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November Fishing Forecast

Creek bends, shallow flats, Inlets, docks and creek mouths, what do these areas have in common? Flounder, it’s that time of year when water temperatures (68 degrees) dictate flounder activity and the annual flounder run starts.

 

It’s fairly simple fishing as using a ¼ ounce Slayer Jig head with a finger mullet or mud minnow slowly dragged across the bottom. Other simple rigs consist of using split shots or an egg sinker (fish finder rig) and 14 inches of leader with a 3/0 Daiichi D16Z Octopus wide hook. For artificial applications any jig head and soft plastic combo (Z-man Paddle Tail) works well in deep water areas. Spoons, soft plastics and hard baits fished on shallow sandbars will produce flatties as well.

 

Flounder strikes or “thumps” as I like to call it are very distinct to other inshore game fish. When fishing for flounder patience pays a great part after feeling the “thump”. Flounder will grab a hold of your bait and sit on the bottom till bait stops moving around and that’s when the flounder will turn mullet or mud minnow around and swallow it head first which will initiate the second “thump”. Many “Old Salt” flounder anglers know the importance of feeling for flounder on the line by slowly lifting the rod tip to make sure the flounder is still attached to the line and then give some slack for about a minute before setting the hook.

 

Trout fisherman will get their limit and more using float rigs at Matanzas Inlet with shrimp being the top bait. The last 2 hours of outgoing tide and first of incoming is the locals preferred time to fish. Topwater plugs like a Spook Jr., Rapala or Mirrorlure can catch the biggest trout looking for a bite in the shallows or ICW drop offs at creek mouths. When the bite slows down on top switch gears to diving plugs like a Sebile Stick Shadd or curly tail grubs with a ¼ ounce Slayer jig.

 

Redfish will start to huddle in masses and seek the warmth of oyster beds during afternoon high tides.  Long casting spoons or jerkbaits will produce. For scattered redfish live or cut mullet on a fish finder rig tossed around points, creek mouths or oysters will do the trick. During low tides look for reds cruising shallow mud banks with their backs out of the water chasing small grass shrimp. Matching the hatch (live shrimp) or a FishBites shrimp on a weedless hook tossed in front of a belly crawling redfish will result in a catch.

 

 

 

Palm Coast Inshore Report

This has been the best summer weather that I can remember in my 14 years of guiding Palm Coast. For the past several months, we have been greeted with virtually glassed out conditions which help with reading the water. Poling the shallows quietly looking for signs of bait fish or redfish feeding has been our tactic to catch summer time reds. Depending on my Anglers ability, we target redfish on fly, lures or live bait. My go to redfish lures as of late have been watermelon/redflake soft plastic jerkbaits on a 1/8th ounce jig head, Rapala skitter walk topwater plug and gulp shrimp on 1/4 ounce jig head.

Live bait has put most of the reds into my Hell’s Bay skiff since most of my anglers this time of year or novice or young kids. My go to setups vary on the tide stages and depth I am fishing. Last few days during the extreme high tides we have been experiencing I have been using a popping cork with a live mud minnow or finger mullet. I like to target submerged oyster beds, especially if bait present or grassy banks that come to a point.

Beach water temps have dropped due to the thermocline (continuous west winds cause a thermocline) which pushed most of our migratory big tarpon away till waters rewarm but until then my anglers have been having a ball targeting juvenile tarpon. Learn how to catch juvenile tarpon here.

 

Juvenile tarpon inhabit our waters year round  but are most abundant during the summer.

 

Capt. Chris Herrera

www.PalmCoastFishing.com

386-503-6338

 

 

Palm Coast Inshore Fishing Report

Another great week for my clients as we did well catching redfish and flounder out of Palm Coast. We fished the shallows for redfish and with the weather cooperating we had some good shallow water sight fishing opportunities. We saw redfish swimming with their backs out of the water and splashing in the shallows foraging on shrimp.

Flounder this week has been more of a by catch while targeting redfish, although we don’t mind catching them especially for lunch.

Palm Coast Fishing

 

 

 

 

 

Capt. Chris Herrera

Palm Coast Fishing

386-503-6338

Palm Coast Fishing Report

We have been blessed with some great fishing weather so far this summer season as we launch from Bings landing. Low west winds and great tides have produced a lot of sight fishing opportunities for my clients like Tom who landed some nice redfish on his resent charter.

