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Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney: Trout, Redfish, and Snapper are Biting

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on October 3, 2022

Well sorry I skipped out on last week’s Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report. It goes without saying that with such a major weather event there was a lot going on. My heart goes out to our friends and family to the south and I hope that each one of them finds some rest and comfort each day until things are back to some type of normal. 

The Fall trout bite has been very good. I’ve been catching most of mine in 3- to 4-foot depth around rock grass beds using a popping cork rig. The color of the soft plastic varies some but if you have watermelon red flake or glow, you’re in the game. Most of the strikes are when the jig falls below the cork and the cork goes upright. Outgoing tide is the best bite.

Redfishing is on par with the trout, but incoming tide is best. Outside keys when the tide first turns is the best way to luck into a school, but as the tide fills in the backcountry there is plenty of opportunity to work the rocky edges of the keys with a gold spoon to catches reds and snook. Cut pinfish has also been working well for me.

The nearshore rocks have been fantastic for mangrove snapper. Chumming with some live shrimp is the best way to get them fired up. When the bite begins, stay with it. Don’t stop to take pictures or a beer break. Mango’s can turn on and off very fast so take advantage of a strong bite while it’s happening.

High incoming tide will be in the 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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