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

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Happy New Year 2020

Posted by Capt. Josh on January 2, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Happy New Year All. 

 2020 is here and we are kicking off Janaury with some great fishing action. Speckeled sea trout are holding on shallow bottom grass flats, lime rock and oyster bars. Lures are a great search bait for trout i like to use a top water plug on cloudy over cast days and a sub surface twitch bait on sunny days. When the trout are skittish a soft approach may work better like a 5 inch fluke in white or water melon red color rigged weedless with a 4/0-5/0 weedless hook is my way to target spooky trout. 

 Red fish are holding close to the same areas as the trout. I like to use live shrimp or cut mullet and pin fish for bait when targeting red fish. A mid incoming tide or high falling tide seems to be the better bite for red fish. Sheepshead and black drum will also hold in the same areas as red fish, for sheeps and drum i use live or dead shrimp on a 1/0 bait holder hook and a 1/16 ounce split shot just a little weight to keep the shrimp on the bottom. 

 A little farther offshore we have a good sheepshead bite on the grouper rocks in 8-10 feet of water along with some grunts, mangrove snappers and triple tails. Out in 25 -35 feet we also have some big sheeps, mangrove snapper, hog fish and red grouper. 

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Fall Fishing Madness

Posted by Capt. Josh on October 6, 2019 at 7:05 AM

Fall is in the air.


Man i love this time of year the Fall months of October and November is in my opinion the best two months of the year for fishing in Hernando County. From inshore to offshore the fish are hungry and ready to eat, as the water cools the fish get aggressive and eat just about anything you offer them. Large schools of red fish are roaming the backwaters best bite has been on the higher water with live pilchards and pin fish i like to rig them with a 2/0 circle hook and a 25-30 pound leader. Snook are pushing there way back closer to the creeks and rock bars again live pilchards are my go to bait for snook fishing, a moving tide is all you need incoming or outgoing tide don't seem to matter much right now. Sea trout are also holding on the shallow flats in 2-5 feet of water live pilchards or top water plugs early in the morning produces some awesome action.


The shallow water gag grouper bite is off the hook, we target these hard fighters in 8-12 feet of water with live pilchards and pin fish. Rig a stout rod with at least a 60 pound leader and a 6/0 circle hook. Free line the baits back to the rock and hold on tight the gags are very aggressive. Out a little deeper in 15-30 feet we are catching some big gag grouper along with mangrove snappers and hog fish.


If you are wanting to catch a lot of fish give us a call ASAP we fill up very fast.

Fishing Report

Posted by Capt. Josh on August 28, 2019 at 7:25 AM

Hernando Beach Fishing Report...


Fishing is great along the Nature Coast of Florida, we are seeing the large schools of red fish showing up along the shallow flats from hudson to chassahowitzka. The reds are holding on the outer islands and mangrove shorelines on the outside edges, look for mullet schools and take your tine moving the boat slowly looking for red fish. Live pilchards and live pin fish are the best bait to use right now. I like to use a 25-30 pound leader with a 2/0 cirlce hook, tail hook the pin fish and nose hook the pilchards.


Gag grouper are chewing well in 10-12 feet chum with live pilchards and free line the bait to the rocks. Out a little deeper the gags along with mangrove snapper are chewing great in 18-30 feet of water still free line live bait the gags will come up for the bait there is nothing like it. Chum with small pilchards or cut bait for the snappers, use a 20-25 pound leader about 4-5 foot long and a 1/0-2/0 circle hook with a piece of cut bait naturally with the current.

August Report

Posted by Capt. Josh on July 31, 2019 at 5:55 PM

August Fishing Report Hernando Beach FL



Dog days of summer is here and man it is HOT out side, red fish will start schooling up on the outer islands and mangrove shorelines. Mid incoming tide or a high outgoing is the best time to target red fish along with snook. Live pilchards rigged with a 1/0-2/0 circle hook and a 30 pound leader is all you need. Look for mullet schools the red fish will hang around with the mullet and feed on what the mullet stir up. Snook will also hold in the same area as the red fish. Sea trout are in 10-13 feet of water on grassy bottom, i like to drift that area with 1/4-3/8 ounce jig heads and a white little jon soft plastic bait slowly hopping across the bottom.


Start early if possible try to beat the heat drink plenty of water and play the tides to your advantage.

Scallop Season / Fishing Report

Posted by Capt. Josh on June 24, 2019 at 3:55 PM

July is here and it’s scalloping time. July 1st to September 24th limit is two gallons hole scallops per person not more the 10 gallons per boat. Make sure the divers down flag is flying when swimmers are in the water.


Finding scallops is easy just get on a grass flat in 4-8 feet of water, slack low tide is the easiest time for all ages when the tide is moving it can get hard for some people so looking at the tide chart before your trip can make your day a lot easier.


Fishing is great we are catching trout in 10-12 feet of water using a 1/4 ounce jog head and a soft plastic bait like a gulp shrimp or little Jon. Red fish and snook are hanging on the outside islands and points look for a good current flow mid in coming tide seems to be the hot bite.


Tarpon are still hanging around the flats as well we will have them for a few more weeks and it’s about over with the migration. Small crabs or live pilchards will get the job done.


We can accommodate large parties for your scallop adventure give us a call to reserve your date