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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 12, 2019 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Hernando Beach Fishing Report.

 

Fishing is epic right now along our flats and near shore areas. Red fish and snook are eating everything we put in front of them, live pilchards and pin fish are the bait of choice right now. Mid incoming or high outgoing tide has produced the best action with reds and snook. Target them on the outside points and islands find areas that has a good current flow and mullet schools. Cobia are all over the place from shallow flats to nearshore rocks and wrecks May is the best time to get your cobia fix. Tarpon are making there migration north along the coast we target them from now to mid July along our coast lines and beaches. Live crabs or pilchards for bait or a soft plastic fluke will get them to eat remember tarpon is a game of angles try and present your lure at a 90 degree angle and steady reel.

 

Grouper season starts June 1st to December 31st, we are all ready booking out for October, November and December but we have some dates still available don't wait get your date book asap.

Spring Fishing Action

Posted by Capt. Josh on April 15, 2019 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Its Spring Time in Hernando County Florida. The weather is great and the fishing is even better, right now we have a wide verioty of game fish to target. Trout are holding in 3-5 feet of water on grass flats and rock piles live pilchards for bait or a white little jon rigged with a 1/8 ounce jig head is a great search bait. Red fish are schooled up in big numbers on the outer points and islands live pilchards or pin fish for best action, snook are also holding in the same areas. Cobia are here for there spring run up the coast, start off in shallow water and work your way out 2-15 feet of water. I like the shallow water and sight fishing cobia off sting rays there is nothing better but the deeper rocks and wrecks will produce some crazy cobia action. Live pilchards or pin fish rigged with a 3/0-4/0 circle hook and a 40 pound leader is my go to rig. Spanish mackerel are just about everywhere in all depths of water use a live pilchard or a white jig for fast action.  Book your fishing adventure ASAP.

Rainy Day Today

Posted by Capt. Josh on January 27, 2019 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Well we tried to get out today but we are locked down with rain and temps around 42 degrees today. Monday we will be back to chasing red fish and sea trout for a few days then hitting some offshore sheepshead at the end of the week. Fishing is still going good but i am ready for Spring to get here lol. Triple tails will be showing up by the end of February and March and April it will be on FIRE for just about everything that swims in our waters. Cobia will also be here in March through the summer months. Sea trout, red fish, and snook will be on fire also. Im looking forward to the warmer months here very soon and drag screaming off the reels. Come along with us for a epic day on the water.

January Fishing Report

Posted by Capt. Josh on January 20, 2019 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Old man winter is here in Florida but the fishing is great. Our fish we target at this time is Speckled sea trout, Red fish, Sheepshead. Sea trout are holding in very shallow water 1-2 feet deep on hard lime stone bottom, fish these guys on a incoming and first part of the outgoing tide. We are doing great with soft plastic zoom baits in white, Arkansas shad, Albino, and watermelon red. Rig these baits weedless with a 4/0-5/0 skip gap worm hook tied with a loop knot for more life like action, cast as far as possible to cover ground and work the bait slow with a soft rod tip twitch the trout are hitting the bait on the fall, size of the trout are ranging from 17-24 inches. 

Redfish are holding around the same areas as the trout and in the back creeks and bays, target them on a incoming tide using live select shrimp tail hooked with a 1/0-2/0 circle hook. A good tip for using shrimp is to pinch off the tail end and tail hook the shrimp you will be able to cast a lot further and sent will be disbursed with the tail being pinched off allowing the reds to smell the shrimp faster. 

Sheepshead are holding on the offshore rock piles target them in 10-20 feet. The way we catch these convict is two different ways, depending on the current flow use a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce gotcha jig head or use a knocker rig with a 1/4-1 ounce egg sinker and a 1odd bait savor hook. I like to pinch the tail off and thread the hook into the center of the shrimp coming out close to the head or legs key is to hide the hook. Sheeps nibble so when you feel weight on the rod tip set the hook. 


Book your fishing adventure ASAP we fill up fast. 

Shallow water grouper

Posted by Capt. Josh on November 26, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

November and December is shallow water grouper time here in Hernando Beach Florida. During this time of year the water cools down and the gags come in shallow 6-12 feet of water. There are many different ways to target grouper but here are my two favorite ways, free lining live green backs and pin fish is probably the most effective way to get a fast bite. Anchor up wind and current at least 75 feet away form the spot take a few live baits and chum the rock watch the water for boils or pops from grouper them take a 6/0 circle hook and 60-80 pound leader belly hook the bait and cast it short of the rock give it some line and hold on tight. My second favorite way is to cast plugs this works out very well when you want to run and gun to spots making 12 cast and move on. Plugs to use are Rapala FMAG 18’s in many different colors I like fire tiger, orange and gold, mullet and mackerel. Always cast into the current when plug fishing hold the rod tip down to the water and reel in at a fast seed. We are catching our limit of grouper on just about every trip out you can follow me on Facebook at Chase N Tails Fishing Charters for daily post on what’s biting and how we are doing. Please hit the like button and follow us. 


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Thank You 

Capt Josh & Jonathan Fritz 


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