Boating Safety and Scalloping Tips with Captain Toney
Looking toward a week of lower tides during the first half of the day will give scallopers a better chance at finding more of them.
At the time of the opening of scallop season, we had full moon tides and a strong westerly wind flow making for some extremely high tides. That was making it tough to find them.
I always do my best scalloping when the tide bottoms out and at the “stand” when there is no moving water, scallops seem to appear in spots that I’ve snorkeled over 30 minutes before.
The nearshore rocks are fun spots to fish for grunts, Spanish mackerel, sea bass, and mangrove snapper. A lot of times in that 8- to 10-foot range, I’ll lift the anchor to drift away from the rock that I’m fishing. I start throwing MirrOlure LiL’ Johns for trout.
If you catch two keepers in a row, then concentrate on that area to capitalize on that bite. Sometimes it doesn’t last long.
Offshore look for grouper and snapper around 50 feet.
Incoming high tide will be early morning or late evening this weekend.
Homosassa Weekly Fishing Report from Captain William Toney
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