Out of Moody Landing and Bing’s Landing, early morning trips are finding Trout, Redfish, and Flounder on the flats and creek mouths on either side of tide changes. Large breeder size Trout are cruising bulk heads and docks early morning and are hitting top water lures as well as jerk baits and live shrimp and mullet. Tarpon in the 20 to 40 pound range have been spotted in the Tomoka Basin. Tarpon have also been spotted inside Matanzas Inlet. Mangrove Snapper are being caught in the deeper holes around structure with shrimp and mud minnows.
Near shore between Saint Augustine and Daytona Beach there are large bait pods with Shark, Tarpon, Kings, Jacks, and large numbers of Bonito. Bottom fishing the reefs have resulted in catches of Vermillion Snapper and Triggerfish. Black Sea Bass have been scarce and Gag Grouper have been slow the past month. There are plenty of Amber Jacks and Barracuda to keep the poles bent and provide anglers with a good fight. Trolling offshore with spoons and skirted Ballyhoo provide hook-ups of Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna, and Wahoo, but the bite is slow.