As a full-time local fishing guide since 1996, I have seen the patterns of people here in Jax and patterns from people from afar.
And what I have figured out is as follows.
Locals which mind you are FLORIDIANS. Are no different than people in Minot, N.D. Even though the "inshore" fishing here in the Jax area is at 100% and through the ROOF during the winter months.
People even in Jax (other than other fisherman) think that it has to warm and summer to catch fish.
All the while, during the deepest winter months Jan. Feb. and even March can be absolute mayhem when it comes to fishing the river and inlet of the St. Johns River.
Here's the problem, "would ya rather bailing them over the side of the boat, and wearing a jacket? Or not bailing them over the side of the boat and sweating to the oldies?"
The best fishing is not when it's 110 degrees in the shade, in Jacksonvillle Florida. Especially if you like catching Redfish and Trout and lots of them.
Then, there's the people from "afar"...
When it's so nasty that these people have to spend an hour getting dressed to go out and get a gallon of milk, and then take their lives in their hands driving through a complete "white-out" (aka: Blowing snow storm) I'm busier than a 100 armed tuna snatcher!
But....when it's like it was this winter. Where huge parts of the USA were having a super mild winter and hardly any snow fall. These people could just as soon, "play" at home. No need to escape the drudgery of winter.
Well, I'm here to tell ya. That's what I've learned over my many years of charter fishing.
Oh, but I forgot. No matter what, kids get out of school for 3 months here in the USA. And starting the day that they get "leave" from pencils, books, and laptops. Is when I don't do a single charter with out a child aboard. I know they have vacations constantly. I was a kid in schoool too...
But instead of using Thanksgiving, or even Christmas vacation time to get them out fishing and away from those video games and TV screens for a few hours. I get to take them when it's......110 in the shade! Not the perfect circumstance, to make your kid say, "Dad, I want to fish all the time, and throw away my nintendo games."
Example: I took a dad and two brothers 8-10 years old. By 8am it was so stiffling hot on the St. Johns River that the four of us couldn't even breath. The humidity was about 500% and as we sat anchored up near Mayport. The boys did nothing but talk about the pool at the hotel. To make a long story short, I had to get them literaly out in the ocean chasing the shrimp boats, hooking up sharks so big they almost passed out from exhaustion. BUT, the boat was moving and we got some air at least.
Right now, you can go fishing almost all day, barely break a sweat and have a great time! But give it a month or so........especially July and August!
You can not have any more FUN fishing in the Jacksonville area than you can during the two TRANSITIONAL times of year.
Around Thanksgiving, and around Easter. Multiudes of fish species can be caught in one day. Trophy sized fish caught in one day. There's so much to catch right now it's rediculas.
Because, it's the second half of the transition!
-Black Drum to enormous sizes
-Trophy sized Speckled Sea Trout
-Redfish, and getting larger each day
Bottom line.... "when you're not sweating that's the absolute best inshore, light tackle fishing of the year."
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