Hernando Beach, Florida
 
Capt. Frank Bourgeois
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8/20/00

Saltwater fishing: (inshore to 12 miles out) (offshore beyond 12 miles)(backwater to 5 miles out)

Well after a break from vacation and repairs we went back to fishing this week. I put a new 351-ford motor in Always Fishing and let me tell you she is sweet.

Now back to the report. The fishing is and I know you won't believe me, as the water and air temperature has been hot - "GREAT". Trips this week took us to twenty-five foot of water where the action was outstanding in the morning hours. Just this week for some reason has been one of the best in a long time. I am not sure if the fish knew it but all the fishing trips were catch and release and I know for sure, the fish were happy about that. Two trips with the same people one inshore and one offshore was the highlight of their vacation. Never in their lives had they caught so many fish. Just south of Bayport the two fisherpersons caught and released unharmed about sixty Trout. The next trip they caught a fish about every thirty seconds, which included Grouper, Grunts, Snapper, Sharks, and all the other reef fish that live there. They were great fisherpersons and great company.

On another trip one of the people onboard caught and was about to land a Grouper weighing approximately six pounds. To our surprise a King Mackerel guessing to be over four foot, bit the tail off the Grouper and before he could land the fish came back and ate the rest of the fish right off his line. This all took place while we were watching. The only word I can say is "unbelievable" and "exciting".

A good fisherman from Pennsylvania flew his plane to the Hernando airport after booking me for two day's of fishing. Both days' the fishing was wonderful in the twenty-five to thirty foot range of water. Large grouper even breaking eighty-pound leaders on the coral rocks was the ticket to creating him a lot of fun. Many large Grouper were caught and released before heading for deeper water. The plan didn't work for the Grouper but the Amberjack were there by the boatload, fun stuff.

Grab a rod and head for the water " The fish are biting"

Capt. Frank Bourgeois

6/14/00

Offshore:

Offshore fishing is about to change. With the addition of the rains we have had the last two-dayís, hopefully the bait will get active. I have trips for the rest of the week. I am looking forward too seeing if my theories are correct. After the wind and rain, the water is usually stirred up, so I will fish tight to the structure. Chum and bright jigs tipped with smelly bait will probably be my best bet to locate fish. I am sharing this information with you in hopes that this will help you in making your trip bountiful. If where you are fishing, the water is clear, try trolling to locate fish. If you catch one look in the same area there will be more fish nearby. Live bait at this time of year is probably the best to use, but donít cancel your trip if you canít find any I have been doing real well with frozen bait. Grouper fishing on the last four trips, we just about limited out in waters not more than forty-foot. A little rule I follow is to stay in an area where I catch fish but move around. I try to stay within a mile of the main rock. If you can, fish the fifty-foot break, for this area is not as effected by temperature and weather changes as much as the shallower rocks.

Inshore:

The inshore rocks are still holding fish. Cobia, Mackerel and Grouper are still the fish to target. Trout have been caught in the ten-foot grass flats near Cutters and near Marker 10.

Back-waters:

I have had a couple of trips for myself, flyfishing for the backwater fish and let me tell you what a blast. For some reason my fly rod has been magic. Red fish and Snook have both taken flies instead of plastic baits. I believe I am imitating the glass minnows they feed on.

 

Grab a rod and head for the water ì The fish are bitingî

Capt. Frank Bourgeois

 

Offshore:

Mixed bag is the only way to describes what's going on in the Nature Coast. Many types of fish can be caught right now. From Anclote Island to Crystal River may seem like a long way but it's not so far if you live in the middle like myself. Just eighteen miles south is Anclote and the same for Homosassa and Crystal River fishing. If you go south from Hernando Beach you will find the water gets deeper faster. Look for rolling hills in this area to hold fish. To the North are the rocks of the St. Martin's Reef. Find the rocks, you will find fish.

This past week I have found that in looking for darker waters you will find structure. I see questions popping up in this area, the water is clear even out to thirty foot of water so on sunny windless days you can tell the difference in looking at sand bottom or grassy rocky bottom right from your boat. When you can find a place to troll for Grouper at this time of year, this is the best way to find new fishing spots. Beware of the floating grass. This grass attaches to your baits and the fish will not strike a lure full of grass. If you catch a fish throw a marker out and go back and find the structure the fish was holding on and you will be surprised to find that more fish will be there.

The Florida Sportsman just put out a new book covering the Sport Fish of the Gulf of Mexico by Vic Dunaway and everyone who fishes in the Gulf should have one. Even as long as I have been fishing I am not yet familiar with all the different fish we have here.

Inshore waters: Things seem to be tougher but not impossible. On a recent trip to Tarpon Springs with a charter we fished many different spots around Anclote Island and I will let the catch speak for itself. We caught plump Crevalle Jacks, Cobia, and many nice Trout with the biggest one weighing in at three pounds.

