Fort Clinch State Park has several options for land based fishing, but I decided to give the Pier a try. With plans to see what would bite, and be prepared to target a specific species next time. I arrived at Fort Clinch at 5:30 am. There were no cars in the parking lot and I was the only one on the pier. After a fifteen minute hike to the end of the pier, I couldn’t help but turn around for a moment, and take in the peacefulness of the island as the sun was just starting to rise. The tide was coming in and it was a little rough. I put out three light tackle rods with Abu Garcia Bait Casting Reels. I tied on two Salty Classics and one Redfish& Trout Fishfinder Rig. I added a little dead shrimp and tossed my lines toward the East parallel to the Jetty rocks and let them sit on the bottom. When I fish with dead shrimp, I always peel them first, I believe it releases more of their natural fish attracting aroma! By nearly 7:00 am the tide was high and the water had calmed, a few other people showed up on the pier. One set up in the middle, and another at the very beginning. As the tide started to head back out at around 7:30, the fish bite turned on. I caught several whiting, a couple Sea Trout, a juvenile Atlantic Spadefish and two Redfish. All of the fish were a little small. With the exception of one Redfish, which really wanted to come home with me, but decided to spit the hook just before I got him to the rail. I decided to add another light tackle rod, with an Ol’ Salty’s No Name Jig and a live mud minnow. Because fish like structure, I threw my bait up under the pier as close to the pilings as possible, without getting hung on barnacles. I didn’t have much luck with that technique. Next time I go to the pier, I will try the same thing, but with a live shrimp and a float rig. I decided to call it a day at around 8:00 am, but not before stopping to chat with the other folks fishing the pier on my way out. One was from nearby Jacksonville and the other was on a camping trip from Georgia. Both where fishing off the North side of the pier and had caught several whiting.