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

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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

Tarpon Time

Posted by Capt. Josh on May 12, 2019 at 12:05 AM

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

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.