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***Mangroves, lanes and African Pompano***
North , Florida
***Mangroves, lanes and African Pompano*** *JIM SUTTON FISHING REPORT* **THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES:** The news this week is that some of the cast netters working the deeper holes around Black Creek and Doctors Lake are catching some eating-sized shrimp, and in decent numbers. A coup ...
 Florida st Johns County 6-23-17 
Flounder, cobia best bets for weekend
North , Florida
*Flounder, cobia best bets for weekend* *JIM SUTTON FISHING REPORT* THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES: The panfish bite is excellent. This may be the last, best shot to get lots of quality bluegill and shellcracker this year. There is a last-gasp spawn going on over most of the area; you, k ...
 Florida st Johns County 6=16=17 
Big water, big moon are on tap
North , Florida
*Big water, big moon are on tap* *JIM SUTTON* **THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES:** The big rains did nothing to slow the panfish bite in the river, creeks and lakes. More often, it has the opposite effect. The majority of water bodies in our part of the state are, basically, puddles in ...
 Florida st Johns County 6-12-16=7 
Shrimp boats, a mullet run and African pompano
North , Florida
*Shrimp boats, a mullet run and African pompano* *JIM SUTTON FISHING REPORT* **THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES:** For whatever reason, speckled perch fishing on Crescent Lake is excellent. There were reports of a couple of limits, and the anglers were culling a lot of small fish. The t ...
 Florida st Johns County 5-2=17 
Weather for weekend looks good, crowds look bad
North , Florida
*Weather for weekend looks good, crowds look bad* *JIM SUTTON* **THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES:** If you’ve ever wanted to hit the St. Johns River for the May spawn of bluegill and shellcracker, now would be an awful time to try. Memorial Day weekend on the big river is more a time ...
 Florida st Johns County 2-26-17 
The wind has made fishing a chore
North , Florida
*The wind has made fishing a chore* *JIM SUTTON FISHING REPORT* **THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES:** The windy weather has had an effect on all our waters, inshore, offshore and freshwater. The hottest ticket on the St. Johns this week continues to be the bream bite. But most of the guide ...
 Florida st Johns County 5-19-17 
Kingfish show up on local bottom
North , Florida
Kingfish show up on local bottom *JIM SUTTON FISHING REPORT* **THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES:** OK. All winter and most of the spring, I have religiously reported that the speckled perch bite would be “on,” generally around a full moon. As far as I know, there’s no such thing a ...
 Florida st Johns County - 
Welcome to the Hatteras Harbor Marina Fishing Report.
eastern,NC
**the Hatteras Harbor Marina Fishing Report.** Our fishing reports appear just below these photos. Be sure to visit this page daily for current fishing reports and photos. Thank you and good fishing! When it comes to charter boat fishing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the name Hatteras ...
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Interlopers invade for panfish spawn
North , Florida
*Interlopers invade for panfish spawn* **THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES:** The bass spawn has just about ended, but from most reports it was a very good year. That, of course, bodes well for the years to come, as this group of fingerling bass spread out and grow up. The speckled perch bite ...
 Florida st Johns County 4=5=17 
*Blackfins, Mahi are on menu offshore
North , Florida
*Blackfins, Mahi are on menu offshore* *JIM SUTTON* *FISHING REPORT* **ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES:** A few speckled perch are still being taken in deeper water, but it looks like those looking for a real spawn up in the lily pads this season are likely out of luck. It’s likely beca ...
 Florida st Johns County 4-27-17 
Dolphin show up for Mahi Madness
North , Florida
*Dolphin show up for Mahi Madness* *JIM SUTTON FISHING REPORT* **THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES:** The number of panfish being caught right now is an embarrassment. One group of Alabama anglers in two boats fished two days out of Dunn’s Creek and cleaned over 400 shellcracker and blueg ...
 Florida st Johns County 4-21-17 
It’s a trash fish slam in the ICW
North , Florida
**FISHING REPORT** It’s a trash fish slam in the ICW JIM SUTTON **THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES:** The full moon early in the week has set the shellcracker to bedding, especially in the creeks. The bluegill did not seem to follow suit, but all the reports are that they are ravenous ...
 Florida st Johns County 4-14-17 
ICW anglers are singing the blues
North , Florida
*ICW anglers are singing the blues* *JIM SUTTON* **THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES:** There were scattered reports of speckled perch action ranging from excellent to nothing. The excellent news came from Black Creek where one angler brought in a stringer of specks (verified by a reliab ...
