Nature Coast, William Toney


On the Big Bend we have officially received the tittle of The Endless Summer. Even though there is not much surf on this coast we have been an anglers dream with good weather and excellent fishing. The redfish bite is just the same as years before. Schooling redfish is just a part of Citrus county in the Fall. Look for jumping mullet and use gold spoons, soft plastics and live bait to see if the fish are there on the western facing points during incoming high tide. If there are no results after 15 or 20 minutes then move on. To be more successful in finding multiple hook ups with redfish I suggest don’t run your vessel like a bat out of hell spot to spot, but move slowly to new area with a low speed on the trolling motor or poll your boat. Pressuring the fish does not help you, fellow anglers or our environment. Somtimes the fish we are targeting are just a cast away from the achored boat.

 Trout fishing is very good, the best areas are the spotty bottom west of Mangrove point, the yellow bottom outside of Fish Creek and west of St. Martins Keys, then on the south side of marker 14 of the Homosassa channel. A popping cork with a soft plastic underneath about 18 to 20 inches will get the bite. Best colors have been glow, borbon and watermelon redflake. Look forward this Sunday to some fresh stone crab claws at your local fish house. Incoming tide will be in the morning this 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.