Michael Bales

Windy Days have dominated the weather this past month. Summer Like temperatures have the all the baitfish returning in massive numbers.. Its almost like summer started overnight.

Several intersting trips this month include a few days fishing the Cobia migration along the beaches

with some rather successful results. Here is a photo of a day we were able to get out and sight fish the manta rays, what an awesome spectacle! Anybody who loves to fish should get out there when possibe to try and catch one of these tasty fish. They will easily take a swimming jig or fly if presented properly ahead and IN FRONT of the fish and the cruiser Ray.

The Mosquito Lagoon and North Indian River fishing has been great on the the days when the

wind will lay down, try starting early to beat those mid-day winds. The trout have really started to show up as well. Where you find bait, you're sure to find trout. Look for wind-blown edges where bait has concentrated in the morning and try pitching a top-water such as a chug-bug or skitter walk and hold on. Several nice Gators have been landed and seen in the shallows this week.

Redfish and Black Drum continue to keep cruising the flats. As the water temps climb through the

day these fish are feeding heavily. I've seen redfish mauling schools of bait-fish and then start tailing on the bottom in less than 10 minutes. The bait of choice has been a live shrimp, top-water, or a nice frisky live mullet. Pay attention to moving water and splashing bait to locate feeding and cruising fish. Also watch closely for the tell tale signs of a waking school.

Last week on a charter with Jeff from ID, we scored a lagoon slam with trout, reds, and a nice black drum. Other happy anglers this week were Davis and Bret form Indiana, Tristan from Sydney, Aus. and Paul G. from Orlando. You can check the website for new photos that have been uploaded.

Take a kid out there and go fishing!!

Or you can always call me at 352-255-8175 or visit us on the web at www.hotfishcharters.com

Tight Lines and Bent Rods.

Capt Mike.

Fish Species: Redfish, Trout and Black Drum
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Beachside Cobia.
Beachside Cobia.

Jeff with a nice Black Drum.
Jeff with a nice Black Drum.

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Michael Bales

About The Author: Captain Michael Bales

Company: HotFish Charters

Area Reporting: Charleston South Carolina

Bio: Native Floridian Capt Michael Bales has been fishing for over 25 years and full time professionally guiding for 10.I have been lucky enough to have fished and guided waters all over the world to include AK, the Rocky Mountain west, TN, NC, GA, and FL! Even a brief period as a Taimen and Trout guide while living in Europe! While not guiding in Alaska, you can find Capt Mike silently poling the waters of Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon and the Canveral National seashore looking for Redfish or perhaps on the pristine flats of Homosassa in search of Tarpon. Having been an Alaska Professional Guide for 5 years guiding for all five species of Pacific Salmon, Steelhead, World-Class Rainbow trout and Halibut on Shelikopf straits in Cook Inlet. He has experience operating jet boats, float rafts and drift boats in remote coastal rivers of Alaska, as well as offshore boats and inshore boats in Florida.

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