Had regulars Skip and his daughter Rain (The Hog Dropper) out for a half day of fishing out of Bings Landing in Palm Coast. We started fishing off the ICW with live shrimp on a 1/0 Daiichi circle hook and Slayer inc jigheads catching a little bit of everything although lady fish was our target for bait. Once we got our cut bait secured we headed to the shallows for redfish as we had a good low incoming tide. We poled into position and Rain got her first bite on a cut lady fish chunk and Daiichi 3/0 circle hook. We made one more move to another bank where she hooked and landed a few more nice upper slot redfish.
Had the pleasure of taking Dave out for a half day fishing charter out of Bings Landing. Our first stop was the shallow flats where we saw plenty of redfish pushing wakes and busting mullet but did not want much to do with our lures. Dave did trick a nice flounder with a Z-man houdini jerk bait that was busting bait next to an oyster bed. We decided to make a move to the beach in search of cobia but instead we quickly picked up a triple tail with a live shrimp and slayer inc jig combo. We did see one cobia but he wanted nothing to do with us so we packed it in and head back to the ramp.
Another great day of fishing in Palm Coast as Chris, Frank and John joined me for a half day of fishing for redfish. We fished the shallow flats tossing chunks of lady fish on 3/0 Daiichi circle hooks with 000 split shots along the grass line on high tide.
Tom holding a nice upper slot redfish caught on a piece of cut lady fish and Daiichi 3/0 circle hook
Jerry and Paula were my guest this day as we set out from the Vilano ramp in Saint Augustine in search of redfish. We hits some creek holes at low tide with live shrimp and Slayer inc jigheads which produced some nice fat upper and over slot redfish.
Well this day was not your typical Florida fishing weather day for Andrew and his dad Mike. We started in a light cold drizzle and it stayed that way for most of the day but that didn’t stop the guys from catching fish. Despite showing up in shorts and shivering the whole time the guys had a great bite fishing the deep creek holes in St. Augustine with live shrimp and slayer inc. jigheads. We caught redfish, black drum and sheephead all in the same whole before calling it a day.
Capt. Chris Herrera
Got to love it when a plan comes together. I had repeat client Jim out for a half day fishing trip to help him tweak his fishing skills a bit. We started by throwing topwaters plugs but had nothing but missed strikes and blow ups. Next was the ole trusty popping cork with shrimp combo that attracted a few ladyfish and one solid redfish who eventually broke the line.
Jim had a good question about fishing in fast current situations. He asked “why does my shrimp always drag behind my float in high current?” Simple answer was, when fishing high current areas it’s best to open your bail and let line out. let the float and shrimp combo drift without resistance till it reaches an eddy ( an eddy is the swirling of a fluid and the reverse current created when the fluid flows past an obstacle. The moving fluid creates a space devoid of downstream-flowing fluid on the downstream side of the object) where more than likely fish will be holding. As we watched the float start to make its way into the eddy the float went down and the drag started to scream. After a great fight Jim was posing for a photo op with this nice gator trout.
Had another fun charter with Tim, Bill, Barry and Jen as we launched from Bings Landing looking for a redfish bite. We hit some creek holes while waiting for the tide to rise and once it did both Bill and Jen got their dinner fish on quartered blue crabs.
Tim, Pete and Jerry were my guest today for a half day charter out of Bings landing. We had a slow bite although the mullet are finally starting to move along the ICW. Our first spot didn’t pan out like I hoped nor the second spot which produced a nice keeper black drum on a piece of fresh dead peeled shrimp and Daiichi 1/0 circle hook combo. Since we didn’t get any redfish and the pinfish were relentless we made a move to the shallows where Tim hooked and landed the biggest redfish I have ever seen in the shallow flats of Flagler County. This redfish ate a live select shrimp under a popping cork pitched around an oyster bed. What a battle this fish put up but Tim came out on top, a few photos and high fives later we released this 20+ lb. redfish.
What a great charter we had fishing out of the Vilano ramp in St. Augustine. Steve, Bill and I set out on the Hell’s Bay skiff and hit the low tide bite looking for redfish and the boys found them. Bill was first to break the ice with a nice upper slot redfish followed by several slot and over sized redfish. Steve also added a few upper slot trout to their catch list which by the way ate live shrimp on a Slayer inc. jighead.