Category Archives: Fishing

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Updated Nov. 22, 2017 The latest cold fronts have not packed that much of a punch. Just a cool day with breezy-to-windy conditions. The newcomer to the inshore bite, besides trout and red fish, has been sheepshead. Sheepshead usually gear up on the near shore rocks some time around Christmas, but my clients and I … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Ways to help reef fish survive after Barotrauma

By Melissa Crouch, from the column Gone Coastal   If you’ve ever gone saltwater fishing in Florida, you are well aware of the variety of species that call these waters home. A popular target for Florida’s saltwater anglers are reef fish such as snappers and groupers. These species are fun to catch and provide a … Continue reading Ways to help reef fish survive after Barotrauma

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

On the Big Bend we have officially received the tittle of The Endless Summer. Even though there is not much surf on this coast we have been an anglers dream with good weather and excellent fishing. The redfish bite is just the same as years before. Schooling redfish is just a part of a Citrus county angler’s … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Share your Bay Scallop input with FWC in October

The FWC will be hosting five public workshops including areas of the state where scallop harvest is allowed as well as in Pasco County, where harvest currently is not allowed. The goal of these workshops will be to gather input on the bay scallop fishery, including whether this year’s staggered season made for a more … Continue reading Share your Bay Scallop input with FWC in October

Cancelled: Oct. 7 Crystal River Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic

Due to the impending impact of Tropical Storm Nate to the Florida Gulf coast this weekend, the Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7 in Crystal River has been cancelled.   For information about Women’s Fishing Clinics, contact Heather Sneed at Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com, or 850-487-0554.   To find a fishing clinic near you, visit MyFWC.com and … Continue reading Cancelled: Oct. 7 Crystal River Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Windy conditions and muddy water have had affected our local fishing. To the north, around the mouth of the Withlacoochee, the stained waters have made their way south to the Spoil Banks, and to the south around Chassahowitzka, the water looks like coffee with extra cream. Although these areas are murky, there is still a … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Withlacoochee Flooding and Fish Kills

In the wake of recent Withlacoochee River flooding caused by Hurricane Irma, some areas in Citrus County have experienced an increase in incidents of “Fish Kills” and associated odors brought on by decomposing fish. Here is some information on the recent fish kill: Fish Kill Causes:  Besides some common causes of fish kills in Florida, … Continue reading Withlacoochee Flooding and Fish Kills

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

With this week I’ve had family come out and help my two girls, fiance and I move back into generational land that has been ours since the early nineteen hundreds. Being close to mom’s love and cooking, dad’s land management with wisdom, and sisters who are strong, my life is about as good as one … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Sign up today for the FWC free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic Sept. 30

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic in Ocala on Sept. 30. Only 10 spots are left. The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Millers Boating Center, 1661 NW 57th Street, Ocala. Advance registration is required. To register or get more … Continue reading Sign up today for the FWC free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic Sept. 30

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

After Hurricane Irma, I was concerned first with my family and personal belongings. When the dust settled (no flooding, Thank You God!) and we cleaned up aftermath, the next step was to see how the fish were biting and our Nature Coast waters were doing. What I found was some dirty water and good fishing. … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

In Homosassa we survived a major hurricane. No flooding but plenty of Limbs down and lots of rain water. It will be a quick recovery and we will be back in business by the end of this week, ready to go catch some fish. I expect a redfish bite to be game on, along with … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

A good Fall trout bite is happening on the incoming and out going tides. Tall brown rock grass is the key structure to find trout. On low tide it will be visible laying on the surface indicating areas you do not want to run your motor. Some of the bests spots on outgoing tide will … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Spotted seatrout Workshop can now be Attended Online/On-demand

Missed the recent in-person spotted seatrout workshops? Attend online by participating in an on-demand virtual workshop. Learn more about the current stock assessment of this species and tell the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) how you’d like to see this fishery managed in the future. This newly-added online feature can be found on … Continue reading Spotted seatrout Workshop can now be Attended Online/On-demand

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Our coastline on the Nature Coast is blessed with some of the best fishing Florida has to offer. I also believe that each part of Florida has it’s own unique and best fishing Florida has to offer. On the Nature Coast, and in Citrus County, our guides and captains are good at what they do … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

For those anglers who can take the heat, some of the best inshore mangrove snapper fishing can be had on live hard bottom and rock piles. Although these inshore mangroves are not their big brothers, further off shore, in deeper waters, they can provide a spirited fight on light tackle and excellent table fare. Most … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Catch a Florida (Fishing) Memory with 10-year-old Katlyn Paul