 Florida st Johns County 4-7-17 
Tough week on the ICW
North , Florida
*Tough week on the ICW* **JIM sutton** **the st Johns River and area lakes:** There may be no better time to fish the St. Johns River than the next few weeks. The bass bedding has exploded from Lake George up to Jacksonville. One guide caught an 8-pound, a 10-pound, 4-ounce and a 10-pound ...
 Florida st Johns County 3=30-17 
Slow week plagues the ICW
North , Florida
*Slow week plagues the ICW* *jIM sutton* The speckled perch bite is on at Lake Lochloosa, but that seems to be about the only place it’s happening. Strangely, they’re saying the fish are being caught up in the lily pads, but are showing little or no roe. They should be full if they’re ...
 Florida st Johns County 3-24-17 
Amended Senate bill weakens penalties for shark fins trade
All Florida
*Amended Senate bill weakens penalties for shark fins trade* ***Revision now has serious punishment for fishers found in possession of fins*** Environmentalists sighed in disappointment after a Florida Senate bill banning the sale and trade of shark fins was amended last week, weakening it ...
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Weather making fishing tougher
North , Florida
*Weather making fishing tougher* *JIM SUTTON FISHING REPORT* **THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES:** Catch of the week was a 25-pound channel cat caught on a Zebco close-face reel. Reaffirming the old adage, “big baits, big fish,” the catfish inhaled a whole dead stumpknocker on a circle h ...
 Florida st Johns County 3-17-17 
Best bass fishing of the year right now
North , Florida
Best bass fishing of the year right now *JIM SUTTON* Before we begin, and if you have young anglers or wannabe anglers, see the calendar entry below… **THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES:** If you ever wanted the best chance to catch (and release) lots of stout largemouth bass — and w ...
 fl st Johns County 3-10-17 
The fame that got away
North , Florida
The fame that got away *JIM SUTTON FISHING REPORT* I told you last week I’d get the picture of that 13-pound tripletail caught off a Palm Valley dock, and I got it. But it’s been preempted by another, more tantalizing fish. Here’s the tale of the mystery fish that was much more. A l ...
 Florida st Johns County 2-24-17 
Change is considered
North , Florida
*Change is considered* *JIM SUTTON FISHING REPORT* Before we start, we’re considering moving the fishing report to Fridays beginning March 3. I suspect that will improve our ability to bring more up-to-date information to you prior to the weekend. If you see a problem with that, let ...
 Florida st Johns County 2-15-17 
How To Predict Tides & Understand Charts
Global
How To Predict Tides & Understand Charts Tides are described as the rise and fall of sea levels caused by gravitational forces exerted by the Moon, the Sun and the rotation of the Earth. You can use tidal information from your charts and almanac to maximise the efficiency of your sail. S ...
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Optimistic eyes on the full moon Friday
North , Florida
*Optimistic eyes on the full moon Friday* **JIM SUTTON** **THE ST. JOHNS RIVER AND AREA LAKES** I know. You hear this a lot. But fishermen are an optimistic clan, if nothing else. It’s going to be good fishing this weekend. Bass and the panfish are very late in spawning this year. ...
 Florida st Johns County 2-9-16 
Fishing looks great, until the weekend
North , Florida
*Fishing looks great, until the weekend* **JIM SUTTON FISHING REPORT** Sorry to be late. The sports section needed the room yesterday for all the stories about our local athletes signing with colleges. It was a very good cause. **The ST. JOhNS RiveR aNd aRea lakeS** This may have been ...
 Florida st Johns County 2-3-17 
Look to catfish for max bite
North , Florida
**FISHING REPORT** Look to catfish for max bite *JIM SUTTON* **THE ST. JOHnS RIvER anD aREa lakES** While none of the reports from freshwater were bad this week, none were great either. You can catch your supper, but you probably won’t be feeding the church covered dish this Sunday. ...
 Florida st Johns County 1-26-17 
Surf fishing taking turn for the better
North , Florida
*Surf fishing taking turn for the better* JIM SUTTON **FISHING REPORT** **The St. Johns River and area lakes:** The big spawn that was so anticipated on last week’s full moon fizzled, though a good number of the female speckled perch caught are filled with roe. And the numbers are def ...
 Florida st Johns County 1-19-17 
All eyes on a speck spawn
North , Florida
*FISHING REPORT All eyes on a speck spawn JIM SUTTON* **The St. Johns River and area lakes:** What folks have been catching isn’t as good a story as the anticipation today and through the weekend. Here’s why. We should have had a big spawn of speckled perch already. It’s late. The ...
