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Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney: Kingfish and Cobia Opportunities

By Captain William Toney Posted on April 27, 2023

With many fish to target depending on the weather, inshore and offshore is an angler’s delight. Cobia have been sliding in around area wrecks, high profile rocks and offshore markers. I wish there was some type of knowledge I could pass to you, but most cobia that I’ve caught have been being prepared at all times this time of year. It is having a heavy spinning rod with a bucktail, eel soft plastic and number one a live pinfish either hooked up to cast or ready to put one on the hook very fast from a live well. Thirty-pound braid and a 60 lb. leader is adequate for a large cobia with a 5/0 heavy wire bait style hook. 

There are plenty of triple tail on the inshore blue crab buoys, but most of them are not of legal size for harvest. Even small triple tail fish are fun to catch and readily eat most everything presented to them. One of my favorite ways to catch them is with a fly rod. A six or eight weight will work fine with a floating line. A white shrimp or crab pattern is easy to see and make sure your cast is close as possible to the buoy to get the bite. Something I’ve always done: if your lure gets caught on the line from the trap to the buoy, please take some time to take it off and don’t leave it in the line. Remember that a person works those lines and getting a hook in their hand is not a good way to start the day.

Incoming tide will be mid-day this weekend. 

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report from Captain William Toney

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