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Palm Coast Summer Fishing Report

Summer time and the heat is here along with a good early morning bite. Early morning starts from Bings Landing has us fishing the cooler part of the day and typically best time as the fish are waking up for breakfast. Our morning start has been fishing the shallow flats for redfish with topwater plugs or live bait which it all depends on anglers skill level. As the sun rises we start fishing a bit deeper for redfish and flounder or hit the beach for tarpon.

Tarpon have been crashing the pogie pods at first light right off our beaches. 80-130lb tarpon are about the average size  and will test your stamina. Other fish being caught are big jacks, sharks and king fish.

 

 

 

Capt.Chris Herrera

386-503-6338

 

 

Palm Coast Inshore Report

Summer vacation is in full swing in Palm Coast  and my anglers are catching! Fantastic redfish bite last few weeks as we head out at first light to picturesque and tranquil flats in search of red drum.

We have been catching them on topwater plugs, soft plastics and live bait like shrimp and mullet.

 

Tarpon fishing has just kicked off and we are throttle down! From the little ones to fully grown ones we are getting shots at hungry fish that are willing to test your tackle and stamina.

 

 

Palm Coast Fishing Inshore Report

The last half of April has proven to be the BIG GATOR TROUT time in the marshes of Palm Coast. Catching the right tide with the right bait and presentation has lead to my clients catching their all time personal best trout just about every single charter. Most importantly we have released every gator trout for someone else to enjoy and hopefully released as well.

Here is a picture of Chad who caught his personal best trout 

 

The redfish bite has been great as well as my clients have enjoyed catching them in the shallows or in the deep water. When you fish the right tide with the right bait you can expect to get into the redfish as this is catching time.

 

 

My new Hummingbird Helix 10 si mega has really helped me find fish I normally would pass up in the deep water. The capabilities of this side imaging unit is what we call a “game changer”. Being able to cruise the ICW and see 50 ft or more to the sides of the skiff scanning water for schools of has been nothing short of amazing and now a must have for fisherman.

 

here are a couple of sample screen images I was able to save while scanning for fish.

Hummingbird Helix 10 si mega

In this screen capture you can see 3 fish swimming together.

 

not only can you see some fish in this picture but look at the small sunken boat on the left.

 

Palm Coast Fishing Spring Break Report

Fishing has been nothing short of fantastic for my spring breaker this past week in Palm Coast! Plenty of redfish and trout have kept the kids busy and grunting trying to reel them in and hold them for their photos. Smiles all around and bragging rights as most kids have been catching the majority of the fish.

 

 

 

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Palm Coast Inshore Fishing Report

Had the pleasure not only guiding Steve but helping him with the learning curve of finding new fishable areas. We started at sunrise while the wind was down but unfortunately the water was really high making sight fishing pretty tough. While learning technique and new areas to fish, I still like my clients to stretch a line when ever possible so we took our time working up a bank to a point that normally holds fish and today was no different. Steve made a perfect cast tight to the bank and started working a soft plastic jerk bait nice and slow when this upper slot redfish thumped it hard. Steve made a one motion solid hook set which made the redfish take off peeling line while Steve held on tight.

 

 

Capt. Chris Herrera

www.PalmCoastFishing.com

386-503-6338

Palm Coast / St. Augustine Inshore Fishing Report

What does a fishing guide do on his day off? Goes fishing! Well scouting more like it but we still consider it fishing.

Had the pleasure of fishing with local guide and friend Jim today as we set out from Bings scouting for our up and coming charters. We saw quality fish on every flat, oyster bars and drop off we know about that typically holds fish which put a smile on my face.

Every so often we would encounter fish that just begged us to catch them so we did.  Jim and I had 2 nice slot redfish slowly swim towards us after they gave up their location by crashing on a mullet minutes before. We both made 2 great cast resulting in 2 hooked fish that were quickly returned to the water to be caught another day.

We continued finding small groups of fish milling around untill we stumbled upon a nice school of reds, we doubled up again. Our choice of lures was a gulp jerkbait and owner 5/0 weedless hook and I used a Zman paddlerz with a mustad weight hook.

