Homosassa to Steinhatchee
Includes Homosassa, Crystal River, Yankeetown, Waccasassa Bay, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach
The ups and downs of the weather during the winter months can make fishing a little unpredictable. One thing is for sure though, the day or two before the next cold front is the best bite. Grouper anglers have been catching big fish in shallow waters. How shallow? Keepers in six-feet of water on casting plugs. I myself have not caught many keepers lately but the action is excellent. A legal size gag grouper is a big fish at 24-inches and keeping them out of the rocks is a tough, but fun chore.
Inshore, the trout bite remains consistent using 1/8th-ounce jigs in dark colors near the creek mouths. The redfish bite is best on high incoming tide on the outside western facing points and in the rivers with moving water. I’ve done well on the outside with jigs or gold spoons. Up in the river, live shrimp on the bottom has been best. One thing that I enjoy this time of year is cooking a shore lunch. Even on a tough fishing day getting a fish per person in the boat is enough to feed everyone. The fun part of cooking on an island on a cool winter day is something my clients all look forward to. I’ve been told the fish taste twice as good on the island then at home. If it’s chilly, we build a fire; good times. Look for incoming tide this weekend in the afternoon.
Capt. William Toney | (352) 422-4141 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.homosassainshorefishing.com