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

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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

 

Hernando Fishing Report

Posted by Capt. Josh on January 23, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Fishing is good in back water creeks and bays, target red fish, trout and black drum around creeks, Springs, mud bays and oyster bars. Live and dead shrimp is working great. Red fish are holding on islands with hard lime stone bottom and oyster bars, live shrimp or fresh cut mullet rigged with a 1/0 or 2/0 circle hook and a light 20 pound leader is my go to rig. Fish a good moving tide for reds and look for the mullet schools they are always a key sign of reds being close by.


Trout are scattered from the back creeks to the shallow grass flats. Live shrimp under a popping cork is working great. Soft plastic flukes and little Jon's in white, watermelon red and golden bream rigged weed less or with a 1/8 ounce jig head is a great search bait for trout and reds.


Sheepshead are holding on the grouper rocks live and dead shrimp work the best. Use a 1/0 bait savor hook and a small split shot on a 20 pound leader fish just a little away from the rocks up current for the sheepies. They are big this time of year 3 to 8 pounds.

Winter Time Fishing

Posted by Capt. Josh on December 12, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Fishing is just absolutely great right now in the back country waters. Red fish are holding tight to lime rock bottom and oyster bars fish the last few hours of the incoming tide and first of the outgoing tide. Live jumbo shrimp or pin fish has been the bait of choice. Rigged with a 20 to 25 pound leader and 1/0 to 2/0 circle hook, cast your bait up current or ahead of the activity and let it sit. Most of the reds are ranging from 18 to 26 inches.

Trout are thick in 1 to 3 feet of water around grass flats and lime rock bottom, top water plugs such as the rapala skitter walk or spook Jr will produce some nice action. Soft plastic flukes in white and watermelon red is my go to colors. Size of the trout 15 to 24 inches.

Black drum are holding with the reds and around Springs and muddy bottom dead shrimp with a 1/0 circle hook is my rig for these guys. A moving tide is producing a good bite. Size of the drum 14 to 22 inches right now.


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