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Today is the last day of 'mini season'
07/29/2021 9:46am

Today is the last day of mini seasonNews StaffThu, 07/29/2021 - 10:46 am By Capt. Chris Shultz, Fishing Columnist Chrisfishjax.org After a wet week the rain and storms look to ease up over the weekend leaving it hot and steamy with temps in the 90s. The wind forecast for the weekend is looking good for getting offshore with a light variable west wind switching to a South East sea breeze both afternoons.Today is the last day of mini season and initial reports indicate it was a good few days of diving off our local waters. While the mad rush for the Keys is what everyone thinks of when you hear mini season we actually have a healthy population of large lobster right off the First Coast. With most of the ledges holding them out past 100ft depth capturing one locally does require substantially more effort then a day of easy snorkeling the flats for their South Florida relatives. If you missed today and yesterdays short window the regular season opens up for eight months starting August 6th and lasting until March 31st.If youre looking to get on the water this weekend its shaping up to be nice both inshore and offshore. Just be prepared for the heat to reach the mid 90s both Saturday and Sunday. Stay hydrated and stay in the shade as much as possible. The inshore fishing has been consistent this week, the Flounder are chewing on the higher tides and the creek Redfish action has been steady at low tide.Offshore not much has changed since the last report, last weekend through the start of this week the tropical activity kept most boats inshore or nearshore. The forecast has been improving day by day though and it looks good to get out and bend a rod the next few days nearshore or out deep. The current/ tide made fishing past 140 tough last week, it was difficult to hold bottom with 16oz leads. With the moon phase and tides this week it shouldnt be as bad but be prepared for it if you plan on fishing deeper than 135-140ft.Nearshore we are in prime Tarpon season, with bait on the beaches and in the river you can find them almost everywhere right now. For tackle a 6000-8000 size spinning set up with a 7 1/2 to 8ft heavy rod is a perfect pair. Spool it up with 50-60lb braid for the mainline and then use a top shot of 80lb fluorocarbon. I prefer to use an FG knot from braid to leader and about 10ft of leader. Depending on where your fishing either a dropper rig, a Cajun Thunder, or a 8/0 circle hook for terminal tackle.The bait pods on the beach are great for a run and gun approach, soaking live baits at the Jetties almost ensures a hook up, the bridges at night are feeding frenzies on the right tide. Expect the bite to just get better as we get closer to fall and the bait really starts to migrate, its an exciting time to Tarpon fish our waters.For any questions, to book a charter trip, or to send in a report and pictures of your catch to be featured in a future report send an email to Chrisfishjax.org.

Portion of Vilano Landing parking lot temporarily closed
07/26/2021 8:21am

Portion of Vilano Landing parking lot temporarily closedNews StaffMon, 07/26/2021 - 09:21 am The southwestern portion of the parking lot at Vilano Landing, 101 Vilano Causeway, is closed due to a dredging project in the Vilano basin and is anticipated to reopen in winter 2021.The dredging will remove an estimated 5,700 cubic yards of material from the basin and will improve boaters ingress and egress to the Intracoastal Waterway. The boat ramp will remain open to the public for the duration of the project, and ramp users are encouraged to exercise caution when using the facility.For more information, call 904-209-0341.

Mangrove snapper bite has been hot this summer
07/22/2021 8:06am

Mangrove snapper bite has been hot this summerNews StaffThu, 07/22/2021 - 09:06 am By Capt. Chris Shultz, Fishing Columnist Chrisfishjax.org We are in the heat of the summer season now on the First Coast, hot and humid, afternoon thunderstorms, a wary eye on the tropics. After a strange spring weather wise it feels like weve finally settled into a normal summer pattern. The fishing has been consistent, nothing spectacular but plenty of options to bend a rod.Inshore the flounder bite is your best bet, the fish are steadily getting bigger as we move further into the year and they have been chewing. Reports this week were good from both Jacksonville and St. Augustine. Most of the bigger fish were closer to the inlets but the bite up the St. Johns toward downtown is getting better.If youre more interested in Trout and Redfish the early morning and late evening have been the ticket, the sunset bite after one of our afternoon thunderstorms rolls through has been fantastic especially on topwater plugs or float rigs. The fish are still keyed in on mullet near the inlets but if youre fishing upriver shrimp are staging for their annual run and the fish south of downtown will be keyed in on them.Offshore were getting close to another full moon, the Mangrove snapper bite has been hot this summer and should get better the next few days on the moon. If we get good weather its a great time to go fish overnight for the spawn. Most of the action right now is going to be out past 100 feet so around 30 miles minimum for a consistent Mangrove bite. They love small live baits but readily will feed on cut bait, the biggest trick is to downsize your tackle until you get the right bites.A Mangrove snapper is far more picky about leader and hook size then its cousin the Red snapper. Start with 60 pound and go down from there, if they are chummed up then I usually go down to 30 pound, a 5/0 circle hook will do the trick on the bottom or in the slick.Nearshore the bait has thankfully been pretty consistent on the beach all summer and the party grounds are loaded with Kingfish. They might not all be tournament winner but still plenty of fish to get the smoker going for some dip.The Tarpon are on the beach, the jettys, and upriver in their summertime haunts. Best bet for them is putting the time in, you have to pattern these fish to catch them consistently, its easier to do inshore as they usually will stage in certain areas and feed on the same tide phases each day. If you see one roll there are usually more, they get spooky easily. Remember a 60-80 pound plus Tarpon has seen it all before and gets fished for its entire migration. If you take the time to learn what they are feeding on and when they are feeding youll be able to to tangle with the silver kings all you want for the next few months its our peak season from now until the fall mullet run.For any questions, to book a charter trip, or to send in a report and pictures of your catch to be featured in a future report send an email to Chrisfishjax.org.

