Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney: Redfish, Snapper & Scallops
After taking a well-needed staycation last week, I’m back on the horse or I should say water. Strong westerly winds have pushed plenty of water into the rivers and backcountry. Redfish have been the top bite inshore. Once the outside keys fill up with a big tide move further east and fish the western-facing points, western-facing rocky shorelines, and cuts. Large shrimp and cut pinfish are the best baits. I like to use a cork when it’s windy to help keep the bait in the best position and also to help detect a strike in rough conditions.
Near the end of the week, the winds are supposed to let off and give us nicer conditions. The nearshore rocks are the spots for some fast action with mangrove snapper and white grunts. When the snapper bite happens, keep the lines in the water. Don’t stop for pictures, drinks, or high fives because they can turn off as fast as they turn on. I keep my anglers baited up and fish unhooked to keep the action going. Live shrimp is the best bait on a 1/8th oz. jig head. Chartreuse seems to be the favorite color of jig head at the moment.
The incoming tide will be late morning, so for scalloping head out early on the low tide. There are scallops out there but just as in life you have to work for them to be successful.
Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report from Captain William Toney
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