June marks the true beginning of summer here in NE, Florida. Water temperatures are approaching 80 degrees. The king mackerel, bonito, barracuda, and sharks have arrived. Tarpon also is arriving as they escort the pogey pods moving up the coast.
Putting a bait out behind a shrimp boat is always an adventure, with sharks almost a certainty and tarpon a possibility. Watching the numerous dolphin cavorting behind virtually every shrimp boat is almost as much fun as hooking a fish!
Spanish mackerel, jacks, and ladyfish present targets of opportunity at any time. These are fun on light tackle or a fly rod. There are bull reds under pogey pods, in the inlet, and along the channel edges of the St Johns River. Smaller reds are in the creeks and along the edges of the ICW.
Larger flounders are beginning to enter the river systems from offshore where they spend the winter. In my opinion, flounders are our best-eating fish.
Speckled trout are showing up in larger sizes. Topwater and lipped diving plugs fished early and late will catch the larger trout. The traditional float rig with a live shrimp is also very effective. There are black drum available in all area waters. Whiting, drum, pompano, and reds can be caught in the surf when conditions are right.
Be cautious of the thunderstorms and enjoy some saltwater fishing along the First Coast!