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Capt. Joel Gant
April 5, 2017
Hernando Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Finally the cold fronts and hopefully the winds are gone for a while. As long as the water stays clear and the slime gumbo stays away, the fishing will get better and better everyday now that spring is in full effect.
Offshore fishing we have been getting everything from groupers, snappers (hog, mangrove and red),big grunts, sharks, king and spanish mackerel.
In our area, there are numerous sharks to target and catch. From bulls, tigers, hammerheads, sharp nose, black tip and nurse sharks. All these can be targeted alone or while doing other types of fishing. I like to drift fish a lot for trout, cobia, spanish mackerel and sea bass. While doing so I also like to put out a big piece of cut bait, like ladyfish, mullet or bluefish. I use heavy tackle like a shamino TLD with 60 lb mono line fixed to about 24 inch steel leader and a 8/0 circle hook. I will either let the bait bounce on the bottom or use a balloon as a strike indicator. It usually doesn't take long for a shark to hone in on the scent and take the bait On a recent charter, we were drift fishing in about 10 feet of water for trout when one of my customers yelled "there's a shark". Looking over the side of my Ranger, I saw what looked to be about a 5 foot tiger shark. I quickly grabbed one of my heavy setup rods and put a cut piece of spanish mackerel we had caught earlier and tossed it out. After a short time, the rod bent over and started taking out drag. I quickly started the motor with one of my clients grabbing the rod and began chasing the fish. After about a 20 minute chase, I was expecting to see a tiger shark and much to my surprise, up came a 6 - 8 foot bullshark. Shark fishing can be exciting and also dangerous. Always cut the leader as close to the hook as you can and don't try to bring a big shark into the boat.
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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Fishdaddy Charter
4490 Flounder Dr.
Hernando Beach, FL 34607
Phone: 352 279-1615
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