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10 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Fishing

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10 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Fishing 
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How To Catch Seatrout

How To Throw A Cast Net

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How To Throw A Cast Net

Fishing Florida Flats Fishing Report October 12, 2018

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Fishing Florida Flats Fishing Report October 12, 2018
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Fishing Florida Flats based in Hudson, FL every week will be uploading a video providing a new lesson on fishing, called Tip's and Tricks.  We will also be providing a fishing report video that will be uploaded once a week to let all of you know what's biting out there and what's not.  So subscribe to the Fishing Florida Flats channel …

Fishing Report September 28, 2018

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Fishing Report September 28, 2018 Fishing Florida Flats- Red Fish-Snook-Grouper-Seatrout-Mangrove Snapper And Much more.

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Fishing Report September 21, 2018

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Fishing Report September 21, 2018




Fishing Florida Flats based in Hudson, FL every week will be uploading a video providing a new lesson on fishing, called Tip's and Tricks. We will also be providing a fishing report video that will be uploaded once a week to let all of you know what's biting out there and what's not. So subscribe to the Fishing Florida Flats channel and don't miss out. We talk about Red Fish, Cobia, Snook, Sharks, Seatrout and much more so subscribe. https://www.fishingfloridaflats.com/

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Fishing Report September 16, 2018

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Fishing Florida Flats comes out every week with a new fishing report for Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando County Florida. We also come out with a new tips and tricks video for learning to fish and we talked about how to catch Cobia, sea trout, Snook, Redfish, sharks and much more so subscribe to YouTube channel so you do not miss out on that week's tips and tricks for fishing the Florida flats.

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Fishing Florida Flats based in Hudson, FL every week will be uploading a video providing a new lesson on fishing, called Tip's and Tricks.  We will also be providing a fishing report video that will be uploaded once a week to let all of you know what's biting out there and what's not.  So subscribe to the Fishing Florida Flats channel and don't miss out.

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Fishing Report Week Of September 9th 2018

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Fishing Report Week Of September 9th 2018
Good news the fishing reports going forward will be done via video going forward and will be posted on YouTube so please Subscribe so you will get notifications every time we do a new one. This week we will be talking about Snook, Reds, Seatrout, Mangrove Snapper and Grouper, Also coming soon will be Tips & Tricks on fishing from some of the best Captains around so stay tuned a lot of exciting thing happening.
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To start off this weeks fishing report I would like to address the apparent elephant in the room; a issue which is become a popular topic on the news, social media, and a question I get daily at the boat ramp, red tide. As unfortunate as red tide is, and the negative affects it is having on the localized economy and fisheries to the south of us, we have been very fortunate in not having any affects or signs of red tide in our local waters, from parts of Pinellas north to Hernando county. The water is clean, bait is abundant, and most importantly the fish are biting! 
  Redfish having been schooling up generous numbers, from the Bayport area south Anclote. Several of the schools which I have fished have had 30-50 redfish per school, and have been producing overslot. The larger schools of fish are constantly moving and will be found amongst large schools of mullet, moving water, and structure such as hard bottom, oyster bars, or pothole troughs along mangroves. For a live bait presenta…
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The key to fishing this time of year is a live well full of greenbacks. Greenbacks are still thick shallow grass flats. Doesn’t hurt the use some of them as chum to get the fish fired up and eating. Snook bite is still good we tend to fish channels with a lot of moving water. Red fish on points and mangrove banks with rocky bottom. Finding a few big trout on outer structure with moving water. Lots of Spanish mackerel in 8-15 feet of water. Grouper bite has remained good in 25 ft or more.

Stay Safe out on the water

Captain Jimmy Bitzas

Fishing Report week of 8/9/2018

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Fishing Report week of 8/9/2018
The report has not really changed much since last one, Grouper in 20 to 25 feet of water, look for structure and bring a couple of chum bags to get them in the mood to eat. Sea trout have been in about 6 to 8 feet of water over seagrass. Snook & Reds first thing in morning or near sunset, During the day we have been seeing some monster Reds & Snook but they will not eat anything and  they do not even run from the boat because they are saving there energy because of warm water,  but if you are fishing early or late try working a incoming or out going tide and look for deep pockets and some moving water that is where they are hanging out and near Mangroves. Bait of choice is still Greenbacks and you can find them early in morning just look for a boil on the water. On a side note Fishing Florida Flats located at 6300 Clark Street in Hudson is open so come and visit and the Dolphin Tours have been in full swing and doing great, you can book a Dolph…

Fishing report week of July 26th, 2018

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Fishing report week of July 26th, 2018


