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

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Great Fishing Action

Posted by Capt. Josh on August 26, 2018 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hernando Beach Fishing Report.

 

Inshore fishing action is great we are catching a lot of red fish and snook right now. Red fish are schooling up along the outer points and islands look for mullet schools the reds are in the mix of them. Red fish are holding in schools of 10 to 20 fish per school and will school up more come September. Fish a moving tide i like the incoming tide and first part of the outgoing tide, live green backs and pin fish are my bait of choice. Snook are holding just about anywhere again fish a moving tide for them as well, live green backs are the way to go for the snook. We are seeing the sea trout making there way back into the shallow flats for there fall/winter home. Live bait or lures are great for trout fishing. Soft plastic little johns rigged on a 1/8 ounce jig head or a soft plastic fluke works great to.

 

A little farther out in 10 to 12 feet the Spanish mackerel are on the rocks along with grunts, mangrove snappers, flounder, and grouper. Anchor up current form the rocks and set a chum bag out for the macks and mangroves or fish the bottom for grouper and grunts. Big live pin fish or green backs are working good for the grouper and cut squid for the grunts.

 

Our Fall grouper fishing for Gag grouper will start October 1st to December 31st, this is when we target these hard fighting great eating fish on a daily basis. We do whats called shallow water grouper digging this is done in 6 to 14 feet of water out of Aripkea to Chassahowitzka. This time of year books out very fast for these trips, don't wait to book your charter call us today we have two captains to accommodate your parity.

 

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Great Fishing Action

Posted by Capt. Josh on August 8, 2018 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Hernando Beach Fishing Report

 

Inshore fishing action is good red fish are working into schools now instead of singles and doubles. We are seeing schools of 12 to 20 reds in a school and should continue to get into larger schools going into September. Incoming tide seems to produce a better bite with the reds, live or fresh cut bait is doing the trick. I like to use live white bait and fresh cut mullet for cut bait. Rig a 25 pound leader and a 2/0 circle hook look for mullet schools along the outside points and mangrove banks for locating red fish. Snook are roaming in the same areas as the red fish use live white bait either free lined or under a cork is the best way. Sea trout are showing there self's more and more each day from the deeper flats 10 to 12 feet to the shallow rocks bars 3 to 5 feet they are working back inshore and come late September in shallow flats will be loaded with trout. Live white bait or use a Mirr O Dine 17MR in the 808 color is producing good catches of trout.

 

Fall Grouper Season.

 

Many of my clients love to fish for Fall shallow water grouper this starts in early October the end of December. We target these hard fighting fish in 6 to 12 feet of water using live bait and plugs, if you want to experience some of the best grouper fishing of the year you need to book ASAP I have about a dozen dates left open for each month and they will fill out fast. Dont miss out..

Its About Scallop Time

Posted by Capt. Josh on June 21, 2018 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (1)

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.


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