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Capt. Josh Fritz 352-345-9304       Hernando Beach FL 

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Its About Scallop Time

Posted by Capt. Josh on June 21, 2018 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hernando Beach Fishing Report

 

July 1st is almost here and that means only one thing Scallop Season has started for Hernando county waters. Scalloping is a fun exciting time for family and friends, we all enjoy the beautiful crystal clear waters and snorkeling for some tasty scallops. We scallop in 4 to 7 feet of water depending on the tide low tide is easy work. All you will need is a mask, snorkel, fins and a catch bag. Finding scallops is also easy to do, find grass bottom in the right depth for you and jump over board. Last year was a great season and this year will also be another great year. If you are scalloping make sure to fly the divers down flag at the highest point of your boat. Limit for scallops are two gallons per person in shell or 10 gallons per boat witch ever is less.

 

Fishing is good to we are catching some nice grouper, grunts and mangrove snappers in 10 to 14 feet of water. Live bait is producing better action with gags, mackerel and cobia. Red fish are roaming the outer islands and points, A good moving tide with live bait is producing some great action. Trout are holding in 10 to 13 feet of water cast a 1/4 to 3/8 ounce jig head with a white or chartreuse little Jon soft plastic.

 

 

Book your charter ASAP we offer combo fishing and scalloping trips or you can do a scallop or a fishing trip. We can accommodate large parties.

Tarpon Time

Posted by Capt. Josh on May 31, 2018 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)


 

Inshore fishing action is good, start early with a good incoming or high outgoing tide for red fish action. With all the fresh water pumping out from all the rain we got the reds are more out in the cleaner water like the outside points and islands. Look for mullet schools to a key sign that reds fish are close by. On my recent charters we have been using pin fish and green backs for bait. Trim the tails and nose hook the green backs or trim the tail on a on a pinfish and tail hook the bait. Snook are also in the mix of red fish, use the same baits but with out cutting the tail off the green backs. Tarpon are here and making there migration north look for them off Bayport on the sand bottom in 3 to 6 feet of water, small live blue crabs or a soft plastic fluke will work. Grouper season has started and will run to the end of December. We are catching some nice gags in 10 to 12 feet on small rocks with deep under cuts aka ledges, you might have to sit and chum them out or hit more rocks to get some keeper gags but they are here. Live green backs or frozen cut bait will do the job.

Tarpon Time

Posted by Capt. Josh on May 4, 2018 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

May fishing report for Hernando County.

 

May is TARPON TIME in Hernando County, the migration of our tarpon are here and will continue to mid July. Tarpon can be found from 2 to 8 feet of water anywhere inside of the last marker of the channels. Tarpon is a patient mans game it takes countless hours and days hoping to hook up on the mighty silver king. These fish are huge average size is 80 to 200 pounds these fish work with the tides low tide the are further out high tide they are a little closer in. You can target these fish with many different tackle, fly fishing is what this area is know for many anglers from all around the word come to the Nature Coast for a chance of a world record tarpon. Fishing for them with fly equipment you will need a 12 weight fly rod outfit with a lot of backing I have close to 500 yards on my fly reels. Other ways are with spinning gear and soft plastics. Hogy soft baits in 10 and 12 inch lengths rig the soft baits with a 10/0 weedless hook or a 7/0 to 8/0 circle hook. The tarpon have to be a head on or quarter to shot for them to eat. Live bait works as well green backs, mullet, pin fish, and crabs will all work rig them with a 50 to 80 pound leader and a 7/0 circle hook. Cast in front of the fish wait till them eat and hold on.

 

We have a lot of guys the push pole there boats that is the most Quiet way of approaching tarpon. If you see them working fish please give them space I do my self they will appreciate it.

Great Fishing Action

Posted by Capt. Josh on April 15, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hernando Beach Fishing Report.

 

Spring fishing action is in full swing. We have a wide verity of game fish to target right now, red fish are all over the outer islands and mangrove points. Look for good structure and mullet schools for big reds, incoming tide ha produced the best action. Live green backs rigged with a 1/0 or 2/0 circle hook and a 25 pound leader is all you need. Snook are also holding in the same areas live bait is also the way to go for snook. Sea trout are working there way offshore slowly we have a good trout bite in 3 to 5 feet around rocks and sea grass. Try a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce jig head rigged with a little Jon soft plastic in white or root beer color.

 

Cobia are here and you can find these hard fighting fish in shallow and deep waters. Grass flats are great to sight fishing cobia off sting ray look in 2 to 5 feet on grass and sand flats, use a 12 inch black bass worm rigged with a 1/8 ounce jig head or a live green back will do the job. Offshore you will find cobia on rocks and wrecks anchor up current with a chum block out use a live green back or pin fish for bait.

 

Spanish mackerel are all over the deeper flats 6 to 10 feet of water my favorite way to target macks is to drift with a white soft plastic and a 1/4 ounce jig head bouncing along the bottom and mid depth. Triple tails are hanging on the crab trap markers use a small live shrimp and a #1 circle hook for these tasty fish.

 

We will be seeing tarpon showing soon keep a look out for them in 3 to 8 feet of water.

 

Book your trip ASAP dates fill up fast.

Spring Fishing Action

Posted by Capt. Josh on February 17, 2018 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hernando Beach fishing report.

 

 

 

 

Spring is definitely in the air and the fish are getting very active. With the gulf waters heating up we will see the migration of Spanish mackerel and cobia showing up very soon. Bait pods are here all ready and game fish are ready to eat.

 

 

 

 

Redfish are roaming the outside points, islands and creek mouths target them on a incoming tide or first part of the outgoing tide. Live bait is my go to for steady action. Live green backs and pin fish rigged with a 2/0 circle hook and 25 pound leader is all you need. Look for the mullet schools the reds will be close by.

 

 

 

 

Trout action is good in 1 to 4 feet along grass flats and limestone bottom. Top water plugs and mirr o lure 17mr are great search baits. Fishing shallow 2 foot of less a seedless soft plastic is hard to beat. I like to fish moving water for trout incoming or outgoing tide.

 

 

 

 

Snook are showing there selfs and chewing good on live bait. March 1st is the season opener for snook season remember it’s one fish per person 28” to 33”. Incoming tide has produced the best action.

 

 

 

 

Keep your eye out for cobia and macks we should start seeing them very soon.

 

 

 

 

Book your charter ASAP we have two 24 foot skiffs to accommodate your party

 


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