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  1. If you’ve had the opportunity to fish with me during the last 6 months or if you’ve kept up with the photo gallery you probably have seen or heard that Red Hot Fishing Charters has added a new addition to the family. My new 22 Sundance Skiff is quiet the rig to say the least. When I say this boat is fully rigged I mean it. A beautiful flats tower from Quality T-Tops and Towers is what you would probably first notice when looking at my new boat, followed by my Yamaha engine, jackplate, and new Pro Series PowerPole that Homosassa Marine hooked me up with, but the deck work by Young’s Boats is the true beauty behind this fishing machine. Tons of storage, integrated fish boxes, built in live wells, a built in step to the front deck and a few other little hidden gems are what make this new skiff well worth the wait. More pictures of the new rigged will be uploaded soon so keep an eye on the website. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p> ************************************************************************ <o:p> </o:p> Now the good news for fishermen and the bad news for fish is that this new boat catches fish. With both the air and water temps slowly beginning to drop, most fish are going crazy feeding heavily before winter is on our door step. The Speckled Trout action still continues to be one of the best bites, along with the some awesome action from the Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Pompano. However, to my surprise the Giant Black Drum, Doormat Flounder and Shallow Water Grouper fishing is taking off a little early this year. <o:p> </o:p> Normally, in October you can count on the Trout, Reds, and Macks to be the top targets for the month, but lately while fishing for Trout at many of the rocks, wrecks and reefs scattered throughout the area we have been coming in contact with a rather large amount of Grouper and Flounder. During a recent trip I had a great group of guys out and we had been enjoying a few laughs and some great trout fishing, when all of a sudden we must of hit the mother load of Flounder. 2 or 3 flounder is a great day, 5 or 6 is a surprise, but 15 Flounder, “That’s unheard of!” And every day for the last few weeks we have either seen or caught a number of flounder within the same area. Life is Good!!!! <o:p> </o:p> The shallow water Grouper fishing is starting to heat up a little early now also. Last year we jumped from summer into winter within a blink of an eye, but because we actually are having a fall this year I’m thinking that this may be one of the best years for Grouper fishing we have seen in a long time. These fish are biting everything right now in water running in the 5-7ft range. Plugs, baits and even fly’s are working real well and I have already seen a number of Grouper headed home for supper this fall. <o:p> </o:p> As great as the Flounder and Grouper fishing have been, the Giant Black Drum fishing has been even better. This is the time of year when these big boys come into the shallows to forge like crazy before heading offshore to spawn. Well when they came in this year again there were at least a dozen schools of over 1000 fish. THAT’S RIGHT A THOUSAND FISH!!!!! This is always a sight to see in shallow water. To the few of you that have already had a chance to experience this, I would hope that you all would agree that this is one of the most unbelievable spectacles that the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nature</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Coast</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> sees throughout the year. The great news is that there are still plenty around to chase. So if you’re interested in tangling with a fish ranging from 20-50lbs you still have a shot to get your fix before the end of the year. <o:p> </o:p> As you can see the fishing is still heating up even as the temps are starting to come down. Great weather, Beautiful days, and Awesome fishing are what we are experiencing now here off the Nature Coast. So if long drag screaming runs and unforgettable fishing fights are what you have been craving give Red Hot Fishing Charters a call today, “We Can Hook You Up!” <o:p> </o:p> Capt. Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 kylemessier@yahoo.com WWW.REDHOTFISHINGCHARTERS.COM
  2. Cooling temps, changing weather patterns and an abundance of bait fish are what most anglers are homing in on these days on the local flats off the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nature</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Coast</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. As the summer heat begins to give way to cooling temps and fall breezes, many inshore fish begin migrating from their offshore haunts back into the nutrient rich inshore creeks, cuts, coves and flats that scatter our local water ways. Black Drum, Speckled Trout, Pompano, and Jack Crevalle are commonly the first on the scene, and when they arrive they tend to arrive in force. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p> It just so happens that the inshore arrival of many of the top game fish coincides with the major migration of mullet, herring, glass minnows, and ballyhoo that are making their return voyage offshore to spawn. It’s when these two migratory groups meet for the first time that all of the fire works really begin. During a recent trip with a group of clients where we were specifically targeting heavily feeding fish on the surface, I witnessed a Jack Crevalle bust a 4lb mullet out of the water with such ferocity that it was shot out of the water nearly 15ft in the air before being engulfed upon its return. That is exactly what anglers have to look forward to when targeting the return of these heavily feeding fish: Major explosions, Acrobatic leaps of faith, and drag screaming runs for cover. <o:p> </o:p> The interesting aspect to consider when targeting these migratory species is that normally these fish tend to leave and return together. So it is not unheard of to see 100+ fish schools returning to the