Nature Coast, William Toney


With the holiday weekend coming up, anglers are gearing up to spend some time on the water. The big news is starting on September 1st snook season opens on the Nature Coast. The slot size is 28″ to 33″ and one per angler with a snook stamp is the limit. For hire captains are not allowed to keep they’re limit. I’ve had good luck catching snook on the outside keys all the way up to the river mouths,high outgoing tide is best. My favorite snook baits are MirrOlure MirrOdines, LiL’ Johns, and D.O.A. CAL Shads in glow goldrush belly.

 The redfish bite is very good and look for large schools of mullet to find the redfish. Live pinfish is the best bait but if the floating grass is is not to bad the a 1/4 oz, Eppinger Rex spoon will get the job done. Trout fishing continues to inprove with the rain cooled water. The best areas are north of the Chassahowitzka River channel, in 3 to 4 feet of water just west of the St. Martins Keys and near the scallop rack. Dark color soft plastics are the best bait. The scallops are hanging in there and with a little work most folks are getting their limits in a few hours. South of the Homosassa channel is the best area. High incoming tide will be midday this weekend, Have a great Labor Day Weekend.
Capt. William Toney is a full time 4th generation fishing guide from Homosassa. Experience some of Florida’s best inshore fishing and beautiful unspoiled backcountry. His boat is a custom built 23 foot Tremblay and uses G-Loomis rods with Shimano reels. Trout, redfish and shore lunch are Capt. Williams specialty’s but many other species are caught or targeted.
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