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Inshore/Offshore On Fire!

Capt. Zachary Hoffman
September 19, 2013
Crystal River - Saltwater Fishing Report

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Over the past month I have watched the fishing in crystal river go from average to down right amazing. My inshore charters have been producing some very nice gag groupers, large mangrove snappers, trout, and lots of redfish with a few other species thrown in almost every day. We have been fishing inshore rocks and springs during the low tide and catching our grouper and snapper then running in by the islands and outer creek mouths on the high tide to catch our red fish and trout. One of my favorite things to do is come in with a gag or two on an inshore trip, it just doesn't get better than that when it comes to great table fare. This time of year we normally have some schools of red fish around but for some reason we are seeing more than usual, "I am deffinetly not complaining." These schools can be found out infront of the islands on the low tide and around the islands on the high tide, if you want more details than that then come on a trip with me and I will show you first hand ☺. Now to the exciting part…… The offshore fishing has been really good the past few weeks, when we have the weather to run out there we are coming in with limits of grouper almost every trip, we are also getting some cobia and Mahi in as shallow as 30 feet of water! My go-to bait for the grouper has been SPRO Bucktail jigs tipped with DOA 5.5 inch C.A.L. Jerk baits. The technique we use for working these baits is quite simple, we drift (preferably when the wind calms down and the bite slows down) and bounce the bucktails off the bottom in a slow and steady rythme. The grouper can't seem to resist them and hit them like a freight trane. I have also been free diving for Hog Fish and Mangrove snapper in 30-50 feet of water and for you divers out there, I have been shooting plenty in 40 feet of water over natural bottom such as limestone rocks or cheese bottom. On my days off I love to go out and free dive, we find all kind of good spots doing it and learn from watching the fish on the bottom. I hope to see you out there and good luck to anyone heading out on the water around crystal river, if your new the area, feel free to give me a call and ask some questions about how to fish the area.

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Crystal River Fishing Forecast:

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Target Species:

Red Fish, Trout, Snapper, Grouper

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We offer a variety of trips, from back country fishing and exploring to 100+ mile offshore trips to the Florida Middle Grounds. I am Capt. Zach Hoffman and I love putting people on fish, showing them the beauty of the nature coast, and educating them on the vast variety of fish and wild life native to my area. We offer Scalloping trips, Spear Fishing, Fly Fishing, Grouper Fishing, Shore Lunches, and Nature Adventures. We can cater to both small and large groups.

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Homosassa Offshore Charters
5260 S Mystic Pt.
Homosassa, FL 34448
Phone: 352-220-1184
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