shallows. With this scenario not only considered a possibility but a probability it pays to have multiple rods rigged and ready with a variety of baits and lures just in case these fish decide they want baits that are big or small or lures that can be retrieved fast or slow. It never hurts to be prepared for all situations. I always like to have 2 rods rigged with casting spoons (Barbs Pinched) for extremely aggressive Big Jacks, 2 rods rigged with ¼ oz jigs for the fish that are feeding just below the surface like Speckled Trout and Ladyfish, and I even bring along a couple more rods that can be rigged with live bait if the situation calls for it. <o:p> </o:p> During your travels if you find that some of the schools of fish you are targeting are a little harder to approach than others I have found a great way to bring these fish into closer casting quarters. On all of my charters these days I bring a rigged spinning rod with a HUGE topwater plug (NO hooks). This works very well for enticing large schools of fish closer to the boat. The trick when using this technique is to work the lure as fast as you can on the surface to draw the attention of feeding fish. You may even want to tie on a small piece of wire to ensure that these fish are not able to make off with your “Hookless Beauty.” <o:p> </o:p> With cooling temps approaching, great fishing action abound, and a variety of species to target this is an Awesome time of year to take in some great Nature Coast Fishing. So if unforgettable fights and drag screaming runs are what you’re after give Red Hot Fishing Charters a call today we can HOOK YOU UP!! Capt. Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 kylemessier@yahoo.com WWW.REDHOTFISHINGCHARTERS.COM
  3. The warm days of July have already provided many anglers with early surprises this month. Huge schools of feeding Redfish, an abundance of scallops in shallow water and the early arrival of many hard fighting sharks in some of the deeper waters and holes have provided many Nature Coast Anglers with tons of action packed angling experiences. July’s light winds and slight chances of rain have allowed the fishing and scalloping grounds off of Crystal River and Homosassa to reach a pristine gin clear state, and when conditions like this arrive “Look Out” because the skies the limit when it comes to angling opportunities. With the water reaching such a clarity tons of sight casting opportunities have led to some trips of a life time. Just ask 13 year old Tommy who recently spent the day fishing with myself and his grandfather. On this trip Tommy caught and released a number of Redfish, Speckled Trout, Jack Crevalle, Bluefish, Snapper, Shark, Black Drum, and he was even rewarded with a Hook Up of a 60+lb Tarpon. What a Day!!!!! Obviously, Tommy’s trip will be one that he will not soon forget, but there have been a few other Red Hot anglers that will have some fishing stories to brag about including myself. Schools of 100 plus fish are not all that rare in the grand scheme of things when you think about the saltwater fishing world. Schools of 100’s (in some cases 1000’s) of Jacks, Bonita, Black Drum, Spanish Mackerel and even Tarpon happen all through out the year Nature Coast. But if you have ever been fortunate enough to come across 100+ Redfish in knee deep water this would definitely be a spectacle that an angler would never forget. In recent weeks the backcountry areas of the Crystal River and Homosassa have been inundated with some of the largest schools of Redfish this year may see. And with most boaters focused on scalloping this fishery should see a complete lack of pressure for quite some time. On a recent back-to-back trip both Cathy Stone and Steve Earheart both set personal bests when these big schools of Reds came rolling their way. Because most of these fish are way outside of the slot limit I like to use a 4/0 Circle Hook with Cut bait. The circle hook ensures a proper corner of the mouth hook up which allows these big breeding Redfish to be set free practically unharmed. As good as the Redfishing has been the most action packed fishing to date has to be the Shark fishing. Sharks can be targeted up and down the Nature Coast but my favorite method of Shark fishing is anchoring up just off a shallow clear flat adjacent from a deep hole and setting out a good chum slick. Chumming with sardines, ground mackerel, and even hanging Bluefish or Bonita over the side of the boat will always get the attention of Mackerel, Bluefish, Speckled Trout and especially Sharks. Bonnetheads, Spinners, BlackTips, Hammerheads, and Bull sharks are the most common sharks this time of year and it is not unheard of to hook up with one of each during a day of Shark fishing. If you have never tried Shark fishing there are very few instances in the world of fishing that are more exciting than hearing the ZING!!!!!!!! of the fishing line coming off a reel when a hungry shark comes calling. Not to mention Shark steaks are one of the more underrated seafood delicacies. Now with all of this talk of Sharks I hope I have not deterred anyone from jumping into the water and enjoying some of the best Scalloping the Nature Coast has seen in years. For over 3 weeks now the Scallop season has been open off of the Crystal River and Homosassa areas and it seems that as the weeks move on the scalloping only continues to gets better. The excellent scalloping can be accredited to strong recent tides of the moth. As the tides move in and out the scallops hitch a ride on many of the floating grasses. The good news to be reported for Scallopers is that there are NO!!! Jellyfish to speak of on the scallop grounds. In recent years jellyfish have been one of the real challenges for snorkeler’s pursuing the tasty scallops but up to date the waters are jellyfish free and should continue to be for quite some time. So with the weather warming and the fishing and scalloping heating up why not incorporate a fishing/scalloping adventure with Red Hot Fishing Charters during your summer break. We can custom build a trip that can surely suit your needs and wants. If you’re interested in creating an inshore fishing or scalloping memory please feel free to give Red Hot Fishing Charters a call today!!! Capt. Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 kylemessier@yahoo.com Red Hot FIshing Charters - Captain Kyle Messier
