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Atlantic Croaker

Life Cycle: Mature croaker spawn in offshore waters through the fall and winter. Migration: Fall and winter find the croaker offshore in waters up to 300 feet deep. Fishing Tips: Croaker are available from May to September.  They like areas with runoff which churns the bottoms stirring up their primary prey of shrimp and small crabs.  Light tackle with …

Blue Crabs

Catching Pinfish

Catching Pinfish: Pinfish is one of the easiest bait fish to catch. The species are commonly encountered over bare sand, rock reefs,  and off of inlet jetties.  They are more active at night.  A small piece of salted shrimp or a chunk of gulp shrimp on a size 1 or size 2 hook with a …

Catching Shrimp

Catching Shrimp: Life Cycle Shrimp spawn offshore between March and September.  The post-larval stage takes about 15 to 20 days after spawning.  At the time the shrimp migrate inshore and become juveniles until they migrate offshore during the following spring. Catching Shrimp with Traps: Minnow traps will work for shrimp.  Purchase or make your own bait. …

Fiddler Crab

Much more menacing looking than he is.  In the warmer months, fiddler crabs spend time above ground foraging.  They live in grasses area next to the water.  On Amelia Island, the best place to find them is along the Intracoastal waterway.  Look for holes about the size of a dime, this is their home.  They …

Gafftopsail Cat

Life Cycle: Spawning occurs in the spring. The eggs are large, ranging up to 1 inch in diameter, and are carried in the mouth of the male after fertilization until they hatch and the fry can feed on their own. The male does not eat during this period which may extend up to 65 days. Migration: None Fishing …

Mudminnow

Catching Mudminnows with Traps: Any fish trap with some fish remains or dead shrimp for bait will work.  Ideal locations are small creeks. Catching Mudminnows with Cast Nets: Mudminnows are found in tidel creek.  Frequently they travel in schools of 100 individual which make them an ideal candidate for cast netting.  Watch for oysters in the …

Mullet

Life Cycle:  Mullet spawn in nearshore and possibly inshore waters during spring and summer. Migration: In mid-August as temperatures cool in the northern climates mullet start their journey south.  The run passes by Amelia Island from mid-August to mid-October.  This is the best fishing of the year for anything that eats mullet.  Mullet are present …