Gag grouper and Scallop season
Capt. Josh Fritz
June 13, 2015
Hernando Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report
Gag Grouper and Scallop Season all most here.
Summer is here and scallop season stars on June 27th. Limit for scallops is 2 gallons pre person and no more then 10 gallons pre boat. Remember to fly the divers down flag and watch out for other boaters. Scallops hold on grassy / spotty bottom in 4 to 8 feet of water. When you get your scallops make sure you keep track of your limit and put in a cooler with ice, this will relax the mussel and the shell will open up making for easy cleaning.
Inshore fishing is good first thing in the morning with a good moving tide. Snook and red fish are holding along the outside points and mangrove shorelines. Live green backs are the bait of choice right now. Red fish are ranging from 20 to 27 inches with a few studs 30 inchers mixed in.
Tarpon are very thick right now from Anclote to Homosassa, look for them rolling at first light along the beaches and on the flats in 3 to 8 feet of water. Trout are slow right now they are very scattered from 4 to 12 feet of water.
Gag grouper season starts July 1st. No need to run way offshore when you can catch 30+ inch grouper inside of 9 mile line and water depth 6 to 12 feet. The grouper are here all summer long the key to catching these big guys is BIG green backs.
Book your trip ASAP scallop dates are filling up fast and grouper season starts very soon, its a lot of fun to cast plugs and free line big green backs on the rocks for shallow water grouper nothing better.
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