Fishermen can expect a plentiful catch here, with a variety of species including tarpon, cobia, shark, spotted sea trout, snook, black drum, black sea bass, flounder, redfish, grouper, and drum. So if you’re a fishing enthusiast, come on down and explore the waterways and see what you can catch!
First thing first.. You need bait. You can find frozen bait at one of the marinas in Hernando Beach. If you’re looking for live bait or frozen bait, the “Bait And Tackle Of Hernando Beach” would be your best bet.
FLORIDA FISAHING LICENSE
In Florida, it is mandatory for both residents and visitors to possess a relevant fishing license when engaging in fishing activities. This includes possessing a license for casting a line or fishing with intent to release, and a saltwater fishing license to attempt to take any native or nonnative marine organisms. Additionally, all persons involved in helping or assisting with the take of the fish or game must have the appropriate licenses and permits, regardless of whether or not they are actively fishing or hunting. Whether you’re an avid angler or a first-time fisherman, make sure you have the correct licenses and permits before you cast your line. By doing so, you’ll be contributing to the conservation of Florida’s aquatic resources as well as ensuring your fishing trip goes smoothly.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
You can purchase fishling licenses in the state of Florida that are good for 1 year. If you are planning a short trip to Hernando Beach for only a few days, the option of a 7-day fishing license might be better for you.
Caught a fish and need to know what kind it is or if the fish meets the size regulations? Check out the Fish Identifyer at the Florida GoOutdoors website: https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/
Where to go Fishing Locally
Linda Pedersen Park / Jenkins Creek
Located across from Linda Pedersen Park. Jenkins Creek Park is a 3-acre area offering a boat ramp for small boats, as well as a hand launch area for kayaks and canoes. There is a fishing pier, picnic area, playground, and restrooms.
Aripeka / Hammock Creek
Set against the scenic backdrop of marshes and waterways, the small village of Aripeka (formerly known as Gulf Key) is home to around 300 residents. Located just five minutes from Hernando Beach, Aripeka has a long history of settlement dating back to 1873. The village is bustling with locals either fishing off the bridge or enjoying all the area has to offer. Whether you come for the fishing, adventure, or simply the pleasant atmosphere, be sure to make a stop in Aripeka during your visit!
Hernando Beach Canals
The canals in Hernando Beach are not just for boating and kayaking. You can catch great fish in these canals. Fishing with squid chunks or shrimp seems to be the way to go. Watch for the needlefish; those little suckers each your shrimp right off the hook. If you want to catch the “big ones”, go for an offshore fishing charter and catch some Red Snapper & Grouper.
Charters, Inshore & Offshore Fishing
For a great day out on the water, consider offshore fishing charters or air boat rides with one of the local captains. Find hidden spots and see all the natural beauty of the Nature Coast. The Gulf of Mexico is among the premier destinations for offshore fishing! With a huge variety of sport fish, and a stunning topography of natural and artificial reefs, piles, deep ledges, and wrecks, you’re sure to find a great catch. Enjoy the thrill of chasing after Kingfish, Giant Bull Redfish, Cobia, and many different types of Sharks, all year round. In fact, the west central Florida area is the most active area for Grouper in the entire state.