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                 Fishing Reports  --  NORTHEAST FLORIDA   (Back to top)

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Captain Jim Hammond  -  Jacksonville, FL     Inshore  
Tel: (904) 757-7550.
     E-mail:
  jim@hammondfishing.com  

August 6, 2014

Time to Shrimp  

Even though the recreational limit for shrimp is one five gallon bucket (heads on) per boat, if you are in a boat or one five gallon bucket (heads on) per person if you are on a dock, this is the time for big numbers in your net.  

Shrimping from a boat:  

Both, boat and dock shrimping are best done at night.  

If you have a boat and like to eat shrimp, now is the time to cast the net for some good eats. My net consist of an 8 foot net with 3/8 inch mesh. If I am shrimping in deep water, more than 7 feet, I have netting on the bottom of my net. The purpose of the netting is to keep the net open as it falls to the bottom. When you are in deep water and you do not have the netting, the net wants to close and you do not get the full extent of the coverage area of the net. The webbing holds it open like a parachute and gives you a wider area of net coverage. The netting can be two different material. The easiest is to take the net to a lawn chair repair place and have them sew 2 inch wide lawn chair webbing to the bottom of the net about 3 or 4 inches above the lead line or you can but 2 rolls of 2 inch wide duct tape and do it yourself. If you elect the duct tape method, drive a 16 penny nail into something like a tree or post about shoulder high. Slide one corner of the net at the lead line, from the nail, where you can access both inside and outside of the net. Pull off about 4 or 5 inches of tape from each roll and press the sticky part of the tape to each other, sandwiching the net between the two rolls of tape. Continue this until the tape is completely along the bottom of the net all the way around. Then go back and be sure the tape is pressed firmly together. If you have taken your time to do this correctly, you will have a net that will last a few years if you are one of the lucky ones that does not get the net snagged on something in the water.  If you would like to have a net that already has the webbing on it, there are several websites and local tackle stores that sell the nets with webbing already sewn to the net.   

Now you have a net and you are going to venture out to catch some shrimp. The old way is to find an area where the bottom is free from snags, like trees, rocks and oysters, get some stakes, like bamboo poles, long sticks or long sections of 1x1 wood. Ease along in your boat pushing the stakes into the bottom where some of the stake sticks up above the water line. You will need to be able to see them. After you have about 10 or 15 of these in the water, you can bait up the area. The bait as I use to do it was clay mixed with fish meal. Today, you can purchase fish meal pellets and cakes from most tackle shops or feed stores. Toss the bait about ten feet in front of each stake. Now drink a beer and wait about 30 minutes. Now you can ease back up to your first stake and toss your net over where you tossed the bait. If you are in a good place and your net open up good, you should have some shrimp. If you do have shrimp, continue this until you have a 5 gallon bucket. If you have made several cast and your net is void of shrimp, pull up your stakes and go to another spot until you find shrimp. With the big numbers of shrimp in the river right now, finding them should not be a problem.  

Shrimping from a dock:  

The only difference between dock and boat shrimping is your ability to relocate. You will not need stakes as you should be able to remember where you tossed the bait. A big plus shrimping from a dock is most dock have access to electricity and with electricity, you can have bright lights shining into the water, which will help attract the shrimp.

Bait up all around the dock, drink a beer and start casting. The other difference from boat to dock shrimping is the more people you have on the dock, the more shrimp you can keep as your limit is one 5 gallon bucket per person.  

Fishing in this area is on fire with big numbers of almost anything except sheepshead as they are a cold water fish. Not only is there a pile of shrimp everywhere but also big schools of mullet and glass minnows and the fish are taking advantage of this time of plenty.  

Over the past few weeks, I have had trout from 1 to 6 pounds, redfish from keychain size, up to 12 pounds in the creeks, a few small black drum, jacks, ladyfish, tarpon, flounder, sharks, whiting and my least favorite,  northeast Florida pointy tail flounder (string rays).  

My bait has been shrimp, mud minnows, my new home made lures and my favorite soft plastics, Salt Water Assassin. Since I have discovered these soft plastics, I have caught a pile of very nice reds, trout and flounder, using them. I had a customer last week that would not use a live bait and he caught 9 trout to 5 pounds, 4 oversize reds and 5 flounder. He tried to catch a shark that was cruising the bank but the shark just would not eat the plastic.  

Tarpon are here and last week I had 6 on and managed to get 3 of them to the boat.  

Sharks are here thick and those of you that like to be hooked to a fish that pulls harder than most, will enjoy the long battle from a shark.

 

Jim Hammond

Capt. Jim’s Fun Fishing Inc

Jacksonville, Fl 32226

904 757 7550

www.hammondfishing.com

jim@hammondfishing.com

 

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       Fishing Reports  --  EAST CENTRAL  FLORIDA  (Back to top)

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                Fishing Reports  --  SOUTHEAST  FLORIDA   (Back to top)



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                Fishing Reports  --  SOUTHEAST  FLORIDA   (Back to top)

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Captain Taco Perez  --  Fort Lauderdale - Fishing Aboard Hooked Up          
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   Fishing Reports  -- FLORIDA  KEYS        (Back to top)  

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Captain Rick
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- Islamorada Florida Keys Sportfishing from Whale Harbor Marina 
 Phone: 305-664-5020  Email: seahorsecaptrick@yahoo.com
   

January 24, 2013

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August 5, 2014

Offshore: 
Dolphin catches remained very good for the most part during the final week of July. Of course we might expect that to slow down in August, but the way this past season has been that remains to be seen. With the Bermuda high in place the seas should stay calm making for comfortable boating conditions throughout the summer. The Dolphin have been caught [close] from just a few miles off of the reef to way out in “never never land” as some captains have been running to thirty miles or so. The best thing that can be done to up you odds of a good catch of Dolphin is to leave the dock at first light and do your trolling when the light is low and fish the inshore areas before there have been boats running all over. 

Reefs: 
The reef is always a winning proposition as a couple of gallons of fuel is all it takes to get there and back for most boats. On the down side it is very hot sitting on the anchor not to long after the sun comes up. The Yellowtail Snapper have been biting well and there are also sometimes some Mangrove and Mutton Snapper mixed in the catch. The common depth to fish is about 60 to 75 feet of water. There are several time tested reef spots to fish, but the commonality they all have is that the Yellowtail like to hug a sheer wall, so use your depth finder to scout the reef topography and find the Snapper. 

Gulf and Bay: 
The blueprint for Gulf fishing will remain the same throughout the hot summer season. Bait source such as Shrimp and Pinfish etc will seek out cooler water which is deeper water in this case. Rather than fish the 4 to 6 foot depths fish the area where the bottom falls off to 9 and 10 feet. This would be the transition area where Florida bay meets the Gulf. Drift and jig with Berkley Gulf baits or small pieces of Shrimp on the hook. Look for good action on Seatrout and Mangrove Snapper as well as Ladyfish, Jacks and more. 

Flats, Backcountry and Flamingo: 
Close to home the Tarpon bite is great. Most reports coming in say that the evening is best with dead baits such as Dolphin bellies or any cut bait fish lying on the bottom. There are plenty of Tarpon in the channels, but look at the areas beyond the channels [in or out] for lots of Tarpon laid up in 5 to 8 feet of water. In Flamingo the Snook has everyone’s attention. The Snook are turned on quite nicely. Captains are fishing the channels and moats around the islands. For the most part the Shrimp available at tackle stores are too small to get the attention of the Snook, so Pinfish seems to be the number one bait. If it is Tarpon you want to tangle with do it. There are loots of Tarpon in this area too and they will bite on any tide change. 

 

 

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