The sea trout bite has gotten better since last week. Although not as good as it should be for this time of year I’ll take what ever we get. What I have found is that the trout are not spread out over a large area but in tight schools in very specific locations well inshore. There has been a few reports though of anglers getting them west of St. Martins Keys and Mangrove Point but I believe the last cold front has pushed them further inshore. The spots that I have limited out on trout this weekend were near deep water but with a shallow flat right near the edge of it just inside the keys from the open Gulf. Rock grass also was a good indicator on where to start fishing. Moving water is a must, either outgoing or incoming tide. The best baits are a D.O.A. Deadly Combo with a 1/8 oz. chartreuse jig head and glow cal shad tail. If that did not produce we switched to a MirrO Lure LIL’ John in watermelon red flake.
In the Homosassa River the mangrove snapper bite is excellent near Hell’s Gate. Live shrimp is the best bait. Red fishing during the last hour of incoming tide has been good around the mouth of the Little Homosassa River, Mason Creek and St. Martins Keys. The inshore gag grouper bite is very good so get them before the end of the season that is less then a month away. Not a strong tide this weekend but any incoming tide we will have is first thing in the morning. Capt. William Toney homosassainshorefishing.com
Capt. William Toney