Fishing ReportsWest-Central

Homosassa

Just as the folks here in Homosassa predicted for the first day of scalloping season – hundreds of people having a safe, fun day on the water and lot’s and lot’s of scallops. We had a river poker run, pie eating contest, great food and fireworks. Most everyone got their limit of scallops. The shell size is on the small side but the muscle was adequate for being early in the season. The best spots were near Gomez Rock to the north and just to the south of the Bird Rack. The water clarity is excellent and very few jelly fish were around.

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The fishing has been great for salt water panfish such as mangrove snapper, sea bass and grunts. Along with these species I’ve caught a few spanish mackerel and flounder to go with them. Trout fishing has not been very productive but If you feel the need to catch some go deep. Try out past Homosssa marker number 2 in ten foot plus water. Trout move deep in the summer because of the warm water. For the saltwater panfish look for rocks in this same area. Way’s to find rocks if you do not have any in this area is to look for turtles on the surface and or a yellow patch with a dark area in the center. On a calm day you can see the fish swimming around the structure. Best baits are 1/8 oz. jigs or live shrimp.

Gag grouper will open for harvest July 1st. From reports of offshore captains the bite is very good starting around 30 feet. High tide this weekend will be very early with a low tide midday for the scallopers. Happy 4th of July.

Contact Info:
Capt. William Toney
352-621-9284
www.homosassainshorefishing.com