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Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

By Captain William Toney Posted on September 14, 2020

Fall trout fishing is in full swing. All along the Big Bend there are patches of hard bottom that rock grass grows on. Locally called “rock grass” – this is a type of sargassum that shows a healthy ecosystem. Over the years I’ve been corrected that this sea grass is not “kelp”.

Along these sargassum patches on a high outgoing tide, trout will feed heavily with some patches being better than others.

One natural thing that I like to see when looking for the best trout spot are working Ospreys.

I grew up calling them fish hawks because of there sharp eyesight and watching them diving on fish that were mostly mullet. On an open flat, though, they are not diving on mullet.

The trout make an easy target when they are not hiding under the rock grass. If the water is 3 to 5-foot, go with a popping cork and a MirrOlure LiL’ John in watermelon redflake – any skinnier than that go with a D.O.A. glow/goldflake 5.5 jerk bait. 

Redfishing remains very good on the outside points on the incoming high tide and I have been catching a few small snook but not many in the magic 28 to 33-inch slot size.

The incoming tide will be afternoon this weekend. 

Homosassa Weekly Fishing Report from Captain William Toney

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