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Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

By Captain William Toney Posted on October 16, 2019

With new sea trout regulations set to take place in all regions of Florida, I believe that the benefits will be great for all anglers throughout our state.

Back at the beginning of May, I got up at 4 am to drive to Havana, Florida, to voice my opinion about the proposed trout regulations in our region that would drop catch limits from 5 fish per angler to 3.

To let everyone know, the Homosassa Guides Association has been a believer in only client or for hire take; no captains take. With the new rule, our fishery will be enhanced, saving many big female trout to reproduce top-quality fish in the Big Bend region.

The “no captains take” will help guides let clients know it is against the law.

At the Havana meeting I attended, I felt the FWC board listened to me. It was a great experience and anyone who has a reason to speak about rules with hunting or fishing, it is worth your while to go to the commission meetings.  

With the new sea trout rule coming to the Nature Coast limiting the catch to 4 fish per angler between 15 to 19 inches and one fish per vessel over 20 inches, with no captains take is a big win for the Big Bend.

Soon we will be reaping the benefits from an already great trout fishery. That 30-inch trophy trout will become a reality on the Nature Coast! I caught one in the early ’90s in Dekle Beach but since then only one at about 26 inches has been in my boat. 

Look for great trout, redfish and snook fishing this weekend early morning during the incoming tide with an outgoing mid-morning.

Homosassa Weekly Fishing Report from Captain William Toney

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