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Captain William Toney Fishing

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on February 14, 2018

Updated February 14, 2018

This week and last week were some of the best inshore trout and red fishing I’ve had this winter.

Remember the year is young and the Nature Coast has experienced mid 70 degree weather.

The flats near the outside rocky points are the best areas to target. The key to catching is having enough incoming tide to cover the limestone points so fish will concentrate to feed on the bait fish or shrimp on the rocks. On low water look for deeper depressions between navigable creeks to pole ( the best way ) to catch some of the largest trout of the year. I will admit my clients and I have put a few big trout in the box with no regrets and we have release a few also with high fives.

Something I feel strong about is our environment whether it is deer hunting in our woods or catching fish in our waters. Those of us who spend a lot of time hunting and fishing understand the importance of making sure the generation that follows us will be able to catch a big trout, redfish, scallops or shoot a nice buck.

The baits I used this week for some of the best trout and redfish were the Eppinger Rex gold spoon. One of America’s oldest lure manufactures, the spoon has caught (whacked) about as many squirrels or rabbits as the 22. riffle. When ask how to work a gold spoon I replied ” nice long cast like pitching a penny to a wall, lively on the retrieve with a steady reeling motion”.  Kid’s who can’t get this “put it close as possible to the mangroves and make it move on a upper water column retrieve”.

Sorry to preach this week but just want you youth to be able to catch fish in a excellent environment long after the gold spoon has out lived us old salts.

High tide will be early morning or late evening

Annual Homosassa Guides Association Fish Fry

The Homosassa Guides Association will have its annual fish fry on Sunday the 25th at 12 p.m. at MacRae’s of Homosassa. The plates are $10.00 that will include fish, hushpuppies, bakebeans, coleslaw and entertainment. Before this fish fry look for incoming high tide this weekend early morning.



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