The bite is on fire right now and the weather is cooperating so give us a call and book your trip today!

 

One of the reds Jim caught this morning

Capt Chris Herrera

www.PalmCoastFishing.com

386-503-6338

 

 

 

March Fishing Forecast

Spring is around the corner and should bring the mullet out of their winter hiding holes. Redfish will start to scatter on the flats and will be hanging around the pods of mullet eating whatever gets kicked up. Look along Spartina grass edges, oyster patches during high tides and ICW and creeks for low tides. Slayer Penetrator 1/8 oz Predator jigs with a Slayer inc. sst paddle tail, Rapala skitter walk topwater plugs and hard plastic mullet imitators are proven lures that work for reds in March. Live mullet, cut mullet, shrimp and popping cork combo or a mud minnow on a jig head will produce Redfish for the live bait fisherman especially during low tides in deeper creeks around oyster bars.

Trout will be devouring top water plugs with the fish attracting sound of “Click Clack”  at first light along ICW, creek mouths and docks on outgoing tides. Throw that plug far up creek in shallow water and “walk the dog” into nearby drop-offs where trout tend to hang out. When the sun gets high over head whip out that jig and soft plastic combo or diving plugs for subsurface trout.

Bluefish will be around Matanzas Inlet mixed in with the trout at first light filling their bellies with soft plastic jerkbaits on ¼ oz jig heads. Later in the day Bluefish will feast on a live mullet on the bottom using a fish finder rig.

Look for Flounder at the inlets during change of tides using a fish finder rig and live mullet. Creek holes during low tides will hold Flounder as well and my favorite rig is a live mud minnow and Slayer 1/4oz Destroyer jig head. Keep your bait pegged to the bottom and retrieve it as slow as possible. If you think you’re going slow enough, stop and retrieve even slower till you feel that thump.

Capt. Chris Herrera

Palm Coast / St. Augustine Charters

(386) 503-6338

www.palmcoastfishing.com

Wind and More Wind

Looks like the fan is on right now but its set to low during the morning hours. Best fishing has been around low tides even when the wind is cranking. Bait fish are starting their spring movement and the reds are hot on their tails so look for bait schools and you will find the redfish.

A popping cork and live shrimp is a great way to find redfish during high water or when the bait is in the grass. Targeting points or grass banks with clumps of oysters usually a great place to use a popping cork. If the wind is low during first light start throwing a topwater plug.

 

 

Trevor with a beautiful Flagler beach redfish

 

 

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Palm Coast Inshore Fishing Report

Could have not asked for better weather for sight fishing redfish this morning!

We were greeted  by a bunch of tailing redfish at first light and Tom didn’t hesitate on hooking up with a beautiful upper slot redfish caught on a Slayer inc. paddle tail and 1/8th ounce jig head.

 

With slicked out conditions we had ample shots at schooling redfish in shallow water even getting a chance at doubling up

 

With great conditions all morning long we caught plenty of redfish

 

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Sight Fishing

January and February are by far my favorite time of year to fish for redfish as it’s “sight fishing season”. It all starts after cold temps cool the water below 60 degrees which kills the brown algae that makes the water look “murky”.  There are three major factors that play into a successful sight fishing trip, the 3 factors are Sun, Wind and Tides.

Early morning starts are not a must as best times are between 10 and 2pm where the sun is at its highest peak. Not only is the sun a major factor to sight fishing but so is the wind. Windy days make sight fishing for redfish a bit tougher but a smooth glassy non windy day makes it as easy as it can be to see fish. Tides is the last factor as you can catch them on both tides but low tides make it easier as fish get concentrated into shallow sloughs and troughs.

I prefer to fly fish while sight fishing with small shrimp patterns or small bait fish patterns but sight fishing is not limited to just fly fishing. Small soft plastics like paddle tails rigged weedless or with a 1/8th ounce jig head will trick many redfish into eating.

There is no other “tool” more important to sight fishing (other than what you are catching them with) than polarized sunglasses. Sunglasses come in many shapes and sized, lens color and materials, in my opinion the best for redfish is an amber or copper lens with frames that minimize the amount of light that leaks in from the sides.

 

 

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