I took a trip to visit my friend Jack Montague the representative for G-Loomis fishing rods. He lives in Punta Gorda, Florida near Charlotte Harbor. The first day we fished with David Carlson from Cannon Cameraís and I saw so many red fish and snook I was amazed. We caught fish and it was a very pleasant day on the water. The second day we fished with a charter Capt who was eighty years young and still chartering where he brought us to an area in Inglewood that had so many Tarpon they were bumping the boat. So I decided in about a year I might have to move there. Grab a rod and head for the water ì The fish are biting!

Capt. Frank Bourgeois


5/15/00

Saltwater fishing: (inshore to 12 miles out) (offshore beyond 12 miles) (backwater to 5 miles out)

Offshore:

Offshore fishing has been real good. You have to move to the deeper waters to find good fish. With all the warm weather the fish moved out faster this year than years past. I have in the past reports, been telling people the fish will be in the same places year after year at the same time of the year. This year that has changed due to the lack of rain. The most important thing is the temperature of the water. Temperature will always be the prominent factor. Trolling has brought in some nice grouper and kings. Keeping the grass off the lines is the key to success. On a recent trip one thirty-two inch cobia was caught. Behind the Cobia that one fisherman had on his line was another twice as big. One of the other fishermen on the boat set bait out and hooked up on the bigger cobia till his line broke. He was using sixty lb Triline Big Game that was spooled on his own reel. The fish and the fisherman were stronger than the line as the fight lasted about three minutes. Something to be said about setting your drag to tight!

Inshore:

Inshore fishing has had its ups and downs. Last week the Tarpon were everywhere and this week it has been poor. With a little rain I believe the fish will move in again. The Red fish are out at the mouths of the creaks heading for deep water to breed. Snook are being caught in the outer areas of the boat cannels. The Anclote Island areas are producing lots of great fish catches. I really donít know how this area does it but even with all the pressure it has but we always catch fish there.

Notice:

May and June are Tarpon months here in this area. I fish from Bayport to Homosassa for Tarpon with conventional as well as fly rods for these fish. I have some dates still available if you are interested please get in touch with me toll free at my new toll free number 1-888-618-FISH. Please use this number for charter info only! Thank you Ö.

Grab a rod and head for the water ì The fish are bitingî

Capt. Frank Bourgeois
Associate member F.O.W.A.

4/16/00

Gumbo Grass is the word for the area fishing. This grass is most frustrating to fish in. The fish are biting everywhere. Shallow water to deep water find a rock pile and you will find the fish. The parking lot as we call it here, is a place where on the local chart you will see all the rocks. These rocks are full of fish and on the weekends full of fisherman. I even heard on the marine radio today (Sunday) one of them about twenty miles off Bayport had a collision with another boat. This was surprising as we had calm seas and over ten-mile visibility. Jigs and artificial lures in the deeper water is not the way to catch fish now. The gumbo will not let you fish with them so get some fresh bait and have some fun.

Sometimes I wonder if I am doing the right thing doing these reports as I noticed most of the boats around me were commercial grouper boats. One of them was a dive boat and he pulled up very close to me and in about one half hour shot so many Grouper they had trouble bringing their catch up in the boat. I know I donít own the Gulf but money sometimes supersedes good sense. If I had pulled up to them the way they did to me I am sure they would have been yelling at me. Well enough complaining I guess everyone would have the same story to tell.

Shark fishing is starting to pick up. Almost every trip we manage to hook up with a couple of Sharks. Cut bait is what we have been using for the Sharks with a 6/0 Tru-turn hook. We found out a spinning rod with twenty pound test is no match for these feisty fish.

Notice:

May and June are Tarpon months here in this area. I fish from Bayport to Homosassa for Tarpon with conventional as well as fly rods for these fish. I have some dates still available if you are interested please get in touch with me toll free at my new toll free number 1-888-618-FISH. Please use this number for charter info onlyÖ Thank youÖ

Grab a rod and head for the water ì The fish are bitingî

Capt. Frank Bourgeois

Associate member F.O.W.A.

 

4/1/00

Offshore:

Offshore fishing has been somewhat in a transition stage. I have caught fish in just about every depth of water. Only thing I have to say is they are not plentiful yet. I have caught one or two then the bite stops. At this time of year, the answer is to keep bouncing around to the many rocks we have off Hernando Beach. Live bait or jigs tipped with a piece of sardine is the ticket to catching a large Varity of fish. Sharks, Barracuda, King Mackerel and Grouper fall for cut up pieces of grunt. Yes the wind is blowing and the well offshore trips are limited but on nice days the water between forty and sixty feet is teaming with fish heading for the shallow waters.

 

Inshore:

I have not done so well in the real shallow waters off Bayport. I have had to ride about six miles out to eight to ten feet of water for Trout and Cobia. I have had one trip to Anclote and the whit bait is in there. After catching some with my new Calusa Cast net we landed some nice Trout and almost a Cobia. All in all we had fun

This is my busy season and my time for the computer is limited. I hope everyone is now fishing.

May and June is Tarpon months here in this area. I fish from Bayport to Homosassa for Tarpon with conventional as well as fly rods for these fish. I have some dates still available if you are interested please get in touch with me toll free at my new toll free number 1-888-618-FISH. Please use this number for charter info only. Thank you.

