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Palm Coast Inshore Fishing Forecast

It’s that time of year to practice your cast netting technique as the mullet are running in full force! Net a well full of mullet and head to your local inlet with an assortment of weights to hold bottom (which can change as the tide speeds up or slow down) different size leaders as you never know what you will encounter. When the mullet run is in full swing you can hook everything and anything from redfish to tarpon.

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Fishing the inlet for redfish is best during change of tides but not always necessarily true as some spectacular days have been had within the last two hours of outgoing tide. A fish finder rig with enough weight to hold bottom, 18 inch leader and 3/0-5/0 Daiichi circle hook is a rig I like to use to catch redfish and flounder. (For flounder change that hook to a j hook instead of a circle for a better hook up). Make sure you have at least 20lb. test line as the current will make a 6 lb. redfish feel more like a 20lber. Once the tide goes slack start dragging the bottom with your fish finder rig for flounder as this is doormat season. Tarpon can also be seen rolling and crashing bait while fishing the inlet so free line a live mullet with a circle hook and set it in the rod holder.

 

Heading inshore a topwater lure at first light will get blown up around areas that are holding bait. Once the topwater bite slows down you can switch to artificial lures that “match the hatch” which will be mullet so jerk baits, paddle tails and spoon are great lures. If live bait is your thing I would toss two lines out, one live mullet and another rod with cut mullet and see which one the fish like best. Best areas to target are oyster beds during low or high tides or shorelines at high tide that are holding mullet.

 

Night time dock light fishing is still great as trout, lady fish and snook will be popping the bait that drifts by the light all night long. Live shrimp is a local favorite hooked on a 1/0 circle hook and bb split shot. When you run out of shrimp go for the artificial lures like a D.O.A shrimp that will get just as many bites.

 

Snook should be great this month in the southern region of the county. Tomoka Basin is best fished on outgoing tides concentrating on the mosquito controls creek mouths with either live bait or artificial lures. Expect to catch not only snook but redfish, trout and juvenile tarpon as well. October brings us some great fishing so get out there and catch um!

 

Capt. Chris Herrera

www.PalmCoastFishing.com

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Palm Coast Fishing Report

September marks the autumn bait movement that will eventually turn into the fall “mullet run” by months end. Starting your mornings off with topwater lures that resemble a mullet like the Rapala skitter walk or Spook Jr. will produce redfish, trout and snook. Cast topwaters parallel to ICW banks, over flooded oyster beds or docks that are holding mullet to find the “trophies”.

 

September’s full and new moons brings the tidal waters up into the Spartina grass where Redfish and Sheephead will be found tailing and gorging themselves on all sorts of crustaceans. Bailing from the skiff and wading with the fly rod and a rattle crab pattern is one way to hook up or a live shrimp hooked through the tail with a Daiichi Octopus wide bait hook.

 

Snook and Tarpon will be in the canals feeding during low light conditions, a live select shrimp will trigger a bite from both species. Lead a rolling Tarpon with a live select shrimp on a Daiichi 3/0 circle hook and a loose drag to help your chances of landing the Silver King. Pitching the docks with live shrimp will get the attention of most linesiders (Snook) especially when encountering a school and the competition factor kicks in. Remember to handle snook with care as they have had a few rough winters and snook numbers are still low.

 

Area inlets will host Flounder and Bull Reds during the change of tides, a live 6-inch mullet on a fish finder rig will get the doormats to the boat. The fish finder rig consists of a 1/0-3/0 DaiichiD18Z hook with a 10-inch piece of 30lb fluorocarbon leader, a good swivel, glass bead and ¾-1 ounce egg sinker. Once you cast this rig, slowly drag and pump it back to the boat keeping contact with the bottom. For creek flounder a mud minnow or finger mullet on a ¼ ounce Slayer inc. Destroyer jig head fished around creek bends. A knocker rig with a 6-ounce weight a Daiichi 5/0 circle hook and cut or live mullet/ pogie will be the choice set up for Bull Reds at the inlet. Just remember take time to revive these breeder reds and get them back in the water as quickly as possible.

 

Trout catches can still be expected to be best at night fishing the dock lights, a live free lined shrimp or non weighted artificial tossed up current and drifted through the lights will produce Trout and Snook. Remember to wet hands before handling fish if you plan on doing some catch and release.

 

 

Capt. Chris Herrera
www.PalmCoastFishing.com

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Flood Tide Redfish Fly Recipes

Here is another great fly that will get a redfish’s attention during the flood tides. Call to book your spin or fly fishing trip for tailing redfish 386-503-6338

 

Flood Tide Flies

Flood tides will be here so prepare by tying your favorite flies to feed the redfish. Here is a great video on how to tie a crab pattern.

 

Palm Coast Fishing Report

The inshore bite continues to impress me this summer as schools of redfish have been hanging around longer than usual and allowing for some great sight fishing opportunities.

Flounder are also present in good numbers allowing anglers to practice their patience when targeting flounder.

Tarpon are on the beach but will get pushed out for a few days till water temps rise back into the 80’s.

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July Fishing Report

Welcome all vacationers to Palm Coast and surrounding areas. We are having a great redfish bite this summer! early morning starts are not a must but do help with coping with this Florida heat. Not only have the flats been fair to my anglers but the near shore bite for tarpon, sharks and kings have been good as well.

Call Palm Coast Fishing to book your family vacation fishing charter with one of our experienced guides.

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Palm Coast Inshore fishing report

With all the bait showing up the last few weeks, redfish, trout, flounder and snook have not been watching their weight and fattening up for swim suit season. Early morning bite has been real good with topwater plugs during the higher tides where bait is visible. Once the sun gets high switch to soft plastics like slayer inc. jerk baits on 1/8 ounce jig heads for redfish, trout and snook.

Live bait fisherman have been doing well with live shrimp or mud minnow on jig heads bumped across the bottom of creek holes for flounder. Take your time with a slow retrieve and wait for the thump, even then give it time before setting the hook on a flattie.

 

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Palm Coast Spring Break Report

This past spring break in Palm Coast has really put some nice redfish in the skiff. We had some spectacular days of redfishing along with trout, jacks and even some snook. Best bite has been with live bait as most of my anglers were young novices but the the artificial bite has been good as well. Throwing soft plastics and topwater plugs at first light has put plenty of upper slot redfish in the Hell’s Bay skiff.

Here are a few of our catches from this past week:

 

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Palm Coast Fishing Spring Report

Spring break has officially started as all of my regulars and new clients are enjoying the fantastic weather we had this past week in Palm Coast. Fishing has been hot as well  since conditions have allowed for sight fishing remaining schools of redfish. We have been catching them on soft plastic paddle tail lures made by Slayer inc. as well with live bait. Along with redfish, my clients have caught flounder and trout as well.

 

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Sight Fishing For Schools Of Redfish

Winter has finally made its way south to Florida, with the chill comes gin clear water. The brown algae is dying off due to water temps dropping into the low 60’s and the redfish are fired up and feeding. Sight fishing opportunities start at 9am and continue till about 2pm. Polarized sunglasses and a casting platform make for the perfect combo for sight fishing redfish in the shallow flats. Redfish will eat just about anything put in front of them but artificial lures is the best bet. Slayer inc. paddle tails on a 1/8 jig head is my favorite combo

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Fishing Palm Coast with Captain Chris Herrera sight fishing for redfish using slayer inc. paddle tails

Fishing Palm Coast with Captain Chris Herrera sight fishing for redfish using slayer inc. paddle tails

Fishing Palm Coast with Captain Chris Herrera sight fishing for redfish using slayer inc. paddle tails