The big weekend is just around the corner. The much anticipated opening day of scallop season will be this Saturday June 28th. The local Homosassa fishing report is that the scallops are abundant but very small, about the size of a 1/2 dollar. To find them plan on running to a little deeper water than the end of last years season. Start at the line that would run between Homosassa marker 8 to the Bird Rack to the north. If no luck move out a little deeper. Plan on long lines at the boat ramp and finding a place to park. Homosassa will be have it’s Fourth of July activities the 28th with fire works at 9:15 pm.
The near shore rocks are producing some great saltwater panfish action. With soft plastics or live shrimp expect to catch mangrove snapper, grunts and sea bass. Near the rocks there are sea trout, flounder and spanish mackerel. The best baits are D.O.A. C.A.L. Shads in Fiji chix or MirrOlure LiL’ Johns in bourbon on a 1/8th oz. jig head. Also work these lure on the sandy bottom surrounding the rocks to target flounder.
Redfish action on the incoming tide has been excellent. Eppinger Rex gold spoons are catching some of the larger reds and live shrimp are catching the smaller rat reds. The best areas have been north of the Homosassa River. Look for mullet activity to find the fish. High incoming tide will be around mid day for the anglers and a morning low tide for the scallop enthusiast.
Capt. William Toney