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Hernando County Florida

Capt. Frank Bourgeois
December 23, 2013
Hernando Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Always Fishing Guide Service
Cold fronts effect the fishing more than you can imagine. I find myself only fishing the backwaters of the gulf or bass fishing on a lake much more often than not, due to the wind. Lately when I do find a calm day along with fishing, I pay close attention to the bottom in the near shore spots. The water is so clear and with polarized glasses I have found on my many trips, lots of new fishing spots. I did not realize such nice structure was so close by. In some cases, I found my good fishing spot was really close to a great fishing spot.

On the offshore waters the gag grouper are heading back out to deeper water, on the Nature Coast this means fifty to sixty feet of water and beyond. You must pick a real nice day to travel fifty miles out to catch a fish that you cannot take home… the Gag Grouper… Luckily there are other species of grouper to catch and bring to the supper table. Ah! The lustrous GRAY SNAPPER now here is a story I will share with you as Christmas is in the minds of us all, my present to you is a funny story. If you get to go out on a party boat with the company of many… a type of fish we catch regularly is a white grunt… now if you spent about $100,000 for a boat they are now called gray snapper… $200,000 to 300,000 boats they are called silver snapper and million dollar boats, the grunts are called platinum snapper. I hope my funny story brought a smile to your face.

Near shore fishing has been a mixed bag catching many fish in deeper water. You will find them most of the year on rock piles in four to twelve feet of water. This time of year I look for them in twelve to eighteen foot of water. One of my trips we caught lots of nice sea trout and two days later in the same areas the trout moved and we filled a cooler with big sea bass.

Back water is always fun for me. I love sight fishing BUT! When the water cools the fish are spookier and ever pickier when they eat. That is when you take out the smaller stuff like Saltwater Assassins fluke type baits with no weight or a fly rod and cast long distances trying not to spook the fish. Yesterday we caught a half dozen nice sea trout all eighteen to nineteen inches long my clients happily took home for supper along with a real nice flounder.
At this time Always Fishing Guide Service would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas plus Happy Holidays to all.
Always Fishing Guide Service
Capt Frank Bourgeois

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