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Palm Coast Fishing Report

Had the pleasure of spending some “water time” with Craig Wood and his grandson RJ. We had a blast watching RJ catch some lady fish, jacks and some nice slot redfish.


Here is a pic of one of RJ’s catches:



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Palm Coast Inshore Report

The bite continues to be good this past week with upper slot redfish on both outgoing and incoming tides. For the lure enthusiast topwaters during first light or last light has given us some exciting explosions and aerial displays. Once the sun comes up we switched to soft plastic jerk baits on 1/4 ounce jig heads or weedless hooks working around submerged oyster beds. For those who choose to fish with bait, quartered crabs, cut mullet and cut ladyfish has put several redfish in the skiff. My simple rig consist of a Daiichi 3/0 circle hook and the heaviest split shot you can buy. Laying the bait in fish travel lanes will bend a rod in no time.






Black drum have also made an appearance this month with many double ups. Live and dead shrimp or quartered crabs have enticed these fish to chew over and over again.




















Capt. Chris Herrera


Spring Break Photo Report

As spring break starts to dwindle down I finally have a day off to post some of our recent catches and memories made from this past few weeks. I would like to thank all of my regular clients for letting me teach their kids how to fish and also watch them grow.











Capt. Chris Herrera


Palm Coast Inshore Report

First light, outgoing tide and add schools of mullet, this formula makes for a successful morning outing for trout. Tie on your favorite topwater plug and get to casting, gator trout will be lurking around the bait pods along the ICW.. Working topwater and sinking plugs like a Sebile stick shad parallel to dropoffs and around creek mouths will guarantee success! Don’t over look deeper creek holes as “Gator Trout” can be taking residence.


Redfish will also be patrolling the shell banks of the ICW working the bait pods during low tides. Shallow flats that are holding mullet will have redfish shadowing mullet pods looking to eat all the shrimp and crabs the mullet kick up. A Fish Bites Extreme watermelon red flake color jerkbait on a Slayer 4/0 Penetrator 3/16oz. hook is great search bait for flats fishing. Oyster bed hopping and casting to spartina grass edges will also produce strikes as long as the mullet are around. If redfish are busting mullet switch to mullet imitators like my new favorite lure the Sebile stick shad in hollow mullet. Live bait fisherman should soak live mullet or shrimp around oyster bars on high tide using Daiichi 1/0-3/0 circle hooks.


Flounder should be chewing steady in the flats, creeks and inlet on outgoing tide being my favorite. Live finger mullet with a 000 split shot or using a Slayer inc. paddle tail paired with a  Slayer inc. jighead slowly bounced across the bottom will produce flatties. Jig fisherman will target deeper dropoffs with mud minnows or finger mullet. Doormats around the inlets will fall for 5-7 inch mullet on a fish finder rig. I prefer to use Daiichi D18Z J-hooks as I miss a lot of flounder on circle hooks.


Big Blue fish should continue to chew around Matanzas Inlet, they will bite just about any lure that resembles a mullet, first light is best for numbers. Ladyfish will be stacking up outgoing tides busting baitfish in the bigger creeks that will keep the kids occupied. Light jigs and paddle tails or live shrimp will get slammed by lady fish on every cast once you find them.

Watch the water temps off the beach to reach 64 degrees to 66 degrees which will bring in the triple tail. Fish the outgoing rip along Matanzas inlet for paired up triple tail. Another way to target triple tail is to look for floating debris. Live shrimp is normally best but artificial lures work as well.


Kevin and Sean had a great time catching some nice slot redfish on this cloudy day.






Palm Coast Inshore Report

What a great week of fishing for redfish! I had the pleasure of taking Gloria, Mike and Ron out again for another redfish catching session. They put a whoopin on the fish and took home enough for dinner. Another great charter for Gloria and her family.





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Palm Coast Fishing report

I had the pleasure of guiding and meeting some very nice people this week that were either enjoying spring break at Hammock beach resort or bike week in Daytona beach. The redfish bite has been hot this past week with double digit catches and some oversize redfish. Black drum have also joined the party with live shrimp being the bait of choice.







