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Crescent Beach Fishing Charters

Casting in the Matanzas River on the west side of Crescent Beach is an exercise in wonder. Although the scenery can be truly awe-inspiring, the true wonder comes in the context of, “I wonder what I’m going to catch.” The estuary is mostly saltwater, but does have freshwater flowing in at some places, creating an overall brackish makeup.

More importantly, what is fishing on the Matanzas like? It has plenty of reds, trout and snook. The writers who cover fishing professionally say the region is one of Florida’s overlooked honey holes, especially for flounder. Flounder is an ambush predator, so getting on these flatfish is going to be a bit different than fishing for reds, trout or snook.

Find dropoffs where there is some current. Flounders can lie on the bottom, so moving water really doesn’t affect them. They wait on the deep side of the drop for prey to be swept over the edge. Slow-pulled jigs, especially when tipped with bait, are top producers. Squid, shrimp or any of the fingerling baitfish like baby mullet will also draw strikes. Saltwater Sportsman has more flounder fishing tips.

Another popular, and incredibly successful, way to get flounder is going out at night with a gig. Some Crescent Beach Fishing Charters guides specialize in night flounder gigging trips. The front of the boat has lights that shine into the water or the guide will equip you with lights. Walk slowly, shuffling your feet on the bottom and watch for the fish. You can even shoot flounder with a bow and arrow, known as bow fishing. Check the regulations on flounder to determine limits and technique restrictions.

Crescent Beach Inshore Fishing

Crescent Beach really has two kinds of inshore fishing, the Matanzas River and the Atlantic Ocean. Fishing is excellent in both places. Snook fishing is better, usually, in the river and in the canals. Snook like grubs, jigs and plugs as well as the usual assortment of cut and live bait. Snook are one of the most exciting inshore fish on topwater. Reds are in the shallows, deeper cuts, and on the oyster bars. Over the bars is a prime location for fly fishermen to cast shrimp or crab patterns to reds as they feed. Trout hit the same lures as reds and snook for the most part and like grass beds.

On the east side on the Atlantic, the sandy beaches are a prime location for croaker, also called whiting by some of the locals. The fish are plentiful and love bits of bait on small hooks. This is a great starter fish for kids because they bite so readily and often.

Black drum, a cousin to the redfish, is another inshore fish that you can catch with regular fishing tackle or gigs or bow and arrow. The black drum is often overlooked by most fishermen who are more interested in reds or trout. You will typically find drum around structures where they feed on crabs, shrimp, clams and other slow or non-moving prey.

Crescent Beach Offshore Fishing

When most people think of offshore fishing, their attention immediately turns to grouper. Crescent Beach Fishing Charters can certainly put you on these reef fish. Your guide will have all the tackle and bait you need to try and pull one from the depths. Grouper fishing is very much a matter of precision fishing. Unless you are right over the hole, you are not likely to catch one. It can literally be a case of fishing on the wrong side of the boat, so listen carefully to what the guide says. Grouper like live and cut bait but will also hit lures behind a downrigger slowly trolled past them.

Speaking of grouper, get a look at these underwater giants lurking on the shipwrecks and reefs off Crescent Beach. While Goliath grouper are a protected fish and must be released, your pictures and video of the fight will be enough to stun your friends when you get home.

Beyond grouper, the reefs hold plenty of other fish. When the weather warms, mackerel move into the area. Guides like to troll for the King and Spanish mackerel. They are also looking for birds dive-bombing baitfish at the surface. That’s a sure sign that some kind of fish is under the bait driving it up. The captain will troll past to see what’s biting. It could be mackerel, tuna, wahoo or even mahi mahi. Regardless of what hits, be prepared for a fight.

When you do locate fish feeding on the surface, cast to them. Silver spoons, bright and shiny jigs and live bait are the best ways to tie into whatever is chasing lunch under the surface.