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Three times the fun

Capt. Joel Gant
June 10, 2017
Hernando Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Ok fishheads, we have three species that are open season right now. Gag grouper, Red snapper (charter boats only) and Scallops are the three to target.
Gag grouper opened on June 1st. The size is now 24" and 2 per person. These fish can be caught in as little as 10 feet in our waters but you'll have a better chance in deeper water. Look for any structure that may hold fish. Use a 7/0 hook with live, cut bait or frozen baits. Drop to the bottom and be ready for a good fight. While bottom fishing you can also catch grunts. I like to use lighter tackle with a 3/0 hook and just enough weight to get to the bottom and my bait of choice is squid bits. This is always fun, especially for kids and one of my favorite fish to bring home for dinner.
Red snapper can be caught starting in about 40 feet or deeper of water. The size limits are 16 inches and 2 per person. The season is open till July 19th for charter boats only. Use basically the same set up for the grouper with a whole frozen threadfin. Sometimes when fishing for grouper, you can't get past the snappers to get to the bottom for grouper. If your willing to run a little farther out, you should be able to get your limit.
Scallop season has become a favorite time of year for locals and visitors alike. This season is opening on July 1st till Sept 24th. Your allowed 2 gallons whole per person or 10 gallons per boat. All you need is a mask, snorkel, fins and a mesh bag to put them in. Out of Hernando Beach, head north till you see the boats and drop anchor. I try to work with the lower tide to scallop. This makes it a little easier to dive down to retrieve these little critters. Always remember to put up your divers down flag and idle when around other boats.
Get out there on the water and make some memories with friends and family!
I'm always looking for reports and pictures. For more information or questions, you can email me or stop by my website and become a "FISHHEAD".
Capt. Joel 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. You can reach him at (352) 279-1615 or visit his website, www.fishdaddycharter.com

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4490 Flounder Dr.
Hernando Beach, FL 34607
Phone: 352 279-1615
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