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Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

By Captain William Toney Posted on January 30, 2019

updated January 30, 2019

Looking forward to this weekend with some warm weather. Water temps are still in the upper 50’s in the Gulf and mid way up our coastal rivers.

On the nearshore rocks sheepshead are your best target. High profile rocks and large structure hold the most fish. Fresh shrimp on the bottom are the best bait. When I get a bite from a sheepshead, to keep them interested I’ll pull my bait a little across the bottom and the next time you feel them pick it it up is the time to set the hook.

On the outside edge, look for trout sunning on the shallow rocks around the keys during the incoming tide. This water will heat up best during a mid day high tide. Shallow running plugs and soft plastic jerk baits work best.

In the Nature Coast rivers there is still a good black drum bite mixed in with some sheepshead, trout and small redfish. Live shrimp is the best bait.

For some good fun action, there are plenty of lady fish in the head water areas of the spring fed rivers. This is a good opportunity to teach a young angler how to use a lure or hone your fly casting and fishing skills.

Captain William Toney’s Homosassa Fishing Seminar is February 21

Another way to learn more about fishing in Homosassa is to come to my seminar on February 21st at 7p.m. at the Homosassa Civic Club. I will be talking about Homosassa Fishing 101. Hope to see you there!

High incoming tide will be afternoon this weekend.

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