Homosassa Fishing Report: I had a two day shot at the first legitimate school of fall redfish this past week. They were very nervous because of the scallop boat traffic but we did manage to land 7 oversize fish on the first part of the incoming tide. The weather was very HOT and the water was very calm. I poled on the reds for nearly a half mile before they disappeared into deep water. I was very stoked! Something I witnessed that I have seen redfish do before but not in a 300 fish school was to daisy chain. I would guess it was a spawning ritual and when the fish would be undisturbed, they would rotate clock wise.
For normal Homosassa red fishing most fish are just at or just over legal size. The outside keys and points on the incoming tide is the best place to start. I have had good luck between Mason Creek and Chassahowitzka Point. Trout fishing is not so good because of the hot water but this time of year that is normal. The near shore rocks and reefs continue to have the best action. Expect to catch mangrove snapper, flounder, sea bass, grunts, spanish mackerel and the occasional keeper gag grouper. Live shrimp and 1/8 oz. jigs are the best bait. High incoming tide this weekend will be late afternoon with a midday low perfect for the scallop enthusiast. Have a safe and Happy Labor Day.
Capt. William Toney