 Florida st Johns County 1-12-17 
Fishing is good, but not this weekend
North , Florida
**FISHING REPORT** *Fishing is good, but not this weekend* **The St. Johns River and area lakes:** Water temperatures are keeping speckled perch off the beds, though guides spider-rigging for them in deeper water are picking up good numbers of specks, and some big ones. But those fishing t ...
 Florida st Johns County 1-5=17 
Redfish caught, released near Buckman Bridge
North , Florida
**CONTRIBUTED PHOTO :**WAYNE MATTOX Kyle Fountain holds a 30-inch redfish. The fish sported 13 spots and hit a jig and curly-tail grub trolled near the Buckman Bridge. The over-slot fish was released unharmed. Columnist Jim Sutton is on vacation this week. The fishing report will return Jan. 5. ...
 Florida st Johns County 12-29-16 
Big specks at Orange Lake spot
North , Florida
*Big specks at Orange Lake spot* *JIM SUTTON* **The St. Johns River and area lakes:** Orange Lake continues to be the hotspot for speckled perch this week. Lots of big specks are being caught. The bite on Lake Santa Fe is good as well, but the fish are considerably smaller. It’s always kin ...
 Florida st Johns County 12-22-16 
Wahoo, cobia are hot if you can get to them
North , Florida
*Wahoo, cobia are hot if you can get to them* *JIM SUTTON FISHING REPORT* The St. Johns River and area lakes: Let’s talk bluegills for a minute. There are basically two great times to fish them. One is quality. One is quantity. May is the month they and most of their panfish cousins spa ...
 Florida st Johns County 12-15-16 
MAYPORT INLET VARIETY - Trout, Sheepshead, Red Drum, Porgies and Flounder
North , Florida
*MAYPORT INLET VARIETY - Trout, Sheepshead, Red Drum, Porgies and Flounder* Well, it's December and the Big Rocks are producing quality fish. The water temperature is holding around 68 degrees and the last of the roe Mullet are pushing out. The Black Tip Sharks are finally out of our hair with th ...
 Florida jacksonville fl 12-5-16 
Weather putting fish off their game
North , Florida
*Weather putting fish off their game* *JIM SUTTON* **The St. Johns River and area lakes:** The shrimp are still hanging around, but most are way north, apparently waiting to exit the Mayport Inlet when that secret urge moves them. A couple of bass anglers said they caught about 200 in a doze ...
 Florida st Johns County 12-1-16 
ICW and St. Johns fishing red hot
North , Florida
**ICW and St. Johns fishing red hot** *JIM SUTTON* Happy Thanksgiving, and you can add the local fishing to your list of things to be thankful for. It’s hitting on all cylinders right now. **The St. Johns River and area lakes:** Wide open is the best way to describe the bite. The slowes ...
 Florida st Johns County 11-24-16 
Shrimp are ganging up for last gasp
North , Florida
*Shrimp are ganging up for last gasp* **JIM SUTTON FISHING REPORT** **The St. Johns River and area lakes:** Here’s a story to give you an idea of what’s happening with the shrimp. A guy called R&J Tackle in Green Cove Springs and asked proprietor Rick if he had any hog mash left (hog ...
 Florida st Johns County 11/17/16 
Target fresh water but watch the weather
North , Florida
*Target fresh water but watch the weather* JIM SUTTON **The St. Johns River and area lakes:** The good news is that the shrimp run has apparently not ended. They showed up again in both the Green Cove Springs area and down around Lake George. A guide on the big lake said netters are catching ...
 Florida st Johns County 11/10/16 
Ditch fishing is fine; offshore shut down
North , Florida
Ditch fishing is fine; offshore shut down JIM SUTTON FISHING REPORT **The St. Johns River and area lakes:** It looks as if the shrimp run is officially over for the year. Most of the reports are of enough shrimp in the river to catch bait. Always the optimist, one friend casting south of Pal ...
 Florida st Johns County 11/3/16 
Seatrout invade the ICW
North , Florida
***Seatrout invade the ICW*** **The St. Johns River and area lakes:** The shrimp run seems to have survived the storm and the inches of fresh water it dumped. Conventional wisdom would dictate that most all of the river shrimp would be moving north toward the Atlantic, if not already gone. ...
 Florida st Johns County 10-27-16 
Jacks are wild
North , Florida
**The St. Johns River and area lakes:** Oddly, the shrimp seem to have stayed in the river following the hurricane. But here’s the thing. They’re catching them off the pier in Green Cove Springs. That would be the concrete one, because the two wooden piers are gone. And they’re catching limits ...
 Florida st Johns County 10-20-16