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

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February fishing report

Posted by Capt. Josh on February 14, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Hi everyone here is your February fishing report for Hernando county Florid. 

Offshore action is very good we are targeting mangrove snappers, hog fish, sheepshead, grunts and triple tails on our 6-8 hour offshore trips anywhere from 18-25 miles offshore. Live shrimp rigged on a 1 ounce to 1 1/4 ounce hog ball jig laying on the bottom is producing some very nice hog fish ranging from 14-19 inches with a few studs mixed in. Mangrove snappers are chewing good on a 1/8-1/4 ounce hog ball at mid depth and on the bottom size of the mangrove snappers are ranging from 14-22 inches. Triple tails are holding on floating structures like crab makers, carb board, or anything floating a live shrimp rigged on a 1/0 hook tied with a 30 pound leader is all you need. 

Inshore the sea trout are holding in 1-3 feet on grass flats and lime rock bottoms I like to use a mirr o lure 17MR in 808 & 50 color or the XL dines in broken glass in the 808 color or gold is great baits for trout. Also a soft plastic fluke in white, watermelon red, albino and Arkansas shad are all great colors. Red fish are holding with the trout and in the creeks a live shrimp or pin fish rigged with a 1/0-2/0 circle hook and a 25-30 pound leader is plenty for red fish and trout. 

Soon very soon we will jump right into a spring/summer pattern the water temperature will climb fast and pilchards will show up on the flats, cobra and tarpon will arrive very soon as early as late March into April. Fishing action inshore and offshore is about to explode with crazy action. Please book fast with us we book out a month in advance. Come along with Chase N Tails Fishing Charters for a incredible experience and memories. 

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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.