Conditions for weekend look favorable
07/15/2021 8:41am

Conditions for weekend look favorableNews StaffThu, 07/15/2021 - 09:41 am Allen Andone and his grandson, Roman, celebrate a cobia caught on Romans first trip offshore.photo submitted By Capt. Chris Shultz, Fishing Columnist Chrisfishjax.org Its been a somber week for the North Florida fishing community. Our collective thoughts and prayers are all with the family and friends of Timmy Obi who disappeared while spear fishing last Saturday. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help support his family during this difficult time, you can find it at the following link https://gofund.me/6ebf7ca3 or by searching Timmy Obi Family Fund.Conditions for the coming weekend are looking favorable for both inshore and offshore. The report hasnt changed much over the last couple weeks, we are entrenched in our mid-summer patterns.There has been bait on the beach and Kingfish, Sharks, and Tarpon chasing it. The snake kings are all over the party grounds with some summertime smaller Cobia mixed in. Farther offshore the Mangrove snapper are still chewing but the bites slowed down a bit compared to the June moon.Inshore the Flounder fishing has been steady near all the local inlets from Fernandina through Vilano. The higher tide has been the ticket from the reports this week. If you want to target Redfish the early morning or late evening low tides in the creeks have been productive for sight fishing. Keep your eyes peeled for crawling and backing fish along the oyster bars and edges of flats.For any questions, to book a charter trip, or to send in a report and pictures of your catch to be featured in a future report send an email to Chrisfishjax.org.

Corn muffin hot dog sliders offer a summer meal solution
07/13/2021 7:45am

Corn muffin hot dog sliders offer a summer meal solutionNews StaffTue, 07/13/2021 - 08:45 am Corn Muffin Hot Dog Sliders combine a summertime favorite with a comfort food classic. Sunshine and summer evenings often elicit a certain craving for warm-weather favorites, but many families dont always have time to light a grill or wait for the charcoal to heat up. On those busy days when summer fare calls your name but time is of the essence, opt for a family-friendly recipe that offers seasonal taste from the cool comforts of the kitchen.Hot dogs provide a versatile option that bring the kids running and can be used in a wide variety of dishes. These Corn Muffin Hot Dog Sliders, ready in just 30 minutes, offer a tasty twist on tradition by combining a summertime favorite with a comfort food classic.For more recipe ideas, visit ColemanNatural.com/Recipes.Corn Muffin Hot Dog SlidersPrep time: 20 minutesCook time: 10 minutesServings: 6 2 sliders per servingNonstick cooking spray1 cup all-purpose flour1 cup yellow cornmeal1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt1 cup buttermilk1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, melted1/3 cup sugar2 large eggs6 Hot dogs, cut into coins or sliced on bias, 1/2-inch thick1 cup baby arugulamustard, for garnish optionalketchup, for garnish optionalrelish, for garnish optionalPreheat oven to 375 F. Lightly coat 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray set aside.In large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, whisk buttermilk, butter, sugar and eggs. Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and stir until moist.Scoop batter into each muffin tin cup until halfway full. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.Remove pan from oven and cool on wire rack 10-15 minutes before removing muffins from pan.In large skillet over medium heat, cook hotdog slices, turning occasionally with fork until slightly browned.Slice each muffin in half horizontally, add arugula and hot dog slices then garnish with mustard, ketchup and relish, if desired.Substitution: Use store-bought corn muffin mix rather than making corn muffins from scratch, if desired. Family Features

Florida Times-Union
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WJAX-TV 47 - CBS and WFOX-TV 30 - FOX
WJAX-TV 47 - CBS and WFOX-TV 30 - FOX

(904) 996-0400

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(904) 399-4000

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WJXX-TV 25 - ABC and WTLV-TV 12 - NBC
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(904) 354-1212

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