Homosassa to Steinhatchee
Includes Homosassa, Crystal River, Yankeetown, Waccasassa Bay, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach
Hot weather has slowed trout fishing down other than in the early morning. Look for good current around outside bars like at the Ft. Island Beach and outside of the Chassahowitzka River. Popping corks with dark colored jigs will get the bite. Another option is to head to deeper water and use a 1/8th oz. jig head and electric chicken soft plastic, starting in 10-feet of water. Incoming tide is best for redfish on the western facing points using live pinfish. Look for large patches of jumping mullet for the most productive areas. I like to use a live pinfish with the tail clipped off and free lined with the current.
Offshore anglers are having better conditions than last week to target red snapper out to 60-feet. Gag grouper are also biting good in the deeper depths. Back up close on the nearshore rocks in the 10 foot depth, good numbers of keeper sized mangrove snappers are schooling on good structure. Slack tide is the best bite and chumming with bits of shrimp will get them fired up. I like to hook a 2/0 in the tail of a live shrimp and free line it with the current. Letting the shrimp drift the same speed as the current is very important because mangrove snapper scrutinize the bait before they take it. Incoming high tide will be midday this weekend.
Capt. William Toney | (352) 422-4141 | email@example.com | www.homosassainshorefishing.com