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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


Palm Coast Fishing report

Had the pleasure of hosting my dog trainers Ronnie and Jerry Day from Day’s End Kennels in Grantsville Georgia. Jerry and Ronnie drove to Palm Coast so my dog and I could finally reunite after a long 7 months turning him into a lean mean duck retrieving machine! After a day of training we turned our attention to fishing and had a great time catching some nice upper slot redfish. Fishing the low tides with live bait put plenty of redfish into the Hell’s Bay Professional.



Jerry Day


I invited Ronnie to an early morning duck hunt so I can see what Brisket learned while away at training camp. Brisket would not disappoint as he picked up every down bird.



Brisket first bird low rez


Capt. Chris Herrera



Palm Coast Fishing Report

It is always a pleasure fishing with Don and who ever he brings along as a guest which was Buster. We had a great time fishing the creeks and flats of Palm Coast picking off some redfish at low tide pitching live shrimp and 1/0 Daiichi circle hooks into deep holes in the back of creeks. This is where the term “catching fish in a barrel” comes from as we had the fish penned up in a deep hole surrounded by shallow water.




Palm Coast Fishing Report

Had the pleasure of taking repeat client Craig and his grandson RJ who wanted to catch a “Big Fish”. Our first spot produced the big fish on the first cast, a healthy 27 inch slot redfish that ate a live shrimp on a 1/0 Daiichi circle hook.

We continued working the oyster bar at low tide in this creek picking off some nice redfish for RJ. According to RJ we caught over 80 something fish but my count was more like RJ caught 14 redfish.






Capt. Chris Herrera



Palm Coast Inshore Fishing Report

You have good days, bad days and incredible days; this was an incredible day with Jim and Mike. I had a 3 boat charter lined up with 8 anglers who were all taking bets for biggest and most redfish. I knew our chances of winning were good but after the tally was complete it wasn’t even a competition. Before leaving the dock I told Jim and Mike that our chances of winning would be good if we gambled and go way up in a shallow creek where a school of redfish had been spotted days prior. The gamble was that the tide was going out and we were without a doubt going to  get stuck in the back of the creek with fish or without. Lucky for us we found a few fish that we pushed into a hole. We setup with live shrimp, Daiichi 1/o circle hook and bb split shot.

For the next 2 1/2 hours we caught redfish after redfish with the first fish being the biggest at 29 inches. After the smoked cleared we counted 48 keepers, 3 undersize and 1 oversize redfish. When the tide started to flood again we made our way out of the creek and headed back to collect our bet and brag a bit.












Capt. Chris Herrera