Great Fishing in November. This is just how it has been. It is really warm (in the nineties) for this time of year. However the fishing has been just as hot or hotter! We have been catching Lots of nice trout with a few Big Gator Trout in the mix. The Redfish fish bite has been equally impressive. The rock hopping for Grouper has been nice. We have had a few days this week when we have been able to limit out for this prize table fare.
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With the weather cooling off a bit the fishing has picked up. But so has the wind. Last week we limited out on Grouper. We were digging for them in rock piles several miles out. We came back inshore and got hooked up with a few nice Trout, a few Redfish and a smoking Snook! All in all a great day on the water. I was fishing with Captain Tony Mathews out of Homosassa.
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John and Dick met me at the dock at 8am on a Wednesday morning. We got loaded in my Gulfshore 20 and headed down the Crystal River, then pealed off into Salt River. Turned to the West at Coon Gap, kept going to the West until we reached 8 to 10 foot of water. We drifted around on the Grass flats for a couple of hours catching Trout and a variety of other fish. John said he wanted to keep 6 Trout for dinner that night. We caught and released a dozen or so more. I told John and Dick that the tide was getting right to catch some Reds. I fired the engine up, we headed back for the Mangroves. Made a couple of stops and caught and released some nice fish. I navigated the boat to a place where I had seen some really big Reds. We got into position, put the Power Pole down made a long cast. Within 2 minutes Dick's rod was bent double with a 35 inch Red. Dick's fish was running straight towards John's line. John reeled in as fast as he could to keep the lines from getting tangled. As soon as Dick's Red ran from the school John casted back up to the school of Reds. Bam John was hooked up!Both anglers were fighting over the slot Reds. We knew both Reds were big. It was a battle keeping the lines from tangling, as the Reds were zigging and zagging. Dick landed his fish first, 35inches and 13 pounds. John wrestled with his Red for awhile. When he finally landed it, 39 inches and 18 pounds. What a fight in 2 feet of water, with light tackle. Red fish like this will be around the whole month of June, along with many other species of fish that will make everyday on the water a new adventure.
Capt Kelly Kofmehl
Inshore and flats fishing
May is one of the best months to fish here on the nature Coast. Fishing is way hotter than the weather. All the migration patterns are in full swing. From Tarpon to Spanish mackerel ,all of the palagic fish are heading back north for the summer. The red fish bite will be hot. With full bag limits and plenty of over slot fish released alive. Red fishing has to be my personal all time fish to target. The main reason being, you can fish for them here all year long, with the warmer months being the best time to target them. Red fish can be targeted with many different kinds of bait. Live pinfish, shrimp, cut bait, to almost any kind of artificial you can imagine to throw. Anything that will work for bass on your favorite fresh water fishing hole will work for the Reds. Top water in the first couple of hours in the morning is about as much fun as you can have. Reds primarily feed on the bottom. Their mouth is designed that way. This is why they "tail" when feeding on the flats. Head down and tail up rooting around on the bottom for small crabs, shrimp and other shellfish. When they feed on the surface it is a whole different ball game. Red fish have to come up over the top of their prey, this makes quite the show on the surface. The biggest mistake most people make is setting the hook when they see the "blow up", and end up pulling the bait away from the fish, you have to set the hook until you can feel the pull on your line.
Then the battle is on. Enjoy your time on the water, take time to enjoy the pristine waters of the Crystal River and Ozello area.
Capt. Kelly Kofmehl
Inshore and flats fishing