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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 August 3, 2021

In August there are two things that I expect, rain and heat.

Sorry, forgot one thing, good fishing for species that enjoy hot water.

On the Big Bend, I’ve talked with guides all the way north to Steinhatchee and snook are a targeted fish. That was unheard of 7 years ago.

Every now and again, permit will find their way to my local waters. Wrecks and top-secret numbers are spots I check on flat calm days. I look for their tails to be breaking the surface like a mangrove seed. Using a live shrimp to cast up current always seals the deal. Most of the fish are on the small side but my personal best is 14 pounds. 

Around the full moon this month is the start of our schooling redfish on our outer keys and the Spoil Banks. Poling my vessel is an easy way to spot a school moving in on the incoming tide.

Most of the time they will make a push in the water, but from the advantage of my platform, you can see the white lips of big fish as they pump Gulf water through their gills. Gold spoons are a great bait to use because they cast a long way and are generally weedless. Floating grass can be a problem for other baits. 

Mangrove snapper are another favorite of mine. Even small structures can hold good numbers of fish. Live shrimp is the best bait.

High incoming tide will be in the afternoon this weekend. Happy August. 

Homosassa Weekly Fishing Report from Captain William Toney

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