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rifting between forested banks over bedrock shoals, it’s easy to forget where you are on the Buford Dam tailrace of the Chattahoochee River. This beautiful stretch of water snakes southwest through densely populated suburbs north of Atlanta, yet riverside development is limited. There are long stretches where this river feels like wilderness— where the sounds of the city are replaced by lapping oars and the soft swish of fly rods cutting air. Chris Scalley, owner of River Through Atlanta guide service, manned the



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all fishing can be the easiest and best fishing of the year. For me it is the flounder run, schools of trout and reds under flocks of gulls, and the prelim to giant trophy trout time. The fall flounder migration is definitely a staple of fall fishing, and I know that it goes on wherever flatfish exist. We do have a closed season for the first time, so be sure to check the regs wherever you plan to fish. Most states have changed flounder regulation in the last couple years. Not only are flounder easier to find when they travel though the passes in their voyage to their spawning grounds, they also feed aggressively as they follow baitfish out of the bays. When I focus on flounder, I change my presentation dramatically. I like to apply scent to my lures, which gives you a great advantage when it comes to catching flounder. A tandem rig is a popular method to utilize for flounder. Since flounder frequently ambush bait by burying themselves in the sand, I keep my lead lure in contact with the bottom at all times and give the lure a twitch with my rod using a sideways motion. If I am in a boat, I do this with my rod tip down, but while wading my rod moves to my side. Finding trout and reds smashing shrimp under feeding gulls can really get your heart pumping from the visual excitement. It can also provide nonstop fish on every cast. This is especially true in the fall, when it is more common to find larger trout schooling than in the other three seasons. When fishing the birds, I use a heavier jighead than I typically do. A ¼- to 3/8-ounce jighead works well. The more skittish the fish and birds, the heavier head I will use. I do this simply to increase my casting distance, so I can reach the schools sooner and stay farther away in an attempt to

not break up the schools or push them down. Using a durable soft plastic and smashing down the barb of the hook are helpful in maximizing the number of fish you can pull off each school. If you can keep the birds off of it, throwing a topwater might pull out some of the larger fish and add to the fun and visual stimulation of the entire event. By the end of fall, trophy trout become my main focus, and this continues through mid-spring. At this time, the water will have cooled considerably, and the majority of bait will have left the bays. Artifical lures will become a more reliable option for catching trophy trout. Enjoy this cooler weather, and spend some time on the water. This is a great time to introduce young anglers to the sport. Capt. Michael Okruhlik is the inventor of Knockin Tail Lures and Controlled Descent Lures, and the owner of



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Fishing Report & Forecast Mayport By Capt. Kirk Waltz


he month of November should be normal for us discounting that we have had a particularly warm October. With that being said, I believe the big rocks should be really good this month. October’s weather might be a real blessing to the fishery this month. Look for shrimp and mullet to be pushing out of the river driving trout, black drum, reds, flounder, and sheepshead to the inlet. The black drum started showing last month and I believe they will increase in numbers during November. Cut crab, shrimp or fiddlers work well typically fished on the bottom near the ends of the rocks. The bottom of the dead low or the last push of the high flood seems to be the most productive times. An egg sinker Carolina rig works well, 3-way swivel rig and even a small jig when the current slows can be deadly. Redfish will also be in the same areas and will readily take

the same baits. Look for the Bull Reds to still be around but, beginning to wane as the water cools. The edges of the shipping channel is your best bet all the way to the Dames Point Bridge and a few spots past that. A half of a blue crab or cut mullet are my favorite go to bait fished with a stout 7ft Shimano rod and a Shimano Saragosa 10,000 Spinner and 50 lb. braided line. The last of the falling tide to dead low seems to be best. Remember these are the breeding stock so handle them with kid gloves. Yellow mouthed trout should begin to show in good numbers as well as the croakers. The outside of the big stones are good areas and the edges of the channel towards White Shell Rocks are favored haunts. Cut mullet or live shrimp seem to work well for these tasty and testy fighters. I typically use a light tackle rod with a 1/4oz jig or a small float rig for the trout and a Carolina /egg sinker rig for the croakers. Sheepshead should move onto the local docks, rocks and jetties this month. Small shrimp or fiddler crabs are great baits for this. An egg sinker rig or jig head tossed into the structure are great methods for catching some of these testy fighters. The docks at Mayport, rocks at White Shell, and the big jetties are favored haunts for sheepshead, The offshore scene this month should improve for sea bass, snapper, and hopefully grouper. The near shore party grounds are your best bet. Cut squid, cigars, and even cut mullet work well for me fished on the bottom. Make sure you check the regulations to see what you can keep. Go to MYFWC to look at what is and isn’t legal this month.. For info on charters from 4 to 50 call Capt. Kirk at 904-241-7560 or 904-626-1128 or visit us on Facebook …Enterprise Fishing Charters or . Listen every Saturday morning on fishing tips from Capt. Kevin, Capt. Kirk, and Jeff Lageman on 1010am or 92.5fm on The Outdoors Show from 7-10am










