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Summer Sea Trout in Northeast Florida

by: Lenny T. Waters

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The Summer season is bringing in stories of hot fishing with large numbers of small and large spotted sea trout being caught from Palm Coast to Jacksonville in inland waterways. In the first week of June, Brian hit the water near St. Augustine at first daylight as usual and ended up having a 30-fish day. He had six keeper sized trout and continued to get strike after strike through the morning hours. In the second week of June, small trout and small lady fish were still striking topwater lures, but the big trout bite had slowed down. Brian and Lucky went out into a St. Augustine area salt marsh and had a fun day of catching small trout on artificial minnow baits. The video below shows Brian catching another trout while trolling a minnow lure behind his kayak.

Summer is alligator mating season, and a big gator was watching and moving closer when fish were caught near its territory. Be sure to keep an eye out for big gators, even in brackish areas where the water is salty. Check out the monster gator these kayakers encountered in Moses Creek in southern St. Johns county.

A recent increase of rainfall has freshened many brackish areas and raised the water levels. This affects the feeding patterns of gamefish because they can move in to grassy areas that are normally to shallow. The small trout and ladyfish are attacking schools of small minnows. These small gamefish are biting well on mir-o-lures, rapalas, and spinners fished with a fast retrieve. Using light gear and flexible rods is a good choice for trout fishing as their mouths are delicate and tear easily if too much force is applied.

Some boat ramp discussions with other fisherman indicated that there were just a few keeper sized redfish being caught in St. Johns county. flounder are showing up in mass in inshore waterways south of Matanzas Inlet all the way to Flagler county.

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Rating: 5/5
Title: Great info
by: Martin 2012-06-24

Great info. I will pass it along to all my friends that love fishing.