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What not to ask

Capt. Joel Gant
October 11, 2018
Hernando Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

What not to say...

Over the years of chartering, I have seen a lot of interesting things, met a lot of great people, heard a lot of wonderful stories and have been asked millions of questions. Here are a few of the most important things not to say to the captain on the way out: "Hey, how's the outboards been working for ya?", "Looks like the seas are calm out today" or "It looks like its not going to rain". I always tell people "lets wait till we get back to the dock and talk about that". As we all know, if it can...it will!
Now that we are past hurricane Michael, here on the Nature Coast the fishing should really turn on. The storm should move in some much needed cooler waters which bring in the grouper, kingfish, cobia, mackerel and other species ready to eat. This time of year I get excited about the gag grouper. With cooler water and the thousands of stone crab traps being set out, the grouper will move in to shallower water. Now is the time to check your near shore rock piles. I like to start by chumming up the spot before tossing out a bait. Use live baits like pinfish, pigfish or threadfins. Or try fresh cut baits or frozen bait like threadfin or mackerel. Use fairly strong gear. I like to use 50 - 60 lb line, as light of a weight you can to keep the bait on the bottom and a 7/0 circle hook. Be patient and you will be rewarded. If off shore bottom fishing, put out a freeline with a live bait for kingfish or cobia. These line screamers will be in those same areas.
Inshore, the redfish and trout bite should also turn on strong with the cooler water. This is the time of year for those that like to throw artificial baits. With jigs, crankbaits and topwater, you should have no problem enticing a bite.
This is also the time of year to be thankful. I am thankful for my family, my friends and blessed to be able to chase fish with the new friends I meet on every charter. Even when things seem bad, stop and think about how many things you should be thankful for. Have a great Thanksgivings all you fishheads.
Get out there on the water and make some memories with friends and family!
Capt. Joel Gant operates Fishdaddy Charters out of Hernando Beach. Coast guard licensed, insured and Federal permitted. 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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