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: Cobia Big Fish Tournament & Gag Grouper

By Captain William Toney Posted on June 1, 2022

Cobia is the talk of the town this coming weekend. The 38th annual Cobia Big Fish Tournament is June 4th and 5th, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Inverness and held at Crumps Landing in Homosassa. Cash payouts will be for cobia, redfish, grouper and trout. There is also a kids’ tournament on Saturday the 4th.

For more information go to www.cobiabigfishtournament.com. Another way to get some cash for your cobia is a $50.00 reward for your fish and you keep the fillets. Anglers can arrange for a biologist to meet you by calling 727-220-7108 to collect the reward. 

June 1st is the beginning of gag grouper season on the Big Bend. The shallow rocks to 25 feet will be hit hard this first week, but deeper may be the ticket with Gulf water temps in the mid 80’s. Live baits like pinfish work well along with frozen sardines and threadfin herring. As with all reef fishing, circle hooks are the rule. The minimum size is 24″ and a two fish limit per angler is the rule. No captains take if you are on a for hire charter.

High incoming tide will be early morning 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.

If you want to learn more about how to catch Nature Coast fish from Captain Toney, subscribe to his videos at https://inthespread.com

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