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ctober was a big month for JOSFC as always. We had a changing and addition of board members, our banquet with amazing food and raffles, and some wonderful meetings. Fishing is transitioning from the warmer season fishing that we grow accustomed to over the summer to the cooler month fishing. I know some guys that are out looking for blackfin tuna and trolling the break for some early wahoo. Bottom fishing should be on fire this month. If we get some good weather days you should be able to get out and see limits on b-liners and start loading up on triggerfish. We have had some major tournament restructuring for JOSFC, quite possibly some of the biggest tournament changes in quite a while. The biggest thing we have done is gone to a “Declare a Day” format. You have a whole month to pick and choose your weather days. Please check out our website or visit a meeting to learn more about our new rules and how

to properly declare your day. We are excited about the new year, our new board members, and seeing you at the meetings. Awesome job to all the winners on the 2021 fishing boards and Captains of the year. We are always looking for new guests and speakers so if you have anything you’d like to come and talk to the club about that is fishing or boat related send us an email or Facebook message. JOSFC Upcoming Events: November 4th- Club Meeting. Speaker TBD November 18th - Club meeting Watch for Tournament Schedule updates as we plan the 2021-2022 season. Check out our website to keep up with upcoming events, schedules, or any changes. Our meetings are on the first and third Thursday of each month. We are open to the public so we would love to have you at a meeting even if you are not a member.

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Fishing Report & Forecast Flagler Inshore By Captain Chris Herrera


his time of year Flounder is usually one of our main target species but this year it is closed so its only catch and photo time for Flounder. New season closure dates are October 15th to November 30th. The outside bends of creeks that have a bluff with tree blowdowns are a favorite, shallow flats near drop offs, docks and creek mouths, are what I look for not only for Flounder but Trout and Redfish also. It’s fairly simple fishing as using a ¼ ounce Slayer Jig head with a finger mullet or mud minnow slowly dragged across the bottom. Other simple rigs consist of using split shots or an egg sinker (fish finder rig) and 14 inches of leader with a 3/0 Daiichi D16Z Octopus wide hook. For artificial applications any jig head and soft plastic combo (Z-man Paddle Tail) works well in deep water areas. Spoons, soft plastics and hard baits fished on shallow sandbars will produce flatties as well. Flounder strikes or “thumps” as I like to call it are very distinct to other inshore game fish. When fishing for flounder patience pays a great part after feeling the “thump”. Flounder will grab a hold of your bait and sit on the bottom till bait stops moving around and that’s when the flounder will

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turn mullet or mud minnow around and swallow it head first which will initiate the second “thump”. Many “Old Salt” flounder anglers know the importance of feeling for flounder on the line by slowly lifting the rod tip to make sure the flounder is still attached to the line and then give some slack for about a minute before setting the hook. Trout fisherman will get their limit and more using float rigs with shrimp. Some good drops near Matanzas Inlet can be very good between the new and full moon of November. The last 2 hours of outgoing tide and first of incoming is the locals preferred time to fish. Topwater plugs like a Spook Jr., Rapala or Mirrorlure can catch the biggest trout looking for a bite in the shallows or ICW drop offs at creek mouths. When the bite slows down on top switch gears to diving plugs like a Sebile Stick Shadd or curly tail grubs with a ¼ ounce Slayer jig. Redfish will start to huddle in masses and seek the warmth of oyster beds during afternoon high tides. Long casting spoons or jerkbaits will produce. For scattered redfish live or cut mullet on a fish finder rig tossed around points, creek mouths or oysters will do the trick. During low tides look for reds cruising shallow mud banks with their backs out of the water chasing small grass shrimp. Matching the hatch (live shrimp) or a FishBites shrimp on a weedless hook tossed in front of a belly crawling redfish will result in a catch. Capt. Chris Herrera Serving Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, St. Augustine 386-503-6338


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Nassau Sport Fishing Association NEFMA - November


he Nassau Sport Fishing Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to develop and promote saltwater fishing in the Nassau County area while adhering to state, federal and local regulations, to encourage compliance with rules of water safety by club members and the general public, and to promote youth related community activities. The 2021 Angler of the season contest continues with the currently running fall season Sep thru Nov. Our Summer season ended at the end of August. The summer season 3 species targeted Kingfish, Tout, and Whiting. Mitch Fields took 1st prize for Kingfish with a weight of 8.96 pounds. Lou Mazzeo weighed a 3.64 fish for 1st place in Trout category, and a .47 pound Whiting took first place which was weighed in by Lorraine Conover. This summer, we also were able to hold a special season within a season as Red Snapper were once again on the table for a weekend.


Lou Mazzeo also reeled in a prize for his 3.72 pound snapper. For the fall season, our anglers are targeting the local “slam” of Redfish, Trout, and Flounder. NSFA meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at Kraft Athletic Club on Amelia Island. With the holidays rapidly approaching, NSFA combines the monthly business meeting and social. Join us at our next monthly gathering on 17 November. If interested in joining, please visit our website at NSFAFISH.NET or stop by one of our meetings. As always, Stay Safe, stay healthy, and we will see you on the water!

he Northeast Florida Marlin Association is baited up and ready for North Florida’s Premier Fall Billfish Tournament, The El Pescado! In 2020, the tournament honored long time NEFMA member, Capt. Bucky Odom. Participating boats released 16 billfish, a handful of a gamefish and more than $30,000 in cash prizes were award to the Captains and Crews. This year, the El Pescado will honor the legacy and memory of Captain Patrick Price, Owner of Day Maker Charters and Sailfish Pioneer of Florida’s East Coast. Proceeds from a special raffle presented by one of Patrick’s long time Sponsors, Steve Martin of Fish Razr, at the El Pescado Captains Meeting, will go to the Price Family. In addition, a Calcutta for most Billfish releases has been added in memory of Capt. Price with 50% of proceeds also going to his family. The Captains meeting will be held at 6pm November 3, 2021 at the Northeast Florida Marlin Association Club House, located at the beautiful Camachee Cove


