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

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Epic Fishing Action

Posted by Capt. Josh on June 6, 2017 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hernando Beach Fishing Report.


Inshore fishing has been great. Red fish are roaming the outer islands and mangrove shorelines, target the reds on a mid incoming tide and first half of the outgoing tide. Live bait is producing the best action, green backs and pin fish free lined with the tail cut off is my go to method for catching red fish. Snook are in the same areas with red fish live green backs rigged the same way just leave the tail on snook like to ambush the bait.


Cobia bite is still strong we are catching them on the near shore rocks and wrecks with live green backs. Anchor up current for the rock putting a chum block out will help bring the cobia in quicker but it will also bring in sharks. Free line a live bait out the back and keep another rod or two ready to cast when the cobia show up.


Gag grouper season is open and we are catching some relay nice gags in shallow water 10 to 12 feet. Start off with dead frozen bait such as thread fins or sardines i like to cut 4 or 5 baits up in small chunks and chum to get the grunts and snappers fired up then cast out a big live pin fish or green back and hold on. Best action been the last hour of the incoming tide and first of the outgoing.


Tarpon are all over the flats, live crabs and soft plastics will work presentation is the key for the silver kings. Just remember if the poon's are going away from you don't cast at them take your time for a head on shot or quartering shot.


Scallop season starts July 1st book your trip asap we can accommodate large parties up to 8 people. We also offer combo fishing and scalloping trips.

Epic Fishing Action

Posted by Capt. Josh on May 23, 2017 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hernando Beach Fishing Report. 

Fishing is as good as it gets right now. Red fish are all over the outer islands and mangrove points, target areas with lime rock bottom or oyster bars. Best action for reds has been on the mid incoming tide and first part of the outgoing tide. Live green backs or pin fish are my go to baits. Snook are also holding in the same areas use large green backs either freelined or under a float. Cobia are still all over the shallow rocks in 8 to 15 feet of water, anchor up current with a chum block out the back of the boa. Live green backs, pin fish or freah dead bait will get the cobia to eat. Tarpon are here we are catching them on fly rod and spinn gear in 3 to 8 feet of water along the flats, these hard fighting fish are once and a life time fish to catch and put on a great show. Gag grouper season starts June1st and scallop season starts July 1st dont miss out on some of the best fishing we have to offer right now. We can also accommodate large groups. 

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Tarpon Time

Posted by Capt. Josh on May 11, 2017 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hernando beach fishing report.


Inshore fishing along the Nature coast is great. Red fish are schooled up on the outer islands live green backs or pin fish is my bait of choice. Fish the last of the incoming tide and first part of the outgoing tide for best action. Trout are scattered from 4 to 10 feet of water, pooping corks rigged with a white or rootbeer little jons or a 1/8 ounce jig head for shallow water out deep use a 1/4 ounce jig head bounce it slowly across the bottom. Cobia are holding on the nearshore rocks in 8 to 20 feet of water, live green backs and a few chum blocks is the way to go. Along with the cobia we are catching catch and release grouper, grunts, mackerel and sharks.


Back inshore the tarpon are here and ready to eat. Target water depth of 3 to 8 feet from hernando beach north. Make sure you have a head on cast or quartering cast if the fish are going away from you just wait.


Grouper season starts JUNE 1ST dont miss out book your trip asap.

Great Fishing Action

Posted by Capt. Josh on April 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I love this time of year the weather is great and the fishing is off the hook. Inshore game fish are hungry and ready to eat. Red fish are holding around the outer islands and mangrove shorelines, live green backs have been the go to bait of choice with pin fish as my fallow up bait. Target these areas on a higher tide last hour or so of the incoming or first of the outgoing tide.

Snook are all over the same areas and around points with a good current flow. Incoming or outgoing tide is producing a good snook bite with live green backs. Cobia are all over the flats and near shore rocks we have been catching them on live green backs and white flukes rigged with a 1/8 ounce jig head. Start looking in 3 to 5 feet around the grass flats and sand flats the cobia will follow sting rays. Offshore the cobia are all over the rocks and reefs use a chum block and live green backs for some great cobia action.Tarpon will be here very soon keep your eye out.

Its Time To Fish

Posted by Capt. Josh on March 27, 2017 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Spring Fishing is in full swing here along the Nature Coast of Florida.


Redfish action is very good along our mangrove shorelines and outer islands. Look for lime rock bottom, oyster bars around the islands that hard bottom will hold mullet, shrimp, crabs, and bait fish. Incoming tide is producing the best action with live green backs and pin fish for bait. I like to use two different rigs for red fish, the first one is just free lined with a 20 to 30 pound leader and a 2/0 circle hook, and the second rig is the same just add a cigar float, the float is a great way to keep your bait out of the rocks and moving naturally with the current. Snook fishing is off the hook with many slot fish and over slot fish being caught 24 to 36 inches. High incoming or outgoing tide is producing a great snook bite. Big live green backs rigged with a 3/0 circle hook and 30 to 40 pound leader is the way to go. Trout action is very good also. Target the shallow flats and lime rock bottom live green backs under a float is a great rig or using a 1/8 ounce jig head and a white, rootbeer, or clear red/gold flake are my 3 favorites. Cobia are here and ready to eat, work the shallow flats 2 to 5 feet deep look for the big sting rays the cobia will be right on the backs or close behind. A stout rod with 30 pound power pro and a 40 to 50 pound leader rigged with a live bait or soft plastic is all you need.