Fishing Report: Spring weather is here and the flats and backcountry fishing in Hernando Beach has been HOT! The redfish bite has improved since the water has warmed. They have moved out a bit to the points near mangroves and oyster bars.Working the shore line with a gold spoon or setting up on one of these points with shrimp,pinfish,or cutbait on a strong moving tide has been the best tactic.Remember, when there are mullet in the area then there will probably be redfish and other fish moving with them so be sure to work any areas with this kind of activity.
Big trout are being caught throughout the flats. We are getting trout from 20 - 25 inches on a regular basis. Using top water plugs at the rock piles in 4 - 10 foot of water early in the morning is producing very well.We are starting to catch nice size mackerel on spoons or shrimp placed under a cork.
The bluefish bite is still non-stop at some of our rock piles in the flats. Top water plugs are the best and the most fun. Our trips have also been producing a lot of black drum fron 15 - to 25 inches.We have been limiting out often.Target the deeper cuts and channels and freeline shrimp with a small split shot to get it near the bottom and hold on.
Good luck out there and tight lines!!
Capt. Keith Tomlinson
Bulldog Fishin Charters