Marina in St Augustine, FL. Captains Choice fishing days will be November 4 - 6. Captains will be able to choose 2 of the 3 days. We’ll follow the El Pescado up with the Don Combs Wahoo Roundup in December and then we’ll be gearing up for the biggest NEFMA Bluewater tournament in many years. It’ll be the 50th year of the Bluewater Tournament and we’ve joined the Sportfishing Championship www.sportfishingchampionship. com this year so it’s going to be bigger and better than before! The Sportfishing championship is a new series that puts eleven tournaments together to crown the Fishing Team of The Year. See the Northeast Florida Marlin Association website for information about tournaments, memberships and sponsorships and download the NEFMA APP from Reel Time Apps to follow the tournaments and the feeds. -Paul Raudenbush, President Northeast Florida Marlin Association



Fishing Report St. Johns River By: Richard Hamilton


ell, they're here! Shrimp have taken center stage and they are eating size.The first half of this month should be the top placer item in this forecast. Lots of large shrimp moving into downtown jax area.. Secondly will be the "roe" mullet. They typically start showing up in the Fall with gusto. So if these silver beauties are for you, then get at it! Now the croaker fishing should be great with the largest of the season available. Baits of choice shrimp or nightcrawler. Remember, keep what you want and return alive the rest.

Redfish will be at it as usual. And those "rat" reds, the 15-17 inchers, will now be legal as they usually grow about two inches in a good summer or more. So go for it! Catfishing in the evening will be good and the usual haunts are good to go! Bass fishing should pick up. Last year at this time fishing around Welaka with live shrimp for Large mouths bass was fantastic. Just use a spilt shot and a popping and about 3 ft leader. These gems will be schooling and using ambush points like sandbars to fatten up. Top water, lipless crank baits, or regular crank baits should well. So enjoy! Now is the time to start probing the creeks for speckled perch. Yes, speckled perch. These beauties over the last dozen or so years will have increased activity during the autumn season. Best baits are minnows, beetle spins, road runner and small jigging spoons. Hunting season is upon us so many of you are headed to the woods. Its finally cooled off some so hopefully the bugs do not carry you off. LOL. Good luck and we'll see you in a couple of months. But to all of you that fish, until next time. Keep your line wet and your lure moving!- CA staff..

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Fishing Report & Forecast Nassau Sound By Capt. Tony Bozzella


s the water continues the cool and the last of the mullet leave out and head south to warmer water the back country Redfish turn on. Many of them end up in the back country tidal marshes of the Saint Johns River in North Florida tributaries, feeding on fiddler crabs, grass shrimp, blue crabs etc. Most of the redfish will stay in the shallows on the mud flats foraging these baits. I like to get a mid day low tide & high sun and either pole the mud flats looking for backing fish or stake out and put baits in areas that redfish might stage waiting to get back on the flats. The weather has a lot to do with that decision. Low wind, & good visibility with clean water, make for great poling conditions. Water will continue to clean itself as the water cools & with less boat traffic and rain, the water tends to get clean after all the micro organisms die off making sight fishing good. I like a TBS jig in the 1/8-1/4 oz tipped with shrimp or a mud minnow. Often redfish will stage close to an adjacent flat at the low tide waiting for the tide to switch back to

incoming, and they can ride it back into the grass and other places they are safe & can feed. I also look for pinch points, & run outs to place my baits. Places where bait gets disturbed by current can be a good place for fish to feed. Learning these type of spots can help make a better backcountry angler. Rig your baits with a 30 inch piece of Fluorocarbon in the 15-25 lb range. I personally like 20 lb. & tie your jig with a loop knot. Any knot with a loop will work so the bait is free to move naturally. For lure fishermen this is a must for consistent lure action! I use a bowline. I mainly use shrimp because there is a good chance of hooking up black drum & Sheephead and they do not normally take mud minnows. Deeper holes should start loading up with black drum. We usually catch these delicious fish while fishing for redfish. The methods are the same, just different areas. Flounder will also be in the mix this month but unfortunately Flounder season is closed until the end of November. Hopefully the water temp stays warm enough for some Flounder to stay around into December when it opens back up. Everyone should email or call the FWC to give their opinion of this Flounder closure. Fishing a bright colored bait tipped bucktail jig is a favorite. Put a small piece of shrimp, mud minnow or finger mullet, on the jig in a stream line fashion so the lure pulls through the water naturally hopping the lure off the bottom around structure can be good. When you get the “thump” wait a second and set the hook. The Mayport area gives up a few big flounder every year. Until next month get out and fish! Capt. Tony Bozzella / TBS JIGS 904 651 0182

