Regional Reports-South

Jacksonville

The nighttime is the right time for sea trout action around coastal docks, especially those with lights shining brightly in the water. This is choice light-tackle fun. Eight-pound-class spinning gear with 20- to 30-pound-test shock tippets will protect against barnacle-encrusted dock supports that can make quick work of light line. Use a stiff-action plug or spinning rod, something with 15- or 20-pound-test line, and a high-quality reel with a smooth drag. Top destinations include the Jacksonville area, along much of the Indian River, Charlotte Harbor, Tampa Bay and Pensacola. Contact: Larry Miniard, Jacksonville (904-285-7003); Geoff Page, Venice (941-408-9712); Terry Parsons, Sebastian (561-589-7782).