Nature Coast, William Toney


After a windy and cold start to the week I’m looking forward to some warm spring time weather predicted for this weekend. Staying on top of fish during hugh swings in our weather has become a challenge. I believe there are plenty of trout around on the nearshore rocks and also the points, flats and creek mounths. This past week I did well useing MirrOlure lil Johns with a 1/8th oz. red jig head near the shallow rocks and back inshore the D.O.A. 5.5 glow jerk bait worked best. There were a few spanish mackerel, grunts and small gag grouper mixed in as well that were caught on shrimp.

The redfish bite has been up and down just like the weather. I have experienced some redfish that just would not bite, shrimp or pinfish then move a few keys inshore to some very good action. The only difference I could see between the two schools of fish is the ones that were biteing were mixed in with lots of mullet. Snook seem to be in their own enviorment near the redfish but away from the keys in sandy holes. I like to move in slowly so to have a chance at catching them. They will appear to be long dark fish against the yellow sand bottom. Sometimes it’s easier to blind cast towards the sandy holes because they are easier to see then to get close enough to spot the snook. Once the snook get spooked then it’s game over. Incoming tide will be late afternoon 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.