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Fishing Report & Forecast St. Augustine Inshore By Capt. Tommy Derringer


ith water temperatures cooling down, look for the inshore fishing to heat up. For me, the next few months are the most exciting time of year to target reds on the flats and creeks. As the water cools down it tends to clear up, making sight-fishing possible in some of our shallow flats. The creek fishing should start to fire up too... The redfish will push into the shallowest areas of the creeks on the low tides to warm up and feed on small minnows and shrimp. As things cool down this time of year, you’ll get to sleep in and wait for the sun to be out for a while to warm up the water. Clearer water can mean spookier fish, so downsize your baits/lures for a stealthier approach. On extreme low tides the redfish, trout and flounder will get schooled up in area creek holes. A live shrimp or mud minnow tossed into those holes using a 1/4oz Saltwater Assassin jighead can’t be beat. When up on the flats, look for darker mud and oyster-laden bottom to be holding redfish, trout, and flounder. These areas will warm up faster than others on sunny days; a few degrees can really make a difference. Another benefit of dropping water temps is the redfish will start schooling on the flats over the next few months. If you know where to look you can find some big schools of tightly packed redfish. Locate these fish from a distance by looking for “muds” (discolored muddy 14 NORTHEAST FLORIDA


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Meadows bugling periodically looking for the right Elk to try & call in for a Bow shot. As we continued on and covered lots of ground we had a bull respond to our call and we pursued him. Everything has got to come together perfect for Elk hunting to make it happen with a bow and arrow. Wind, distance, correct calling, etc. etc. As this bull led us up the mountain and we ascended to 9400 feet, we encountered a herd of antelope and that was neat in and of itself but we were after Elk so we continued on and then we saw fresh sign. I knew we were getting close. With the wind in our face and pursuing the bull. it was looking good until the wind took a bad swirl and we were busted. There’s no recovery when an elk gets your wind. But it wasn’t long until we had another bull in the distance answer our call. With hearts pounding and thin air going in our lungs we moved fast approximately a half a mile to get closer to the bull. As we took positions and I moved ahead of Larry 50/ 60 yards, so the bull would have to pass me to get to his calls and I could get a reasonable bow shot. As we were communicating with the bull, he stepped out on the edge of the meadow approximately 150 yards from my position, he was beauty, a true giant. It was a National Geographic moment. As I attempted to maintain my composure and do some cow chirping in accordance with Larry’s bugling to sound as if we were a herd of elk ourselves, A second bull stepped out alongside of the giant and within seconds they commenced to fighting. As I watch the fight in total amazement, a third bull stepped out and ran the other two larger elk off. He then turned and started coming to the calling in a trot. I knew I had to move fast to get in the exact location to close the distance to make a good humane accurate shot. I watched the elk as he came quickly, I knew from prior elk hunting experience that he would get downwind of the caller to try to wind other elk. As he came closer I jogged through the dark timber on my side of the meadow, keeping the wind in my face and I repositioned for the best shot possible. As the bull, A nice symmetrical 5 x 5, came closer he turned and did exactly what I thought he would do. He headed downwind and when he did I took cover in the blow down and there was a hole through the broken trees that would give me a clear shot to his vitals. I drew my bow anchored for a good shot & chirped like a cow to stop him and I let the arrow fly. He was just over 40 yards, and the arrow found its mark just above the heart. I love a good clean humane shot. The elk ran a little over 40 yards and expired. Pure joy and excitement was running through my veins. As I knew only one bow hunter harvest an elk every 10 years according to statistics. Of course the work starts at this point. At 9400 feet in the truck a couple miles away we had our work cut out for us. We quartered and deboned the big elk and packed him out on our backs to the truck which took the rest of the day. Cleaning and packing out an Elk 2 miles away will test your endurance..LOL After all that I was a tired hunter but a happy one.with Im looking forward to inviting my friends over to dinner and enjoy a wonderful elk roast and some fine memories!!

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ur annual Pink up the Spots Fishing Tournament, held on October 8-9th was a success with over 50 registered anglers and more than $6,000 raised for the Pink up the Pace foundation. Congratulations to club members Donna Frantz and Linda Manucy for another successful and fun event bringing awareness to breast cancer. In October we held our Red Fish Spots Tournament. No winners have been announced yet. We won’t hold any club tournaments in November or December. The next ACGFA club meeting will be held on November 16, 2021 at St. Augustine Shrine Club located at 250 Brainard Dr. in St. Augustine. Social begins at 6pm, with dinner at 6:30 pm followed by the meeting at 7pm. New members and guests are always welcome at ACGFA! Our club was founded in 1958 and the purpose is to promote the sport of fishing in our area, to be a leading force in improving fishing grounds and facilities, and to continue to promote conservation of our local waters. We are a family oriented group who enjoy fishing and


good fellowship. Our dues are $65 per year per family, we meet on the third Tuesday of every month, usually at the St. Augustine Shrine Club. We have a social gathering starting at 6:00 pm which typically includes dinner and our meeting starts at 7:00. We have speakers on some aspect of fishing, boating, or water safety every month. We have inclub tournaments on a monthly basis, and boat of the year competitions for both inshore and offshore anglers. We also have Women’s, Junior and Men’s Angler of the Year contests. For more information find us on FaceBook or go to

he Flagler Sportfishing Club will be having its monthly meeting at the VFW on Tuesday, November 9th, 2nd Tuesday (Elections), the meeting will consist of Quick Tips and a featured speaker. Fish of the Month Winners will be announced at the meeting. Attention!! The Club is forming fishing groups based on the type fishing you like. So fish with friends on the beach and share ideas and catch some fish at the same time. Link is below. The Club teams up with the Litter Gitter each month and they have Trips on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 10am until 12 noon sign up if interested. Upcoming Events: Monthly Club Meeting – Nov. 9th, VFW, Old Kings Road, Palm Coast


