Gulf of Mexico Deep Sea Fishing
Capt. Sam Medigovich
February 11, 2009
Hernando Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report
Hernando Beach Best Bet
We can usually count on March to be a windy and transitional month for fishing. But with the way winter has been, I think you and I have as good of chance at predicting the weather as the weatherman does. Most dedicated mariners have the same tools available to them as the meteorologists do and can make your own call about sea conditions and what to expect while on the water, so it is prudent to do so prior to your trip offshore. No one likes to get caught with a front blowing down on you 30 miles offshore.
With that in mind let's talk about fishing. I would expect the Kings to start showing up around some of your favorite spots, especially a little south around Anclote and Marker 10 where you can almost count on the Spanish Mackerel to be hanging around. I would use this time to check out some of your favorite grouper spots and get heads up on where they may be hanging out and be ready for opening day 12:01 a.m. April 1 2009. As our great editor at this publication has recommended, make sure you have a current copy of state and federal rules on your boat to help you stay out of trouble. If you fish areas that have scattered rock piles I would suggest trolling around first. I like running spoons on planners with about 200ft of leader off the planner and then a swivel with 6ft of wire and then the spoon. We run two of these off the stern and then from the fly bridge I like to run a shallow running 6" Bomber (Tiger) in green and black from the shot gun up top. Again you will have to use some wire on the lure and run it about 150ft behind the boat. Make sure you have a long gaff on board and something you can use to knock these guys out so they don't throw hooks around or sink a tooth in you somewhere.
We will be spending time catching Mangrove Snapper on some of the larger reefs I fish. And while doing so make sure the chum slick is going strong, this to will help attract the Kings. A flat line with a live grunt or pinfish on a balloon out the back will help increase your odds of catching a smoker. I was reading a report on a forum that shared a technic for getting the Mangrove to bite. They where taking a paper bag and filling it dead shrimp, then, tying the bag to a line with enough weight to get it to the bottom. After letting it soak for a few minutes to let the bag get soft you pull up hard a couple of times to release the shrimp and turn those guys on. The drop down a live shrimp or pinfish down with a slip weight and get ready.
Good luck and hang tough. Its got to get better!
Capt. Sam Medigovich
ROCK BOSS CHARTERS
Hernando Beach Florida
GROUPER, SNAPPER, KINGS, COBIA AND MUCH MORE
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