Homosassa Fishing Report: Two good things is that the full moon is past and scallop season is just ahead of us. Fishing this past week was good but the last days before the full moon things went south. So to start on the best places to fish for sea trout try north west of the St. Martins Keys or inside Seven Cabbage Bay in Chassahowitzka. Best baits have been the D.O.A Deadly Combo with a root beer holographic 3″ shrimp or a MirrOlure LiL John in root beer, bourbon or water melon red flake with a 1/8 oz. jig head.
On the near shore rocks west of Homosassa marker #2 there are good catches of saltwater pan fish on the rocks and ledges. Species like sea bass, mangrove snappers, grunts, spanish mackerel and trout can be caught near or on top of the rocks. Jigs and live shrimp are the best baits.
Red fish is still one of the most productive fish to catch inshore. Incoming tide is the best times to fish for them around the outside keys. Just as the tide turns in I’ve had good luck sight casting to redfish as they come to the key from the deeper flats. When the tide reaches peek depth I like to pole around the keys and have my clients use Eppinger Rex gold spoons to catch red fish. On the low side of the tide sight casting live shrimp works best. I have not seen any scallops myself but from the talk around Homosassa we have another good crop of them this year and the season will open on June 28th. Incoming high tide will be early morning this weekend.
Capt. William Toney