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Fishing Report & Forecast Fernandina / Amelia Island By Terry D. Lacoss


iant schools of red drum will be schooling both at the Saint Mary’s Inlet and Nassau Sound. Red drum weighing to over fifty pounds will also be holding in the deep drops of Amelia River as well. Fishing dead on the bottom with cut mullet, ladyfish, or menhaden is key when hooking up to the late Fall redfish run. Slot size redfish will also be active in the backwaters of Amelia Island during all tidal phases with the last of the in-coming and the last of the falling tide offering the best action.

jetties located at the southern portion of Amelia Island is also a real hot spot for late Fall redfish and sea trout as well. The best fishing action comes during the morning and late evening hours. Work a ¼ ounce led head rigged to a clear colored plastic curly tail with blue glitter slowly along the bottom. Offshore bottom fishermen should do well while fishing at some of the near to shore rock ledges and live bottoms. Gag grouper and giant sea bass are plentiful at FA, FC, HH and Schultz’s live bottoms



An all-time favorite Fall redfish tactic includes casting a ½ ounce led head rigged with a 3-inch Berkley Gulp shrimp in the “New Penny” color pattern. When the redfish are really fired up, try vertical jigging with a 1-ounce Hopkins’s silver spoon! Fishermen are advised to keep hooked redfish in the water when releasing your catch. If the air bladder is inflated use a venting tool to deflate the air bladder. The venting tool consists of a hollow needle 1.5 inches long. Puncture the redfish at a 75-degree angle at the tip of the pectoral fin until you hear the air excepting the air bladder. Sea trout will also be schooling during the falling tide at both the St. Mary’s north and south jetty rocks. The small rock 18 NORTHEAST FLORIDA


during pleasant weather days during the month of November. Best bottom fishing tactic includes fishing dead on the bottom with live cigar minnows, or fresh local squid. Black sea bass action should be excellent as well at FA & FB fish havens while fishing deep with cut baits. Fall anglers will also hook up to flounder and sheepshead which are also plentiful at these both popular fish havens. Finally black drum weighing to 50-pounds are plentiful during the month of November in the deep waters of Cumberland Sound and the mouth of Bell’s River. Fish dead on the bottom during the slack moving tides with a quarter blue crab. Barb small pieces of shrimp while black drum fishing and enjoy a nice fall whiting bite as well. Surf fishing should be excellent for fall run blues and whiting. Look for the dredge working close to the beach, which stirring up the bottom and stirring up excellent beach fishing action as well! Best baits are fresh shrimp, cut baits, and sand fleas. Freshwater bass fishing should be excellent in the Nassau tidal river system including Lofton, Boggy and Mills, and Plumbers tidal creeks. These tidal creeks are seldom fished, offering excellent action for largemouth bass, stripers, catfish, and bream. In the lower portions, look for sea trout, redfish, and striped bass to take your freshwater plug! For more information and charters, call Amelia Angler Outfitters (904) 261-2870, or visit




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Fishing Report & Forecast St. Augustine Offshore By Capt. Robert Johnson

Weather or Not Fall is upon us and so are the expected cold fronts. These fronts bring not only wind and cooler temperatures but also some of the best fishing of the year. On the bottom it’s Grouper, Cobia, Amberjack, Vermillion and Mutton snapper, Sea Bass and many other species fattening up for the coming winter. Dig out the sweat shirts and boots. Its my favorite time of the year. The inshore wrecks and reefs are covered up with bait this time of year. It’s hard to beat a live sardine or Cigar minnow

on the bottom. I use a no 5 circle hook and around 6 ft. of 80 pound monofilament for a leader. Always keep a jig rod ready for the Cobia that are sure to show up when you least expect. The wrecks in 80 to 130 ft are best for Cobia. Im not sure if its global warming but it sure seems like we have more sailfish in our area especially in the fall. Sailfish will be found from 21 fathoms out to beyond the 28 fathom ledge. Look for schools of bait showing on your fathometer. Bird activity is another sign to be on the lookout for. If Sails are your target 80 to 100 pound monofilament leaders and small ballyhoo are the most effective rigs. I prefer naked baits trolled between 3 to 5 knots. Teasers are a must and it’s hard to beat a dredge full of silver mullet. Small Mahi will also be around and will help keep your crew awake in between Sail bites. If Wahoo are your target, add some wire, pick up your speed and pull something down deep. I like a medium ballyhoo behind a blue and white islander Hawaiian eye behind a number 3 old salty planner. Whatever type of fishing you choose to do, be flexible and wait for good weather. Nothing worse than pushing the envelope. As my good friend and veteran captain George Strait would say “There are days to fish and days to dry your net”. Until next month Tight Lines and “let’s go Fishing” “Let’s Go Fishing” Captain Robert Johnson (904)540-2628 Jlfishing@bellsouth

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Wahoo Junkies – Time to Get Started! By Captain Tim Altman


ahoo Junkies get ready to go, because November is your month to find the weather break and get out there and start trolling. The end of November after Thanksgiving is prime time to start targeting our addiction…Wahoo. Look some of the best fishing starts that Full Moon in November which happens on the 19th and usually triggers the first solid bite of the season. From a purely non-scientific perspective I’ve found that while the Full Moon brings us bigger fish, that the New Moon brings us more numbers fish. This year the Jacksonville Bluewater Club Wahoo Classic falls on the weekend of the New Moon (December 4th), so it should be an awesome tournament. Entry is $400 for the general public and $350 for Bluewater Club Members. It’s an inexpensive and fun way to kick off the new Wahoo Season. To find out more about the Jacksonville Bluewater Club and register for the Wahoo Classic go to

