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.
As expected, the fall redfish bite is in full swing with the incoming tide. Outside keys with large schools of mullet are the best spots to fish. I recommend being patient and allowing the tide to build. As the water flows in, the redfish will gravitate toward the points and rocky shore lines.
Again, patience will win over trying to beat other anglers to some of the best spots. Places that are being hit hard early in the tide will be better later.
Live shrimp on jig heads and pinfish will get the bite. One of my best days this week was 22 redfish and 30 snook all on MirrOlure LiL Johns and D.O.A. CAL Shads.
The trout bite has been very good on the yellow bottom west of St. Martins Keys, on the south side of the Homosassa channel, and north of the Chassahowitzka channel. Watermelon red flake soft plastic lures worked best.
The near shore rocks where a let down for me because of the dirty water. It was hard to see the structure in the murk.
The scallop grounds are also very murky with reports of poor harvest. That may change by this weekend.
Incoming tide this weekend will be late afternoon with a low tide midday. This will be helpful for getting scallops on the close of the season.