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Week of July 19:  Spanish Mackerel, Jacks and Snook

Anglers face southeast winds 5-10 mph today, along with a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Boaters can expect seas to be 1-2 ft and a moderate chop on the intracoastal.

“Snookman” Wayne Landry says it was slow going this weekend due to the poor water clarity, choppy conditions and seaweed. On the North and South Jetties there are still some spotty Spanish mackerel and jacks around caught with small spoons and live bait. Also, sheepshead in the 2-3 lbs range biting on dead shrimp. About the only thing constant is the snook bite on live bait…remember snook season is closed until Sept 1st.

Offshore, Wayne reports lots of amberjacks averaging 20-30 lbs and some up to 80 lbs are being caught in 180-260 ft of water on live baits and vertical jigs.

In the Surf around both jetties, the action is mostly Spanish mackerel, jacks and tarpon chasing the schools of glass minnows. 

Today’s photo is courtesy of Joseph Guest who traveled down to the Inlet from the Jax area Fourth of July weekend. After a day of missing some large ones, Joe changed tackle and had some Sunday snook success using live mullet on 40 lb braid with 20 lb floro leader.

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