Captain William Toney, a fourth-generation captain in Homosassa, helps people of all ages enjoy fishing through his Charters and educational endeavors. He is a member of the Homosassa Guides Association, another group committed to the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve.

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

By Captain William Toney Posted on October 26, 2020

With temperatures closer to August than going into November, the inshore and offshore fishing has been fantastic! The bonus to fishing right now is that species that an angler would target at certain times of the year are right here now.

On the Big Bend, starting with triple tail, do not run by a buoy, grass mat, or marker without looking at it. My anglers and I saw one this past week and circled back to cast at it, catching a keeper cobia that was hanging with the triple tail in 5 feet of water! Talking about surprises!

Use a shallow running plug to target gag grouper in less than 10 feet of water. Cast just to the right or left of the rock to bring the plug close enough so the grouper will have to leave the “house” to take the plug and then it’s up to you to keep the fish from going back to it.

I’ve lost some nice fish by casting the plug over the rock and a big fish grabbing the plug and running right back down into the “house”. The best color plug from some of the local experts has been fire tiger or clown (orange-yellow). 

The trout fishing on the broken yellow bottom and rock grass patches is very good using popping corks with a glow or watermelon red flake soft plastic lures with about 28″ of leader between the jig and cork.

I use this same rig for redfish by shorting the leader 8 ” and replacing the soft plastic with a live shrimp to catch redfish on the incoming tide.

Incoming high tide this weekend will be in the afternoon. 

Homosassa Weekly Fishing Report from Captain William Toney

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