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  1. It’s always nice to slip out and do a little fishing myself when I get a chance. This past weekend I called one of my regulars and invited him to go fun fishing with me and of course he said yes. Phil Baker and my self decide to see what we could do in only 2 hours of fishing. I no that sounds wrong but sometimes it’s a challenge to see if you can catch a few nice fish and be home before the wife gets up! First I chose to fish as close to the house as possible then decided what would be the best bet as to what kind of fish to target which this morning it was Trout. Loaded with 6 dozen live shrimp and a handful of float rigs it was off to down town Jacksonville. I think you can even see Alltel stadium in the back ground which is home of the Jacksonville Jaguars but that’s a whole different conversation. After working the docks and one bridge for a little less than 2 hours we managed to catch 16 Trout all of which were keeper size and kept enough for a good ole fish fry that afternoon. Home and boat cleaned by 10am. That’s what I call a good start to the day. After a morning like that it’s hard to have a bad day.
  2. A little change of pace is always nice when it comes to fishing. A friend of mine Yale McNeill invited me to fish in the lake just across the street from his home on the southern edge of Jacksonville with him and his daughter Leila. He had told me it really didn’t matter about the time of day because he catches Bass anytime he feels like grabbing a reel and walking less than a hundred yards. How nice is that! I would never get anything done around the house if I could step across the street and catch Bass on just about anything you threw at them… His daughter Leila is quite the young angler and had no problem catching fish. Most of the fish we caught were in the pound and a half range but lots of fun. Yale has caught large mouth up 8 pounds in the lake so you know there are some nicer fish in there. It’s always good to see big numbers of smaller fish so you know that they are thriving in that lake… I haven’t fresh water fished in a while so I rounded up a few different baits to try. To be honest with you I don’t think it mattered. We caught fish on spinner baits 10 inch grape worm which we all know is classic large mouth bait and the trusty minus-1 crank bait. The little crank bait was the most productive bait and it even caught two Bass on the same cast… it’s hard the believe two fish can get hooked on that small of a bait but it happened. One on the front hook and one on the back hook. That’s the way you turn a pound and a half fish into a 3 pound fish!!! It was a great little adventure for me and I had no boat to clean when I got home! Thanks again Yale and Leila and I look forward to doing it again in the near future.
  3. A little break in the water clarity last week made for a great Flounder gigging trip… It’s been a while since the water has been clean enough that I could gig any area I wanted to and it paid off for Phil Baker and my self. Perfect tide from 2am to 6am last Thursday and the Flounder were laid up. In less than 3 hours Phil and I had our limit of 20 Flounder. Not a lot of big ones yet but we picked thru them and got a box of solid Flounder. Not only did we see at least 40 Flounder but the Red fish were every where. You can’t gig a Red fish but you can go back to those areas where you saw them and fish for them. They will usually stay in those same spots for a while. Needless to say but I have been eating a lot of fresh Flounder lately! The over size Reds are also starting to show up in the river and should be even better by October. The larger Trout are in the River and there are plenty of Jacks and Lady Fish under the birds… The Reds of all sizes from 10 inches to 25 inches are in the creeks and eager to eat. This is a great time of year these next few months in Jacksonville Florida so get out there and go fishing! Call and book now while there is still availability. Capt. James Howard inshore charter fishing Jacksonville Florida (904)651-9557 Jacksonville Fishing - Inshore Charters Go Fish Jax
  4. Fishing in the downtown area of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place><st1:City>Jacksonville</st1:City> <st1:State>Florida</st1:State></st1:place> you can experience something you want find too many places. From Trout and Red fish to Large mouth bass. That’s right large mouth in the same area. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p> The less salt in the water the more Bass you will catch on the docks and bulk heads. There is nothing like throwing a live shrimp under a dock and watching try to escape the fish. The fish always wins. <o:p> </o:p> And there is the occasional Snook. On a recent trip we float fished for Trout and caught at least 30. Then moved about 200 yards and caught 8 nice Large Mouth Bass. That is something you just don’t do very often. <o:p> </o:p> It sure makes for some happy clients. You get a fresh and salt water charter all in one! <o:p> </o:p> Thanks for a great time Phil. Capt. James Howard inshore charter fishing <st1:place><st1:City>Jacksonville</st1:City> <st1:State>Florida</st1:State></st1:place> (904)651-9557 www.gofishjax.com (904)651-9557
