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Big Bend Forecast

Big Bend Forecast
Big Bend Forecast

Homosassa to Steinhatchee

Capt. William Toney gives the fishing forecast for Homosassa, Crystal River, Yankeetown, Waccasassa Bay, Cedar Key, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach.

January 14 - 16


With some cooler weather coming this week it could possibly push a few fish in the rivers. This winter so far has been very warm and that has kept the Gulf waters around 70 degrees on the Big Bend. To get out of the wind and catch a few fish, use live shrimp in the deep holes or spring-fed east ends of the rivers. It may be a slow bite but stay at it to get a fresh fish dinner of mangrove snapper, black drum, sheepshead or redfish. The terminal tackle is a 1/8 oz. jig head with a live shrimp, tail hooked. I pinch the tail of the shrimp off and thread the shrimp tail first toward the head of the hook.

Farther out in the Gulf on nearshore rocks, the sheepshead bite has begun. The same bait that I use river fishing is the same for the nearshore sheepshead. If you go another 8 to 10 miles beyond the sheepshead rocks, Captains like Chris Wilkins have been catching a few hogfish along with big mangrove snappers. The key to the hogfish is to use a heavy-weighted round jig head with live shrimp just off the rock but bounce it of the bottom a few times per minute to get the bite.

One area I have not fished in a while, but might be promising with cold conditions coming, is the hot water discharge at the Duke Energy Plant. The nuke part has shut down some years back but some warm water does flow out from the plant. Maybe it will be cold enough to bring in a few fish. High tide this weekend will be in the afternoon.

Capt. William Toney
(352) 422-4141

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