  4. What are a few of the reasons that make saltwater fishing so exciting and enjoyable? Is it that fact that the scenery is second to none? Is it because the salty air brings back old memories? For most anglers the endless possibilities of every cast is what draws most anglers back to the salt waters year after year. In the world of fresh water fishing when you go bass fishing, you catch bass. When you go catfishing, you catch catfish (or the occasional mudfish). In the world of salt water fishing you never know what you’re going to catch. And never has this been more apparent than during most of my recent fishing charters. We have over 20 different species of fish roaming our local waters right now and every day there are new surprises to be discovered on the flats. Most of the surprises come when my clients and I are fishing for Redfish or Speckled Trout basically because when targeting these two species we use a variety of techniques and cover a lot of ground which always increases the odds for oddities. During some of my most recent charters while targeting Redfish and Speckled Trout we have been lucky enough to also catch Sharks, Tarpon, Snook, Tripletail, Flounder, and some of the biggest Pompano I have seen in years. Casting Jigs with Shrimp, Berkley Gulps! And Jerkbaits have worked best when targeting anything and everything that swims but if you’re looking for a ton of excitement try throwing Topwater lures with a trailing fly behind it. This is one wacky rig, but when the conditions are right it can be a ton of fun. Speaking of a ton of fun if you didn’t hear already a new Tarpon fly fishing world record was set in our back yard this month. Congratulations! to Tom Evans who broke the 12lb tippet World Record with a Tarpon weighing in at over 195lbs. To put this in perspective Tom was fighting this fishing with a tippet that would normally be used for catching Bonefish or Redfish. The fact alone that this fish made it past the sharks is amazing enough, but to actually land this jumping, drag screaming Tarpon after a long battle is even more amazing. The Homosassa/Crystal River area is home to some of the largest Tarpon found any where in the world and a World Record fish could be jumped any day. A lot of hard work and dedication by both the guide and the angler is what is required when Tarpon fishing. That being said there is nothing more spectacular in the world of salt water fishing than to see the “Silver King” take air. A picture is worth a thousand words but when you see this spectacle in person you can expect a serious case of “Poon Fever” year after year during the months of May, June and July. So if you’re interested in enjoying a beautiful day on the water with endless possibilities feel free to contact Red Hot Fishing Charters today we can “Hook You Up!” Capt. Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 kylemessier@yahoo.com Red Hot FIshing Charters - Captain Kyle Messier
  5. Yeah! April is finally here!!!! This is the time of year that all Nature Coast anglers look forward to the most. Warmer weather, longer days, lighter winds, gin clear water and the spring arrival of some of the “Worlds” most sought after game fish are what anglers are looking forward to this month. Speckled Trout, Spanish Mackerel, TripleTail, Sharks, Grouper, and Cobia are all on the list, but none of these species compare to the “Silver King” when the April migration of fish rolls around. The Tarpon that roam the flats off Bayport, Homosassa, Crystal River and Yankeetown have all been known as the staple of the fly fishery here along the Nature Coast for years. Numerous world records have been set in our backyard and if this year is anything like years past we may see a few records fall again this year. Interestingly enough the records that most likely will be challenged this year are the records that are held by WOMEN! That’s right myself and a number of other local guides from the area are lining up trips with some of the best flyfisherwomen in hopes of challenging line class records on 4-12lb tippets. Now most of these fish will have to be over 40lbs but it will be very possible for a female angler to shatter a record by 50-70lbs. Keep in mind folks Nature Coast Tarpon average 70lbs and we are still home to the only 200+lb Tarpon ever landed on fly. (If you’re interested in seeing the fish and hearing the story Daryl Seaton at the Nature Coast Fly Shop has the actual fish mounted outside the fly shop in Crystal River.) Now that we are all excited about the arrival of the “Silver Kings” first we’ll need to warm up with a few less challenging species to build up our fishing MOJO. Fish like Speckled Trout, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel and Tripletail will all be in abundance this time of year and all are more than willing to take a stab at a live bait, lure or fly from time to time. Lately my clients and I have been targeting Redfish and Speckled Trout along many of the rocky points, oyster bars and shallow flats scattered through out the area. I normally will start my day by jigging Berkley Gulp! Shrimp in large areas where fish should be holding and then once I find areas of good fish I will switch to live baits to trigger more strikes. Gulps! Make great search baits, but topwater lures in the morning and jerk baits in the afternoon have also seen there fair share of action. Kayak fishing is also beginning to heat up!!! Just ask Jane and Van Sayler who spent a recent morning with me and were rewarded with some great Redfish, Speckled Trout and Flounder Action. The morning started off with a great Topwater Speckled Trout bite in water ankle deep or only where kayaks could float. Walk-the-Dog style of lures worked best but there were plenty of fish willing to take a stab at Berkley Gulp! Jerkbait. After sliding a few of these toothy fish over their kayaks we decided to