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Great Fishing Action

Posted by Capt. Josh on March 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Hernando Beach fishing report.


Spring fishing patterns are taking place as the Gulf waters continue to wearm up. Red fish are schooled up along the outside points and islands. Look for mullet schools in these areas, a good moving tide has produced a good bite. Live green backs and pin fish have been the bait of choice.


Snook season is here until the end of April. Snook are holding along mangroves, points, and deep holes. Live green backs are the best bait to use for snook, along with a good current flow incoming or outgoing tide.


Speckled trout are still hanging around in the shallows 1 to 4 feet of water. Target grass flats with pot holes mixed in or lime stone bottom on the higher tides. Soft plastic flukes in white and watermelon red or white little jons rigged weed less or with a 1/8 ounce jig head is a great bait. Pooping corks with a little Jon or live green back will work great also.


Cobia are showing up on the shallow flats, look for these brown bombers cruising the flats or on the backs for sting rays. A Stout rod and reel is a must for these big guys. Live bait or soft plastics will full the cobia to eat. I like to start with a live green back then a 10 inch soft plastic flukes or eel imitation will do the trick.

Spring Is In The Air

Posted by Capt. Josh on February 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Well anglers Spring is in the air and the fishing is HOT. On my recent charters the red fish bite is very good with sold catches coming in on every trip. Reds are hanging around outside points, mangrove shorlines, and adjecent coves. Incoming tide is producing the best action with live bait, Live shrimp, pin fish, and green backs are my bait of choice. Trout are scattered on the shallow flats and lime rock bottom, on low water tides and top water plug or weedless fluke in white, watermelon red, and golden brem is producing some very nice trout. Snook bite will pick up as the water temperature continues to rise, live green backs are the way to go. Sheephead fishing is great on our nearshore rocks, live or dead shrimp rigged on a 1/8 ounce jighead or a 1/0 bait savor hook and a split shot is all you need.

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Fishing report

Posted by Capt. Josh on January 30, 2017 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hernando beach fishing report.




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.





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Great Fishing Action

Posted by Capt. Josh on December 29, 2016 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hernando beach fishing report.




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.

Love This Time Of Year

Posted by Capt. Josh on November 24, 2016 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Hernando beach fishing report .




Fall fishing is here and in full swing I have got to say this is my most favorite time of year for fishing. with the big low tides and cooler weather the fish are feeding great. Inshore the speckled sea trout are holding in the shallow waters from 1 to 3 feet around spotty bottom, pot holes, and lime rock bottom. Top water plugs are working great Rapala skitter walks in white and mullet color are working great on calm days, when we have a little wind I like a louder pitch bait like the spook Jr in the bone color. Mirr O Lures 17mr subsurface lures are great with high water the 808 and 50 color are my go to colors for trout fishing. soft plastics in white and watermelon red are also a favorite of mine. live shrimp free lined or under a pooping corks is great as well. Most of the trout are 16 to 24 inches. Redfish are holding close to the banks around mangroves and lime rock bottom on higher tides and around potholes on the low tide, live jumbo shrimp and pin fish is the way to go.





Shallow water grouper fishing is great we are catching a bunch of big gags in the 28 to 34 inches range on plugs and dead bait. 6 to 12 feet of water on rocks with a good tide flow has been the ticket for me. Casting and trolling rapala Fmag 18 is so much fun with big gags crushing them. Spanish mackerel are all over the same depths we are seeing large schools of the and they are a hoot to catch, a white soft plastic and a 1/4 ounce jig head is all you need work the jig fast and you will have a ball with big macks ..





Happy Thanksgiving to everyone