at the new Jacksonville Beach Pier as I've never fished there before.

It's a really nice pier - all concrete, 1300 feet long, and the end is in deep water. I saw lots of pogie pods near the end or under the end of the pier, and a large fish (barracuda or king maybe) swimming just off the end of the pier. Too bad the pier doesn't allow cast nets; would have been easy to fill the freezer with pogies today.

I also saw a number of large schools of rays swimming by the pier, and I saw one jump out of the water, which is the first time I've ever seen a ray jump.

I caught three whiting (one extra large, one medium, and one tosser backer), about nine yellow mouth trout (all about 10 inches long), and a number of small sharks.

The fish definitly come swimming by the pier in schools - when one fish is caught, a number of the same size and species are caught by other people at the same time.

If you've ever in Jacksonville Beach and looking for a place to fish, try the pier. You won't belive some of the things you'll get to see for only four bucks. I can definitly say that the Jacksonville Beach Pier is one of the most unique fishing trips I've ever made.

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