Homosassa to Steinhatchee
Includes Homosassa, Crystal River, Yankeetown, Waccasassa Bay, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach
January 22 – 24
Fishing for trout in shallow water is very good right now. I recommend looking for a depression in the surrounding flat that is around two feet deep with sponge and coral bottom. A D.O.A 5.5-inch glow jerk bait with an Owner 3/0 bait style hook through the nose will catch fish. Be prepared to stop the vessel when an angler hooks up because the trout will be in a tight school. Fan cast the area until the bite dies down then move ahead until the bite happens again. Many of these fish will be oversized so once you have the one trout over 19″ in the boat, I would suggest leaving all the other large trout in the water while unhooking them. It’s best for the fish.
The nearshore rock piles are getting ripe with sheepshead coming up to this full moon. Using live shrimp on a 1/8oz jighead or knocker rig is the best tackle. Incoming tide is best and cast close to the rock from an uptide anchored boat. You will find that there is a sweet spot on each rock so concentrate your cast there. Incoming tide this weekend will be in the afternoon.
Capt. William Toney | (352) 422-4141 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.homosassainshorefishing.com