make our way towards some of the areas best Redfish grounds. As the warm Florida sun finally rose above the mangroves and tall palms, tailing Redfish became more prevalent on some of the skinnier flats scattered across the Salt River area. I did my best to position Jane and Van in some areas where Redfish were working but they could not have prepared themselves for the action that was coming up next. Upon coming up to a little island we noticed tons of mullet jumping and fining as the full moon tide made its way out. Every once in a while a bigger tail was spotted glistening in sunlight. The first two shrimp that hit the water were immediately donated to pinfish for the cause. However, the next two shrimp were destined for the Reds. Wham! Van hooked up! Wham! Jane was hooked up! Redfish double header on kayaks. Life is Good!!!!!! Throughout the rest of the day there were plenty of Reds, Speckled Trout and Flounder caught but none were more special than the two Reds that were involved in the double of the day!!!!!! If you’re interested in a great fishing, fly fishing or kayak fishing adventure feel free to give Red Hot Fishing Charters a call to day. Capt. Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 kylemessier@yahoo.com Red Hot FIshing Charters - Captain Kyle Messier
  6. * Remember Speckled Trout Season Opens in March along the Nature Coast * I will start this fishing report by saying GOODBYE!! and GOOD WRITTENS!! to January and February. I myself and I can imagine most of the country feels the same way. With that being said lets warm up with some good fishing news from here along the Nature Coast. In between the cold and windy days we have actually seen some days with temps up into the 70’s here along the Crystal River and Homosassa areas. These are the days that myself and my clients have been looking forward to all year. When conditions have been right we have seen slick calm seas and crystal clear water. The water is so clear right now that Sight fishing for huge DRUM, both Red Drum (Redfish) and Black Drum have been the norm during most fishing charters. Huge Black Drum schools come into the shallows of Yankeetown, Crystal River, and Homosassa this time of year to gorge themselves of shrimp, crabs, oysters, clams and sand eels before they leave to head offshore to spawn. When these giant Drum enter the shallows the first signs of their presence is the massive amount of birds that will follow their route throughout the shallows. As these HUGE Drum forage for anything edible they stirrup the surrounding area sending all bait fish to the surface to get away from the bottom dwellers feeding frenzy. From a distance you can see birds pounding the water as if there is a summer time feeding frenzy occurring. As you approach the birds you will then notice a massive amount of mud in an area that is normally crystal clear, this mud is obviously being thrown around by the feeding Drum. There are tons of different ways to catch these Massive Pre-Spawn Black Drum but using a live shrimp, cut oyster, or blue crab usually will get the bite first. Recently my clients and I have also been throwing tons of fly patterns at them as well. Anything resembling a small shrimp or crab has got the most looks. A Merkin or Kwan fly with plenty of weight seems to be tops when targeting these hungry GIANTS!! With these fish pushing 20-60lbs don’t find yourself under prepared. A good spinning rod with plenty of backbone and a 4000 series reel that will hold plenty of line is tops on the list. And you definitely do not want to be caught with anything lighter than a 9wt fly rod when targeting these bruisers. Because the water is so shallow, 1-2ft of water in most cases, these fish are obviously not going to do much sounding. However, a Black Drum pushing 40+ pounds will give any angler the fishing fight he/she has been looking for!! The Giant Black Drum are not the only big Drum roaming the Nature Coast during this time of year, Huge Redfish are also being targeted in the shallows. The only problem when targeting these Redfish this time of year is that most are way over the 27” slot limit. An average size fish this time of year seems to be around the 28” mark. That is a GOOD problem to have as far as I am concerned but does not do any good for the fryer. Schools of 10-30 fish are common and I even came across a school in the backcountry that had over 70 fish in it. The AWESOME aspect of this school of fish was that there were NO fish under 8lbs in the whole school! “What I would have done to have a fly rod on the boat at that time!” With bait being so scarce at times the Berkley Gulp! Shrimp and sand eels have been my best friends. On some of the shallower days I have poled clients around it still seems as if some of these Redfish just can’t refuse a Texas rigged Bass Worm. I am sold on some of the TikiMan worms especially in lighter colors but if any of you Bass Fishermen have a favorite worm of your own don’t be scared to try it. Long Story short Warm Weather is getting Closer, Excellent Angling Opportunities are Abound, and “Don’t Forget You Only Live Once So Catch As Many Fish As You Can While You Can!!!“ If you’re interested in a fun, exciting and enjoyable day on the water give Red Hot Fishing Charters a call today!!! Capt. Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 kylemessier@yahoo.com Red Hot FIshing Charters - Captain Kyle Messier
