The sandfleas are starting to show up on the beach. The pompano will be coming along soon. Whiting are active with catches of 12 or more in a day. Most have been south of Amelia Island. Water temperature is critical this time of year. Pompano needs close to 67° plus to be comfortable. Fernandina Beach is currently between 59.2° and 62.4°. This is taken at a location in the Amelia River which is warmer than the surf. The open ocean sensor at the St. Mary’s jetties is showing 57.4° and 59°. The Mayport station is between 59.1° and 62.1°. St Augustine is between 60.6° and 63.1°. St Augustine is obviously further south by 50+ miles but it is also 50 miles closer to the Gulf Stream.
Sheepshead are still active and have not left the pilings and to spawn. That will happen a few weeks after the pompano show up in force.