I have been ask this question around the dock this whole October. Where are all the trout? I will admit that trout fishing is way off historically from this time in years past. Here are a few explanations that may have some truth but you know fisherman, we tend to stretch the truth! The water temperature has not dropped enough to push them in. There is to much kelp or rock grass so the trout are scattered over a large area. To much boat traffic this summer from all the scallopers. I can’t explain it myself but sometimes mother nature has her own ways of doing things. I believe that the trout will show when they feel like it and don’t give up on them, fish harder and smarter! The best areas that I have caught a few are Mangrove Point, Ship Rock, Long Point, North West Keys and Saddle Key. The best bait changes every day but if you have these lures then you will have a good chance of having trout for diner. D.O.A. Deadly Combo’s, MirrOlure LiL’ Johns, MirrOlure She Dogs in chrome and D.O.A. 5.5 glow jerk baits. As of late the soft plastic colors have work best if they are dark with a red jig head.
Red fishing has been good on the last part of the incoming tide. The Ozello Keys are a good area and cut pinfish or live shrimp is the best bait. South in Chassahowitzka I have found that gold spoons like the Eppinger Rex 1/4 oz. work the best. I like to anchor about 40 yards from the intended redfish spot and fan cast the shoreline with the Rex spoon. High incoming tide this weekend will be a good one in the afternoon because of the new moon.
Capt. William Toney
Homosassa Inshore Fishing