Grab a rod and head for the water "The fish are biting"

Capt. Frank Bourgeois

3/11/00

Saltwater fishing: (inshore to 12 miles out) (offshore beyond 12 miles) (backwater to 5 miles out)

Offshore Hernando Beach

Water clarity is the big factor at this time of year. When the wind blows the water clarity is not crystal. Live bait is not as effective in the cloudy water. But remember it only takes a couple of days of calm weather for the water to clear. This is what happens at this time of year so the best thing to do is to bring a variety of baits with you. Fishing out of Hudson has been great as well as Hernando Beach. We are approaching one of the best times of the year for shallow water Grouper. Trolling will be the way to locate new fishing spots. Even though I have over 1,000 fishing numbers to choose from, I use trolling to locate new spots. The fish move and believe it or not some of the great spots we have will move due to commercial fishing with nets. Shrimpers troll nets at night and hook up into structure and move it and may I add not on purpose but it happens. Planners, down riggers are not needed till you get to thirty foot of water as you can purchase lures that will dive to twenty five-foot of water. I like Cisco Kid lures for trolling. These lures have different diving lips so you can use them with or without planners and downriggers.

Inshore: from Anclote to Crystal River.

Large trout is whatís happening. One of my fun trips to do at this time of year is Trout fishing. This week I did a couple of trips Trout fishing. One was with Capt. Mel Berman and I do say every trip we do is wonderful. Great company as well as catching fish is what it is all about. Just the other day on one of my fishing trips we caught some white bait, which I believe, is the best bait to use for most fishing. Using both artificial and live bait I made one of my customers a believer in artificial baits as the biggest fish of the day came in on artificial baits. Two places I have been fishing for big Trout is off Anclote Island and off of Hernando beach. I have also been catching Blue fish, Cobia, Mackerel, small Grouper, Sea Bass and many other fish on the inshore rocks.

Grab a rod and head for the water ì The fish are bitingî

Capt. Frank Bourgeois


3/05/2000

Saltwater fishing: (inshore to 12 miles out) (offshore beyond 12 miles) (backwater to 5 miles out)

Offshore Hernando Beach

(Shallow water Grouper fishing with a twist.) I have been booked all week Grouper fishing. All the trips were great except one were I blew the ignition coil. After a repair we made it in even had Grouper to show for the trip. I take special care of things to do with the motor but some things canít be foreseen. Today being Friday was what started out to be a normal shallow water Grouper trip. After catching some nice fish in about twenty-five foot of water things slowed to a stand still. All of a sudden on a piece of cut bait the drag of Haroldís reel started to sing. His first reaction was ìthis canít be a Grouperî. The way the fish was taking drag I knew to pull the anchor. After starting the motor I followed the fish for over one half hour and still no site of it. The fight was tiring then we got our first glimpse of the fish. ìUnbelievableî we all yelled. Across the back of the boat cutting through the water like nothing was wrong was a shark, which we estimated to be over eight foot long. With great fishing technique and much stamina Harold landed the big fish. We took a lot of pictures and released the fish, which was still in the water. I did not identify the shark yet we have to wait for the pictures to come back. Well back to the report. Look for fish in thirty to forty feet of water to be still a little slow to bite, in the mornings and expect all the good bites to be in the afternoons.

Grab a rod and head for the water ì The fish are bitingî

Capt. Frank Bourgeois

3/1/00

Offshore Hernando Beach

After canceling three trips I finally got offshore today. We started fishing about 26 miles out in what appeared to be clear water. The first two spots didnít appear to be fruitful but the third spot did and we stayed and caught fish in that area the rest of the day.( I moved south about five miles each move until we found fish in about twenty-seven foot of water.) The bite really didnít take place till about one pm and lasted for about one hour. In that time period we caught about twenty-five grouper. In the course of the day we caught about two hundred grunts and sea bass. (All but a fish fry was released.) One thing you might want to know is the tide at this time of the year can be stronger than the wind. It is important to pay attention to this or you will not be in position to catch fish from your structure.

Inshore:

No report this week.

Bass:

This past week I spent three dayís in Kissimmee. I fished with a fine fisherman on Lake Kissimmee and did really well with 4 nice fish in the five to seven pound range. We fished hard as a cold front passed the day before. On the second day Capt John Leech and I had trips together so we decided to fish the stick marsh. WOW is the only expression I have as I had a husband and wife on the boat and landed seventeen fish over half of them over five pounds. Bad luck and lack of experience we lost many bigger than that. On the second day Capt John and I had different people to take fishing so with the luck we had the day before we headed back to the marsh. You guessed it we took in over 22 fish with the biggest being eight pounds. Needless to say all fishermen were very happy. Yesterday I took a trip to Lake Rousseau only one fisherman aboard. We took shiners the hatchery kind and did not do so well. We hooked a couple but I believe we could have done much better if the bait shop didnít run out of what I call magic minnows (wild golden shiners)

Grab a rod and head for the water ì The fish are bitingî

Capt. Frank Bourgeois

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