By Bob McNally, For the Times-Union

Best Bet

Limit catches of bluegills (50 fish per person, per day) are being made at Norris Dead Lake, which connects Lake Woodruff to the St. Johns River south of Astor, according to Capt. Bryn Adams of Highland Park Fish Camp. Anglers using cricket baits tight to bank areas and flooded brush are doing best.

Bass fishing is slow in that area.


Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) fishing north of St. Augustine is outstanding, according to Capt. Leon Dana. On Tuesday Dana and his fishing crew tallied 53 fish, a mix of redfish, black drum and sheepshead, casting jigs tipped with fresh shrimp. Water temperature was 75 degrees.

Jacksonville angler Jimmy Sharpe says flounder fishing is improving at Fort George Inlet, with high incoming tides best for anglers using mud minnow baits. Trout fishing has been good in the downtown Jacksonville area for anglers who can locate clear water zones.

Capt. Kirk Waltz is touting sheepshead at the St. Johns River mouth jetties, with good numbers of redfish caught on crab baits there, too. Waltz and company are getting trout from the inlet mouth to Blount Island, and Spanish mackerel schools are offering fast fishing during clear-water high tides.

Top local inshore angler Eddie Cabler is thumping redfish during high tide phases in tidewater creeks near the mouth of the St. Johns River. Reds are taking top-water MirrOlure plugs and soft plastic grubs used with weedless hooks. Trout action is hit or miss for Cabler, with no major concentrations to be found, nor big fish. Cabler says this is the worse season he recalls for big seatrout locally.

Capt. Tony Bozzella is leading anglers to mixed bag catches of trout, redfish and bluefish using diving plugs in mullet-imitating colors and 1/4-ounce TBS Jigs in the