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Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney: Fishing for Trout in the Wind

By Captain William Toney Posted on November 15, 2023

Well, here we go again with the hard northeast wind. It seems we have a pattern of 5 to 7 days of good weather, then the same with the wind. If you head out this week expect to see lots of Florida real estate
sticking out of the water.

With the wind and extremely low tides, it can be tricky – if not dangerous – if a boater is not on top of their game. I have been catching my limit of trout in these conditions and this is how I do it.

Starting at the mouth of the river I set up a drift that will keep me far from shallow keys, rock piles, or bars. I’ve been using a popping cork rig on my 7′ Boner Rods. The color soft plastics that have caught the most fish are glow/chartreuse and red flake.

A drift anchor is a must to slow down my vessel and turn it sideways to the wind so my anglers can all cast downwind. The best drift lines will bring you towards deep water so you can safely return to the channel for your next drift.

I’ve tried the river with minimal success. Fishing some of the deeper holes has gotten some black drum. The Gulf waters are still in the seventies, so most of our game fish are still in the flats and creeks.

Incoming high tide will be very early morning this weekend or very late evening.  

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report from Captain William Toney

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