Fishing has always held a special place in my heart. The joy, tranquility, and connection to nature it brings are unparalleled. In today’s fast-paced world, where screens dominate kids’ attention, I believe it’s crucial to introduce them to the wonders of fishing from a young age. That’s why I’m thrilled to share the fantastic opportunity provided by the Flagler Sportfishing Club’s free kids’ fishing clinic on July 29th at Herschel King Park, Palm Coast, FL.

The Importance of Early Introduction
I truly believe that getting kids involved in fishing at a young age offers invaluable benefits beyond just catching fish. Through this activity, they develop essential life skills, learn to appreciate nature, and understand the importance of conservation.
1. Connection to Nature: As a parent, I know how important it is for kids to experience the great outdoors. Fishing allows them to immerse themselves in the beauty of lakes, rivers, and oceans, and witness various wildlife up close. It’s a chance for them to create lasting memories and develop a genuine love for nature.
2. Patience and Persistence: Fishing teaches kids the value of patience, persistence, and the rewards of perseverance. Waiting for the perfect moment to make a catch is a valuable lesson that translates into various aspects of life, helping them become more determined and focused individuals.
3. Family Bonding: Fishing trips create an ideal environment for families to bond. I cherish the moments spent with my son, sharing stories, laughter, and experiences while waiting for that exciting catch. It’s a time for us to connect on a deeper level and create memories that will forever be etched in our hearts.
4. Environmental Awareness: Understanding the ecosystems in which fish live and the need for conservation becomes second nature to young anglers. I’m thrilled to see my son develop a sense of responsibility to protect marine life and the environment, making him a more mindful and compassionate individual.
5. Physical and Mental Health Benefits: Fishing is a fantastic way to promote physical activity without the pressure of competition (well, it is what you make it). It improves hand-eye coordination and motor skills while providing a serene environment that helps reduce stress and anxiety in children.

The Flagler Sportfishing Club’s Kids’ Fishing Clinic
I’m excited to share that the Flagler Sportfishing Club is hosting a free kids’ fishing clinic on July 29th at Herschel King Park, Palm Coast, FL. This event is open to kids aged 5 to 13 years old with a parent.
The clinic promises an enriching and educational experience for young anglers, with activities like learning how to throw a cast net, tie fishing knots, identify different fish species, and much more. The event will be led by experienced anglers who are not only passionate about fishing but also dedicated to sharing their knowledge and love for the sport with the next generation.
All fishing equipment will be provided, so families only need to bring their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.

How to Participate
Participating in the Flagler Sportfishing Club’s free kids’ fishing clinic is easy, just show up the morning of the event. Whether they are beginners or already have some fishing experience, all kids are welcome to join in on the fun.

The report:
As an avid angler, I couldn’t be more thrilled to share the latest fishing report from the shallow creeks near Genung’s Fish Camp. The redfish bite has been nothing short of spectacular, particularly during the late afternoons when the waters are painted with the golden hues of sunset.

For the past few days, the redfish have been on fire back in the creeks, putting on quite a show for those willing to cast their lines during the magical late hours. The bait of choice that seems to be driving them wild is the Fishbites “Dirty Boxer” in the irresistible color “Counter Punch.” Let me tell you, this combination has been a real game-changer. The “Dirty Boxer” is, in essence, a chartreuse Curltail grub firmly attached to a red jig head, and it seems to be driving the redfish crazy!
Speaking of the action, the flounder bite was a bit more unpredictable over the past week. Some anglers reported hit or miss encounters with these flat fighters. However, I was fortunate enough to land a surprise catch, a magnificent 21-inch flounder, on the same “Dirty Boxer” bait. It’s amazing how versatile and effective this setup has proven to be.

What makes these trips even more special is the company I share them with. Just the other day my wife, Janine, and I had “date night” in the form of a fishing expedition during the breathtaking sunset hours. The beauty of the scenery coupled with the thrill of reeling in the feisty redfish made it an unforgettable experience for both of us.

Reports from fellow anglers visiting Genung’s Fish Camp have also been quite exciting. It seems there’s been a late pompano bite around Matanzas inlet, adding to the excitement of the fishing scene. These yummy little speedsters are always a joy to catch, and it’s fantastic to hear that they’re making an appearance in the area.

As we look forward to the next week, my prediction is that the hot redfish bite will undergo a slight shift in timing. With the tides starting to flip, the strong tide will be in the morning, which leads me to believe that the early mornings will become prime time for reeling in these red beauties. So, I’ll be setting my alarm a bit earlier to make the most of the upcoming opportunities.

In conclusion, the fishing action around Genung’s Fish Camp has been nothing short of phenomenal. The redfish are putting on a show during the late afternoons, eagerly taking the Fishbites “Dirty Boxer” in “Counter Punch” color. The flounder have been a bit unpredictable, but that’s the thrill of fishing. And with reports of pompano around Matanzas inlet, there’s no shortage of exciting prospects in the days ahead.

Remember, the waters are calling, and the fishing is fantastic. So, pack your gear, grab some “Dirty Boxers,” and get ready for an unforgettable time on the water!

Chris from Skinny Water Lures mentioned summer-time tactics for inshore Redfish. These are several summer-time tactics that have worked for us that might help you out.

     1. Get on the early morning bite. Start at first light and maximize when the water and outside temperatures are at its lowest temperature of the day. Bait fish will also school up at night, causing bait to be concentrated in one area early in the morning. This will cause more Redfish to be concentrated in one area, providing you a chance to catch multiple fish back-to-back. Once the sun comes up the bait fish will push out and separate from larger schools.
2. Cover lots of ground. Summer-time Redfish will be on the move. Due to the high summer tides this will give Redfish the opportunity to move back into areas they normally can’t get too. The more water you can cover the more fish you will catch.
3. Find structure. Target deep holes early morning. Once the sun comes up target over hanging brush, trees or docks. As the water heats up throughout the day the Redfish will find shaded areas with cooler water. Concentrating on shaded areas
4. Wear proper attire and sunscreen. This will help you to stay protected from the sun and allow you to stay longer on the water.

Capt. Adam Morley