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28° 54' 55.6956" N, 82° 39' 56.7648" W
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Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 91-100 F Water Temp: 81-90 F Clarity: Gin Clear

The catching on Florida’s Nature Coast this month has been almost as hot as our August weather itself.  With most of our days featuring 90° temperatures it pays to hit the water early this month.  Anglers fishing early and often these days have found some epic Redfish action from the St. Martins Keys in Homosassa all the way to the Spoil Banks of Crystal River.  With late afternoon and evening rainstorms providing a cool reprieve from the summer heat anglers will find that rain cooled morning water temperatures invigorate Redfish into feeding.  Targeting Redfish this month can be a little challenging due to the fact that keeping bait in the water is nearly impossible because of the abundance Pinfish.  A Pinfish can devour a live shrimp in 15 seconds or less so to combat this onslaught, anglers will find that large cut baits such as Mullet, Threadfin Herring, Lizardfish, and Ladyfish will be more productive.  Artificial lures will also produce great catches of Redfish this month especially hard lures such as gold spoons, twitch baits, and a variety of topwater lures.

 

Speaking of topwater lures, for those anglers that live for a great topwater bite NOW! is the time to hit the waters of the Nature Coast for some of the best Snook fishing found anywhere in the state.  Snook are widely considered one of the most sought after fish species in Florida this month primarily because of their willingness to take a bait.  Whitebait, Pinfish, and finger Mullet make up most of the Snook’s diet here locally which is why “walk the dog” styles of Topwater lures can be so deadly.  Lures such as Rapala Skitterwalks, Mirrolure TopDogs, and Heddon Zara Spooks mimic injured baitfish perfectly and send hungry Snook into a frenzy when retrieved.  The key when fishing this style of lure is to NOT work it with one static retrieve.  An injured baitfish doesn’t swim or struggle in only one way.  Retrieving the lure in an erratic manor with varying pauses will surely entice a hungry Snook to strike. 

 

As great as the Redfish and Snook Action has been this month there are still plenty of exotics to keep our days interesting.  Running and gunning channel markers and crab buoys has yielded some great catches of Tripletail and Cobia in recent weeks.  When afternoon temperatures become unbearable running next to channel markers and crab buoys is a great way to find fish that use these shady structures as ambush points to attack prey.  They key when targeting fish on these visible structures is to stay far enough away that you do not run the fish over.  The beauty of targeting fish on channel markers and crab buoys is that these structures normally see a ton of boat traffic so running past fish is nothing out of the norm for them.  Once a fish is spotted keep running past the fish before doubling back around and turning off the engine.  Although Shrimp are not as productive on flats right now, most Cobia and Tripletail cannot refuse a free lined Live Jumbo Shrimp.

 

SCALLOP REPORT

 

Nature Coast Scallopers are still finding a good amount of Scallops just off of the St. Martins Keys in Homosassa and off of Gomez Rocks in Crystal River.  If and when the Nature Coast experiences some tropical weather scallopers should be prepared to hit the waters soon after the weather passes.  Tropical weather typically features wind and stronger tides which helps churn up the water and moves sea grasses around.  A good storm and strong tide can be a great catalyst to move new scallops onto our local scalloping grounds.

 

Capt. Kyle Messier

(352) 634-4002

kylemessier@yahoo.com

WWW.FLORIDAFISHINGADVENTURES.COM

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Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F Water Temp: 81-90 F Clarity: Gin Clear

The Heat is on here along the Nature Coast.  With average high temperatures hovering around 90° most anglers and especially fish will be in search of a reprieve from the summer heat.  For those anglers looking for the best fishing action, early morning departures are a must this time of year as most of the best fishing action will occur during the early morning low light hours.  Snook, Tarpon, Speckled Trout, and Redfish will continue to be our top targets this month as they actively feed early and often on a variety of live baits, artificial lures, and fly’s. 

 

For those anglers that prefer casting topwater plugs NOW! is Prime Time for some exciting surface explosions.  Early mornings and overcast days are perfect for targeting Snook, Speckled Trout, and even Tarpon on topwaters.  These three species primarily feed on prey that reside on the upper portion of the water column making these baits ideal for targeting these big fish on the surface.  Walk the dog style lures such as Mirrolure Top Dogs, Heddon Zara Spooks and my personal favorite Rapala Skitterwalks are prime top water baits for this time of year.  The walk the dog motion of these lures drives surface feeding fish nuts as they mimic an injured baitfish.  Most of these lures come in 3”-5” patterns and as the old saying goes “Big Fish like Big Lures”.

