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Beaches Leader
Beaches Leader

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Patience is key to fishing for sheepshead
10/28/2020 3:10pm

Patience is key to fishing for sheepsheadNews StaffWed, 10/28/2020 - 04:10 pm Joe Von Thron with a couple of stud grouper. Check out his YouTube for the video of the catch on his page JoeVT Fishing.photo submitted By Capt. Chris Shultz, Fishing Columnist Chrisfishjax.org Its been a beautiful start to the week so far, warm fall days and hungry fish. The coming weekend, watch for a significant drop in night temperatures down into the 50s for parts of the First Coast. While this will make for a seasonal Halloween, it will also drop our water temperatures back down some. When we get a steep drop like this from highs around 90 on Thursday, you can expect the fish to react and the bite usually slows a little bit on the initial drop.Offshore, a few boats made it during the window we had last week reports were mixed. From the anglers Ive spoken with, the troll was slow but the bottom fishing consistent. If you like triggerfish, one of my favorites, then its time to go After being hit or miss for most of the warmer months of summer, the triggers have moved into the 90- to 120-foot wrecks and live bottom in force. As the water temperatures continue to fall, look for the grouper to start doing the same thing.Nearshore, this next cold front will really put the nail in the coffin for the kingfish season a few stragglers that may have been lingering will be headed south with the last of the warmer water. I havent seen many sea bass reports yet, but if youre wanting to fish offshore and stay within 15 miles, they are going to be your best bet for the next few months. You can catch sheepshead on the nearshore wrecks as well however, I usually have better luck on them during the spring spawn.Inshore, Im sure yall are ready for something other than flounder and bull reds, so lets talk sheepshead today. I mentioned last week that this is usually the time of year we start targeting them again near the inlets, and they are fish that will chew better with the conditions this weekend. The key to sheepshead fishing is patience you have to take a slow methodical approach and it requires some finesse. You have to be thorough and really work an area over, then, once you do find them, youve gotta get the feel of hooking them. Traditional tackle is a Carolina rig with a 1/2-2oz egg weight and a 2/0 hook. I prefer a short leader, 8 to 10 inches of 25-pound fluorocarbon.For bait, live fiddlers are hard to beat, but chunks of blue crab, shrimp, clams, even oysters all will attract a bite. If you are going to try this weekend, I would focus on fishing between Blunt Island and the inlet. Any area with rocks or docks in 8 to 20 feet of water can hold fish you just have to put the time in to find them. These are strong fish and will feed in pretty heavy tide.For any questions, to book a charter trip, or to send in a report and pictures of your catch and be featured in a future report, send an email to Chrisfishjax.org. Section Sports

Hogfish recreational season closes Nov. 1
10/27/2020 8:34am

Hogfish recreational season closes Nov. 1News StaffTue, 10/27/2020 - 09:34 am The closure includes state waters south of Cape Sable and up the Atlantic Coast. Hogfish recreational harvest will close in state and federal waters off the East Coast of Florida and Florida Keys Nov. 1. This closure includes all state waters south of Cape Sable, which is on the Gulf side of Florida, and up the Atlantic Coast. The Keys/East Florida hogfish season runs from May 1 through Oct. 31.Recreational harvest remains open in state and federal waters north of Cape Sable in the Gulf.Visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on Recreational Regulations and Hogfish for more. Section Sports

St. Johns Golf Club reinstates cart fee
10/23/2020 9:07pm

St. Johns Golf Club reinstates cart feeNews StaffFri, 10/23/2020 - 10:07 pm The state of Florida recently entered phase III of the reopening process, allowing multiple golfers to ride in the same cart again. On Oct. 19, the St. Johns Golf Club reinstated the $10 single rider cart. All carts are inspected and sanitized after each round to ensure the safety of our guests and operations.It is recommended that golfers who share a cart wear masks while in the cart together and refrain from switching seats during the round.The Board of County Commissioners has provided a fee exemption consideration for golfers with underlying health conditions related to COVID-19 through Dec. 31. For more information, call 904-209-0350 or email taycocksjcfl.us. Section Sports

Atlantic bluefish regulation change effective Oct. 26
10/22/2020 11:09am

Atlantic bluefish regulation change effective Oct. 26News StaffThu, 10/22/2020 - 12:09 pm Starting Oct. 26, the following change will be in effect for bluefish: The recreational daily bag limit will be three fish per person along the Atlantic Coast from Nassau through Miami-Dade counties.Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission FWC regulations for bluefish do not extend into federal waters of the Atlantic.This change was approved at the July commission meeting.Bluefish from Maine through the Atlantic Coast of Florida make up a single population. A 2019 federal stock assessment found that this Atlantic population of bluefish is overfished. Because of the assessment results, federal fishery managers adopted more restrictive recreational bag limits in Atlantic federal waters, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission requested states implement similar regulations.Learn more about bluefish recreational regulations at MyFWC.com/Marine by clicking on Recreational Regulations and Bluefish, which is under the Regulations By Species General Species section. Section Sports

Fall fishing transition continues
10/21/2020 3:26pm

Fall fishing transition continuesNews StaffWed, 10/21/2020 - 04:26 pm Captain Steve Crowder with a nice St. Johns River flounder he caught this week.photo submitted By Capt. Chris Shultz, Fishing Columnist Chrisfishjax.org Its been a breezy week so far on the water. A mixed up ocean has once again shut down the offshore fishery, inshore the fall fishing transition continues despite some warmer days and a little warmer water this week. Looking ahead toward the weekend forecast, there wont be much change from the last few days with highs in the 80s and a steady breeze from the north at 10 to 15 knots. Dont expect to get offshore, but there should be plenty of options inshore depending on what you want to target.Offshore, there may be a window next week, but this weekend looks like a better one to spend working on the boat than taking it offshore. After the summer season, its a good idea to pull everything out, check all your safety gear for corrosion and degradation, and check expiration and service dates on things like flares and life rafts.Theres always something to do on a boat, and with how far we have to run to get to good waters offshore here, you cant be well enough prepared.Inshore, its largely been more of the same reports as the last month or so. The bull redfish continue to chew in the river its really peak season if you want to battle 45 inches of redfish this is the time of year to get out and soak some cut mullet or crab. The flounder reports I got this week were mixed at best. Not the wide open bite we had been seeing some people found them hungry one tide and then gone the next. The steady NE blow has held some extra water inshore as the residual tides run high and the water has been getting into the grass most of the week. The redfish are still feeding on the flats and with the warm days we saw some good flood tide action early in the week. As we get farther along into fall its a good time of year to start prospecting your favorite sheepshead spots while the bigger fish wont be around until spring, we usually have a great fall bite on three- to four-pound fish before the big breeding females show up.For any questions, to book a charter trip, or to send in a report and pictures of your catch and be featured in a future report, send an email to Chrisfishjax.org. Section Sports

Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

1 Riverside Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32202   Directions

(904) 359-4111

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Hola Noticias
Hola Noticias

9831 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246   Directions

(904) 683-2198

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WJAX-TV 47 - CBS and WFOX-TV 30 - FOX
WJAX-TV 47 - CBS and WFOX-TV 30 - FOX

11700 Central Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32224   Directions

(904) 996-0400

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WJXT-TV 4
WJXT-TV 4

4 Broadcast Pl
Jacksonville, FL 32207   Directions

(904) 399-4000

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WJXX-TV 25 - ABC and WTLV-TV 12 - NBC
WJXX-TV 25 - ABC and WTLV-TV 12 - NBC

1070 E Adams St
Jacksonville, FL 32202   Directions

(904) 354-1212

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