It seems to be raining every day, but the fishing has been great.  You can move away from the thunderstorms.  You can find the Reds & Snooks inshore but the best time to catch them is early in the morning or late in the afternoon with an outgoing tide. Bait of choice has been Greenbacks and there is plenty around first thing in the morning.  After that, the sun forces them to hide in the grass beds.  You will need to use chum to try to get them out of the grass. There are plenty of Snook and Reds in the deeper pockets just look for the darker spots when you are in only a few feet of water.  That is where they will hang out.  Free line a Greenback and give it time.  Do not rush to reel it in.  Offshore the Grouper bite has been great!  You can catch great shallow rock grouper in state waters.  Here are some tips to catching them 1. Use a weight to bring bait to the bottom.  Do not let the current bring your bait to the surface. 2. Setup your …

Fishing Report Week Of June 19, 2018

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Fishing has been good first thing in morning or late at night, if you are planning to fish during the day go deep at least 25 feet of water, the water temperature has hit 86 degrees so do not expect much in shallow waters, the fish are looking for cooler water and cover. Sharks have been coming in at a nice pace just go out a few miles like 5 and use some chum and they will come. Seatrout first thing in morning and the same for reds this pass weekend we went pass a group of at least 25 Reds and they wanted nothing to do with us, we tried everything from Greenback to cut bait and shrimp the water was just too warm for them. We have been seeing a lot of Cobia out in 25 feet of water and some really good size as you can see from photo. So, to end the report fish early or late if you can not do that fish deep a few miles offshore but check the weather and wind before you head out. I also want to tell everyone about a new company that is opening up it…

Fishing Report Week Of June 6th

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Despite the last few days of fast moving storms, windy conditions and slow tidal movement the bite has not been to bad. Getting out of the wind and finding clean moving water will be the key to success. Not everyone can fish all day every day so maximize your time on the water. Look for areas that are likely to hold the species you are targeting.
Keep in mind how a particular species feeds and present your bait of choice in an appropriate manner. If the tailing bronze bombers are on the menu, look for areas that have structure. Mangrove prop roots, oyster bars, docks and piers are all good areas to focus in on. Reds are inferior feeders, meaning there lower jaw is recessed. The best way to present your baits are on the bottom or in there face.
On the opposite side of the feeding spectrum you have snook. They are superior feeders, having a lower jaw that protrudes past the upper jaw. When a snook hits your bait, there jaw opens wide and fast sucking it in whole. This creates that popping…

Fishing Report May 16, 2018

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Fishing Report May 16, 2018
Fishing has been great! I love this time of year!The water temperature is perfect.Not to hot, not to cold. Everything seems to be biting right now, in one day (up in Hudson waters) we landed 8 Cobia in 3 hours.We also caught King Fish and Mackerel.We were in 12 feet of water. That same day we brought in 6 Reds and 3 Snooks along the Mangrove line. Then we decided to move from Hudson and head south towards Tarpon.We were in 10 feet of water and trolled with a plug, hooked onto 3 nice size Gag Grouper.They are out of season right now. We ended up on a nice grass flat in about 4 feet of water, just outside a channel, with some rocks and decided to fish for some seatrout.Threw out some greenbacks and within a few minutes landed 4. One was over 23 inches!My point is, it doesn’t matter whether you fish shallow or fish deep, the fish are here, and they are hungry.You will not miss out.Bait of choice this week is live Greenbac…

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Scalloping season will soon open in Pasco County for the first time in many years. This year, the season will run from July 20th – 29th, 2018. The daily bag limit consists of 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell, or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person. There is a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell, or 1/2-gallon bay scallop meat per vessel. Before you head out to look for these delicious delicates, you need to know where to find them, what they look like, and what you will need. Bay scallops live in shallow waters, generally between 4 – 9 feet of water. Normally you will find them nestled in the grass flats. Scallop shells are approximately 3 inches in width and the shell colors can be a sand color to a darker brown, which helps blend in with the gulf floor, a green tint which help them blend with the grass flats, to the lucky orange color. Scallops can also be identified by their blue eyes, that can be seen when the shells are open. Scall…

Fishing Report 4/10/18 - 4/18/2018

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Fishing Report 4/10/18 - 4/18/2018
Cobia are here!We have been doing a great deal of Cobia fishing within the last week.It felt like within a day they all came back!Last week we went out and didn’t see any. This week we caught 7 in two hours.One was 33 inches long. The bait has been hard to find, but there is plenty just south of Tarpon.I think that will change soon and they will be showing up further north within the next few days. Snook and Reds are around, but Reds are biting better on live bait. Seatrout are now in, you can find them on the open flats.They seem to be still hooked on eating shrimp more so than Greenbacks. We have also landed a few flounder.We were not targeting them, but while drift fishing and bouncing a jig off the sand pockets we’ve been hitting them. Mangrove snappers have been in 10 feet of water over rocks and in the backwaters.They seem to like just shrimp. We landed one Sheepshead in the past 7 days. Plenty of lady fish and jacks around. Conclusion, fishing…

Fishing Report Week Of April 5th, 2018

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Fishing Report Week Of April 5th, 2018