 

As the heat of the day kicks in savvy anglers will continue to have options both in and out of the water to fill a cooler.  Anglers that are still interested in bending a rod once that sun comes up need to look no further than our near shore waters.  As the sun rises and the water begins to warm both Speckled Trout and Tarpon will begin to move out of the backcountry and onto our grass flats.  The deeper water combined with a faster current allows these flats to stay cooler during the summer heat.  With most of our near shore depths averaging around 6-15ft of water these areas are perfect for free lining a pinfish or pigfish under a cork or blind casting Mirrolure Mirrodines or Lil Jon’s.  Just don’t be surprised if you are geared up for Speckled Trout and a Tarpon grabs your bait.  Prepare for the unexpected!!

 

SCALLOP REPORT

 

If the summer heat is to unbearable to continue on with a great day of fishing think about jumping in the water for some of the best Scalloping Action found anywhere in Florida.  The crystal clear waters off Crystal River and Homosassa are considered by many to be the “Mecca” for harvesting tasty bay scallops.  Bay Scallops prefer our local waters due in part to the pristine conditions of our grass flats and sponge beds.  These two distinctive bottom landscapes are highly sought out by scallop hunters as they make great habitats for scallops to live and feed. 

 

Scalloping the Nature Coast is a great family friendly activity that everyone is sure to enjoy.  The shallow waters ranging from 3-5ft are ideal for young and older swimmers and if its planned right scalloping during the low or slack tide will yield the best results. 

 

With so much fun going on in and out of the water NOW is a great time to hit the water for a great outdoor adventure.

 

Capt. Kyle Messier

(352) 634-4002

kylemessier@yahoo.com

WWW.FLORIDAFISHINGADVENTURES.COM

WWW.CRYSTALRIVER-FLYFISHING.COM

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Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F Water Temp: 81-90 F Clarity: Gin Clear

WOW!  It’s hard to believe that we’re already heading into the second week of June and only a couple weeks away from our “World Famous” Scallop season.  Before Nature Coast anglers start looking ahead to Scalloping local spin and fly anglers are still finding “World Class” Tarpon fishing along the shallow grass flats ranging from Crystal River to Homosassa.  With the Nature Coast Tarpon season running from May 1st-July 1st now is the time to get on some of the Best Big Time Tarpon fishing found anywhere in the WORLD!!

 

The later part of our May Tarpon season was highlighted with great weather and tons of Large Tarpon showing up early on our local flats.  The cool foggy mornings of May have quietly given way to the heat, humidity, and afternoon showers that June Poon Chasers are accustomed to.  Most anglers visiting the area this time of year will be hoping for Chamber of Commerce weather days but most Tarpon fishermen know that it’s the impending weather days that create the most memorable fishing experiences.  Such was the case when I had the opportunity to fish with Neil and Sean Forest who made the trip down from Tallahassee, FL recently.  Both Neil and Sean have fished with me in the past and Sean actually landed his first Tarpon on fly with me 2 years ago.  Over our two days of fishing we were dealt with every weather condition possible in Florida.  Wind, rain, clouds, fog and calm seas were all conditions that we experienced and surprisingly the fluctuating weather pattern was a catalyst for two incredible days of fishing.  Over a our two day stretch we averaged close to 30 shots a day with Sean putting 4 fish in the air before landing a beautiful 120lb Tarpon that would be considered a trophy by most fly anglers. 

 

The changing weather patterns of June will mean changes coming to the migration patterns of our Nature Coast Tarpon.  Baby Tarpon will start to become more prevalent in our backcountry waters and many bass fishermen will be shocked to find baby Tarpon staging around many of the same productive docks found in both the Crystal River and Homosassa Rivers.  The real changes will be evident in the large migratory Tarpon that are roaming the deeper flats at this time.  As water temperatures steadily climb towards 90° most fish will begin to find new foraging grounds on shallower flats closer to mangrove laden islands.  The St. Martins Keys will become a prominent feeding ground for many Tarpon looking for one last meal before heading offshore to spawn.  Savvy anglers will find free lining Live Pinfish, Pigfish, Whitebait, and Blue Crabs to hungry Tarpon will be a sure bet.  Fly anglers will continue to have a plethora of opportunities as long as the offshore grasses stay offshore.  With NOAA’s long term forecast calling for east winds for the next 10 days most of the flotsam should continue holding further offshore allowing for Black and Purple Toads and Chartruese Megalopsicles to continue to be the best bets for flies.

 

 

SCALLOP SEASON 2017 BEGINS JULY 1, 2017

BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE TODAY!!

 

 

Capt. Kyle Messier

(352) 634-4002

kylemssier@yahoo.com

WWW.FLORIDAFISHINGADVENTURES.COM

WWW.CRYSTALRIVER-FLYFISHING.COM

 

 

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