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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:


Using Fishbites For Winter Sight Fishing

St. Augustine Fishing Report 5/5/11 Redfish bite heats up…..

despite the winds howling at 15+ miles an hour out of the Northeast but that didn’t stop us from catching redfish today. John and Stephen were my guest as we set out to fish St. Augustine in search of redfish on the shallow flats. We started catching fish right away with a few upper slot reds and a nice trout using cut bait on a Daiichi 3/0 circle hook and bb split shot. Once the tide bottomed out we headed to a honey hole that produced an upper to over slot redfish on every cast. I actually missed some really nice photos opportunities but who has time to pose for pictures when the fish are chewing on every cast. Most redfish caught were in the 7-11lb. range. Who says you can’t catch fish on windy days!

Here are some pictures of the smallest fish of the day.

Capt. Chris Herrera

Capt. Chris’s Fishing Tips

Do not let the wind keep you off the water and use it to your advantage when fishing. Set up from your target up wind, keep the wind to your back, cast with the wind and  gain extra distance on your cast keeping you further away from spooky fish. I bet you can get an extra 60-80 ft. on your cast with this technique which will end up producing more fish.

Reading The Water….

was all Jim Hogan and I could do as the water clarity has now settled to its darker tannic color. At times we could see a redfish lying around an oyster or swimming but the trick to sight fishing was actually reading the water. We could see the reds pushing  wakes in the early morning hours while fishing St Augustine and surrounding flats. We used live shrimp and mud minnows but this time of year the reds would eat just about any lure that swims past their nose, some of my favorites are gold spoons, Fishbites soft plastics and Sebile stick shadds.

Captain Chris’s Fishing Tips

Start early and beat the wind, smooth glassy early morning conditions is a great time to wake the redfish up with a topwater lure. Zara spook Jr., Top Pups and Skitter walks are great surface walkers that will attract the fish by their “click, clack” sound produced. Remember not to set the hook until you feel the weight of the fish as redfish will consistently miss the plug.

Last Days OF Sight Fishing…..

were spent with George and Don as we headed out mid morning for some redfish action. We started by fishing St Augustine’s shallow water flats in search of last chance schools that we found with out a problem. Shallow water glassy conditions is the ideal conditions to sight fish redfish and that’s the conditions we had. We not only physically saw the redfish but could see them “pushing” wakes in the distance. A properly placed live shrimp on a Daiichi 1/0 circle hook would result in a caught fish. After the charter the guys took their catch to JT’s Seafood Shack where fresh blackened redfish was the main course.

Capt. Chris’s Fishing Tips

With the water clarity starting to diminish its time to break out the “search lures”. Search lures is a term given to lures that cover water quickly like gold spoons, topwater plugs, inline spinners and spinnerbaits. These lures are great for stained waters because of the flash, vibration and noise they produce to attract fish on the flats. live bait fisherman searching for redfish should soak cut bait like mullet, pinfish or ladyfish around oyster beds where redfish can pick up the scent.

Bass Pro Shops Fort Lauderdale

Stop by and say hello to Capt. Chris Herrera from Palm Coast Fishing as he will be in answering questions and showing inshore rigs that will help you catch more inshore fish at the Fort Lauderdale Bass Pro Shops Feb. 25 and the 26th.