Fishing is back, water temperature is up, bait is everywhere life is back to normal. The fishing has been hit or miss for a while, but I think the ups & downs are over and we are going into the best months of fishing. The Red fishing and Snook are eating again, and they came out of the back waters. Seatrout are on the open flats in about 6 feet of water over grass. Mangrove snapper over rock plies with nice size Sheepsheads and we are starting to see a lot of Spanish Mackerel in the same spots. Cobia seem to be starting also they are still offshore about 8 miles out but have not seen any good size ones yet at least in Pasco county. The one thing I would say, fishing has been better in an outgoing tide and does shut off during the slack tide (No moving water between High & Low Tides). Catching bait is better at first light as the day goes on bait is harder to find. Conclusion fishing has been good so go have fun and be safe. On a side note…

Fishing Report March 23rd, 2018

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Fishing Report March 23rd, 2018
Fishing has been up and down what I mean by that is one day you would limit out on Seatrout Even Pompano and lots of Sheepshead and the next day you go back to the same spot and they are gone. The weather is going from warm to cold back to warm, so the water temperature is swinging up to 10 degrees and the fish do not know if they should stay in the backwaters or head onto the flats. The advice I have this week is to fish both start on a spring because the water is warmer and go down shallow water canals fish docks and Mangrove lines if the fish are not there then go to the mouth of the backwater location incase they moved out but not far out,  and if you still do not find them go into the open flats fish in about 4 to 6 feet of water over grass, I recommend drift fishing so you can cover more ground. Seatrout are biting Shrimp and white bait if you can find it. In the backwater you will see plenty of reds & Snook but getting them to eat is another …

Weekly Fishing Report week of 3/5/2018

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Weekly Fishing Report week of 3/5/2018
Seatrout is the fish of the week. A new cold front just moved in and dropped the water temperature a good 10 degrees from 77 to 67 degrees. The Red Fish and Snook bite was on fire just before this last front, but for now they do not want to eat but you will see plenty of them.We tried everything from Greenback, Shrimp and pinfish and nothing.These fish really do not like dramatic temperature change, but I am sure they will be in the mood in the next few days. The good news is the Seatrout & Mangrove Snapper are in the mood to eat and plenty of them all over the place, look for Seatrout in shallow grass beds 2 to 3 feet of water and the Mangrove Snapper near shallow water rock piles and oyster beds. The other good news is we have seen our third Cobia, so just give it a couple more weeks and with one more warm front we are good to go. We are still running into Sheepshead about 4 to 5 miles offshore on shallow rock piles in about 10 feet of wat…

Fishing Report Week Of 2/20/2018

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Fishing Report Week Of 2/20/2018
Red fishing is back and strong, Thanks to the warm weather it looks like the Red are in the mood to eat. I want to thank Captain Mike of Nature Coast Inshore Charters for taking me out on his boat, Captain Mike landed a nice Red, photo below on his first cast of the day, we were fishing only 2 feet of water near a dock in Tarpon Springs after that many more were landed all the way up to Hudson Florida. Look for Reds out in the open now they have moved almost all the way out from the backwaters. Here is some more good news white bait is back, we been finding white bait from Tarpon Springs to Hudson on the low-lying grass flats just a little chum and they will come but mostly early in the morning later in the day is a little harder to find them but not impossible. This week the best fish to target would be Reds, Seatrout and Sheepshead. On one of my charters this week we ran into the first Cobia for 2018 season which is my favorite fish to Target. I hav…

Fishing report week of February 7th 2018

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Fishing report week of February 7th 2018
Things are looking up after a lot of cold fronts the warm weather is here, at least for now. We are starting to see the fish coming out of the backwater like Snook, Red Fish and even Seatrout. Think about it just 10 days ago the water temperature was in the low 50’s as of today we were marking in some spots 68 degrees. If you are going out now look to go to the spoil islands, sand bars with pockets of deeper water and springs are still pretty good.  We have been targeting allot of Sheepshead because they seam to like the cold water, we are fishing the canals and rock piles. Using live shrimp or crab they do make great meals. Seatrout, look for grass beds near the mouths of the channels Snook and Reds look for the mullet in some warmer spots and you should see them piled up but they have not been to happy with live shrimp not sure why, but they seem to be killing the artificial bait. The biggest thing I can recommend this week is take everything…

Week Of 1/19/2018 Fishing Report

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Week Of 1/19/2018 Fishing Report


Fishing has been a little difficult  but if you know where to go it will make all the difference, Because of the water temperature being in the low 50’s that is your first problem the 2nd problem is no water in some places. Negative tides because of the winds and moon phase makes it difficult to get to the correct locations for Red fish and Snook even for Seatrout. My advice is watch the tides and wind and plan your day correctly you will need to go near warmer water like springs, powerplant outflows, deeper pockets in the backwaters etc. The good news is warmer weather is on it’s way so even with the water temperature going up 3 to 5 degrees should put them in a feeding mood. When it comes to Snook you will see lots of them in the correct locations but sometimes they don’t care what you put in front of them, but we have been having good luck on artificial bait drifting it slowly past them. Seatrout live shrimp just sending out there and being patient m…