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Capt. Josh

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Summer Fishing And Scalloping
« on: June 25, 2017, 06:14:39 PM »
Hernando Fishing Report

Summer heat is here in Florida but the fishing is great. On recent charters my clients have been targeting red fish, snook, gag grouper, cobia, grunts, and mangrove snapper. I will start with red fish, reds are roaming the outer islands and mangrove shorelines. Live bait is the ticket green backs or pin fish are my go to live baits. A early morning incoming or high outgoing has been the best bite. Snook are holding in the same areas and deep holes along points live green backs are the way to go. Shallow water gag grouper has been good we are targeting these fish in 10 to 12 on rocks and ledges, live bait has produced great action and dead bait works great also. Frozen thread fins and Boston mackerel are my go to frozen baits. A knocker rig with 50 to 80 pound leader and a 5/0 circle hook works great for dead and live bait. Cobia are around the same areas and wrecks chum and chum some more for cobia this time of year be patient give a spot a good hour.

Scallop season starts July 1st book your charter asap. Stop into Precision tackle for all your fishing needs.

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Re: Summer Fishing And Scalloping
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2017, 12:09:16 PM »
Thanks for the update on the fishing! 

To add to your thoughts, working topwater around mangrove islands and oyster bars from first light to about 8 AM has been absolutely dynamite as of recent down here in Hillsborough/Manatee.  Bone colored Spook Jr. has been receiving fairly continuous attention until it gets too light out, and then the dropoff in bites is very marked.  After that, you have to work for the bite.  And it makes me feel like a king because I have actually been catching some of them when the topwater is fowled, or not even being worked.


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Re: Summer Fishing And Scalloping
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2017, 10:27:02 AM »
Nice report thanks



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