The biggest question I get from the folks and the question most asked about in the Facebook Wahoo Junkies Group is “What Kind/Type of lure works best to target more and bigger Wahoo?”. Folks, it is a general consensus among everyone that fancies themselves a Wahoo Killer that the answer is…..whatever works the best for you. But how does that help the guy in search of figure out what works the best if he or she has only had limited or little success? Ask your tackle guy. Back in the day when I first started for me that was Steve Grant and Dave Workman Jr. I got started hi-speed trolling with Mr. Biggs and the American Express (a.k.a the Deep Runner) both made by C&H Lures. I mean that’s all I literally pulled and we had tremendous success. But I branched out as Lure Makers started making lures specifically designed for Hi-Speed Trolling. Lures makers like Palmetto, MagBay and Fathom have dedicated an entire line to hi-speed trolling. I’ve tried them all… folks I’ve spent A LOT of money on lures. What do I pull today? I pull a smorgasbord of different brands and types….but the one thing that will never change is a White over Blue color on the way back… the shotgun…the longline, whatever you want to call it. Presently I pull those colors on a MagBay El Plomero head. The MagBay folks have even designed a hard body diving lure that you can actually hispeed troll with called the “MagTrak”. I’ve pulled this lure effectively and caught fish at 15kts. The MagTrack has an innovative design that actually works at hi-speed. Toby and Eric at MagBay are constantly pushing for innovation that meets our hi-speed fishing world. You can

find all of the MagBay products at Strike Zone Fishing Jacksonville. The Key to landing an early season Wahoo while hi-speed trolling is SPEED. Many fish are lost because we pull back the throttles and begin the fight too slow. Remember to keep your speed up for at least 30 seconds after the hook up. Pull your speed back slowly to about 10mph and start clearing lines. When you’re comfortable slowly pull the throttles back to 8mph and this is where you diagnose the fight. As you slow down you’re looking for the point the line quits paying out and then gently back to where the angler can start getting line on the reel. The first several minutes of the retrieve on the fish are crucial. The Capt. must be at the helm ready to respond with power when the fish charges the boat. How will you know? With one eye on the rod tip and an ear out for the clicker. Any change in the rod angle and/or the sound of the clicker increasing must be met with power on the throttles… don’t worry, you’re not going to pull the fish off. You must speed the boat up to recover the belly in the line created by the trolling weight and the fish charging the boat. If the fish gets ahead of the trolling weight while charging the boat the weight will act as a counter weight and effectively de-hook the fish. Ask me how I know….you guessed it, I learned the hard way. *Pro tip* With multi engine boats adjust your slowdown smoothly by slowly pulling of the power 1 motor at a time. This enables a very smooth transition to fight-mode. On January 29th & 30th of 2022, I will be at the Jacksonville Boat Show doing a series of Wahoo Fishing Seminars. Fellow Wahoo Junkie, frequent co-host on the Wahoo Junkies Live broadcasts and Winner of the 2021 Wahoo Shootout Casey “Wahoo King” Smith will be joining me in presenting Wahoo fishing from the basics all the way up to where, when and why. The Wahoo Junkies Seminar Series is presented by Strike Zone Fishing Jacksonville. It’s guaranteed to be a good time and very informative. HooDoo Charters Wahoo Trips are in full Swing in November! Our 3rd livestream of the season in the Facebook Group “Wahoo Junkies” will be during late November and most likely we will begin a series of Wahoo Junkie podcasts in early December. If you’re not part of the Wahoo Junkies Facebook Group go to wahoojunkies and request to join. Until next month remember that great things happen when you take a kid fishing!


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Fishing Report Pier and Surf By: Noel Kuhn


he water temp in October was way to warm! 80-82 in mid October was crazy. So, this month should be off the chart good for Pompano and everything else. Pomps comfort zone is 65 to 75. We should have great action even into December this year. Since the Pompano are migrating north to south they will first show up towards the Georgia border. Some hot spots to try are the jetties at Ft Clinch, Fernandina Beach, Little Talbot Island and Huguenot Park. As the water gets cold they will jump the St Johns river and continue southward. A great tool to find them is your computer. Search SSTcharts to find daily water temps via satellites. Once again, find that 65-75 degree range for your best results. As pier and surf fishermen, we cannot

travel very far east and west. However, we can range north and south very quickly. Do not fish in water too cold, too hot or too dirty. That simple formula will increase your catch. When it comes to bait for Pompano, Whiting, Redfish and Black Drum you cannot beat live sand fleas. Other great baits include clams, shrimp, and Blue Crab knuckles. Shrimp is the most readily gobbled up in the surf because every fish there will eat a shrimp! Not so much with clams and crab. However when the water temp is dropping near 65 those two are my go to baits. When the water gets cool the sand fleas go deep in the sand and the shrimp go deep for warmer water. Success comes with matching the hatch. All of my big Pompano, over 6 pounds, have been caught late in the Fall or early in the Spring with water temps near 65. This will be the best month for big Redfish in the surf. They have finished their breeding in the inlets. Now they move out to roam the surf and they are hungry. One half of a Blue Crab is money. I fish it on a fish finder rig tied with 100lb mono. The 7/0 circle hook is attached with a loop knot. Go now because when the water gets cold they will move off shore to warmer water. November is a great month for our beaches and piers. Get out and enjoy before old man winter drives our fish south or offshore! See you on the beach! Noel Kuhn Surf fishing guide and long distance casting coach. 904-945-0660