  5. On a recent trip we spent the whole time fishing for Reds. The creeks are loaded with Red fish but some times it’s hard to get them to bite! <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p> The ticket this morning was to stay as far as you could from them and just let your bait sit on the bottom. Not the most fun fishing you can do but when that rod bends to the water and is peeling off line its well worth the wait. <o:p> </o:p> The bait that was working the best for us was a finger mullet with his tail cut off and just let it sit on the bottom. It didn’t take long for it to get hammered! <o:p> </o:p> The fish were not all huge but good slot fish with a few in the 6 pound range mixed in. All in all out of 13 Red fish hooked up we boated 9 so it was a great morning. <o:p> </o:p> The water has been so dirty that Flounder gigging has been almost impossible. We tried a few nights ago and only stuck 4 fish. Not because there not here but you just can’t see. We did manage to stick one real nice fish so that made it worth it… <o:p> </o:p> Thanks to all for great times. Capt. James Howard inshore charter fishing <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place><st1:City>Jacksonville</st1:City> <st1:State>Florida</st1:State></st1:place> (904)651-9557 Jacksonville Fishing - Inshore Charters Go Fish Jax
  6. There is nothing like fishing the same areas you did when you were a kid. I don’t want to say how long ago that was but it’s nice to go back to where it all started. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p> Downtown, city limits what ever you want to call it. It’s the area of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place><st1:City>Jacksonville</st1:City> <st1:State>Florida</st1:State></st1:place> where my father always fished so I guess you could say it’s my old stomping grounds! From Large mouth Bass to Trout to Reds and about anything depending on the salinity of the water. <o:p> </o:p> Starting in late June the shrimp start moving from south of <st1:City><st1:place>Jacksonville</st1:place></st1:City> in the St. Johns river towards the ocean and the docks, bulk heads and bridges are loaded with all kinds of fish. Let’s face it what doesn’t love a fresh shrimp! <o:p> </o:p> On a trip last week we float fished a few spots in the down town area of <st1:City><st1:place>Jacksonville</st1:place></st1:City> with live shrimp and we must have caught over 40 nice Speckled Trout. Another good thing about down town is its 5 minutes from my house and there is never any pressure. I’m not saying it doesn’t get fished but not by very many people. I would say it’s mostly people like my self that grew up fishing that area. <o:p> </o:p> When we have a lot of rain you can work the same area and catch some really nice Black Bass AKA Large mouth and I’ll post some pictures from a trip I did yesterday next week where we caught 8 nice Bass. <o:p> </o:p> Tight lines Capt. James Howard Jacksonville Florida (904)651-9557 www.gofishjax.com <o:p> </o:p> <o:p> </o:p>
  7. The weather has been warm and we are into the summer pattern as far as fishing and weather goes… <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p> The Trout have shown back up in the river in good numbers with most of the fish in the 2 to 3lb range. Red fishing is good if you figure out the feeding patterns of a few different schools. They have been eating minnows and crab baits for me. <o:p> </o:p> The shrimp are moving in the River and the creeks but are mostly small so you can bet the fish are not going hungry. When all those tiny shrimp are in the creeks like that sometimes it makes the Reds a harder bite because they are gorging on those small shrimp 24/7… <o:p> </o:p> The flounder have slowed a little in the creeks. I usually catch a few when I’m red fishing but haven’t caught one in the last week or so. <o:p> </o:p> On a trip last week the Reds just wouldn’t bite for us but we got on a school of decent Drum. They were from 14 to 20 inches and as many as you wanted. Drum that size are a blast to catch but what fish isn’t when it’s every cast!!! <o:p> </o:p> Tight lines Capt. James Howard <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place><st1:City>Jacksonville</st1:City> <st1:State>Florida</st1:State></st1:place> (904)651-9557 www.gofishjax.com