Summer may be coming to a close, but for 10-year-old Katlyn Paul, this summer was one she’ll never forget. Katlyn submitted 10 different species to the 71-species Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saltwater Fish Life List, one of three of our Catch a Florida Memory Saltwater Recognition programs. This qualified her for the … Continue reading Catch a Florida (Fishing) Memory with 10-year-old Katlyn Paul

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

This week has been a big push in red fish and expect the same through out the month of August. The full moon tides helped bring the red fish together to start the fall schooling that begins they’re spawning cycle. The Citrus county coast line has many points, bays, creeks and keys that can be … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

National Hunting and Fishing Day Opportunity

For millions of Americans, time spent hunting and fishing are treasured moments. Hunting and fishing bring family and friends together and provide one of the most immersive outdoor experiences you can have. I’m joining Richard Childress, NASCAR legend and honorary chair for National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day), in asking you to share these … Continue reading National Hunting and Fishing Day Opportunity

Recreational Red Snapper Season Open Weekends in August

The state recreational and federal private recreational red snapper seasons will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 4, including Labor Day. In Gulf state waters, this change applies to all recreational anglers, including those fishing from for-hire vessels. In Gulf federal waters, the season change only applies to anglers fishing on private recreational … Continue reading Recreational Red Snapper Season Open Weekends in August

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

After fishing in a tropical storm on Monday I really enjoyed the wind and overcast conditions over the still heat. On Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. while loading my vessel for the day’s work, I didn’t know whether to gobble like a turkey or put some buck horns on my head and rub a small tree. … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

FWC Goliath Grouper Public Workshop August 8

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several goliath grouper public workshops throughout the state starting July 31 to gather input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters. Share your input and learn more about the current status of goliath grouper by attending one … Continue reading FWC Goliath Grouper Public Workshop August 8

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

To try to describe this rain filled weekend, and half way through the week that would be that we need the water. I can remember, when I was young, fishing in ditches or retention ponds (in Citrus County). Most of them had bass and breambut now they are nothing but grassy embankments. I believe that … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

What I enjoy about snorkeling for scallops is the underwater solitude and being in a environment that is free and clear of the topside world. Maybe I’m the only one but highly doubt it, I’ll start with some Red Hot Chili Pepper’s in my head ( Love Under The Bridge ) then some Bob Marley … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Blue Crab Trap Closure from July 10-20 & 20-29

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the Palm Beach-Broward county line must be removed from the water before July 10, the first day of a 10-day trap closure. This closure will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) the opportunity to … Continue reading Blue Crab Trap Closure from July 10-20 & 20-29

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

The beginning of the 2017 scallop season is a reminder that folks love the Nature Coast and come to Citrus County to collect their limits of tasty scallops. It would be silly to try to tell you the best area to go because the amount of boats north of the Homosassa channel should be the … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Outdoor adventure campers join quest to build artificial Reefs

Outdoor Adventures Summer Campers helped construct reef pods that will be deployed later this year as part of Hernando County’s artificial reef program. Port Authority member Steve Barton created a simple reef pod design that students could easily construct. These reef pods will be used to increase deep cover and habitat for a variety of … Continue reading Outdoor adventure campers join quest to build artificial Reefs

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney – Scalloping too

We must talk and discuss the very important Saturday coming up. The first day of scallop season for Citrus County and the Nature Coast is July 1. Many folks have ask me where are they at? All I can say is that I have not snorkeled in the water or have seen any with my … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney – Scalloping too

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Not much of a change from last weeks report except that we have had some much needed rain and overcast cool conditions. The snook bite has been very good on the incoming, and first part of the outgoing tide. Start just a few keys back from the outside edge on incoming tide with Eppinger Rex … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

39 days added to Gulf Red Snapper Season: Let’s Fish!

This Friday, June 16, begins the first weekend of an additional 39-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in Gulf federal waters and changes to the state season. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced these expanded fishing opportunities today, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) followed with an executive order setting the … Continue reading 39 days added to Gulf Red Snapper Season: Let’s Fish!

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

The over cast conditions can make it hard for sight casting rolling tarpon but south of the Homosassa River the season is doing very well with anglers of all rods ( fly & spin ) catching plenty of fish. Expect the tarpon to be around till scallop season starting in July. Good baits for the … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney