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Old 06-30-2020, 07:41 PM
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Hello, Im looking for some tips and information on nearshore fishing in st.augustine. I have fished inshore for quite a long time and i finally have a boat that is set up enough to go nearshore to do some fishing. I dont plan on going out far as my boat is only 17.5 ft long. It has an I pilot and good electronics. I am aware of the dangers and i have a couple of friends that i have been out with but im finally mustering up the courage to take my boat out. Im targeting spots up to maybe 4 miles out for now. Maybe try some trolling or something. What do i need to expect? How do i go about targeting some decent fish nearshore? Thank you in advance. Also anybody that would want to help captain the boat or maybe someone that wants to "buddy boat" with me would be great also.
Old 07-01-2020, 04:39 AM
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Four mile reef or nine mile north or south would be good.. If you need numbers let me know.. they are very public.. I assume you have so.e sort of GPS..
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Old 07-01-2020, 05:01 AM
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I 2nd what Cracker said. There are a ton of good public numbers nearshore to get you started. Also check out the Leon Roddy. Go to TISIRI.org. They are a local group that is responsible for nearly all artificial reefs off our coast and they have the numbers published on the website.
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net some pogies and troll in front of Serenata. You will get some kings and its close enough to get your boat back in should a storm approach. I wouldn't venture far off the beach in a 17 foot boat.
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Jaxcaptain, Serenata beach? Just north of the inlet? And yes im not going to venture out very far. I know the limitations of my boat. Its a pretty wide bottom and its stable but i know its on the smaller end. Any techniques for trolling? Ive never done it besides on some charter trips in the keys. Im very comfortable and knowledgeable inshore but not so much offshore. Thanks
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Serenata Beach Resort is where A1A takes a big curve going north to the Guana State Park....it is very obvious offshore...

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Can you throw a cast net and catch Pogies? If so, then all you do is get out in front and troll less than 2mph with small trebles on wire. youtube it. Its pretty simple and effective. You can buy the pre-made rigs if you don't want to make your own. If you can't catch live bait, pull ribbon fish in the same area. I caught my biggest king trolling a dead spanish in that area.

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