Palm Coast Inshore Report

While the rest of the eastern coast of the U.S. freezes Florida has finally reached lived up to its name, the “Sunshine state”. This past week the temperatures are not the only thing heating up.  The fishing during low outgoing tides has produced some great catches of redfish with not only quality fish but numbers of fish. Live shrimp has been the bait of choice to entice redfish into biting. Simple rigs for shrimp are, free lining, bb split shot with daiichi 1/0 circle hook or a Slayer inc. destroyer 1/4 oz jig head.


The Beck Family had a great time catching and inviting some redfish home for dinner.











Capt. Chris Herrera


Palm Coast Inshore Report

After a week of cancellations we finally got a break in the weather which allowed me to start booking charters and pull the ole skiff from the garage. With calm winds and sunny skies we finally had ideal conditions to climb up on the poling platform and pole my clients to some nice upper slot sight fished redfish. Starting at low tide made for cleaner water and really schooled the fish together. Artificial lures like the slayer sst in white has been my go to color matched with a 1/8th ounce slayer jig head. Poling around submerged oyster bars as the tide rises has yielded some nice singles looking for something to swim by to ambush.

The trout bite is getting better by targeting them at low tide in deep creek holes. Freelining a live shrimp through the creek holes will result in a solid thump followed by a screaming drag by a gator trout. Lure fisherman jigging a soft plastic paddle tail or sinking twitch baits like a mirrodine will get the attention of any trout in the area.












Capt. Chris Herrera


February Fishing Forecast


As water temps hopefully continue to cool after January’s warm spell, water clarity will get better and better till it reaches “Gin Clear”. Hitting the flats once the sun is high and with incoming tide will give you sight fishing opportunities for redfish and sheepshead.  To find sheepshead on the flats look around oyster bars till you see the striped bandits nibbling away.  A stealthy approach is a must by either poling or quietly using your troll motor. A rig I like to use is a 1/0 Daiichi octopus J hook with a bb split shot a few inches above the hook, I then rig a shrimp weed less by cutting off it’s tail for sent and inserting hook through the tail and back into it’s body for a weedless rig. Bigger Sheepsheads will be hanging around deeper water structure like docks, bridges, channel markers and area Inlets. Fiddler crabs, oyster crabs and oysters are offering that are rarely turned down by sheepshead hanging around deep structure.


Trout fishing should be catch and release only as the season is normally closed but with new regulations trout remain open year round and bag limits are up to six instead of five fish. Look for trout to school up around ICW creek mouths, deep holes in creek bends and Matanzas Inlet. Small soft plastics like Fishbites Extreme paddle tails or curly tails on a ¼ ounce Slayer jig head will attract schooled up trout. Gator trout will be sunning on mud flats during the heat of the day and a live mullet swimming on the surface will tempt even the wariest trout.


Redfish schools will be on sun baked flats during higher tides and roaming the ICW during low tides. Multiple fish can be caught as long as you’re quiet and do not get to aggressive with your approach. Artificial lures is better in my opinion as you can get multiple cast to schools if spooked and don’t waste time rebating. Fly fisherman test their cast and accuracy by sight fishing laid up and cruising redfish on the shallow flats. My go to flies are flats bunnies, merkwans and just about any fly that resembles a bait fish.


Black drum are relatives to red fish and noted as good table fair when caught less than 5 pounds and can hold their own once hooked. Recent outings have produced good numbers of “puppy drum” which range from 2 to 6 pounds. Simple rigs are used to catch Black drum, one of my favorites is a Slayer inc. ¼ oz. jig head and a live or fresh dead shrimp hooked through the head. Since Black drum are bottom dwellers and feed almost exclusively on the bottom other good baits that produce “stink” are quartered blue crabs, clams and oysters. Black drum are primarily found in deeper water but during those cold spells look to sight fish them on the shallow flats.



Capt. Chris Herrera


Palm Coast Inshore Report

What a fantastic day of fishing with Norm, Donna and Kent from Palm Coast. We had an absolute blast catching some upper slot slobs one after the other totalling over 50 redfish. Our bait of choice was live shrimp and mud minnows with mud minnows being the better choice. Our rig was a simple rig, it consisted of a 1/0 Daiichi circle hook with a medium split shot 1ft. above the hook. The key to catching numbers like this is fishing at low tide, having a shallow water skiff like a Hell’s Bay or sliding in on a kayak. Fish will seek shelter from the shallows by flowing into deep holes making them vulnerable to an awesome day of “catching fish in a barrel”.









Capt. Chris Herrera


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