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Theory s

Capt. Joel Gant
June 9, 2019
Hernando Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Being a charter captain on the water and fishing with clients as much as I do, I've come up with a lot of theories of my own, I know your thinking "oh no, not another one of Fishdaddy's theory's". (This theory is only for released fish) How many times have you fought a fish pulling drag and fighting all the way to and into the boat with what seems like endless energy. Now here is where my theory starts. Once you safely remove the hook, take a few pictures (this is the when I believe the fish really starts getting embarrassed, ever see a fish smile for a pic? just sayin) and release the fish. Watch how the fish now will usually swim off very, very slowly and sometimes will just settle to the bottom sulking. I have read that this is from lactic acid build up in the fish from the fight, but I believe we hurt their feelings. Is it possible that fish do get their feelings hurtů. I believe so, pay attention next time and let me know what you think.
Scallop season opens July 1st to September 24th .from Hernando county north. Pasco county opens July 19 - 28. Regulations are: 2 gallons whole bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person. Maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell, or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat per vessel. A saltwater license is required (unless on a chartered boat) and always have a divers down flag up only when swimmers are in the water. Scalloping is fun for the whole family, like an Easter egg hunt in the water. If you want more information on scalloping, please give me a call and I can give you more information on them or take you out for a great day you won't forget.
The one we've all been waiting for, Gag grouper opened on June 1st and ends on Dec. 31st in state and federal waters. Bag limit is two per person. Gags can be caught in our waters as shallow as 10 feet of water. A couple of techniques I use are trolling plugs or bottom dropping, either live or dead baits. Make sure you have stout equipment. Gags fight hard and will try to run for structure. You will need this to keep them from rocking you up.
Red snapper is opened for recreational fishing from June 11 till July12. For hire charters opened till Aug 1st. Size limit is 16 inches and 2 per person. We are finding them in the deeper water, 60 - 90 feet. In this photo is a nice Snapper caught on one of my recent charter trips.
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 is Federal permitted. He knows the local waters like the back of his hand, and works both nearshore 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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4490 Flounder Dr.
Hernando Beach, FL 34607
Phone: 352 279-1615
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