  7. When thinking of February most people seem to think it is either to cold, windy or the fish just don’t bite in February. Well let me tell you that this idea is way off base and far from the truth. February was actually the best month of 2009 for BIG Trophy Redfish, Black Drum and Sheephead. Is this always the case NO! but 2009 just goes to show you that you always have to expect the unexpected when fishing the Nature Coast. So what is the 2010 outlook: Well the Redfish are HUGE right now and in some of the biggest schools you’ll see throughout the year. I am firm believer that these fish school up this time of year to feed as a group and work key patterns to stay warm. That being said some days you will land almost every Redfish you see and some days you will scratch your head as a school of 25 10-20lbers just mill around your bait as if they don’t even know it’s there. The interesting aspect of both situations is that the water is so gin clear right now picking and choosing your fish is not only possible but a staple of most February fishing trips. With water this clear many of the rocks, wrecks, and reefs scattered throughout the Crystal River and Homosassa areas are teeming with tasty Sheephead. During this time of year many of the rocky areas and oysters bars that we normally fish for Trout or Grouper become loaded with Sheephead in their prespawn phase. Now this can be some of the best fishing found throughout the year simply because there is so much open and available area to fish and there is an abundance of Sheephead to target but an angler must remember that these fish are in a spawning phase so Conservation is a must. That being said Sheephead make a great meal! And I do enjoy a few for dinner but to ensure a great resource for generations to come the larger ones are taken more frequently. Now if some of you are looking for a fish of a life time and a true angling experience targeting Monstrous Black Drum in extremely shallow water is the fishing adventure for you. February is the month that massive schools of Black Drum come into the shallows and forage on tons of shrimp and crabs along the Nature Coast. Schools of 100-200 fish can be common and in 2009 I spotted over 6 schools of fish holding well over 500 fish pushing 10-40lbs+. If you have never targeted a fish this size in knee deep water then this is definitely an experience that will get your blood going. Recently I have already spotted a few schools of 50-60 fish which is the norm before the massive migration arrives. Keep up with my website Red Hot FIshing Charters - Captain Kyle Messier to see the full details for this action. Finally, some of you may have heard about my new boat last month and some of you have already had the opportunity to experience its capabilities. I recently picked up a Maverick HPX flats skiff which is a true shallow water fishing machine. This boat weighs in at 425 lbs and drafts only 4” of water. The shallow water Black Drum and Tailing Redfish do not stand a chance with this skiff on the water and a few select clients and I have already had the opportunity to tackle some extreme shallow water, tailing Redfish action. If you’re interested in a one-on-one Extreme Shallow water experience please feel free to contact me any time. Capt. Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 kylemessier@yahoo.com Red Hot FIshing Charters - Captain Kyle Messier
  8. Well fall is supposedly here but don’t tell Mother Nature that. This time of year is always interesting both weather wise and fish wise. So much of our fishing this time of year is based on the circumstances of our weather. During our first few cold snaps the Speckled Trout and Grouper will start to move in closer to shore in search of an abundance of food. Two weeks ago we had a few days where the temps dipped into the 50’s only to warm right back up to the high 80’s later in the day. It’s cooler weather like this that has the biggest impact on water temperatures which in turn rings the dinner bell for a variety of species up and down the Nature Coast. The key however is a sustained cool weather impact. When air and water temps fluctuate for only a couple of days the impact on the fishery is minimal. However, when a cool shot of weather is sustained for a longer period of time this will allow most fish to switch into their fall and winter patterns. As of right now most Redfish, Grouper, Snapper, Speckled Trout and Sharks are still in their summer patterns. But there are plenty of days were you can see instances of change up and down the Crystal River and Homosassa coast lines. The major instances occur during the extreme low tides of the New Moon. A few weeks back I had the opportunity to work a kayak fishing trip in Ozello for Van and Jane Sayler of Tampa. We started the morning targeting Speckled Trout in and around 4-5 feet of clear water. We tried everything to get a bite during the higher stage of the tide with no success. It was only during the bottom stages of the tide that we really had any opportunities to sight cast fish. This is definitely a fall pattern because during the dog days of summer most fish will seek out areas of moving water or deep water in search of a more consistent water temperature. The Trout and Reds we were able to land during this trip came in extremely shallow water and during a slack tide. 9 out of 10 times throughout the year this is not what you’re looking for but today was a different day. More signs of a seasonal change are also occurring in our deep water areas. Depths ranging from 25-40ft have been the most productive for the Mangrove Snapper, Red and Gag Grouper, Bonita, and Sharks. During a recent charter with Todd Dobrinsky, and Jay and Nancy Allen we had the opportunity to fish a variety of structures in water from 20-60 ft. The most fish we found was in water from 20-30 ft however most of the Grouper and Snapper that were caught were well under the slot. The further out we got from 40-60 feet the bigger the Grouper were. Not to mention that the waters 40ft out were loaded with tons of Spanish Macks and Bonita all of which area BLAST! on light tackle. Long story short my clients and I managed to land over 80 fish on the trip with a limit of Red Grouper, 2 nice gags and a few Mangrove Snapper that would make anyone proud. The kicker to all of these fish is that they opted for the Sardines over the Pinfish 4:1. Those are the typical odds you will see in the late fall and early winter. All in all there are tons of excellent angling opportunities here along the Nature Coast of Florida. The Crystal River and Homosassa areas are famous for their BIG Trout and Shallow Water Grouper fishing this time of year. So if crystal clear water, long drag screaming runs and unforgettable fights is what you’ve been craving, give Red Hot Fishing Charters a call today.