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TIDE CHART - November

Mayport Degaussing Structure 30.3967° N, 81.3950° W Date Day Time Hgt 01 Mon 05:50 AM 5.38 H 02 Tue 12:18 AM 0.54 L 03 Wed 01:05 AM 0.10 L 04 Thu 01:51 AM -0.25 L 05 Fri 02:37 AM -0.47 L 06 Sat 03:25 AM -0.52 L 07 Sun 03:14 AM -0.40 L 08 Mon 04:08 AM -0.15 L 09 Tue 05:07 AM 0.16 L 10 Wed 12:07 AM 5.16 H 11 Thu 01:09 AM 5.04 H 12 Fri 02:15 AM 5.01 H 13 Sat 03:21 AM 5.07 H 14 Sun 04:22 AM 5.21 H 15 Mon 05:16 AM 5.38 H 16 Tue 06:03 AM 5.52 H 17 Wed 12:18 AM 0.42 L 18 Thu 12:59 AM 0.35 L 19 Fri 01:37 AM 0.35 L 20 Sat 02:15 AM 0.44 L 21 Sun 02:52 AM 0.59 L 22 Mon 03:28 AM 0.78 L 23 Tue 04:06 AM 0.98 L 24 Wed 04:47 AM 1.16 L 25 Thu 05:34 AM 1.29 L 26 Fri 12:28 AM 4.33 H 27 Sat 01:20 AM 4.44 H 28 Sun 02:18 AM 4.64 H 29 Mon 03:18 AM 4.93 H 30 Tue 04:16 AM 5.30 H

Time 11:58 06:40 07:29 08:17 09:06 09:57 09:49 10:44 11:41 06:11 07:18 08:24 09:27 10:27 11:22 12:12 06:45 07:24 08:02 08:39 09:16 09:55 10:36 11:19 12:04 06:28 07:28 08:29 09:30 10:30


Hgt 0.83 L 5.80 H 6.20 H 6.51 H 6.70 H 6.74 H 6.64 H 6.45 H 6.20 H 0.47 L 0.71 L 0.86 L 0.93 L 0.92 L 0.84 L 0.72 L 5.62 H 5.66 H 5.64 H 5.58 H 5.49 H 5.40 H 5.31 H 5.23 H 5.16 H 1.35 L 1.31 L 1.17 L 0.91 L 0.55 L

Time 06:13 12:51 01:41 02:31 03:20 04:10 04:04 05:01 06:02 12:42 01:45 02:50 03:52 04:48 05:39 06:25 12:57 01:38 02:17 02:54 03:32 04:11 04:53 05:38 06:26 12:53 01:46 02:44 03:42 04:40

Approximate Correction Times Palm Valley ICW: H: +2:20 L: +2:00 +/- for Other regional Locations JAX Beach: H: -:29 L: -:20 Bings Landing: H: +2:57 L: +2:44

Hgt PM 5.63 H PM 0.42 L PM 0.04 L PM -0.23 L PM -0.36 L PM -0.31 L PM -0.12 L PM 0.16 L PM 0.45 L PM 5.93 H PM 5.68 H PM 5.49 H PM 5.35 H PM 5.25 H PM 5.16 H PM 5.08 H PM 0.61 L PM 0.53 L PM 0.52 L PM 0.60 L PM 0.75 L PM 0.95 L PM 1.15 L PM 1.31 L PM 1.37 L PM 5.09 H PM 5.04 H PM 5.01 H PM 5.02 H PM 5.08 H


St. Augustine Beach: H: -:07 L: -:15 St. A City Dock: H: -:04 L: +:09


07:03 07:52 08:40 09:30 10:21 10:14 11:09


5.75 5.82 5.83 5.78 5.66 5.50 5.33


07:04 08:05 09:03 09:57 10:47 11:34


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Winners Recreational Category: • First place Lionfish King: Brooks

Feeser, Palm Beach County, 1,632 removed. • Second place: Carl Antonik, Santa Rosa County, 1,582 removed. • Third place: Christina Raber-Jehn, Palm Beach County, 1,475 removed. Commercial Category: • Commercial Champion: Rachel Bowman, Monroe County, 730 pounds removed. • Second place: Paul DeCuir, Escambia County, 725 pounds removed. • Third place: Alex Fogg, Okaloosa County, 657 pounds removed.

First place winners received a customized trophy, $150 for SCUBA air fills, an HP 100 SCUBA cylinder, and will be featured in the 2021 Saltwater Regulations publication and in the FWC Lionfish Hall of Fame.