  8. Fishing is still up and down but the water has cleared up pretty good and salt content is back to normal. The Trout are starting to show up in the usual summer time spots for me. All that rain a month ago really moves the Trout. They like the water salty that’s for sure. <o:p></o:p> I was into some decent Black Drum last week for several days. They were in the 14 to 20 inch range. When the Reds and Trout are slow a decent bite of Drum will always make for a nice trip. <o:p></o:p> Most of the nice Reds are still being caught on crabs but when you hit a school just right a Shrimp or Mud minnow on a jig head works just as well. The thing about a half of crab is it will almost every time be a big Red fish. The Rat reds just don’t mess with bait that large and if they do it takes them a while to get it in there mouth. <o:p></o:p> On a trip last week the first crab I put out was hit before I could get the next rod out. That quick a 6lb Red. I was sure it was on but that was it the only Red. Then we got into the Drum. We didn’t catch a lot of big ones but it was steady action for about 2 hours and the kid’s were happy. As long as my clients are happy I’m happy. <o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p>
  9. Looks like the boat will stay on the hill for a few days this week. We have a North Easter beating down on us for the next 4 days with winds from 25 to 40 knots. That’s too much wind even for inshore… <o:p></o:p> The big Reds in the creek are chewing crab baits at the lower end of the tide and there are plenty of nice Trout in the river also. We are catching several Flounder on each trip which means they are in for good. <o:p></o:p> That leads me to an awesome gigging trip I had last week. It was one of those tides that I love. Start at <st1:time hour="3" minute="0">3am</st1:time> and gig until day break. I am a firm believer that the longer it’s been dark the more comfortable the Flounder get to move up into the shallows. <o:p></o:p> I have always done better on an early morning tide than an early evening tide. We stuck our limit of Flounder in less than 3 hours and we were able to pick thru them to get the nicer fish. I bet we saw over 50 Flounder that morning. <o:p></o:p> It was one of those trips that don’t come along all the time. Every where I went that night was loaded with Flounder. The conditions were perfect I guess you could say.
  10. The Flounder seem to be in. Not a lot of big fish yet but there are a few nice ones around. Most of the spring Flounder are in the 2 to 3 pound range. On my first gigging charter of the year a few weeks ago we stuck 10 Flounder and a small Sheepshead. We saw a lot more fish just to small. We didn’t have any big ones but a mess of 14 to 17 inch flounder. As the year rolls on and the fall gets close the size will pick up. I can only hope to gig as many Flounder over 8 pounds like I did last year. Last fall was about the best as far as gigging big Flounder as I have ever had. The nice Red fish are chewing good at the first of incoming in the creeks mostly on crabs. There is all the Rat Reds you want also just using a shrimp on a jig head. We are catching quite a few flounder on hook and line also. The Lady fish and Jacks seemed to have moved in also. Some of the Lady fish in the 3 pound range are a blast to catch on the light tackle. They love to jump and pull a little string to.
  11. Well the heat has been on as far as the temperature and you know this is just the start of a long hot summer… <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p> But the fish like the warmer water and feed a lot more than they do when the water is cold. The Reds will really start feeding almost every chance they get. On several trips last week with some kid’s on board we stuck with what we could catch the most of. <o:p> </o:p> It’s always best to shoot for quantity instead of quality with young adults as far as I’m concerned to give them a good memory of the trip… And of course some times there are some nice fish in the mix. <o:p> </o:p> The Trout and smaller Red fish provided plenty of action on two trips last week for me and my clients. We caught all the fish both days float fishing live shrimp and there was hardly any slack time in the bite. <o:p> </o:p> When you find a spot that is holding what we call Rat Reds there are usually plenty of them and they will always eat. It’s also good to see a good number of the smaller reds because that means our stock is in great shape. The Red fish grow very fast up to 8 inches each year the first few years. <o:p> </o:p> Thanks to everyone for some great mornings on the water last week. Capt. James Howard Jacksonville <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1:place>Florida</st1:place></st1:State> (904)651-9557 www.gofishjax.com
  12. My charter last Tuesday April the 21st was short and not to sweet!!! Short meaning how long the bite lasted before it was off to running from one spot to another trying to get the fish fired up… Some days are just plain SLOW no matter who you are. It wasn’t the absence of fish it was the lack of feeding fish. Even after the Red bite seemed impossible the trusty Trout were also in some kind of a funk. Then of course add in a little bad luck on 2 nice Red fish that pulled the hook before they got to the boat and 3 nice Trout as well and you have one of those days… That still didn’t stop us from catching quite a few fish just not the quality we were looking for. On the flip side that is fishing and I will be right back at it. When the fish are feeding a little funny it hurts a bit more when you lose a few… I guess that’s why we have Big fish!!!