  9. Beautiful weather and sunny days have led to perfect fishing conditions here along the Nature Coast of Florida. This perfect weather scenario couldn’t have come at a better time either. Here along the Nature Coast our major Redfish run and Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and Bonita invasion occurs during weather brakes from August-October. Currently all signs are pointing to a record setting September with huge numbers of giant Reds being taken on a regular basis during most fishing charters in the Crystal River and Homosassa areas. And to make a great fishing option even better our Spanish Mackerel and Bonita invasion is taking place just a few miles away from our main Redfishing grounds. Every year from August-September during our strong full and new moon tides the Crystal River area becomes a staging area for millions of glass minnows, scaled sardines and whitebait. When all of this bait/food comes rolling in you can guarantee most swimming predators are aware of this. First you will notice 100’s of dolphins swarming the local flats, then you will notice tons of birds feeding on some of the deeper flats, then finally the ever present sky rocketing fish or in our case 100’s of sky rocketing fish help to let you know where the feeding frenzy is taking place. Within these feeding frenzies you can find all the Spanish Mackerel, Bonita, Redfish, and Speckled Trout you can handle. This is an awesome way to fish because everything is so visible. The bait is on the surface and the fast swimming predators feeding on the bait will jump as high as 10ft out of the water to catch their food. There is nothing like throwing a spoon or fly threw a feeding frenzy only to watch it disappear in the midsts of 100’s of fast feeding fish. During my last few charters I have called upon my fly fishermen for some fun and exciting battles with Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Jack Crevalle, and Bonita. During a recent trip with Jon Bloch of Gainesville we managed to land over 50-60 Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and Jacks on Fly during our 4 hour trip. To make things even more interesting most of these fish ranged from 2-6 pounds and were found in schools ranging from 4-7 acres big. The next day I had the opportunity to fish with Steven Reddrick and his crew from Georgia. The 3 anglers from his crew have never threw a fly rod in their lives but with fishing as good as advertised I managed to put each of these anglers on between 10-18 fish a piece respectfully. With so many fishing opportunities available here in the Crystal River area it has been tough to put together a reasonable game plan. Everyday provides something different for my anglers. One day it’s massive schools of Macks, Jacks, and Bonita, the next day its massive schools of Reds and Trout. What ever fishing action you may be looking for now is the time to look for it. The Nature Coast of Florida still remains unspoiled and provides anglers from all over the world fishing opportunities that can be found no where else in the world. So if long drag screaming runs and unforgettable fights is what your looking for give Red Hot Fishing Charters a call today. Captain Kyle Messier (352) 634-4002 kylemessier@yahoo.com Red Hot FIshing Charters - Captain Kyle Messier
  10. Scallop season has finally rolled around and for most <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Nature</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Coast</st1:placetype></st1:place> anglers this can only mean one thing. “Dinner will be Good Tonight!!” During most days in July we have been spending our mornings chasing around Redfish, Trout, Sharks, Tarpon, and Grouper, but when that summer sun begins to cook, my clients and I have been taking advantage of some of the best scalloping Florida has to offer. Our local area flats are home to some of the clearest waters in the state and it’s within these crystal clear flats that we target the “World Famous” bay scallop. Bay scallops are a little smaller than the traditional Sea Scallop, however what they lack in size, they definitely make up for it with their succulent taste. There are 100’s of great recipes for scallops but it’s hard to beat them on the half shell. <o:p></o:p> Scalloping is fun for the whole family. Men, women, and children from all over come to our area to enjoy our scalloping and if you have never tried it you don’t know what you’re missing. Scalloping requires little effort and gives an angler the opportunity to hit the water to see a different aspect with in the fishing world. No rods and reels are necessary for this awesome outdoor activity, all that’s needed is a mask, snorkel, a set of fins and a mesh bag, the rest is left up to the scalloper. <o:p></o:p> Scallop season runs from July 1- September 10. Bag limits include 2 gallons, whole per person, per day, with a maximum boat limit of 10 gallons. 10 gallons of scallops is a lot and if you couple that with some freshly caught fish you have all the makings for a great dinner. <o:p></o:p> Scallop Recipe <o:p></o:p> Ingredients<o:p></o:p> 1 1/2 pounds bay scallops<o:p></o:p> 1 tablespoon garlic salt<o:p></o:p> 2 tablespoons butter, melted<o:p></o:p> 2 tablespoons lemon juice<o:p></o:p> Directions<o:p></o:p> Turn broiler on.<o:p></o:p> Rinse scallop and place in a shallow baking pan. Sprinkle with garlic salt, melted butter or margarine and lemon juice.<o:p></o:p> Broil 6 to 8 minutes or until scallops start to turn golden. Remove from oven and serve with extra melted butter or margarine on the side for dipping.<o:p></o:p> So if you may be interested in visiting the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Nature</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Coast</st1:placetype></st1:place> for some of its “World Famous” fishing, scalloping, or snorkeling give Red Hot Fishing Charters a call today.<o:p></o:p>
