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With our second approaching cold front, I hope it has enough cold to cool the Nature Coast water down. Trout fishing has not reached the same level as it has historically for this time of year. The kelp or rock grass is in place, the water looks pristine but the trout are not all the way in yet. A few anglers are getting their limits on certain days with certain conditions and this is what I have found. The fish are very close to the mouths of major creeks and rivers like, Mason Creek, St. Martins river, Fish Creek and south of the Crystal River near Mangrove Point. Outgoing tide is best and the wind blowing in the same direction of the tide helps to produce more sea trout. Popping corks with a jig is the best bait.

Redfish continue to be my catch of the day on the incoming high tide. The best areas have been the St. Martins Keys and east of Chassahowitzka Point. There have not been any schools of redfish but good action on the western facing points. Dark colored jigs, gold spoons and live shrimp or cut pinfish have been the best bait. The near shore rock are still producing good catches of grunts, spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, black sea bass and the occasional legal gag grouper. High incoming tide will be in the morning this weekend. Capt. William Toney

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Capt. William Toney