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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 May 27, 2021

June first marks the first day to put some gag grouper in the box on the Big Bend! The limit is two fish per angler and the minimum size is 24 inches. The best depth to start at is around 18 feet and out to 30. The best bait is live pinfish on a knocker rig, and live chumming with pinfish can get you on the fast track to fish in the box. I have watched grouper come to the surface at 25 feet to take a free-lined pinfish. If you can sabiki up some threadfin or whitebait, it’s game on. On the shallow rocks, this technique works just as well. 

Some of the other species to add to the fish cookout are hogfish that will eat live shrimp on the sand near the rock, mangrove snapper that eat live shrimp on a 1/8 oz. chartreuse jig head (fish down current over the structure), and possible cobia that can show up at any time.

Grouper anglers all have the same story of a big cobia hitting the lock-down drag boat rod and busting it off.  You never can be totally prepared, but a heavy spinning rod with 30 lb. braid and a 60 lb. leader can save the day when one follows a hooked gag grouper to the boat. Keep a live pinfish in a bucket of water ready to pitch when this happens.

Incoming high tide will be in the afternoon this weekend. 

Homosassa Weekly Fishing Report from Captain William Toney

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