Trout fishing has moved back out to deep water. Along with trout expect to catch big black seabass, small sharks, flounder,spanish mackerel, lady fish and key west grunts in the 10 to 12 foot depths offshore between Homosassa and Crystal Rivers. Dark bottom that represents grass is a good place to start drifting and fishing. A 1/8 oz. jig head with a soft plastic tail like those made by D.O.A. or MirrOlure will get you into the action. The colors change on a daily basis so bring a variety along on your trip. Some of the best colors to bring are glow, rootbeer, newpenny, electric chicken and gold glitter. The preferred method on my boat is to cast out behind your drift and let the lures drag behind the boat, lifting the rod tip on occasion for lure action. Early morning is usually best fishing.
Redfishing has been best in the darker waters of the backcountry. The keys between Fish Creek and Little Homosassa Rivers is a good starting place. Gold spoons like the Eppinger Rex have been the best bait along with the MirrOlures Top Dog or She Dog floating lures. Incoming tide is the best bite and don’t be surprised if a snook take’s the bait intended for a redfish.
For some shallow water big game action try the flats surrounding St. Martins Keys for sharks. These are very big bull sharks and can be spotted with ease on the incoming tide. The best bait is any fresh fish like mullet, ladyfish or jack crevelle on a heavy spinning outfit with a steel leader and large circle hook. If you do catch one it is very important to release it alive because these large predators are a vital part of our ecosystem. Incoming high tide will be very early morning with a late afternoon low tide. Capt. William Toney www.homosassainshorefishing.com