Tom’s Redfish caught in Palm Coast

 

We have been catching some flounder as well like the one Chip is holding which was caught on a mud minnow and jig combo.

Our spotted redfish was caught using Slayer inc. soft plastic Jerk baits and weedless hooks sight fished in shallow water.

 

Capt. Chris Herrea

Palm Coast Fishing

386-503-6338

 

Palm Coast Fishing Report

Florida has proven to be the sunshine state as our weather first thing in the morning has been spectacular. Low winds and great tides has given my anglers opportunities  to sight fish redfish in the shallows out of Bings Landing. depending on my clients skill level they have been catching redfish on lures, live bait and on fly. Being able to poll the shallows in my Hell’s Bay skiff gives my anglers shots at fish the larger bay boats cannot reach due to draft.

On certain tides we have targeted spotted sea trout, drifting live bait or suspending plugs has been tricking these upper slot trout to feed. Understanding the tides and bait movement will insure a “gator” trout.

 

Palm Coast Inshore Report

Another great trip in the books as I had the pleasure of guiding Barry, Iliza and Jenna out for a half day of inshore fishing.  Our first stop yielded Iliza’s biggest redfish. Our bait of choice was cut mullet during dead low tide but we switched to mud minnows and jig heads during the low incoming tide. We scored several more redfish and shallow water flounder.

 

Palm Coast Inshore Report

Flounder continue to make a good showing on the low incoming tide at Matanzas Inlet. Mud minnows and 1/4 ounce jig heads has been my rig of choice. Bottom bumping this rig slowly across the bottom and waiting for a thump is how I fish this rig.  After feeling the thump make sure you “DO NOT SET THE HOOK” right away! Give it some time and when the flounder swims off with your bait in your mouth set it and have a net handy.

 

Our other main target is redfish, redfish have been doing great on lower tides as well. Mud minnows, live mullet, shrimp and artificial lures have also been working great on redfish. 

Spring Break Inshore Fishing Report

Sun, surf and fishing is what spring break in Florida is all about. This spring has given us some of best weather Florida has to offer and plenty of hungry fish as well. Our main target species is redfish but my clients have had a blast catching chomper blues cast after cast!

 

 

Hitting the shallows at the right tide has given my anglers great opportunities to land several nice redfish on live bait or lures. My favorite bait this time of year is a quartered crab but the most exciting is with topwater plugs.

Palm Coast Race Week Report

This weeks fishing has been fast and furious when redfish schools are located. Most of my clients were down to see the Nascar races at Daytona and take advantage of the great warm Florida weather we are experiencing.

From topwater plugs to live bait, redfish have been chewing and screaming drags. Best bite has been on the falling tide on the shallow flats of Palm Coast. The creeks at dead low incoming have produced fish as well with live shrimp.

 

Here are a few pics of our catch yesterday:

 

January fishing report

January Fishing Forecast

 

Well it’s the first of the year and I hope your new years resolution has something to do with spending more time in the outdoors. Grab those new polarized sunglasses you got for Christmas and hit the flats as the reds are schooled up and eating good! Red fishing on the flats isn’t an early morning ritual like in the summer; waiting for the sun to rise and warm the waters is your best bet. A low mid morning incoming tide is a perfect scenario as the sun heats the oyster beds and once the tide floods schools of redfish will sit on these hot spots for warmer water. Approach the school with stealth as not to alert the school of your presence before getting into casting distance. Z-man paddle tails or flies are my choices for catching redfish. Once the school is on the move bomb a Sebile Stick Shadd out in front of the school twitch a few times and hook up!

 

Creek fishing for Seatrout is about as sure as it gets this time of year. Jigging for Trout in creek holes with a ¼ ounce Slayer Jig and Slayer inc. SST (paddle tail) will get the attention of every schoolie in the hole. Most Trout will be on the small side but if numbers is your game, creek hole fishing is the place. Small Reds also occupy the same creek holes and can be caught with live shrimp; small split shot and a Daiichi 82Z 1/0 circle hook.

 

 

Fly fisherman get great opportunities on landing the elusive Sheaphead on fly this month. Sheaphead can be found on the most oyster-laden flats during low incoming tides, these striped bandits will be foraging for oyster crabs so a crab pattern is the best fly for the job. If fly fishing isn’t your thing, live bait fishing with fiddler crabs and a fish finder rig vertically fished around bridges, docks and rocks will put the bend in the rod.

 

Capt. Chris Herrera

www.PalmCoastFishing.com

386-503-6338