Capt. Joel Gant
July 8, 2016
Hernando Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report
The future is looking good for you "Nature Coast" fish heads. This past week I had the opportunity to talk with our local Port Authorities about the reef program they've been working on for a long time. As for now, they will be putting some artificial reef material near Bendickson Reef. They are also in the process to create a shallow reef for snorkeling in water about 15 foot. This I am really excited about. All involved have worked hard on getting this program moving. There are so many processes they have to go through; funding, grants, approvals from Board of county commissioners, FWC and the Army Corp. Not all the details are in and I will report to you as I get more information in up coming articles.
As for fishing, Gag groupers are in season and are still being caught. Just remember the size limit is now 24 inches. The water temperature is already getting in the upper 80's. With the water temperature up, you may have to work a few different depths to find them.
After watching shark week, I know there are a lot of people that would love to tie into a big shark. Our coast has one of the biggest shark population with many different types of sharks. We are catching big bulls, nurse, sharp nose, black tip and occasional hammerhead. The easiest way is to put out chum (either store bought or old fish carcass) and drift in 5 to 10 foot depth of water. With this technique you can cover a lot of water and get the chum slick working. Use heavy gear, steel leader and some cut or live bait.
Another open season is scalloping. So far this looks like its going to be a good year for getting these great tasting morsels. Look for the scallops in 4 to 6 foot of water. I've been getting more in the grassy areas. If one spot doesn't payoff, move a little and try again. As always, check the regulation at myfwc.com. Scalloping is fun for the whole family. It's like an Easter egg hunt in the water. If you want more information on scalloping, please give me a call and I can give you more information on them or take you out for a great day you won't forget.
Get out there on the water and make some memories with friends and family!
Capt. Joel Gant operates Fishdaddy Charters out of Hernando Beach, he knows the local waters like the back of his hand, and works both inshore and offshore trips. Check him out on face book or you can reach him at (352) 279-1615 visit his website, www.fishdaddycharter.com
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