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: Fishing with a Full Moon Tide

By Captain William Toney Posted on May 18, 2022

Thinking of putting fish in the boat? Think about fishing specific spots or locations.

With big full moon tides, it will put a lot of water along the Big Bend, pushing inshore fish tight along the mangroves where they grow thick like a fence. Around Ozello, high keys are open on the inside creating a forest for redfish and snook to tuck inside.

Catching the tide right as it rises will give the angler opportunity to target redfish as they make their way off the flat to the tall white mangroves outside keys. Getting there just as the tide turns, or just enough water to pole in will make the difference between catching and wishing.

The best way to target these redfish is sight casting with live shrimp or small pinfish. On the tight growth keys, use a cork and shrimp right up near the edge to get the bite.  

Trout fishing is split. There are fish out deep in the waters past marker 2 and some fish still inside around the big bays that have a series of bars running north and south. When fishing the bars, the trout will be on the down current side. Offshore, the trout will be in the thick grass bottoms. Using a dark color soft plastic with a 1/8 oz. jighead cast behind the drift of your vessel and slow troll it.  

For those wanting to fish a fun tournament, the 38th annual Cobia Big Fish event will be June 4-5 at Crumps Landing in Homosassa. For more info visit www.cobiabigfishtournament.com .

High incoming tide will be midday this weekend

Homosassa Weekly Fishing Report from Captain William Toney

To schedule a fishing charter or shore lunch excursion with Captain Toney, visit his website.

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