  11. Finally!! The warm weather is here to stay. Air temps are hanging in the 80’s and water temps are finally cemented in the low to mid 70’s. This combination of warm air and water is a recipe for disaster along the Nature Coast of Florida. The warming trend brings in tons of bait, which in turn brings in the masses of Pelagics. Cobia, Sharks, Tripletail, and Spanish Mackerel are all here in force and are HUNGRY!! Any live bait, lure or fly coming through the water is susceptible to a beating from any of these speedsters, making for a ton of drag screaming runs and soar wrists. Just ask Kovee and John Schutt of Ocala, <acronym title="Florida">FL</acronym> who spent a recent day fishing with Red Hot Fishing Charters. After a fairly good Speckled Trout bite, where we boated over 20 trout for only 6 keepers we managed to chum in some of the speediest fish that swim in the Gulf, the Spanish Mackerel. If you have never been Spanish Mackerel fishing before you’re probably missing out on one of Florida’s most underrated inshore light tackle game fish. When a Spanish Mack grabs your bait it’s already off to the races before a hook can ever be set. Just ask Kovee who missed a handful before she proceeded to put on a clinic by catching and releasing over 35 Macks in a matter of 2 hours. John on the other hand caught his fair share of Macks as well but he and I were definitely more interested in the nice sharks that kept cutting in and out of our chum line. The most common sharks that frequent our area are the Bull, Blacktip, Spinner, Hammerhead, and Sandbar sharks. All of which are excellent fighters and most of the smaller ones make excellent table fair. When targeting these sharks with light tackle it’s important to have a reel that can hold plenty of line because unlike the Spanish Mackerel when you put a hook into a shark he is heading South and he doesn’t plan on coming back. Runs of 300 yards are not uncommon and battles lasting hours are the norm. However, the excitement of a big shark should give any angler Goosebumps. Chumming is the preferred method and a Shark can rarely refuse a piece of oily, bloody fish making this an excellent by catch when fishing for the more reputable Cobia and Spanish Mackerel. When chumming along the Nature Coast I am always asked by my clients “What can we expect to catch with chum?” I always reply the same way “Expect the Unexpected.” A few days prior to Kovee and John’s trip I put a few of my regular clients Jay and Nancy Allen on a few Tripletail, Sharks, Spanish Macks, Jacks and we even had 2 stubborn Cobia pushing 50lbs a piece swimming through the chum line. The uncertainty of chumming is what makes this such a fun way to fish. You never know what is on the end of the line, but all you know is that something is pulling line off the reel faster than you can retrieve it. So if you’re interested in sharing some long drag screaming runs and soar wrist with friends and family, Give Red Hot Fishing Charters a call today we’re in the business of creating Fishing Memories.
  12. WOW!!! Hopefully the up and down weather of the winter is finally over. This has definitely been one of the coolest winters in recent memories, but interestingly enough the fishing must have not known that we were being battered with near freezing temps on a regular basis. Some of the biggest schools and largest fish I have seen in recent years were caught during the last few weeks off of the crystal clear flats of the Crystal River. Huge schools of Reds ranging from 10-50 fish have been cruising their normal spring grounds in search of the plentiful amounts of mullet, pinfish, shrimp, and crabs which help to keep our fish so healthy. Most of these fish have been well over the 27” slot and during a 4 day stretch of charters my clients were spoiled with catches of over 20-30 reds with only 6 keepers over the 4 day stretch. Needless to say this has been a great problem to have!!! Because of the size of the fish I have been carry tons of extra large shrimp, mullet, ladyfish, and blue crabs just to have an assortment to throw to these slob reds. Not to mention you find too many Black Drum that will pass up a Blue Crab or a Trout that will pass up a piece of cut mullet. My clients and I have also been throwing tons of lures for these reds and have been extremely successful throwing a Berkley Gulp Shrimp rig to most tailing reds. As good as the Redfishing has been in recent weeks the Speckled Trout and Spanish Mackerel fishing has been equally awesome and consistent. My client Todd Dobrinsky and I fished the 12th annual Trout Masters Tournament out of the “World Famous” Pete’s Pier Marina on Saturday 7th and he and I were spoiled with some of the most beautiful weather 2009 had to offer. Clear water and slick calm seas made sight casting ideal for the Speckled trout we were seeking. Early Saturday morning I was poling Todd around a point when a nice 24” Gator Trout exploded Berkley Gulp Jerkbait. Once this fish was landed we knew we were well on our way to a great day. 2 hours later we came upon the “Mother Load” of Trout in a shallow back creek that I had been saving for this tournament. In 1-2 ft of water huge schools of 50-70 trout were staging on the edge of a 9 ft hole. As the tide was coming in these trout would start moving across a flat and eating anything that crossed their paths. After catching over 20+ between 16-22” we knew we had a great day. Long story short we weighted in a 10 fish limit that weighted over 25lbs. Nice day and a Nice Pay Day!! Folks most of the best fishing is occurring in less than 2 feet of water or less but if you want to get in on some heart pounding, drag screaming action the Spanish Mackerel fishing has just started to heat up. 50-70 fish in a few hours is not uncommon and catching them on fly can be just as fast and furious. Not to mention while we are chumming for these fish there are plenty of Speckled Trout, Silver Trout, Cobia, Sharks, and Tripletail swimming by as well. This style of fishing is great for the kids and last all the way into May making for consistent action day in and day out. So if long drag screaming runs and unforgettable fights is what you crave give Red Hot Fishing Charters a call today we are in the Fishing Memories Business.
