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

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Spring Fishing Action

Posted by Capt. Josh on February 17, 2018 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hernando Beach fishing report.

 

 

 

 

Spring is definitely in the air and the fish are getting very active. With the gulf waters heating up we will see the migration of Spanish mackerel and cobia showing up very soon. Bait pods are here all ready and game fish are ready to eat.

 

 

 

 

Redfish are roaming the outside points, islands and creek mouths target them on a incoming tide or first part of the outgoing tide. Live bait is my go to for steady action. Live green backs and pin fish rigged with a 2/0 circle hook and 25 pound leader is all you need. Look for the mullet schools the reds will be close by.

 

 

 

 

Trout action is good in 1 to 4 feet along grass flats and limestone bottom. Top water plugs and mirr o lure 17mr are great search baits. Fishing shallow 2 foot of less a seedless soft plastic is hard to beat. I like to fish moving water for trout incoming or outgoing tide.

 

 

 

 

Snook are showing there selfs and chewing good on live bait. March 1st is the season opener for snook season remember it’s one fish per person 28” to 33”. Incoming tide has produced the best action.

 

 

 

 

Keep your eye out for cobia and macks we should start seeing them very soon.

 

 

 

 

Book your charter ASAP we have two 24 foot skiffs to accommodate your party

 

Hernando Fishing Report

Posted by Capt. Josh on January 23, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

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.

Winter Time Fishing

Posted by Capt. Josh on December 12, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

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.

Epic Fishing Action

Posted by Capt. Josh on September 28, 2017 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hernando Beach Fishing Report.

Fall is in the air the early mornings are nice and cool but heating up quickly giving us a nice taste of Fall. The fishing is just epic and will only get better.

Red fish are schooling up in large numbers 15 to 30 fish in a school. Mid incoming and first part of the outgoing tide is producing a great red fish bite. Live green backs rigged with a 25 pound floralcarbon leader in 1/0 to 2/0 circle hook is my go to inshore set up.

Snook season is here and the snook bite is great, we are catching over 2 dozen snook every day with some monster 35+ inch snook mixed in. Live green backs is the best bait for snook hands down. Any moving tide is producing a good bite, target points and rocks with a good water flow cast baits up current and hold on.

Trout action is great in 3 to 5 feet of water. Soft plastics and hard body lures work great. Mirrolure little jons in white, chartreuse, and root beer are my favorite colors. Top water plugs such as the spook jr and skitter walks are great surface baits.

Shallow water grouper fishing is really heating up we are catching some nice gags on plugs and dead bait in 10 to 13 feet. High outgoing tide is producing the better bite.

Book your trips asap for a awesome fall fishing action. We have 2 24 foot skiffs to accomodate large parties.

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.

 


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