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Fishing for redfish has been great last few days on the shallow flats and in deep water. Low tides and no wind had made finding schools of redfish easy by slowly covering water till you see the schools either feed or “push” water giving away their location. Easing up with live shrimp on a jig head or soft plastic lures has been our go to presentation that works well.

Fishing along the ICW has been tougher since you cannot sight fish but using todays technology it has been easy to find them with Humminbirds Helix 10 Si mega imaging. Check out the image below:

Palm Coast Inshore Report

With the holidays here it was time to get back to work and put my clients on some fish. We had some bad days in the beginning of the week due to high winds and dirty water making sight fishing almost impossible. Now that the wind has finally died we had many opportunities at catching shallow water redfish with live and artificial lures. Best live bait has been live mullet as the redfish are hammering schools of mullet. I like to rig my mullet with a Daiichi 3/0 circle hook behind the dorsal fin so it swims away from the skiff and closer to the surface of the water.

When it comes to artificial lures I always suggest “matching the hatch” so a paddle tail has been my go to lure rigged weedless. I like brands like Z-man or Slayer inc. lures rigged both with a 1/8th ounce jig head or a weighted weedless hook.

Last of the outgoing tide has been the best for me as we can see the redfish pushing wakes in less than a foot of water. A stealthy approach is a must and preferably by polling but a troll motor will work at low speeds.

Brian nailed them today with paddle tails.
Taylor tricked this fish with a Slayer inc. jerkbait.


Sully caught this one on live mullet

Palm Coast Inshore Report

This has been the best summer weather that I can remember in my 14 years of guiding Palm Coast. For the past several months, we have been greeted with virtually glassed out conditions which help with reading the water. Poling the shallows quietly looking for signs of bait fish or redfish feeding has been our tactic to catch summer time reds. Depending on my Anglers ability, we target redfish on fly, lures or live bait. My go to redfish lures as of late have been watermelon/redflake soft plastic jerkbaits on a 1/8th ounce jig head, Rapala skitter walk topwater plug and gulp shrimp on 1/4 ounce jig head.

Live bait has put most of the reds into my Hell’s Bay skiff since most of my anglers this time of year or novice or young kids. My go to setups vary on the tide stages and depth I am fishing. Last few days during the extreme high tides we have been experiencing I have been using a popping cork with a live mud minnow or finger mullet. I like to target submerged oyster beds, especially if bait present or grassy banks that come to a point.

Beach water temps have dropped due to the thermocline (continuous west winds cause a thermocline) which pushed most of our migratory big tarpon away till waters rewarm but until then my anglers have been having a ball targeting juvenile tarpon. Learn how to catch juvenile tarpon here.

 

Juvenile tarpon inhabit our waters year round  but are most abundant during the summer.

 

Capt. Chris Herrera

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Palm Coast Inshore Fishing Report

Finally getting some much needed rain but at the expense of my clients. Fishing is actually really good before the skies open up.  Flounder continue to chew on the incoming tide while redfish are feeding at dead low tide. Slow trolling live pogies on our beaches is raising king fish and occasional sail fish.

 

Today I had the pleasure of guiding two nine year old boys with a passion for fishing. We had a blast catching their personal best trout.

 

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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My Hell’s Bay guide profile

http://www.hellsbayboatworks.com/hb-news-single/guide-profile-captain-chris-herrera

Daytona Beach News Journal Q & A With Capt. Chris Herrera

 
Q & A: FISHING GUIDE CHRIS HERRERA

Chris Herrera, 35, has spent most of his life fishing the waters of Flagler County and Palm Coast. He has been a licensed guide and captain for eight years and co-owns Captain’s BBQ, Bait & Tackle at Bings Landing in Palm Coast. We asked him five questions about his profession.

I have never seen the combination of a tackle shop and barbecue restaurant. Was that your idea?

‘‘No, it wasn’t. In order to be in this building, we had to have a tackle shop and we can’t compete with the big box stores on tackle prices. We compromised with Flagler County.

We said, ‘Let us run a restaurant and a tackle shop, so you get a two-for­one deal.’ Selling tackle does not pay bills. Without the restaurant, I would be on the street.’’ So, you are three-in-one. You own a tackle shop, a restaurant and you’re also a guide. The question is, do you ever sleep?

‘‘I’m up by 4:45 a.m. and on the water by 6:30 a.m. and home by noon and get the boat cleaned up for the next charter, shower then come to work at the restaurant until 9 p.m.

That’s my schedule every day.’’ Have you always enjoyed fishing?

‘‘Oh yeah, from Day 1, that’s one of my first memories as a child, was fishing when I was four years old. I lived in New Jersey then. We’d fish for brim and catfish in lakes around the house. When I moved to Florida, the first thing I did was grab my fishing pole and went fishing. We did an 18-hour drive and I had to get out and stretch my legs. What a better way than to go fishing.’’ What is the secret to catching a nice fish in the Matanzas River?

‘‘The secret is you got to put your time out on the water. Once you figure out fish patterns, it’s easy. You will know where the fish are at 90 percent of the time. That 10 percent involves the variables, such as low tides, high tides, weather, rain.

Those can throw the bite off. We know the seasons, the holes they like, the baits they like; it just comes from experience. I’ve been a guide for eight years, but I have fished from St. Augustine to Tomoka for the last 22 years.’’ OK, you are not digging holes, pounding nails or pouring concrete, so being a fishing guide must be a glamour job, right?

‘‘If you do this, you can’t do it as a part-time job. You’re doing this as a professional and putting people on fish day in and day out. There is pressure involved, but the longer you do it, the less pressure you feel, because you get to be 100 percent confident in yourself. I guess it is a glamorous job, but there’s pressure if you’re not on your ‘A’ game 24/7.

People don’t like paying $350 for a boat ride.’’

— Godwin Kelly

Nice write up about Captains BBQ, Bait & Tackle

http://flaglerlive.com/36005/bings-landing-bbq

Palm Coast Inshore Fishing Report 9-20 / 9-21

As always it’s my pleasure to fish with Rich from Jersey and who ever he brings along. This time Rich invited 4 of his good buds to enjoy some good ole southern hospitality and fishing. Day one started with Rich, Dave and Chris who wanted to stretch a line with some redfish and we sure did that. Our first bite was actually a triple hook up as all three rods were bent and lines screaming and in an orderly fashion everyone brought in their catch.

Day two was with Rich, Dave and John, we hit the same spot as the day before but had a bit of a little different outcome. Dave had the hot hand with first catching a nice flounder followed by a trout and finished the North Florida inshore slam with a nice redfish. Rich tried to keep up with his own flounder lost boat side and a trout. John,  well John just got to enjoy a beautiful day on the water and got to watch Dave catchum up.

Capt. Chris Herrera

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