  13. What a year! 2008 was definitely one for the record books. There were record amounts of Redfish, Speckled Trout, Sheephead, Spanish Mackerel, Bonita, Grouper and Sharks all roaming our local area flats. Most of these fish were larger, roamed the area in bigger schools, had a more ferocious mentality and unbelievably remained here in droves well beyond there supposed seasons. Because of our unseasonably warm weather during the months of November and December we are now fishing our spring patterns for most of these fish especially the Redfish and Trout. It’s hard to believe but our first seven days of January all recorded record highs for this time of year. Upper 70’s and 80’s for January are you serious? Not only am I serious but I am just as shocked as most of the folks in the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">US</st1:place></st1:country-region>. It’s because of these warm temps that <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:state w:st="on">Florida</st1:state></st1:place>’s inshore-fishing is rated #1 in the world for the months of January and February. <o:p></o:p> During the months of January and February Florida and especially the areas along the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Nature</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Coast</st1:placetype></st1:place> boast some of greatest fishing found anywhere in the world. In the Crystal River and Homosassa areas we are already beginning to see large numbers of migrating “World Record Sized” Black Drum, along with tons of schools of Redfish, Speckled Trout, Bluefish and Bonita just to name a few. There are also still plenty of Sharks, Tarpon, Mangrove Snapper, Permit and Pompano ready to take a live shrimp, jig or fly. The sight casting during this time of year is also topnotch, with very little rain entering the area our local flats remain gin clear until the strong winds of late April. Throwing spoons and fly’s for shallow feeding Redfish and Speckled Trout is A+ number one on the lists of most of my clients. With water temps still remaining well above normal these Redfish and Speckled Trout are not having to campout in deep holes to find a consistent water temp. These fish are roaming water as shallow as 6-10 inches making picking and choosing your next battles a fun and exhilarating experience. <o:p></o:p> On a few recent trips, Todd Dobrynski of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Leesburg</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">FL</st1:state></st1:place> booked me for 5 days during late December into January and boy was he rewarded with some of the best fishing days of his life. We had 2 great days in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Crystal</st1:placename> <st1:placename w:st="on">River</st1:placename></st1:place> catching everything from Snook to Redfish, from Speckled Trout to Sheephead, most of which were sight casted using artificials or live shrimp. As good as the fishing was in <st1:placename w:st="on">Crystal</st1:placename> <st1:placename w:st="on">River</st1:placename> we decided to venture to a few different locations up and down the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Nature</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Coast</st1:placetype></st1:place>. Day 3 was spent in the Yankeetown area near Wacasassa. Our goal was to put a large Black Drum on the end of the rod but the tailing Redfish and the massive schools of Speckled Trout changed our minds quickly. By days end Todd sight-casted 4 keeper Reds and over 40 Speckled Trout. More than half would have been keepers but as always Todd and I practiced catch-and-release on this trip. <o:p></o:p> Day 4 and 5 were so memorable that I know I am going to need a whole paragraph just to tell this story. As good as our 3 previous days of fishing had been in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Crystal</st1:placename> <st1:placename w:st="on">River</st1:placename></st1:place> and Yankeetown areas, I had promised Todd to take him on a trip to New Port Richey. New Port Richey is about 45 minutes south of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Crystal</st1:placename> <st1:placename w:st="on">River</st1:placename></st1:place> and is a playground for me and my clients when ever the opportunity arises. I only sight cast Redfish out of my 17ft Pathfinder here because the water is so clear and so shallow that sight casting can be as good as it gets here in the state of Florida. We started Day 4 by driving across wet mud in order to get to our staging ground for these tailing Reds that I had been promising. The only problem was the strong east wind that dropped all of the water out of my favorite creeks. For most boats this would be a problem but for my 17 Pathfinder tunnel this is what this boat is made for. As long as the mud is wet you can pole in it. Although the tide was low I managed to get us into an area that I knew had a few deep potholes, and on the edges of this pothole we finally saw what we came here for. A school of over 40-50 Redfish swimming around the edges of the pothole. We must have sat there for an hour yanking in one after another all barely in the 27” slot or over. And as if that wasn’t good enough as the tide started to flood the rest of the Reds that were in other potholes in this creek began to filter out onto the flats which I originally was going to fish. For the next 3 hours I poled Todd around to all 100+ Redfish that were tailing on this shallow flat throwing a Johnson Silver Spoon. We caught some, we missed some but overall it was one of the best days of the year for 2008. <o:p></o:p> To make the story even better we went back to the same flat a week later and did it all over again. Making this already one of the best days for me in 2009. As you can see 2008 was great but my expectations are though the roof for 2009. So please feel free to join me and create your own fishing memory with my self Captain Kyle Messier of Red Hot Fishing Charters.