From the Atlantic to the St. Johns, tight lines rule the day.

The area is attempting to return to some sense of normalcy. As it does, the fish up and down the coast are starting to bite again.


SURF, PIERS: Capt. Mike Vickers Jr. (hammockbaitandtackle.com) said the fishing has been better this past week with beaches opening back up. "We are hearing about pompano, whiting, bluefish and some black drum in the surf being caught on fresh dead shrimp, sandfleas and finger mullet."


OFFSHORE: Capt. David Caruthers (strippinlipscharters.com) said he’s seen plenty of "good-sized" cobia lately, along with "some nice kingfish and triggerfsh, lane and vermilion snapper." Caruthers also said the’ve also caught several big mangrove snapper in the 12-pound range.


"Grouper season opened up on May 1. I've heard of several being caught. Hopefully I'll get a chance to target them in the next week or so."


PONCE INLET, HALIFAX RIVER: Capt. Kyle Busby said business is starting to pick up with a steadier weather pattern, and that they are "starting to see some really nice flounder show up, as well as black drum."


MOSQ. LAGOON, INDIAN RIVER: Capt. Michael Savedow has been on a few charters in Edgewater Backcountry over the past week and has seen a few rolling tarpon. "I’ve also been catching lots of fish species, about a dozen each trip, including shovelnose sharks, trout, snook, drum, whiting, jack crevalle, and ladyfish."


MATANZAS INLET, RIVER: Vickers said black drum and mangrove snapper are still biting at the Matanzas bridge and Hammock Dunes bridge.


ST. JOHNS RIVER: Capt. Bryn Rawlins at Highland Park Fish Camp said the fishing is good on the St. Johns River and surrounding areas. "The main river itself is producing schooling bass and sunshine bass and the back waters are showing productive bluegill and panfish catches."


Rawlins suggests breaking out your spinner baits for bass.


"For panfish, pitch a cricket up against the bank and you'll get a mixed bag of bluegill, warmouth and maybe a few leftover specks. We are open everyday 6am - 5:30pm."


SEND PHOTOS: We want to see your most recent catch. Email your fish photos to godwin.kelly@news-jrnl.com. Be sure to include type of fish, size of fish (weight and/or length), where the fish was caught, first and last names and hometown of angler who caught the fish, and first and last name of person who took the photo. If a child is in the photo, please include their age. The News-Journal will use one or two photos in print each week and the other photos submitted will go into the online gallery called "Volusia-Flagler Readers Fish Photos."