  13. Despite dealing with some high winds over the last few weeks the Trout bite is not slowing down. I guess we are getting March winds in April… My father always told me that fish didn’t know the wind was blowing but it makes it hard to fish sometimes. If you can’t present the bait to the fish they are hard to catch!!! Fishing with Sean Slaton from south Texas a few days ago all we did was float fish live shrimp for Trout. We caught fish for just about the whole 4 hour trip. Pretty much all Trout with some Blue fish and 2 Sheepshead mixed in. There is nothing like seeing the cork go down and setting the hook. Sean also fished alone so he invited me to fish along which is always my fave! We ended up catching over 30 fish total with never a dull moment. And we also had some very nice Trout in the mix. Thanks for a great time Sean.
  14. I lost 2 days of fishing last week due to very high winds but was able to get back in the water mid week. Fishing with Emily and Lance from south <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1:place>Texas</st1:place></st1:State> on April the 8<SUP>th</SUP> it was all about the Trout. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p> Having a high tide early that morning it was not in the plans to mess with the Red fish but to float fish live shrimp in several spots to try to round up some nice Trout… <o:p> </o:p> The first spot was on fire. Every drift the corks were going down so it didn’t take them long to catch on to the float fishing. There weren’t many big fish but it was plenty of action. We caught Trout/Weak fish/Blues and a few Jacks until the tide started to turn. But for 2 hours it was non stop… <o:p> </o:p> The last stop of the trip wasn’t quite as active but the size of the Trout was a bonus. We caught several fish in the 3 to 4 pound range and pulled hooks on several more fish in the same class. <o:p> </o:p> It’s good to see the larger Trout starting to show up at some of my spots and usually by the end of April they are on fire. <o:p> </o:p> Thanks for a great morning Emily and Lance and hope to fish with you again in the near future. Capt. James Howard Jacksonville <st1:State><st1:place>Florida</st1:place></st1:State> (904)651-9557 Jacksonville Fishing - Inshore Charters Go Fish Jax
  15. Another front moving thru <st1:place>North Florida</st1:place> today hopefully want stick around long or change the progress the fishing has made. By the end of the month the weather should stabilize for good. <o:p></o:p> There are still plenty of Spanish and Blue fish in the river and the Reds are still a little picky. For me crabs have been the ticket. Stay as far away from them as you can and stick 3 or 4 crabs out and put the rod in the holder and wait. Most of the time it will be worth the wait… <o:p></o:p> Looking for the big Trout that I usually start catching any time now I fished one of my Big Trout spots with Phil Baker yesterday April 5<sup>th</sup>. We were throwing plastics for a while with out any luck so I decided to float fish some live shrimp. <o:p></o:p> The second drift was a 3 pound Trout. That’s what I’ve been waiting for. We went on to catch 11 Trout from 18 inches to 23 inches. The largest fish was right at 5 pounds. My guess would be that before the end of the month the big Trout should be in full swing. <o:p></o:p> The Flounder gigging should start up by May and go thru the rest of the year. I have several clients that are waiting for that call… And I’m ready also. <o:p></o:p> Tight lines <o:p></o:p>