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Hernando Beach to Chassahowitzka

Capt. Larry Roderick
June 29, 2007
Hernando Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Summertime and the Fishing is Great.

The flats between Bayport and Chassahowitzka has been producing some fine redfish and seatrout. The best time to fish has been early morning or late afternoon. Now that the afternoon storms have been starting to be regular, I recommend a 6 AM starting time. Berkley gulp in the new penny and glow in the dark on 1/8 ounce jigs and Castaic jerk baits in the white and finger mullet color have been most successful.

My clients have been catching redfish in the 18-27 inch range. Sight fishing in the pristine clear waters has never been better. Nothing is prettier than seeing the copper bronze body shimmering in the sunlight as the fish is brought up to the boat. The tail turns blue when excited. The base of the tail may have one spot or multiple-I have seen as many as seven spots. Catch and release is always my choice, but a few clients choose to have table fare.

Since the net ban 15 years ago, the spotted sea trout fishing has vastly improved. Before the net ban it was hard to find a trout over 12 inches, but now fish over 20 inches are common. We usually limit out within the first hour or two with the range being between two and four pounds. Clients Julia and Tony Wahl Tony celebrated their twenty-ninth wedding anniversary on Sunday with a charter on Flats Slam Fishing Charters and quickly learned how to jig. Julia loves to fish but had never been able to land a fish prior to this trip. She hooked a seven pound seatrout. It was among the biggest I have ever seen. The couple kept eight legal seatrout for their celebration dinner.

In the beginning of June, Tarpon were plentiful and my clients enjoyed hooking up, even though we were targeting redfish. Now the population seems to have migrated and only a few resident tarpon are sighted.

Tight lines and screaming drags,

Captain Larry Roderick

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Spinning rod or fly, experienced or novice, enjoy a day fishing the pristine flats between Bayport and Chassahowitzka. We'll get an early start and I will pole you to where the fish are. I limit to two passengers on my 19 foot Hewes so that I can give my full attention and service to my clients. Please check out www.flatsslamfishingcharters.com for more information or call me at 352 835-3785. Looking forward to sharing some good fishing tips and fellowship.

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Flats Slam Fishing Charters
7094 Patterson Drive
Weeki Wachee, FL 34607
Phone: 352 835 3785
Alt. Phone: 352 597 3736
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