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Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney: Indian Summer is on its Way

By Captain William Toney Posted on October 11, 2022

October is one of my favorite months. I may be showing my age, but the band Poco has a good song called Indian Summer and the Big Bend is in the beginning of that now. It’s cool at night and warm in the day. On my chartered trips, a wind breaker will make you chilly on the ride out but by mid-morning shorts and tee shirts are what you would be wearing. 

The trout bite house been spread out across the rock grass flats south of the Homosassa River channel. My best bait has been a MirrOlure Provoker or Lil Jon in watermelon red flake under a popping cork. I’m still old school, so if we catch 2 or 3 keeper trout in a row then I will use a marking jug to mark and concentrate on that area. I do use a GPS, but I find on a daily basis the fish will move and then I have all these numbers to decipher what is relevant or not. 

Redfishing on the incoming tide has been good. The Spoil Banks in Crystal River has been a good area to get in on the action. Free lined live pinfish on Short Point can get you a west coast slam with snook, redfish and trout. During the week is the best time to fish the Banks because it can get crowded there on the weekends. 

We’re very close but not quite there for inshore grouper. Casting plugs for a keeper gag grouper is one of the most exciting strikes an angler can ever expect from a saltwater fish. An Indian Summer is on its way.

High incoming tide will be early morning this weekend. 

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report from Captain William Toney

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Captain William Toney is a fourth-generation Homosassa fishing guide. He provides our weekly Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report.



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