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Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney: Fishing in a Cold Brisk Wind

By Captain William Toney Posted on November 2, 2023

Windy conditions prevailed again after a cold front made its way past us. The day after the front is usually poor fishing when high-pressure sets in. The front will drop the Gulf water temps again, helping usher
fish into our coastal creeks and rivers. That’s the good part, the bad part is getting used to extra low winter tides.

One cold-sensitive fish that will be the first to head up our spring-fed rivers is snook. This is the last month to keep one in the 28″ to 33″ slot. Working docks, fallen trees in the water, and large boats
with a MirrOlure MirrOdine will get the bite. Other fish that can be caught in the river are mangrove snapper, black drum, and sheepshead.

Use live shrimp near the rocky points on the edge of the channels. I use a 1/8th oz. jig head threaded through the pinched-off tail of the shrimp.

For trout and redfish work the deeper creeks along the edges of the channels or holes. I use a D.O.A. 5.5 glow jerk bait for the trout and I like to use a live shrimp tail hooked with a 3/0 bait hook to sight-cast redfish.

The high incoming tide will be in the morning this weekend. 

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report from Captain William Toney

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