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t its heart, Panama City Beach is a fishing town. An enormous fleet of charter boats runs pretty much year-round, giving access to everything from great inshore fishing on St. Andrew Bay to marlin and sailfish out on the Loop Current. Sure, there are all sorts of other tourism activities to get into, but for anglers, Panama City provides outstanding access to productive waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Those who’d rather keep their feet on shore will find pier fishing that’s arguably the best on the Gulf Coast. There are four fishing piers in the area, three that reach far out into the emerald waters of the Gulf. And the piers aren’t just places to pass the time with a line in the water. Pier fishermen regularly catch big king and Spanish mackerel, flounder, pompano, redfish and trout. Every now and then, tuna and even sailfish show up. As with any pier, the catch is dependent on what’s within casting range. That’s not the case for anglers on a boat. Out of Panama City Beach, a short ride will put you on fish no matter the time of year. This time of year, anglers will find the crowds are gone from the inshore reefs, where various species of grouper and snapper are easy targets. Big speckled trout and redfish around the canals and river mouths are a great fall-back if the winds are high, and these fisheries will remain good all winter long. In the spring, warming water temperatures bring on the ladyfish, bluefish, bonito and Spanish mackerel. Trout move onto the grass flats and start 6 NORTH FLORIDA



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Ugly Fishing Spots By Tobin Strickland

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e all have an idea of what a good fishing spot should look like. Perhaps it’s surrounded by pristine sand dunes and native grasses and has that perfect seagrass bottom? Or maybe it’s a hidden marsh lagoon surrounded by mangroves? We spend so much time running to the prettiest spot and wonder why we don’t catch fish. Maybe it’s time to take a look at the ugly fishing spots? I’ve found great fishing wherever great fishing occurs, and many times those locales haven’t been pretty. Earlier today, I ran the boat to several isolated bays only to find a school of nice speckled trout right behind the boat ramp. I knew the structure was right, and when I saw good sign of fish presence, I didn’t hesitate to fish close to the ramp. It was less than 50 yards to the entrance to the harbor. In fact, three other fishing boats left the harbor while I steadily caught fish. We always feel the need to make the run to that “perfect” spot. I did that this past Friday and made a 22-mile run. Granted, I knew fish were there— and I caught fish—but I also caught solid fish today less than half a football field from my parked truck. Here’s the deal: Fish don’t know they aren’t supposed to be somewhere. As long as the location matches what they are looking for, the fish will be there regardless of what the above-surface features look like. So what makes a good fishing spot for speckled trout, redfish or flounder? First of all, it must be in the right part of the bay system for season. No spot will produce if it’s not where the bait and fish want to be seasonally. Next, it has to have the right structure for the fish you are targeting. If you’re seeking trout, that spot better be trout habitat. It should be the right depth for trout and give them plenty of opportunities to ambush prey from below, whether it’s a main-bay drop-off, the edge of an oyster reef or the edge of a pocket in the grass. The habitat must be a match for the species you are going after... period. And similarly to the seasonal requirement, the location has to have forage. If a fishing spot contains all the above parameters, yet it’s a little less than pristine, that can be a great spot. Take, for example, a big-trout spot I found last fall. I found this location using aerial photography, and it seemed promising. There was deep water nearby, a great oyster reef and a mud bottom. It was in the upper section of the estuary, so I knew it would fit the bill for late fall and early winter. I did wonder how the boat traffic would be… because it was in the back of the harbor. I caught fish closer to my truck than the actual run distance to the spot was. Today’s location was similar. Did it matter to me that it wasn’t 22 miles away? Not after that first hookset; No. Tobin created - Tech Support for speckled trout and redfish anglers who want to up their game to the next level.









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olor mutations occur in a variety of wildlife species—albino whitetail deer, black (melanistic) coyotes and yes, piebald catfish. To witness, and especially catch, one of those unique creatures, however, is rare. Yet it happened recently for Rocco Mansueto on the Tennessee River. Mansueto was fishing in late September with Capt. Joe Jellison, a guide working with Scenic City Fishing Charters in Chattanooga, Tenn. Capt. Jellison also produces the popular YouTube Channel, Chatt Cats Fishing. Capt. Jellison routinely fishes on the Tennessee River near Chattanooga. His clients had already enjoyed a successful day, including a 27-pound blue caught by Rocco’s brother, Phillip, when Rocco hooked up again on a respectable catfish. When they fought the fish close enough to the boat to see it, Capt. Jellison, who has boated thousands of catfish, said he was awestruck. “Piebald catfish are quite rare. There’s one-in-a-million chance of getting one,” said Capt. Jellison. “They are actually blue catfish with a genetic mutation. I told Rocco many (or most) fishermen will fish their whole life and not catch a piebald catfish.” Piebaldism is the absence of melanin-forming cells (melanocytes) in certain areas of the skin. It is different from albinism, where all cells lack the ability to produce pigment altogether. Hence, piebald creatures do not have the pink eye characteristic of albinos. The piebald gene is often hereditary. Another Scenic City Fishing guide, Capt. Sam Simons, caught a similar fish in 2019. While it appeared to be a totally white albino, it did not have the characteristic pink eye, hence was probably a piebald as well. At the time of the catch, Capt. Jellison was drifting chicken breast as bait in the Tennessee River current, what Scenic City guides refer to as their “light tackle technique.” They use standard spinning gear and relatively light line (10-pound mono or 20-pound braid), which allows the bait to drift more naturally. Even though they use light tackle, the technique sometimes produces big catfish—up to 50 and 60 pounds. However, trophy-sized catfish are not as rare, or as cherished, as a once-in-a-lifetime piebald. Mansueto released his rare piebald catfish back into the river in hopes someone else might someday have the same experience he did. Richard Simms is an outdoor journalist and owner/guide at Scenic City Fishing Charters in Chattanooga, Tenn. Check them out at




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