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A New Year

Capt. Joel Gant
December 6, 2015
Hernando Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Well it's a new year and with a new year comes resolutions that we know were gonna keep, right? Lets be real, most resolutions are not kept. So let's work on the priorities like… fishing! We need to make sure our boat is in tip top shape, our gear is in tip top shape and our fishing knowledge is in tip top shape. The first two are a no brainer, with winter and maybe not as much fishing, use this time to work on the boat and gear. The boat: need to tune-up, clean and detail, all pumps good, batteries charged, lights are working and run the motor every couple weeks (will save you money come spring) The fishing gear: oil, lube and is it time to put on new line? As far as knowledge goes, reading the Coastal Angle Magazine is one of the best resources to find out what's happening on the water (and it's free!). There is information for any and all areas in the magazines. Also I keep a log of all my past trips. With this information, I can go back years and see what was biting in different areas, water temperatures and bait used. This can be very valuable information.
Offshore fishing: Gag grouper season has closed. During the last few weeks it was open, the winds made it challenging but a lot of fish were still caught. You can still catch the gag grouper but not keep them. Red grouper opens on January 1st as of now. Regulation is 20 inches total length. Capt. Mike Senker reports "There is still kingfish in the area." Other species like silver snapper (grunts), mangrove snapper, sea bass and Spanish mackerel are still plentiful.
Inshore fishing: look for redfish, sea trout and snook to move up into the shallows. Search areas that are spring fed. With the colder water, they will migrate to these warmer areas. Artificial lures like twitch baits or jigs with a grub will produce action. If the bite is slow, try pinfish or select shrimp on a strike indicator (a bobber for the novice).
I'm always looking for reports and pictures. You can email me or stop by my website and become a "FISHHEAD".
Get out there on the water and make some memories with friends and family!

Capt. Joel Gant 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. 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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Fishdaddy Charter
4490 Flounder Dr.
Hernando Beach, FL 34607
Phone: 352 279-1615
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