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New Boat = Bigger Fish

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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.

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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.

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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!!!!

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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.

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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.

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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!”

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Capt. Kyle Messier

(352) 634-4002


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