Chase N Tails Fishing Charters

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

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Insane Fishing Action

Posted by Capt. Josh on September 15, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Post hurricane Irma fishing is very good, The water clarity is dirty but this will clear up in about a week. Today Friday the 15th of September was our first day back on the water in 6 days. The bait was easy to get with the live well being blacked out by 7am, We left the dock at 7 30 am from Aripeka and had our first snook by 7 45am. It was non stop action for 4 hours catching red fish, snook, trout and baby tarpon. It was a great day back on the water and the fish where hungry.

Snook season is open now till the end of November slot size is 28 to 33 inches. Target snook around mangrove points and swashes, incoming or outgoing tide is producing a good snook bite. live green backs rigged with a 25 pound leader and a 1/0 to 2/0 circle hook is my go to inshore rig. Cast your baits up current allowing the bait to drift into the strike zone.

Red fish are schooled up in good numbers along mangroves and oyster bars, live green backs or small pin fish is the way to go. Incoming tide is producing a better bite for us. Trout are working there way into shallow water 2 to 5 feet, top water plugs and mirro dines are great search baits. Live green backs under a float is also deadly.

Gag grouper action will be on fire come October get your grouper date booked asap.

Chase N Tails Fishing Charters will have two big boats for your comfort and able to accommodate large groups up to 8 people.


Summer fishing action

Posted by Capt. Josh on August 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Summer heat is here fish early to beat the heat. Inshore fishing action is great we have a bunch of snook roaming the outside islands and creek mouths, fish a moving tide for best action. Live green backs for fast action. Red fish are holding all over the back waters from the outside islands to the back creeks. High outgoing tide has been my best bite for reds, live and dead bait will do the trick. I like to start off with live green backs and pin fish and if the bite is slow try some fresh cut mullet rigged on a 2/0 circle hook. We also have a good amount of small tarpon in the back waters 5 to 20 pounders that are a ton of fun on light tackle, use a light 20 pounder leader and a 1/0 circle hook with a small green back. 


On the nearshore rocks the mangrove snapper bite is very good we are catching some beautiful snappers from 12 to 20 inches along with grunts, flounders, cobia and some keeper gag grouper. Trout are scattered in 10 to 12 feet of water, use a 1/4 ounce jig head with a little Jon soft plastic in white, root beer, chartreuse bounce the jig slowly across the bottom with a light rod tip twitch.


Scallop are very plentiful with limits coming in fast. We are doing great North of Bay port in 4 to 6 feet of water remember to fly the diver down flag.


Stop into Precision Tackle for all your inshore needs.


Book your fishing, scalloping or do a combo fishing and scalloping trip before the season ends.

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Great Fishing & Scalloping

Posted by Capt. Josh on July 21, 2017 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hernando Beach Fishing Report..


Scallop season is in full swing we are limiting out on scallops on every trip out. Bay port to Chassahowitzka is full of scallops in 4 to 6 feet of water. I like to plain my trip around the low tide so it is easier for everyone in your group. A mask, fins, snorkel and a mesh bag is all you need for your scallops. Make sure you fly the divers down flag and limits are 2 gallons in the shell per person no more then 10 gallons per boat per day. Scalloping is fun for the hole family and we can accommodate large groups.


Fishing is good trout are holding in 10 to 14 feet of water use a 1/4 to 3/8 ounce jig head with a white, root beer or chartreuse little Jon. Bounce the jig slowly on the bottom the trout are hitting them on the soft side. In the same area we are also catching sea bass, sharks, and some cobia.


Grouper fishing is still good use dead bait to bring the gags out from there home. Frozen thread fins and Boston mackerel are my top frozen baits. Live bait will work such as big pin fish, pig fish and white bait.


Red fish are roaming the islands and oyster bars, live green backs or pin fish is the way to go. Mid incoming tide has produced the best action, snook are in the same areas as the reds and white bait is candy to a hungry snook.


Book your fishing or scalloping trip asap we also provide a combo fishing and scalloping trip call for details. 352-345-9304

Summer Fishing

Posted by Capt. Josh on June 25, 2017 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hernando Fishing Report


Summer heat is here in Florida but the fishing is great. On recent charters my clients have been targeting red fish, snook, gag grouper, cobia, grunts, and mangrove snapper. I will start with red fish, reds are roaming the outer islands and mangrove shorelines. Live bait is the ticket green backs or pin fish are my go to live baits. A early morning incoming or high outgoing has been the best bite. Snook are holding in the same areas and deep holes along points live green backs are the way to go. Shallow water gag grouper has been good we are targeting these fish in 10 to 12 on rocks and ledges, live bait has produced great action and dead bait works great also. Frozen thread fins and Boston mackerel are my go to frozen baits. A knocker rig with 50 to 80 pound leader and a 5/0 circle hook works great for dead and live bait. Cobia are around the same areas and wrecks chum and chum some more for cobia this time of year be patient give a spot a good hour.


Scallop season starts July 1st book your charter asap. Stop into Precision tackle for all your fishing needs.

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.